Q. How often is too often to perm my hair?
A. The normal time period between perms is three to four months as long as hair is trimmed or cut two or three times within this period. Your stylist can help you make this decision.
Q. The last perm I had lasted six months. What did my stylist do to make it last so long?
A. Your stylist chose the correct perm and rod size and correctly performed each step of the perming process.
Q. I swim daily in an indoor pool for exercise. Can I have my hair permed?
A. Yes. Hair should be classified as "chemically damaged" because it has been exposed to a high level of alkalinity everyday. Your stylist will select a perm for you based on this. Be sure to shampoo after swimming with a swimmer's shampoo like Salon Care Anti Chlorine Moisturizing Shampoo.
Q. Should I have my hair cut before or after a perm?
A. Consult with your stylist. Some stylists prefer to cut hair before the perm to remove excess length and weight. Others prefer to cut after the perm to remove any dry or damaged ends and to shape the style.
Q. How do I know my hair is in good enough condition to perm?
A. Your stylist will check to see that you have good elasticity and enough moisture in your hair.
Q. My hair is thin, dry and flyaway. Can I have it permed without damaging my hair?
A. Consult your stylist. Your hair will need extra moisture before perming. A deep moisturizing treatment may be applied to your hair prior to the perm service.
Q. Can I go bald from perms?
A. Perms do not cause baldness. Hair, however, can break off if too much tension is used during the wrapping technique. > Also, if the rubber band on the perm rod is twisted, hair can be broken off at the scalp.
Q. I get the "greasies" easily. Can I wash my hair after my perm?
A. If you shampoo immediately after perming, you can relax the curl. Wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair. Until then, wear a hat or pull hair back with a pretty hair accessory.
Q. Can I use a blow dryer right after my perm?
A. You can, but it is best to use a low setting and a diffuser. If you brush the hair while drying and pull it straight, you risk relaxing the curl. ,
Q. Can I use gel or mousse on my hair immediately after a perm?
A. Yes. A lighter spray-on gel works great on permed hair. Try Aura Flax Seed Spray-on Gel (flax acts to seal cuticle), L'Oreal's Dynamic Curls or Hair Specifics Spray Light Gel. An alcohol-free mousse like Quantum or Jheri Redding Volumizer won't dry out curls.
Q. How should I treat my hair after I shampoo my new perm?
A. Gently blot excess water from your hair. Then spray with a leave-in treatment like Great Feeling Curl Revitalizer or Ion Anti-Frizz Leave-in because they won't weigh curls down. Avoid pulling or picking the hair until it is almost dry to avoid breakage and the frizzies.
Q. What medications affect the results of a perm? Should I tell my stylist what medicines I am taking?
A. Yes, always tell your stylist what medications you are taking, and if you have had any recent surgery, including cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. Because medications are excreted through the hair, they could possibly affect the outcome of a perm. Among the types of medications that effect perm results are hormones and high blood pressure medications which tend to make a perm "take" faster than normal. It is believed that these medications raise the temperature of the scalp which accelerates the perm process. Low blood sugar medication can cause early curl relaxation. Retin A can cause the scalp to be more sensitive to chemicals resulting in a burning sensation. Iron supplements can cause the hair to be more resistant to perming. Ask your doctor what effect specific medications may have. It is also a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo before a perm.
Q. I work in the sun on weekends. My permed hair is beginning to look parched. What should I do?
A. If at all possible, wear a hat. Also, use styling products with sunscreens, such as Aura and Biotera. Use a daily shampoo and conditioner that will add moisture to the hair.
Q. Do botanical perms differ from chemical perms? Will they last as long?
A. All perms contain chemicals in order to work. Botanical perms differ from other types of perms in that they have added botanicals and herbs.Yes, they do last as long!
Q. What can I do to get rid of that yucky perm odor in my hair?
A. There are products available that can be used immediately after a perm to remove residual perm odor. Your stylist should be aware of them. Be sure your stylist rinses your hair longer the next time you have a perm to ensure that all the waving lotion is removed. Many new perms are being introduced that have a more appealing smell. If you are particularly sensitive to perm odor, tell your stylist before having the perm service.
Q. Can I have a cold wave perm every three months?
A. Yes, it depends on your hair texture and hair styles. Some short cuts will require frequent perming.
Q. I had a soft wave at home. When can I have my hair re-permed?
A. If hair is in good condition, you can re-perm immediately if you want more curl. However, it is best to consult your stylist.
