Q: I got a perm, and asked for a BIG wave and not tiny curls. My hair is color treated, and now it is totally frizzy. Am I out of
luck? Do I have to cut it off or can it be saved?
A: Before you give up and decide to do a Yul Brenner (shave your head) try some deep conditioning treatments first. Many makers now
have deep conditioning treatment creams that can work wonders. Apply these creams to the hair, cover with a plastic cap and heat (with
a hair-dryer or dryer-warmed towels) for 20 minutes or 30 minutes without heat.
Do this every two to three days until you start seeing improvements in the hairís condition. In
addition, use a spray-on, leave-in conditioner every day as well as your rinse-through conditioner after shampooing the hair. (Be sure
that your shampoo and conditioner are moisturizing formulas.)
Do not use a blow-dryer on your hair without a diffuser and do not fully dry the hair. In addition,
do not use other heat styling appliances unless absolutely necessary. It is time to baby your hair. Let the hair dry naturally whenever
possible, and only use a wide-toothed comb for removing tangles when itís wet. Avoid styling products containing alcohol as they can
further dry out the hair and with damaged hair can lead to breakage.
At night, wrap the hair in a silk or satin scarf to prevent roughing the hair against your bedding.
All these steps are designed to help restore your hair to a softer, more-silky look and feel.
If none of these treatments seem to be working after two weeks, I suggest you visit your salon to
see if they have any treatments available which might work to return your hairís smoothness. If none of these help, you may need to
consider going shorter until the hair can grow out and be healthy once more.