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How Much Does It Cost To Get A Perm?

To Perm or Not to Perm…

Fortunately, the days of heating perm tongs over a gas flame in order to curl a bit of hair are long over, as are the days of adding cow urine to hair. These days, a perm will add curls to your hair using electric heat and chemicals.

These break down the structure and protein links of your hair strands and force them to adapt to the shape of the perm roller they are wrapped around. According to Wikipedia, after about 15–30 minutes “of exposure to the sodium thioglyclolate solution … a neutralizer solution is applied to bring the pH back to normal and re-bond the hair.”

Expect to pay about $60–$150 for your perm, with higher prices for long hair.

This pricing guide covers:

Alkaline Perm

The perm lotion has a pH of 8.2–9.6, and the ammonium thioglyocolate in it can damage thinner types of hair. They don’t need heat so are also known as cold perms. Hair stays curly longer with this perm.

Acid Perm

Hair is permed with a lotion that has a pH balance of 4.5–7, which is close to the hair’s natural pH and gentler on hair, but some people are allergic to the lotion. It’s better for hair that’s been permed or colored before, and for people who will be outdoors in hotter climates a lot. Glyceryl monothioglycolate needs heat in order to be activated, and it takes longer for the hair to set.

Exothermic Perm

An acidic or alkaline perm that heats up from the chemical reaction of the mixed perm lotion. It works by opening the cuticle layers of the hair shaft. Useful for using on already tinted hair and hair resistant to other perm chemicals.

Dual-action Perm

Best on black and gray hair, this softens and smooths the hair before winding the hair on the perm rods. A weaker alkaline solution is then applied.

Digital or Hot Perm

After the perm solution is applied, hair is wrapped in hot rods with their temperature monitored digitally. Gives a curlier look when dry than with other perms, and appears to recondition the hair better than other perms. These perms usually will cost more than cold perms.

Perm Types by Size of Curl

From small to 1 ½” rollers, you can choose the curl you want. A large roller or curler will leave a soft curl whereas the small curlers will leave a spiral look. If you have naturally curly or wavy hair but would like it to have a more controlled look, a perm using large rollers can give it that.

Spiral Perm

Winds the hair around long curlers creating a mass of small to large curls. These work best on hair at least 8” long and add great volume.

Stack Perm

Wraps hair around different sizes of curlers to give the middle and ends of the hair curls and waves.

Weave Perm

Only perms parts of the hair to give a natural-looking wave, usually around the face or at the hair ends.

Root Perm

Curls hair at the roots to add volume to hair closet to the scalp.

Real Perm Costs

Prices from around the country are:

Michelle’s Beautique and Salon in Glendale, AZ | Perm and style $65, spiral perm or long hair perm $95

Pure Beauty Salon and Spa in Louisville, KY | Perm $80, extra for long or thick hair

Faron Salon in Cambridge, MA | Perm $95

Bravo Salon in Scottsdale, AZ | Body or American wave $100–$200, spiral perm $150–$250, extra $25 for long or thick hair

Kim Kimble Studio in Los Angeles, CA | Perms $75–$85

Susan’s Curls and Creations in Largo, FL | Perms $60 and up

Choosing Your Perm

Bring in photos so your stylist understands exactly what you’re looking for in a perm. Some pictures you find may show techniques achieved outside a perm with extensions or a curling iron, and your stylist can point out the difference.

  • Expect to be asked if you
    • Swim in chlorinated water
    • Bleach your hair. If your hair has been highlighted, the damage caused by the bleach added to by your perm chemicals can damage it badly. If you plan on continuing the highlights or color throughout the life of the perm, you might cause irreversible damage.
  • Your current hair style will affect the success of the perm. If you have existing layers, wait until they grow out or the perm might blow up your hair like a clown’s wig.
  • The stylist will look at the type of hair you have and let you know if a perm in the color and texture you want will work.
  • Be honest about your hair condition—if you cut and color it regularly, if it’s damaged. If your hair is regularly colored, it would be best to wait until it has grown out before adding more chemicals to your hair. A perm will lighten your hair anyway.

Perm Process

The better condition your hair is in to start with, the better your hair will take to the perm. Apply the perm lotion to soften the hair cuticles.

  1. Choose the right rollers. Softer = looser curl
  2. Mold hair around curlers.
  3. Apply the neutralizer to stop the chemical reaction and allow the broken disulphide bonds to reform.

Getting a prem can take a few hours, and you might not like the end result. You can chemically straighten your hair to fix it, but this will further weaken your hair. You might be better off treating your hair with repair agents over the following weeks to restore it back to strength. You might also try a semi-permanent smoothing treatment.

Home Perms

While it’s possible to do a home perm, nothing can beat the experience and knowledge of a professional stylist. She/he can tell just by looking at your hair what sort of condition it’s in and which perming solution would work best on it. A salon will also have a large number of different-sized rollers, knowledge of winding techniques, perm solutions in a variety of strengths, etc.

If you prefer to do a home perm, be sure to read the instructions and follow them to the letter—especially when it comes to the exact amount of time to leave the solution in for. Do a test curl with the solution and never start without knowing you have enough curlers to finish the job. You’ll more than likely also need a friend to curl the back of your hair for you.

