(Closed) Wearing hair down, thinking pin-up glam- what about a body wave perm?

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I really don’t know much about perms, except that I had some really bad ones in 6th and 7th grade. I don’t think it’s possible, but I swear it changed my hair for life. Not in a good way!

I would talk to your hairstylist and see what they suggest. I might get it cut, so there wasn’t so much weight to drag it down. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Outdoor ceremony, banquet hall reception

If you’ve never had one before, then I would say that this is a very bad time to experiment. Just think- if you hate it, then you’re going to have to wait for it to grow out, which would take a really long time since you’ve got such long hair! Plus, with hair that long, a perm might seriously damage it (since your ends are so old).

I would say experiment with just curling your hair with a curling iron. Or even pin curls. See how they hold up. You might be surprised!  You could even take up the length a bit and add some layers- you might have some natural curl in there that is waiting to be set free! 🙂

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I used to get body waves, years and years ago, but mostly my “waves” looked likke a regular perm…so maybe over time things have changed.

Considering your wedding is 5 months away, the perm will def be more relaxed by that time and the waves or curls won’t be so defined and could help to hold your curl. Just remeber that when getting a perm, it does shorten your hair up a bit and is a little shocking at first. But even if you don’t like it, you could always straigten it too when you don’t want to wear it curly 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

You don’t need a perm to get a look that has staying power throughout the day.  I was skeptical because my hair goes SO flat so easily…  I told my stylist that I wanted my hair to be soft and bouncy, but to not have a hair out of place by the end of the night.  There was a ton of product in there, but my wish was fulfilled.

She used hairspray, a curling iron and then colored hair powder to get the look.  It took less than an hour, she used all Bumble and Bumble products.  At least for my hair trial, the look was so long lasting that I wore it the next day for my bridal shower.

You can check out our wedding teaser if you want to see more of the hair.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would def be wary of trying out a perm just 5 months before the wedding. It could really damage your hair and if you don’t like it you could be stuck with it. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would do some trials to see how it goes before making the big decision to perm your long hair.  You can’t go back once you’ve gotten it! 

My hair stylist used big and sexy products and it held amazingly SO much better than my normal cheaper hair products.  Spending the money on hair products made the difference…I’m sure something similar would work for you!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Like the others suggested, I would be skeptical about trying out a perm with your wedding so close by.  Instead, I’d try out different types of curls–curling iron, rollers, etc, until you achieve the look you want.  I’d chat with your hairstylist and see if he/she has any suggesions.  I know you can do a lot with hair products to keep the curl in all day long.  Btw, if you’re looking for more curl/body, Mrs. Powder Puff is right, some layers might be the way to go.  I know my hair has a lot of natural curl/wave in it and layers enhance that.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

okay so i am a trained hairstylist and i cringed at you thinking about getting a perm for the wedding.

please dont do it! you will be bummed out royally. any hair can curl you just need the right products. the only hair that is really hard to work with is those of asian ethnisities and if their hair is virgin (never been coloured or anything before).

always set your hair in hot rollers first, this starts the curling process, use a bit of hair spray here. now test in your hair if moose, or hair spray will work better with this part. curl it with a curling iron!

you should be golden. no matter what curls do loosen and start to fall for anyone by the end of the night unless you are wearing a weave of fake curls.

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