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From: Nicolle (
Subject: Question to Leslie about OptiSmooth
Date: September 16, 2006 at 7:35 pm PST

My local hairdresser uses OptiSmooth and has done a strand test on me and decided to use the medium strength on me rather than the sensitized. I do have previously Liscio TR'd hair. The person who did the Liscio TR used to do TR in Japan and then came to America and opened his own salon. He does them all the time, and has for many years. My Liscio (first one not using I Straight) reverted and there were wavy bits to start with. They did offer to redo them but I didn't want any more processing. Months later even the ends started to curl. That never happened with I Straight. My hair was highlighted and had Opti Smooth cold at the ends and I have very fine hair so he probably thought I needed the gentlest version.

Anyway, after trying all three formulas on a strand test for Optismooth, my current hairdresser decided that I have very strange hair, even highlighted and with previous TR, the sensitized version after 20 minutes did not break the curl. (and I only have wavy, not frizzy hair and it is straight for the first few inches off the scalp) The medium started to break at 20 minutes but she was afraid the resistant would be too strong, especially at the parts that were tr'd and highlighted (professionally with peroxide..barely noticeable..not a major lift).

The Liscio was left on 10 minutes under heat and 5 minutes under cold and they still couldn't break the bonds completely even though they thought I was done when they started to iron obviously.

That gives you some history etc. The question I really have, since you have worked with OptiSmooth, when the hair is ironed etc, after the bonds are broken, and before the neutralizer is put on, can or do you spray anything on the hair to restructure or condition it? Nexxus had a product called Epitome. On the label it says the hairdresser, when perming, should spray this on the hair once the perfect curl is achieved, not rinsed out, and THEN put the neutralizer in, to help the hair after this service.

Do you think this might also help with TR'd hair as well?

I found that very interesting..

Do you recommend or do you use anything to spray on the hair after the ironing but before the neutralizer to lock in protein etc?


Hair Symptoms/Indication Damaged Cuticles Weak Tensile Strength Frail Structure Dull Appearance Poor Elasticity Therapeutic Benefits Fortifies & Repairs Damaged Cuticle Improves Elasticity & Strength Adds Healthy Sheen Fast Acting Electrolytes

My local hairdresser will likely eventually be trained in another TR product but has done Optismooth for years. She is very good and does training classes every month and currently now is attending weekly school again for techniques for hair. She owns the salon. I trust her more than anyone around here right now or else I wouldn't let her do the Optismooth as I'd prefer I Straight actually.

She is going to do a Malibu prior to the Optismooth to remove the well water (water in my city is from an underground well and makes my hair very red). This Malibu service even says it is good to use before any chemical service but will make the hair process faster so she knews she'll have to check it very often. It strips all the minerals off the hair.

So what do you think about a protein/restructuring/conditioning spray being put on prior to the neutralizer? Does OptiSmooth have their own or do you recommend one? Thanks!

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