I was going through another thread about asian perms, and it drove me to write this one. Warning: It's going to be LONGGG. I has untreated, black asian hair that is fairly straight with some slight waves. I started pondering about treating my hair, whether that includes hair coloring, highlighting, straight perm, or digital perms (wavy and curly). I was getting too confused with the different perms that everyone was discussing about, and which people compliments opposed to the complaints. I did, however, come to the conclusion that perm and coloring and highlights is a big no-no. I am considering the following options and have some questions after that. It's going to be long, so I appreciate all the help I can get. Soundjade did a great job informing me on a few things, so I'd also like to thank her! Treatment Options: a) hair color and digital perm 6 weeks apart (should I have some leave in conditioner before/ after the perm?) b) hair color and straight perm 6 weeks apart (should I have some leave in conditioner before/ after the perm?) c) hair color, highlights 2 weeks later, then straight perm 4 weeks after that d) just hair color, or just highlights e) just digital perm, or just straight perm Now for the Questions: - Is a digital perm hard to maintain? How long does it usually last? I'm an air-dry, comb and go kind of girl. If I'm to add a serum and scrunch it before I air dry, I think I can manage. But blowdryers and not my friends. Did anyone do this and it damaged their hair? Is it friendly to those with colored hair? - Are there different variations of straight perms? What are some of their names? Are there any that does not consist of chemicals? Are they really that damaging to the hair? Are the friendly to those with colored hair? Do you really need someone experienced for this? - I've been thinking about hair color for a long time, but I grew to love my black asian hair again. I am curious as how things will turn out. Should I make the move? - If I was to choose only one, which should it be? Would hair color look better, or can I manage with just highlights (I've never heard of asians doing this w/o a base color). - Would the leave-in conditioner best be done before the treatment, or after? -All this is going to be free, so I think I'm just excited and rushing into this. Maybe I should just try out the leave-in conditioner and see how that goes? I apologize for this tedious-ness. It's just I really don't know where to begin. Maybe I'll chicken out again and just go for leave-in conditioner... I'm so brave Thank you in advance for everyone's input!