Get a Body Wave Out of Your Hair

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Q: I had a body wave put in my medium short hair. My hair is fine and straight. How can I get it out? My hair is cut in layers.
A: Well, since body waves are essentially permanent wave processes performed using larger rollers, you can really get it out. What you will need to do is to reprocess the hair to reset the chemical side bonds of the hair that were changed when you had the body wave done.
This is done using another perm without using perm rods. But first, you need to make sure your hair hasn't been damaged by the body wave chemicals. If your hair is in good condition, you should be okay to proceed. If there are signs of damage, however (dryness, rough texture, etc.) you will need to address those issues with conditioning treatments and wait a while before you perform another chemical service.
When your hair is in sufficiently good condition to proceed you will take a perming kit and after washing your hair and rinsing it thoroughly, towel dry the hair. Apply the waving lotion to the towel-dried hair and comb it through the hair with a wide-tooth comb.
You need to make sure that your hair is able to hang straight during this process, so you may need to lean back over a sink or bathtub. In that case, you will want to have a friend assist you. Continue combing the hair while the waving lotion is on it and leave the lotion on for 10 minutes. Then rinse the hair thoroughly with warm water for at least three full minutes. Pat the hair dry using a towel to blot away the moisture, then apply the neutralizer and comb it through the hair as well.
Once again, make sure the hair hangs straight and continue combing the hair while the neutralizer processes for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, you need to rinse the hair thoroughly with warm water for 5 minutes and follow the warm water with a cool water rinse (at least 30 seconds) to help close the cuticle layer of the hair.
You should dry your hair by using a towel to blot away the excess moisture and apply a leave-in spray conditioner and allow the hair to air dry. If you need to dry the hair more quickly, you can use a blow dryer on the lowest heat and air flow settings.
This process will remove any curl created by the previous perming process but will not change the way your hair feels after perming. Because you will have now had two chemical processes close together, you will need to be sure to condition your hair carefully to maintain the moisture balance as the hair may tend to be more porous than before.
See also:
The scientific processes during perming and relaxing hair
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