You may think your problem
is unique but we find the same basic issues effect everyone. So
take a look through some of these previously asked questions. The
answers are from professional hairdressers with a wealth of experience,
however these are personal opinions and VirtualHairCare cannot be
held liable for the results of following this advice.
Should a perm be like this:
my hair permed two weeks ago. The back of my hair is straight
and the top and sides are too curly and frizzy. On top of
this a lot of hair has broken off leaving a kind of stubble.
was done at a salon, it's not like it was a home perm!
can I get it straightened back out?
think that I will have to pay for it?
is definitely not what it should be, as such anything that
is done to it should be at the expense of the salon. Best
course of action is to return to the salon that did your hair
and get them to have a look at it. Even if your hair was in
bad condition before you should have been advised against
having a perm, if you insisted you should have been asked
to sign away your rights before the process was started. However,
your complaints do sound to me like those that are the fault,
due to inexperience or incompetence, of the hairdresser. Your
only real course of action is a series of treatments before
anything further on the chemical side can be done I'm afraid.
it is a chemical process on top of the first and as such can
harm the condition especially if your hair was not in good
condition before. Therefore, listen if they say your hair
is not up to it. Perms will relax, to a degree, on there own
section in V, 'Getting the most from your next salon visit'.
There are some pages there on making a complaint in the best
possible way and getting what you want.
Will fine hair hold a perm:
years old, and I have straight, fine hair that barely ever
holds a curl. I can't really do anything with my hair myself,
I just seem to lack the hair styling skills. But I am very
interested in having curly hair or at least some kind of body
to it and considering a perm. But with my cheerleading, I
need to be able to slick it straight back into a ponytail
and curl the ends. Do you have any advice on whether or not
to go through with the perm? Or should I consider something
else? Thanks a lot.
do give body and support but not on their own and require
your hair to be cut in a certain way and not to be too long.
It is a common misconception that a perm is the answer to
all life's hair issues.
sections in V in 'Your hair' on 'Fine hair' and ask yourself
if you have tried or broken some of the basic rules. Also
read the section in 'Salon services and chemical treatments'
on 'Perming'. This also discusses the pros and cons of perming
and hair types perms don't always work on.
this information I then suggest you visit one or more salons
for a consultation to get some hands on, one on one, expert
advice. There is only so much help I can give over the Internet
and someone looking at your hair and asking your more questions
about your lifestyle will be able to tell you the best course
of action. Armed with all this info, you will be able to pick
a good stylist that has considered all the angles and made
no promises that can't be kept.
Can you straighten a perm:
I have recently received a perm (grey rods / long hair / rolled
piggy back). I have received perms in the past as a little girl,
teenager etc. After I got out of college my hair had already
become straight. ** To the question - I do not like having a
perm!!! Is there anything I can do to have it straight again?
(Without becoming a frizz ball)?
can have it straightened, but this is a perm on top of the
one you just had and can result in poor conditioned hair.
Consult your stylist as to whether your hair is up to this.
Then look at styles that would utilise your natural movement
rather than trying to fight it.
grey rods and the type of perm wind that you had does not
sound overly curly and so could straighten easily with a little
extra work when you blow-dry. You can buy several different
brands now of gel that will help you straighten your hair
when blow-drying which you will need for a longer lasting
effect. Follow the tips in our 'Blow-drying and styling' section
of V, the page is simply titled 'Blow-drying your hair straight'.
choice might sound like a lot of work, but is preferable over
poor conditioned hair, and the result of continuously straightening
your perm in this way, will be that it will 'drop' (relax
to a straighter version) more quickly than normal.
