If you have permanently straight hair, you might have always wondered what it would be like to switch it up and have curls. You might even consider a perm. Perms were all the rage back in the day, and yes, they still do them now! However, they are definitely a lifestyle that requires routine care and commitment to maintain fabulous curls. Here’s everything you should know before you decide to get a perm or not:
- Make sure your hair isn’t too damaged before you decide to get a perm. You have to have healthy hair for a perm to come out properly. If your hair is damaged from coloring, treatments or just very dry, you might want to get your hair in better, healthier condition before you get a perm.
- Think again if you have short or layered hair. It may not come out like you’d want or expect it to. Ask your hairstylist if your hair is an appropriate length and style before committing to curls.
- Avoid chemical treatments before and after your perm. Keep in mind, after you get your perm you should avoid getting your hair colored for at least a month. You also shouldn’t get it colored too close before you get a perm because it could damage your hair.
- You’ll have to get all new products and a new hair care routine. Ask your hairstylist for their recommendations for shampoos, conditioners, and other styling products to help you maintain your new curls. This is definitely an investment.
- Just like it is an investment, it is also a commitment. It isn’t called a perm for no reason. It is permanent. While it won’t last the rest of your life, it will last a long time depending on your hair length and type. You’ll need to figure out how to take care of it properly if you want it to keep looking amazing.
- It might weaken and damage your hair. However, if you use the right products and take care of your tresses, it is much like coloring your hair. There are always risks when you change your hair type with chemicals. Keep in mind, you might feel pain when your perm is being done and that could mean your hair follicles are being damaged.
- Like any new hair style or hair treatment, consult with your stylist before you jump right in. They will give you advice on pros and cons for your specific hair and help you make the best decision for you and your hair.
Happy perming – if you decide to do it!
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