woman bouncing curly hairA once-popular 1980s hair trend is now making its way back to modern-day fashion! Perms, or permanent waves, are becoming more desirable in hair salons around the country.

Whether you’re looking to experiment with a new hairstyle or no longer want straight hair, here’s what you should know about perms.

What Is a Perm?

A perm is a permanent hairstyle consisting of waves or curls set into your hair. This chemical or thermal curling treatment gives your hair extra volume, without having to consistently curl it yourself.

Your stylist will use this treatment to change your hair’s texture by wrapping strands in rods and using a specific lotion to set the curls. After letting it sit, the lotion will be rinsed out and a neutralizer used to stop the process at your desired curl.

How Long Do Perms Last?

Although called a “permanent” hairstyle, perms do not last forever. Depending on your hair type, the treatment can last for three to six months. However, the more you take care of your perm, the longer it will last!

One way to make sure your perm lasts is to limit the use of styling tools, as their heat can damage and loosen your curls. It’s also important to use the right products that are specifically created for perms. Use products clear of parabens, artificial colorants and synthetic fragrances. Ask your stylist what products they recommend for your hair type.

Styling a Perm

One of the main reasons for getting a perm is to have fun styling it! You can choose an easy route and scrunch your hair with your fingers after a shower, which will help shape the curls naturally. If you choose to use a styling tool, make sure you keep it at a lower temperature to prevent any moisture from leaving your hair.

Another popular reason for perming your hair is to give it more volume and reduce the need for regular use of styling tools.

However, it’s crucial you know how to maintain your curls! It’s important to continue getting regular trims to help keep your curls healthy. If you’re looking to add some additional style by dying your hair, make sure to wait at least two weeks to prevent it from drying out.
Ready to try this fun hairstyle? Whether you’re looking for a Special Conditioning Perm or Spiral Perm, schedule an appointment at Catherine & Company today!