Q: I straightened (permanent) my hair 8 months back [and not the Japanese Method but by using LíOreal Products (Extenso)]. I got
touch-ups done for the new hair growth. However, I faced hair loss problems and was under medication. Now it seems to be controlled. I
had this touch ups done in the month of November, and now my front forehad seems quite natural with those curls, however the length is
still straight and it's flat. I would now wish to get back my curls and so a salon female suggested I perm my hair only for the length
so that it gets wavy without touching my scalp so that it doesnít damage the roots which Iím very concerned about.
Would you please suggest if it's fine for me to get only the length permed so that it looks wavy as the top of 1/4 is already curly due
to the hair growth. Also, please let me know some tips that I need to follow before getting it done.
A: From what I have been able to find, this relatively new product by LíOreal is becoming immensely popular. The good news for you (at
least as far as your question is concerned) is that the X-Tenso product uses thioglycolate as a main ingredient, which means that there
will be no compatibility issues for you as far as getting your hair permed to restore your curl.
That being said, you will want the stylist to be sure to perform a strand test to make sure that
your hair will respond properly to the perming process and to find out the timing of the perm on your already chemically-treated hair.
The condition of your hair is going to be important in determining the results of the perm service. At least, if your hair is in
questionable condition prior to perming, it will be in worse condition afterward.
I would recommend that you spend some time prior to getting the perm giving your hair some deep
conditioning treatments. Simply use your favorite conditioner and leave it on the hair for 20-30 minutes, cover the conditioner-coated
hair in a plastic cap, and wrap the head with heated towels or sit under a bonnet dryer while the conditioner is on the hair. Rinse the
conditioner from the hair using cool water to help seal the cuticle layer.
When you visit the salon for the perm service, they will likely use a clarifying shampoo to remove
residual styling products and deposits left by hard water or some medications. Because the clarifying shampoo is very strong, itís
always good to make sure the hair is as well-conditioned as possible before you go in for a perm service.
Afterwards, the hair will have been doubly processed, and may need extra care to keep it hydrated
and conditioned. Be sure to pay close attention to the hairís condition at different points in your day, and keep a leave-in spray
conditioner with you to help re-hydrate the hair whenever possible.