Perming is often taken to be the best option during those days when your pocket its not right for other hairstyles. However, before you decide to perm your hair, you need to know some things. On one hand, this hair treatment is damaging and there is no way around this. On the other, it can be a life saver I tell you. Seeing how the majority of the people who sported this style back in the day still have hair today, you can be quite calm about the damage.
Here are some simple tips that you should know before you decide to perm your hair:
DO NOT Perm your hair if you have bleached or colored it!
First, your bleached hair won’t necessarily turn green or do some other horrendous thing that will be impossible to cover up if you perm it. At least, it shouldn’t do this if you use high-quality treatments for both bleaching and perm.
However, as both treatments cause extensive damage to your hair, you should take it at your own risk. If you choose to do this, wait for no less than a week after bleaching or coloring your hair before you perm it. This will reduce the damage a little and help both treatments “set” into your hair.
If you must perm, then use high quality perm
The most important thing with this treatment is to choose your perming solution wisely. Today you can find a specialized option that fits your exact hair type including those for natural normal hair, for natural strong and thick hair, and for colored or otherwise treated hair.
You should always go with the closest possible match for your hair type. These treatments will do the least damage. Today, you can find “milder” options that contain fewer chemicals so they are safer. However, they don’t produce the same perm result, so discuss your exact expectations with an expert.
Dry hair doesn’t take well to perming
As was said before, perm does great damage to your hair, even if you use the “softer” solutions available today. Dryness is the first thing that occurs due to this damage and it often deteriorates to brittleness fast. However, if your hair is already dry, the damage it suffers will be extensive.
In some cases, this may result in your perm not living up to your expectations. Too damaged locks will break down and split. This will prevent them from forming beautiful curls you were hoping for. Instead, you might end up with a “bird’s nest” on your head. And the only way to deal with it in bad cases might be to cut off the most damaged parts.
You’ll need to grow out your locks if they are short or layered
Layered hairstyles that have short layers don’t do well with the perm. Even if your hair is healthy and strong, this won’t change the fact that your newly-permed curls will make your hairstyle appear shorter.
If your hair is short already, which should be the case for layered locks, you might end up with a ridiculous hairstyle of tiny curls that look akin to sheep wool. Therefore, if you want a perm, grow out your locks to a decent length first.
The damage perm does can be mitigated by the absence of daily hot styling
Any type of styling your hair into curls will do some damage, especially if there is heat involved. From this point of view, the one-time damage from the perm can be considered the “lesser evil” as it will remove the need for you to use a curling wand.
Never forget that for all that it’s bad for your locks, a proper perm doesn’t ruin them completely. If your hair was strong and healthy before, you should be able to restore it rather fast. Use specialized hair care products recommended by your hairdresser and cut down on styling. Hydrate your locks daily and provide them with a nourishing and restorative hair mask once a week.
Adapted from Simpleula