Q: Can black/African-American men perm their hair to spike it? If yes, what is the process?
A: Yes, actually. Typically, the hair is relaxed using a standard relaxer treatment, and then the hair is cut and styled to create
the spiky look. You may need to use a flat iron to get a smoother finish to the straightened hair, and the styling product used
afterwards will have to have sufficient hold and firmness to create the effect you desire.
I would recommend a strong-hold gel, or a Mousse-wax formula product along with a pomade to add
finishing touches and definition to the spiked points.
The level of difficulty in getting the look you want can vary with your specific hair texture
and length, so be sure to talk to your stylist at length to explain what you want exactly and what will be necessary to get the look you desire.
You may find that it will require more time and effort to maintain than you are prepared to spend, or you may hit
on a reasonable compromise with which you will be equally happy.