Taking Care of a Straight Perm
How to care you for thermal reconditioned AKA straight permed hair.
My Hair Has Been Straightened...Now What?
Congratulations! You've just dropped a significant chunk of money and have been sitting in that salon chair for anywhere from three to eight hours. Your bum is numb and you just want to go out and show the world your new, sexy hair.
Before you do, there are several things to keep in mind before you leave the salon.
A straight perm, which varies in cost from about $100 (in Japan) to over $800 in the U.S. is a time and monetary investment that you have made on your hair, for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are trying to control frizz, or maybe you are dying to have a sexy, straight, and sleek look. Whatever your reason may be, you should protect your investment.
The first thing you should do is consult your stylist about what types of shampoos and hair products that you can or cannot use. If the bottle says, "not recommended for chemically treated hair," don't even think about putting that in your straight, silky tresses! Shampoo and conditioners that contain silicon are also out of the picture, because silicon does not react well with the chemicals in your hair and will gradually wear them down over time. This means that your straight perm will not last as long as it could.
I personally use and recommend Lebel brands Lau leave-in hair conditioner and shampoo. Lebel is a brand from Japan and you can find their products on websites such as Rakuten and Amazon.
Also, before you walk out the door, don't sweep your hair behind your ears or pull it up in a ponytail. The hair will take the shape of whatever you do to it, so let your hair hang down naturally.
When you get home, remember that your newly straightened hair cannot be shampooed or washed for at least 36 hours. If you can go longer, then by all means do. Also make sure to protect your tresses from the rain during this time.
After you have passed the initial waiting period and have begun to wash your hair, remember to blow dry your hair and comb/brush it. Do not go to bed with wet hair! Your hair will take whatever shape you fell asleep in if you go to bed with wet hair.
If you have properly taken care of your new straight perm, it should last you anywhere from six months to one year. Enjoy!!