Curly headed women always want straight hair and straight haired women always want curly hair. Why can't we just be happy and embrace what we were born with? This coming from the person who would die without her straightening iron to tame the mass of tumbling curls she has! Well until the day that we are genetically enhanced and can choose our perfect hair from birth, we'll all have to settle with having tools at our disposal to give us the perfect hair that we want. With that said, when did perms come back into style?
Flash back to the 80s and life with 'poodle hair'. Let's be honest now, most perms at that time left your hair looking like you were the long lost cousin of your best friend's poodle. I know first hand of this because my mother hated her stick straight hair and would go ever so often to get it permed and truthfully, it never looked good. And the smell...my word the smell! You know she had visited the beauty salon five miles before she made it home just by the smell. So, now that we're done reminiscing all the bad perms out there let's get to the good news. Perms are back in style and better than ever.
Perms are no longer called perms either, now they're referred to as body waves. The new perms are now, effortless, smoother, full of volume and can give you beautiful hair that will last up to a year. If you're not really wanting to achieve the tumble of curls look, a perm can still be an option for you because it still gives you incredible body that you can blow dry it straight.
Some perms, I mean body waves, today are achieved without heat and are considered cold perms. Another way to get a perm is called the digital perm. Gaining popularity stateside from Asia, the digital perm is still a hot perm but instead the heat is digitally regulated by the curlers in your hair and is meant for only half the hair (the bottom half) so it's not a good option to use if you're wanting some lift to the roots.
A few tips for before and after your perm:
Before having your hair permed, go in for a one on one consultation so the stylist knows exactly what look you’re wanting to achieve.
Once you’re sitting in the chair make sure your stylist is using the correct size rollers. If you're wanting a looser wave added to your hair like beach waves, make sure that your stylist is using medium to large rollers. Anything smaller than that will create a tight curl.
After you get your perm make sure your hair is cut into layers. Curly hair tends to poof up and out so if your hair is all the same length be prepared for an 80s flashback of pyramid head.
Keep away from the blow dryer unless you're straightening your hair. Curls look best when air dried and being that your hair is already going to be brittle due to the chemicals from the treatment, all a blow dryer will succeed in doing is poofing and drying your hair out. If you must blow dry your hair use the diffuser attachment.
Wondering if perms still have that bad smell that last forever? Unfortunately, yes. That's one part of the perm that apparently hasn't been solved just yet.
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