More and more people today are learning to love their natural curls these days, while straight haired people that crave body hear the word perm and run. The era of "your grandmother's perm" is over however finding a newer stylist who knows how to give a good perm can be challenging.
Most stylists do not recommend coloring and perming the hair but it is achievable as long as you have been getting your color professionally done. Never ever get a perm on bleached or heavy highlighted hair, it will be nothing but frizzy and dull looking.
Most perms relax within the first two weeks so it is important that you are a little curlier then your desired results. The size of the rod determines the size of the curl not how long the perm has been left on. (However leaving it for too long is very bad) Also be aware that whether your hair is colored or not it will be lighter from the perm solution, so stylists always recommend that you wait to get your hair colored until after the perm. Putting color on prior to the perm is pointless as it will fade out during the perming process.
Always make sure that your stylist dusts off the ends of your hair after a perm to ensure a smooth finish. Sometimes during the perming procedure the hair moves around and the ends become kinked up adding frizz to your new do, so it's important to trim a little.
A perm is a great solution for someone with no body, stick straight hair or someone who has uneven curls too. Look for salons that carry Iso perms because for 15 years they have been voted #1 by stylists on behindthechair.com.