In About Style’s article All About Perms, the 10 Rules to Live By, they talk about the new perm look that girls are picking up. We’ve included some of the rule here. Remember, you cool chemical curl at Salon Frank Paul is not your grandmother’s perm. At Salon Frank Paul in Colorado Springs, is all about casual curl!
Perms have come a long way since the 80s when women sported the very fake-y, “crimped” perm. These days, perms can be fine-tuned to give you exactly the kind of wave you want.
You can get perms that just add body to fine, limp hair; you can get loose, sexy waves, or you can go for the corkscrew curls that many straight-haired girls covet (and some curly-all-their-lives girls are sick of). You can also use perm solution to create a “straight perm,” which will semi-straighten curly or wavy hair.
So are you a good candidate for a perm? How long do they last and; most importantly, how do you avoid getting the perm YOU DON’T WANT? The following are 10 rules to live by when it comes to perms in this day and age.
1. Are you a good candidate for a perm? If your hair is colored or highlighted, it might be too damaged to perm. If you have dry hair or loads of short layers, you aren’t a great candidate for a perm. Perms will dry hair out even more and a perm on short, layered hair could leave you looking like a poodle!
2. How long does a perm take, and how long does it last? Perms take one to two hours, depending on how long your hair is and how fast your stylist is. Your Salon Frank Paul stylist will apply a single chemical solution to break the structural bonds in your hair, and another called a “neutralizer.” Also keep in mind, a perm takes 28 hours to relax. Give it some time before you get too worried about the end result.Most perms generally last about 6 months. Unlike some hair color, a perm won’t wash out, it has to grow out.
3. Are perms bad for your hair? Perms, done by a professional (like the stylists at Salon Frank Paul) on virgin hair (meaning no previous hair color, dye or bleach), won’t damage the hair any more than typical hair coloring or hair straightening does. If your hair seems damaged after a perm, make sure to condition is regularly. You could also take biotin, a vitamin that will make the new hair growth stronger.
4. The size of the rod matters.The tightness of the curl depends on the size of the rod and the length of time the solution stays in. If you’re worried you’ll end up with too-tight curls, ask your Salon Frank Paul stylist to show you the types of rods he is using.
5. What to bring to your appointment. Bring along a picture or pictures of the type of wave you want. It’ll help you and your Salon Frank Paul stylist get it right!
6. Work a consultation into your appointment. So many stylists will whisk you off to wet your hair without sitting down face-to-face for a good talk. Not those at Salon Frank Paul! Tell your stylist not only what you want (show the pictures) but what you don’t want (i.e. the crimp-like curls of the 80s).
7. Maintain your new perm.To maintain your perm, treat your hair as you would if you had naturally curly hair. Use shampoos and conditioners formulated especially for curly or permed hair. Make sure you condition your new curls regularly, blow-dry it with a diffuser, and use styling products that intensify or smooth curls. Avoid styling products that contain alcohol, which can cause frizz.
8. Book your perm at Salon Frank Paul. The stylists at Salon Frank Paul are experts at chemical curls. You are sure to get just the curl you want, in an urban luxury environment you’ll enjoy.