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From: Heather (
Subject: Re: ISO Maintamer
Date: September 15, 2009 at 8:36 am PST

In Reply to: ISO Maintamer posted by allison on August 4, 2006 at 3:16 am:

I am mixed race. My hair is soft and fuzzy. It is not really course. It is fine and very curly in the very back and sides and thicker,courser and curlier in the crown. I have been using Thermal Reconditioners to perm it for several years with some success, but I was searching for an alternative because I need to perm more often than every 6 to 8 months. My new growth is very obvious compared to the permed area. The TR cannot be redone every 10 weeks which is about how often I would like to perm. The ISO Maintamer can be reapplied as often as every 2 months. Also, you may shampoo as early as 24 hours after the initial perm. It leaves the hair smoother and very soft. It must be combed through the new growth in order to get it smooth and you must avoid the root, otherwise the hair will fall out. Once I had a hairdresser apply it to my hair. She applied directly to the scalp and left it in my hair for 45 minutes. The scalp itched like crazy in one spot on my scalp. (Probably the area where the perm processed the longest). My hair fell out in that spot and I was left with a bald spot there for a while. The rest of the hair was perfectly straight and smooth, and it did not fall out everywhere. Ever since, I have been careful to avoid the scalp when I perm with the ISO Maintamer. Incidentally, this also applies to the Thermal Reconditioners as well. No matter how gentle the perm if it is applied directly to the scalp, it tends to weaken the hair at the follicle and the hair falls out directly from the root. Sometimes it takes a week or two, but it eventually falls out.

I like the Maintamer except for one thing. It doesn't get as smooth as with the Thermal Reconditioning and the perm smell never goes away. It is the worst smelling perm that I have ever used. The thio perms tend to stink during application, but the smell eventually fades. But with the Maintamer the smell never fades, especially when the hair is wet. It really stinks. I like the product enough to continue to use it, because it works well between TRs.

I plan to use it every 10 weeks and do a TR, (probably Liscio retouch formula) once or twice per year. The Liscio TR retouch formula has thioglycolate and this is supposedly compatible with the chemical in the Maintamer. Also Liscio has a TR protection cream that can be applied to the ends of hair, especially if the ends are damaged or color treated, so that during the TR process the ends will not be further damaged. This is a very real danger with Thermal Reconditioning. Overprocessing causes the hair to literally melt and it becomes frizzy and damaged. This is the main reason that the hair has to be long enough before TR. If it is not long enough, then overlapping will occur and overlapping the perm will cause overprocessing and result in damage.

The idea is to use the Maintamer in between TR in order to get adequate new growth to process. Does anybody know if there would be any problem with compatibility between the Maintamer and Thermal Reconditioning? And if so, is there another Cysteine type relaxer that you can recommend for me to use in between TR treatments?

I have a good hair dresser who applies the products for me.

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