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Perm French Braids

Q: Can I put the perm solution on French braids instead of curlers? If so should I leave it on the same amount of time?
 
girl wearing her hair styled into a braid A: The quick answers are “Yes you can use perm solution on hair that is in a French Braid” and “Yes, you should leave it on the same amount of time to process”. The processing time depends in the texture and condition of the hair, not the shape of the configuration you are trying to put the hair in.
 
      However, the greater question that comes to mind is “WHY?” Using a perm formula on braided hair (particularly hair in a French braid) is AT BEST going to result in a slight addition of body, and AT WORST give you breakage and frizzy areas. The reason is that in order to reshape the wave pattern of the hair, you need uniform tension and configuration on the hair at all points along its length.
 
      A French braid however, has varying levels of tension in the hair, and no uniformity in the shape the hair is placed in. At the scalp, the hair may be too taut in places and therefore subject to breakage and damage when the perm solution (and subsequently, the neutralizer) is applied. Toward the middle and ends, the tension will likely be insignificant and result in no visible results.
 
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