As you glance across virtually every print medium such as newspapers, magazines and catalogs, there seems to be one thing in common as far as hairstyles are concerned. Curly hairstyles are everywhere. There is no doubt that perm has miracle power to make women beautiful and charming, and that’s why perm is prone to gain plenty of popularity.
Just as every coin consists of two sides, while perm brings you beauty, damage caused by it comes along. Before going into a salon to have your hair permed, I advise you to enrich your knowledge base with the following matters.
Think twice when you are considering about perm your hair on condition that your hair is more than 30-40% highlighted. Just like the side effect brought by perming, highlighting does damage to your hair as well. Because of the combination of damage caused by perm and highlights, your hair need to endure a lot. Usually, the hair’s cuticle has high potential to be damaged to be frizz for a long time. Apart from frizz, serious breakage will be another issue. In a word, before perming your highlighted hair, you are advised to think twice. If you are not sure of your hair’s condition, you can ask your stylist for advice.
You may have already known that hair after perming tends to dry out frequently. So if your hair is already dry, brittle, or frizzy, it is time for you to reconsider about applying a perm treatment to it. To avoid making your hair drier and frizzer, you should restore your hair to be moisturizing and in shape with deep conditioning treatments before a perm.
You are advised to think twice if your hair is colored and you want to perm, although it is not as dangerous as perming highlighted hair. It will be good to your hair’s health if you leave 2-3 weeks time gap before and after your do a perm treatment to your hair. I mentioned above that, compared with perming over dyed hair, perming over highlighted hair brings more damage. But you have to keep in mind that no matter perming on colored hair or highlighted hair, it also does harm to your hair’s health.
The bottom line
I have to admit that perm do look amazing on many people, but there is no reason to deny its side effect which it damages hair, causing breakage, split ends, drying out, etc. Prior to getting a perm, it is essential to discuss your hair type, daily hair caring, and your preference for curl style with your hair stylist. Being a professional stylist, he will be able to assist in determining which curl type and cut will work well in achieving the best result.
Besides, I suggest you not to attempt a home perm, no matter under any circumstances.
After perming, it is essential to maintain your hair well to prevent from frizz, split ends, or breakages, etc. High quality shampoo, conditioner or other products designed for permed hair should be on your shopping list if you would like a healthy, gorgeous and last-longer permed hairstyle.