The process of perming your hair involves chemicals that change the structure of your hair’s texture. This means it could change your hair from straight to curly, or vice versa. Besides just curling and straightening, perms can bring volume and bounce into your hair, too. The method involves molding the hair using heated rods and dousing it in an acidic solution that breaks the disulfide bonds in your hair. The ceramic, or cold, perm uses no heat and a less damaging alkaline solution. Cold perms will give tight, vintage-looking curls, while hot perms tend to look more natural.

Is Perm Good for Natural Hair?

Having your natural relaxed or permed can lead to severe hair damage and breakage, and we don’t want that. It cannot be undone once you have your hair relaxed or permed. You will need to let your natural hair grow again. However, doing this can have unwanted curls on the roots of your hair.

Does a Perm Permanently Curl Your Hair?

Once the stylist removes the curlers, your hair will now be “permanently” curled (which is where the term “perm” comes from). Unlike hair dyes, perms can’t wash out. It will stay curly even after you’ve washed and dried your hair!

What Are the Cons of Getting a Perm?

If you have dry hair then don’t even think of having perms, as perming itself makes your hair dry and frizzy, and brittle as it requires chemical usage which can damage your hair to an extent. Perming chemically damages the outer coating of your hair which means that dryness will become a part of your everyday life.

Can You Undo a Perm?

If you want to undo the results of a perm, or relax a perm, wash your hair with Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner to cleanse and hydrate your hair, and to help relax your curls. Apply a deep conditioning treatment or hot oil treatment, cover your curls with a shower cap, and leave on for several hours.

Do Perms Stop Hair Growth?

Will a Perm Cause Hair Loss? Because the chemicals used during a perm alter your hair’s structure, there is a risk of damage. However, when performed by an experienced professional, your perm shouldn’t cause hair loss or damage your hair in any way.

When Should You Not Perm Your Hair?

Do not perm your hair if it has recently been subject to harsh chemical processing. If it is fairly healthy, you can always help get it prepared by using deep conditioners and moisturizers in the weeks leading up to your perm, but do not use any heavy conditioning products in the last 24 hours.

How Often Can I Perm My Hair?

The normal time period between perms is three to four months for short to medium-length hair as long as hair is trimmed or cut two or three times within this period. Your stylist can help you make this decision.

How Do You Sleep With Permed Hair?

Sleep on a satin pillowcase instead to give your hair the freedom to move without damage. You could tie your hair up in a loose bun, braids, or do the plop method. To plop your hair, use a conditioner and wrap your hair up in a microfiber cloth. Then, plop the excess right on top of your head and secure it there!

Does Hair Go Back to Normal After Perm?

Unsurprisingly, “perm” is short for the word permanent – once your hair is permed, it will keep the shape of that new texture indefinitely. But it’s important to understand that it doesn’t change how your natural hair grows back. You’ll eventually need touch-up perms to treat your new growth for a uniform look.

Is Perm Hard to Maintain?

Though they may make life a bit easier, it is important to remember that it is a chemical proess which can leave your hair a bit more fragile than normal. Perms require a bit of care and specific types of products in order to maintain your hair’s health and the look you want.

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