Is this really a 'body perm':
I got what was supposed to be a BODY PERM (I was promised no "poodle curls") a week ago. It is totally kinky, and dry and
frizzy. Is a perm reversible? My hair is layered and just above
my shoulders, and it WAS in fantastic condition (naturally straight)
before the disaster.
of action is to return to the salon that did your hair and
get them to have a look at it. All treatments and perms should
be at the salons cost, not yours, if you are not happy.
it is a chemical process on top of the first and as such can
harm the condition especially if your hair was damaged during
the first perm. Therefore listen if they say your hair is
not up to it and that it would be best to wait a couple of
weeks to see if it relaxes on its own, perms do this if not
section in V on 'Getting the most from your next salon visit'
there are some pages on making a complaint in the best possible
way and getting what you want.
is the difference between a spiral perm and a body wave?
perm is one that looks like ringlets, personally I see it
as definitely curly.
perm does not look like a perm at all (or should not) it merely
supports the haircut and adds volume to the hair.
way to get exactly what you want is not to refer to terms
which mean different things to different people, but to take
pictures of exactly what you want with you and discuss the
possibilities with your stylist.
section in V, 'Getting the most from your next salon visit'
for the page on 'Consultations' which has some great tips
on chatting to your hairdresser.
use a soft wave perm, without rollers, to try to straighten
my hair back out?
a perm and now it is really frizzy. I have tried everything
to get rid of the frizz.
can use a perm to straighten hair. However, it is a very specialise
process and you really have to know what you are doing as
it can cause hair breakage if not done correctly.
have a second problem, in that frizz is often a sign of over
processing, which means that there could be a chemical damage
issue. If that is the case you will not be able to use another
perm in this way as more chemicals will mean more damage and
possibly even hair loss! I am not trying to scare you here
just warn you of the dangers.
suggest that your consult an professional stylist and get
their opinion. A professional will be able to assess all of
your options and come up with a plan to ensure your hair remains
in good condition and you get the look you want.
How long between perms:
I had a perm put in my hair and was wondering how long I should
wait until I can have another perm?
all down to condition with perming, your hair must be in good
condition for a perm to work. A second perm, won't take and
could possibly make your hair frizzy or at worse, break off,
if the condition of your hair is not up to it.
a root perm is suggested to match the straighter root area
of your hair to the curly ends. This type of perming technique
prevents overlapping (perm on top of perm) and so the condition
of your hair is not changed.
time between perms, when the hair is in good condition, and
what is left of the old perm does not have to be worried about
is 3 months. Best way to find out where your own hair is at
is to pop into a salon for a consultation. These are free
at most salons and will really let you know where you stand.
See our section 'Getting the Most from Your Next Salon Visit'
for info on consultations.
When should I wash my hair:
What happens if you wash your permed hair before the 48 hour
loosen the curl so making it weaker and less curly. It is
all about the fact that a perm is hair glued into a new shape
and anything that is freshly glued needs time to set and harden.
48 hours is the general recommendation for this. You should
also not brush or tie your hair up during this time for the
may offer you an after perm treatment that does the job of
hardening your hair or fixing the glue so that you don't have
to worry about this.
Should I perm:
I have long hair, past my shoulders and I am considering getting
a perm. I have really thick hair so I thought this would look
good. However, I'm worried after I get it done I wont like the
results and it might not suit me. What do you think?
to perm your hair or not should not is not really the first
question you should be asking. The first question is "What
style do I want to achieve"? Once you know the answer
to this then ask the question "Will a perm help me to
achieve this style"?
answer is yes, to having a perm, then you need to think about:
make your hair look thicker and fuller, so if you want this
great, if you don't...
hair is to remain one length, it will still be flat at the
roots, as the weight of your hair will pull even the tightest
curl straight without some layers. Layers are a good idea
any how as without them hair with curl in it tends to take
on a triangular shape as the curl makes it wider at the bottom.
Perming long hair:
have long hair to my waist, its straightish/wavy. I am planning
to perm it soon because I have always wanted permanent curls!
I need your advice as to whether I should perm it?
hair like yours has one major disadvantage when permed, the
shear weight of the hair means that the roots will remain
straight and it will look like a grown our perm from the start.
You can prevent this from happening by putting in some layers
but the shortest needs to be quite short and will never blend
with the extreme length.
you need to be prepared for this from the start. After that
it is all about condition. Permed hair takes a lot of looking
after and tends to be very tangled in long hair. Also longer
hair simply because it is older is more prone to split ends
and lack of shine.
the salon to do the job well as there are many added difficulties
with perming such long hair i.e. you will need special rollers
and possibly varying strengths of lotion to ensure an even
On a more
positive note it is a different look after having the same
look for so long.
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