Post # 1
I grew up in the 80s when we all had “perms.” Admittedly, they were, generally speaking, pretty bad. But I loved my hair curly and it is bone-straight naturally and doesn’t like to hold curl from a curling iron or rollers. Do they still do perms at all? And if so, have they improved much?
Post # 2
I don’t think they are better now. I made a mistake of getting a perm about 10 years ago. The perm was very tight (poodle), it was too small of a curl to look natural. Ihad difficulty brushing it and it looked like an afro on me. Then the worst part happened: in a few weeks I started losing my hair in clumps, especially in the shower. After awhile I noticed short wisps coming upright from my scalp – it was new hair growing out after being broken off and fried by the chemicals. The hair was brittle and straw – like. No amount of conditioning and oiling helped. Only time cured the bad hair, it took a good 7 years to grow all that garbage out. Lesson learned.
Post # 3
Two of my friends got perms in the last couple months, both of them LOVE it! Their hair isn’t overly damaged, and they both had looser curls put in, one had stick straight hair, the other wavy, and the straight haired friend looks like she has very loose, natural looking curls, and the wavy haired one (big loose waves) just has a much tigher wave now. 🙂
How well it turns out I think depends on your stylist, size of the rods used, and how well you normally treat your hair, and if you know how to take care of curly hair. Curly hair should NEVER be brushed, (finger combing, air drying and hair plopping are huge helps), get shampoo/conditioner products made for curly hair, and I think it could be amazing.
My hair is past my hips, and I keep thinking I want to try a perm, but I’m researching the right stylist to do it. 🙂 Good luck with your hair adventures!
Post # 4
I remember in high school, everyone wanted “body waves”, which were like….laid back perms or something. I’m sure people still get them, but no one really talks about them much.
Post # 5
I don’t know about Western salons, but perms are very popular in Asia. I get them regularly to get wavy hair when I’m there. They do heat perms, not chemical perms, and it’s very natural and nice. It’s not damaging at all (as long as you don’t keep perming already permed hair), and they last about 6-8 months. Try to find a Korean and Japanese hairdresser in your city that does heat perms. They are also called digitial perms. Good luck!
Post # 7
I have a perm and love it!
My hair is shoulder length and super thick. I’ve always loved curly hair but my hair would take hours to curl with a curling iron… an as they say, ain’t no body got time for that. I used hot rollers a couple times and loved the affect, but same deal… I found them too time consuming.
I’m lucky, my hair holds a curl well and I can get away with perming my hair every 10-12 months… so damage is very minimal. I use moisterizing products to help keep everything healthy between perms. My only trouble was it took a couple tries to get the curl size right. We went too big the 1st time and my curls would drop out by the end of the day because of the weight of my hair.
I’ve been perming for 2-3 years now and I get compliments on my hair constantly. Everyone thinks it’s natural… even hairdressers! So there is hope… go and talk to a stylist and ask what your options are.
Post # 8
I know a lady that gets perms, but she straightens her hair a lot too which kinda defeats the purpose…fwiw her hair looks much better and healthier when it’s straightened.