Perm Hair: 5 Things You Need To Know Before Getting One

Perm hair is a big commitment. Get to know these 5 important things before running to your stylist!

Do you ever face yourself in the mirror and think, “my hair is so plain.” You’re not alone, sis! Those are moments where we contemplate if we should cut bangs, color our hair, or even perm hair.

Now, if you’re having one of those moments and considering the latter, you should hold your horses. Perm hair is a big commitment. To help you decide, like your good conscience, we’ve listed 5 things you need to know about this major hair change.

Perm hair: Asian woman with curly hair, wearing a black hat and a white shirt
You can choose from tight curls to loose curls. Credit: Shutterstock

1. There are two types of perm you can choose from.

Before getting one, you should know that there are actually two options available for you: digital or hot perm, and cold perm.

Digital or hot perm processes your hair a relaxing treatment that helps break the bonds in your hair. Your hair then gets shaped by heated curling rods. The rods’ thickness depends on how loose or tight you want your curls. Once your hair are all curled up, they will be finally put into hot rollers attached to a device that regulates their temperature for around 4 hours. This method is best if you have thick hair and want loose curls without great damage.

Cold perm is the traditional way of perming where your hair gets soaked in alkaline solution and tightly rolled into small curls using rollers. The whole process will take time from 2 to 25 hours, but the result would be tight ringlets that remain curly even when wet or using a product. This method is more affordable than digital perm and works for all hair types.

2. You can’t shower for at least two days after the treatment.

After the treatment, you have to wait two to three days before you can wash your hair. This is to allow your hair to absorb the products and the curls to set.

Editor’s tip: Refresh your hair on no-wash days using TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, which can help absorb excess oil from your locks.

3. Towel rub for hair drying is a no-no.

Perm hair: Asian woman with colored permed hair, wearing a yellow top, smiling
Right after the treatment, your perm hair care begins. Credit: Shutterstock

The best way to dry your hair is to air dry. Just scrunch parts of your hair as you do this to help speed it up. You can also use a microfiber towel, a cotton shirt, or an old scarf as your typical towel alternatives, but still with minimal friction to avoid damaging your curls.

4. Heat is an enemy.

As much as possible, don’t expose your curls to heated styling tools. If you must, spritz some heat protectant before styling with heated tools.

Editor’s tip: Keep a bottle of TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist right beside your styling tools so you’ll never forget to spritz some protectant before using them. This product will help you defend your lock from any heat damage, up to 230 degrees.

5. Regular trims are a must.

Yup, this is an important point you must be ready to commit to once you get your perm hair. When your hair gets too long, it gets heavy and your curls lose their bounce. At least every three months is good enough, so you don’t have to hold your breath if you want your curly hair long.

They’re not so difficult, but they really demand commitment. If you’re more than excited to do that, then girl, it’s time to go get that perm hair!

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