Q. How can I cut down on the time I am at the salon for a perm, yet be sure my hair is properly conditioned before the perm service?
A. Your stylist can use a leave-in conditioner on the hair with some of the new perm products which not only saves you salon time, but also leaves your hair in excellent condition after the perm. Consult your stylist about using this procedure.
Q. What is the best size perm rod to get the tightest curl?
A. The smaller the rod size, the tighter the curl. However, perm formulas provide various strengths and snap to curl. Show your stylist a picture of the style you want so he or she can determine the best rod size to use.
Q. What is the best size perm rod to achieve waves?
A. Your stylist will probably use a larger rod size. For very little curl and mostly waves, suggest your stylist use the largest perm rods available.
Q. I have fine, medium-texture hair. What is the best perm for me?
A. Your stylist may use a cold wave, or a more gentle formulation such as the acid-balanced perm which is heat-activated. This type of perm usually results in soft, loose waves without the risk of frizzies.
Q. I want a perm that allows me to wash, dry and go. What type of perm should I request from my stylist?
A. Your stylist may recommend a curly perm. For best results, your hair should be cut in longer, graduated layers, rather than short layers all over, otherwise you could look like a poodle! The cut is critical.
Q. My hair is damaged by sun and chlorine. What perm should my stylist use?
A. First, you should use a clarifying shampoo to remove the chlorine build-up. Then, consult your stylist regarding whether your hair can be permed. If the sun lightened your hair, a perm for color-treated hair should be used. Your hair may also need moisturizing treatments or conditioning before the perm service.
Q. What type of perm should I get for my hair when it is growing out from a perm?
A. A perm specifically designed for dry or damaged hair would be your best bet. Let your stylist be the guide. He or she may also want to use a moisturizing pre-wrap on your hair to add extra moisture to the dry or damaged areas.
Q. My hair falls in my eyes constantly. What perm would help this?
A. Your stylist would use a directional wrap that forces the hair away from the face and into the desired direction. If your hair is very heavy, you may want to use styling aids to keep the hair in place after you style it.
Q. I only want height at the crown. What perm is best for this?
A. Your stylist would use a spot or root perm.
Q. I am of Asian descent with coarse, straight hair. What perm should I have?
A. Any coarse hair can be permed. Coarse hair is hard to wrap, but not hard to perm. Your stylist would probably use a cold wave and take extra care in wrapping your hair.
What conditioning program should I use before my perm?
A. You should not need a specific conditioning program before perming unless your hair is severely damaged. In this case, consult your stylist.
Q. What kind of hairspray can I use on my new perm?
A. Consider using a working spray that will easily rinse out or brush out, such as Tresemme 4+4 Brush Out Shaping Spray or Ion Hair Spray.
Q. I live on the Gulf Coast, and it is so humid my perm frizzes. What can i do?
A. Use a styling aid to hold hair in place and to seal the cuticle. Use products that contain special humectants and other ingredients to help control the frizzies, such as Ion Anti Frizz Glosser or Frizz Care Hair Treatment.
Q. After a perm, my hair always looks dull and lighter than its original color. What can I do?
A. Make sure your stylist is thoroughly rinsing the perm solution from your hair, because applying a neutralizer over the perm solution can cause dryness and lighten haircolor. Consider using a shiner on hair, or a color-enhancing shampoo, such as Aura, which corresponds to your natural hair-color.
Q. I love to ski, but when I am in the mountains my permed hair "dies." What can I do to rev it back up?
A. Try a perm rejuvenator like Quantum, Great Feeling or Design Freedom Perm Revitalizer to perk up your hair.
Q. What special products should I use after I perm my hair?
A. Permed hair may need extra conditioning. Try Quantum Shampoo and Conditioner for Permed or Color Treated Hair or Keragenics Rejuvenating Treatment and Shampoo.
Q. My hair is naturally very curly. What products and methods are available to straighten my curls?
A. Certain wrapping techniques and extra large perm rods can soften curly hair. Chemical relaxers can also be used to straighten naturally curly hair.
Q. For a more natural look, what different types of perm rollers should my stylist use?
A. All perms should look natural. The choice of rod size and type should be discussed with your stylist before wrapping begins.