Q: I have a question about permanently straightening hair. I just got it done and it didn’t straighten my hair enough and
on the box it says wait 12 weeks before redoing the perm (I used straightener). My question is, “What will
happen if I redo the perm in like 3 or 4 weeks instead of 12?”
A: Well, you run the risk of seriously damaging your hair. These hair straightening kits are designed for home use and formulated
for “normal” hair. Hair that is fine or porous may be damaged if exposed to the straightening chemicals too frequently or for too
long. This is also true of hair that has been previously permed, or colored with permanent haircolor.
Of course, it is possible that you could wait the 3-4 weeks and reapply and have no noticeably
detrimental effects. I would not recommend it, because a) I have not seen your hair and its current condition, b) I do not know
what previous chemical services you may have had, and c) the company sets the guidelines for product use for a reason. It may be
that your hair is naturally resistant (meaning that it has a compact cuticle and doesn’t process in the normal amount of time).
If your hair is resistant, this would explain the less-satisfactory-than-expected results, but you should be sure that this is
the case before deciding to repeat a process that could lead to damage if done too soon.
The bottom line (from my point of view) is that you should wait the length of time suggested
by the product manufacturer. Consider using non-permanent hair-straightening styling products to help you bide your time during the
wait. If you don’t wait the suggested period of time before reusing the product on your hair and you do experience detrimental
effects from doing so, you will have no one to blame but yourself.