Post # 1
I have always wanted curly hair. I can’t stand curling my hair though! It takes forever, I always miss something, and usually end up knicking my hand with the hot iron. I’ve tried different methods of curling at home, but really I just want to take the leap and get a perm. I have a great hair stylist who I’ve been seeing for nearly 8 years. Both my mom and I go to her and she’s never done something we dont like. I trust her completely, but I’m still nervous because I have heard horror stories. So have you, or even a friend, recently had a perm? I know the perms today are a lot different than the ones in the 80’s but I can’t help but picture my self with crazy poof on the top of my head!
Post # 3
I had a perm once. I just really wanted to give curly hair a try, and I liked it a lot!
The stylist that did it said the key to a great perm is actually the cut. You have to make sure it’s layered properly so that you don’t turn into a poodle.
The actual process sucks. The chemical smells like rotten eggs, and it stays with you for a while (especially since you can’t wash your hair for a while after the perm). But it’s truly a permanant process, and your hair will stay curly until it grows out entirely. Looking back, I really liked how my hair looked when it grew out a bit, and the curls were slightly more relaxed. That was my favorite stage 🙂
I really liked my curly hair … I say give it a try if you’re curious. I never did it again because I like to mix things up a bit, but I always figured I would do another one eventually.
Post # 4
I voted for the no. My hair is pin straight and while I have a lot of it, its thin. So I got a perm when I was a teen and it didn’t even stick! It was useless. So maybe things have changed, I always wanted to do a body wave or perm or something like that. Its supposed to add volume and there’s a slight wave, that might be a bit better.
Post # 5
That’s good to know! I’ve been letting my hair grow out so, it can be cut which ever way best suites a perm on me.
Post # 6
I had perms a lot when I was little! I loved them then, but don’t know if I would get one now.
Post # 7
I had a perm when I was in high school, and I really liked it. I second everything that Miss Chapstick said- I say go for it, but be ready to smell bad for a while 😉
Post # 8
When it comes to hair I think you always want what you dont have. I have wavy hair that I straighten… but when I try to curl, it lastes a mere few hours. Oh to have gorgeous curls… a girl can dream.
Post # 9
Yes…in the early 90’s when I was about 7 years old! lol
I’m a hairstylist, and while yours is probably way more experienced than I (since I’ve had my license four years) I’m sure she will tell you that no matter what, a perm takes a toll on your hair.
I understand the problem of having limp hair hair without alot of body or texture though. I would just be sure and specify what look you are going for. Definitely have some pictures, so your stylist can see how loose or tight you want the curls, also the wrap pattern you want. It will help her get an idea of what type of rod to use.
Also, do NOT get a perm if you’ve recently had your hair lightened/highlighted. But I’m sure your stylist wouldn’t let you do that either =p
Post # 10
@ Ms. Caniche it’s true! Every woman that sits in my chair wants the opposite thickness/texture they have!
I used to dream about having having naturally straight, not-so-thick hair like my friends when I was young, now I’ve grown to embrace my hair’s natural curl.
@lilybee, Miss Chapstick makes a great point! The cut needs to compliment the texture service. So be sure and discuss that with your stylist as well!
Post # 11
Perms fry your hair. They look cute at first but believe me they are a pain! I dont mean to make a perm sound aweful but I have been doing hair now for a while and have done many perms. Ive also had 1 or 2 myself. The perming process actually breaks the sulfur bonds in your hair and the when you add the chemicals, your hairs sulfur bonds break and form to the shape of the rod which permenetly “curls” your hair. Once your hair is nutralized the bonds form back together to create curly hair that CANNOT go back to straight unless with a chemical straightener. (Which is VERY VERY dangerous!) You cannot chemically treat already chemically treated hair. The only way to get rid of a perm is to cut it off or wait till you have enough new growth to cut the rest of the perm off. And NO a perm does not “fall” out. It cant. The only reason why someones hair does not take to a perm was because the stylist didnt either 1: do it right. 2; Neutralize it, or 3: Use enough chemicals.
Perms are cute yes but a pain too! I would just suggest after your hair is wet after a shower to scrunch it with any type of curl inhanceing spray/mousse/gel. Good luck!
Post # 12
I’ve gotten perms. The problem with mine is that it never really stays in good curles. It always just turns into more of a body wave. I have to scrunch it will moose and gel & then it just looks ratty and wet. I don’t really know how you can get a perm and have it look like dry curls made with a curling iron. Maybe my stylists just don’t know what they’re doing?
Post # 13
Every once in a while I get a bug up my butt to get a perm. i usually hate it for a month afterwards, as its always too tightly curled. My favorite part of a perm is when it relaxes and my hair is more bouncy/wavy then curly. I HATE the smell of the chemicals, although the last one i got, at an Aveda salon (2008), was way better then the previous ones I’d gotten from my aunt back in the 90’s. I chose “other” because sometimes i LOVE perms in my hair and other times I HATE them. There are pictures of me as a teen where I would have told you at the time I thought I looked amazing, but the pictures show a kind of short poodle look which makes me want to gag.
A co-worker of mine got one of those new electro-perms (that’s not what they are called, i am pretty certain…), where they used electricity and chemicals to set her hair, and her hair looked Amazing! it was far more wavy then curly (which is my preference) and lasted forever! She said it was pretty pricy, but then it left her hair in better shape then a traditional perm, used fewer chemicals, and smelt way better.
Post # 14
I had a perm once in my life and it was when I was a kid. I wanted to chop my long hair off so bad but my parents refused so they gave me a perm. I HATED it. The look, the curls, and the God awful smell. I think the only good thing that came out of it wsa that my hair had become more spirally.
I will never do that again.
Post # 15
I really would like to get a perm too! I just called my stylist to ask her what she thought. waiting to hear back. I adore curly hair and it would be so nice not to have to use my stupid curler = =;;;
How long does a perm last??
Post # 16
perms can be really great if you have someone with great taste and great skill do them. i have wavy hair and have gotten perms just to even out the wave a bit – i like them. but i don’t suggest doing it if it varies too much from your natural texture.