Perm Maintenance

Curly hair is very different to straight hair and should be treated as such in order to keep it looking healthy. Over time, the curls will relax and your straight hair will grow back in. If your hair is long, it may drag on the curls and pull them out faster; but overall, a perm should look good for at least three months.

  1. For the 48 hours after your perm, don’t wash, brush, or comb your hair, because the keratin takes that long to harden naturally.
  2. Wash your hair in warm, not hot, water
  3. After washing, add a styling gel or mousse when wet to make the wave prominent. (A digital perm won’t need this.)
  4. Use a diffuser to dry it.
  5. Avoid using rubber bands.
  6. Brush with wide toothcombs.
  7. Avoid coloring newly permed hair for a few weeks because of the damage you can do to an already damaged head of hair.

Perm Alternatives

It’s been said that getting a perm while pregnant can damage the baby, which makes sense if every chemical applied to your hair is absorbed into your bloodstream, so you’re probably better off using alternative methods to curl your hair until the baby is born.

Cut your hair in long layers to enhance the natural wave. Show your stylist how your hair dries naturally so she/he can see where your hair waves, and decide how much work you’re willing to do to let the natural waves show, like curling, diffusing, etc.

  • Stop thick hair from frizzing with Moroccan or coconut oil or mousse.
  • Help fine hair wave with salt spray.
  • Curl your hair with curl formers, straw sets, flexi-rods, braid-outs, crochet braids, perm rods, or magnetic rollers.

Choosing your Hair Stylist

Choose a senior level stylist with many years of experience giving perms. A good stylist will recommend against the perm if your hair is not in good condition. You pay more for someone who will treat your hair with the care it deserves. If the stylist says your hair is not ready, give it special treatment for a few months with regular cuts and conditioning.

If cost is the one thing putting you off getting a perm, consider getting it at a stylist academy. You can pay less than half the usual cost if you’re willing to let a supervised student perm your hair rather than a certified stylist.

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7 Things To Know Before Getting A Perm, Because It’s A Serious Committment

I love having straight hair, but sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a bunch of bouncy curls as a permanent hairstyle. After being intrigued by the idea, I researched into what you should know before getting a perm. Thankfully, I learned that having permed hair doesn’t just include having a fun and voluminous hairdo, it also comes with a bunch of hair care rules and maintaining.

When I was younger, my mom had an absolute beautiful perm and I always thought that maybe one day I’d do that too. However, since I’m basically operating on every lazy girl hack that I know currently, I had to be realistic with my hair and time. Mochi Mag explains, “The first thing you should know is that this hair treatment is a commitment—there’s a reason it’s called a ‘perm’ and not a ‘temp.’ If you want to take the plunge, all you need is a bit of patience and an adventurous spirit.” Le sigh.

Although I haven’t gotten a perm still, it’s always been in the back of my mind. And now that I’ve done some research, I’m certainly glad that I learned a couple of things before making a decision either way. Before getting a perm and making the plunge, it’s extremely important to be aware of a couple of things. Here’s what to know before getting a perm.

1. Your Hair Should Be In Good Condition

Julianne Cho, Owner of Hair by Julianne told Mochi Mag, “If your hair is too damaged, then we wouldn’t recommend a perm. Your hair has to be in a good condition in order for the curl to come out pretty.” So if your hair has been treated and colored, or is extremely dry, it’s probably best to skip the perm, or wait for your hair to regain it’s good condition again.

2. It Doesn’t Work Well With Short Or Layered Hair

If you have short hair or layered hair, your perm might not come out as you expect it to. About Style explained, “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.” Make sure your hair is at appropriate length before getting this treatment done.

3. Avoid Chemical Treatments Before And After

After getting your perm, you won’t be able to color your hair for at least a month, as suggested by Mochi Mag. Coloring your hair before your perm is a big no-no and can cause damage and weaken your strands. Bottom line: Just make sure you don’t color your hair before or after your perm.

4. You Have To Change Up Your Haircare Routine

Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Smoothing Shampoo, Amazon.com, $33.93

When you perm your hair, it’s probably best to change your products that will help maintain your curl. Using specific shampoos, conditioners, and hairsprays will be absolutely essential in making sure your perm stays in tact and isn’t ruined. Do your research beforehand and find the best products that will work for you.

5. It’s Definitely A Commitment

Getting a perm isn’t something that you can fix easily and it’s not something that you can neglect either. A perm is definitely a commitment and should be well-taken care of. Before you decide to get one, it’s probably best to sit down and decide what the pros and cons would be in adding the hairstyle to your lifestyle.

6. You Might Weaken Your Hair

Although coloring or perming your hair may weaken your hair, it comes with the territory. After all you are treating your hair to become something that it isn’t naturally, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting it done. If you’re able to maintain your permed hair, it shouldn’t be a problem. However if you do feel pain when getting your perm done that could indicate damage on your existing follicles, according to About Style.

7. Consult With Your Stylist First

If anything, you should definitely consult with your stylist before getting a perm done. They will be able to tell you what exactly works for your hair type and situation.

Everyone is different, so seeking professional advice will be best in determining if a perm is for you or not.

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Published May 8, 2019 at 3:15 p.m.

I got a perm – as in a permanent wave for my hair – without having to time-travel back to 1987. In fact, I got one last week.

Considering my unpleasant past experiences with perms, this was risky. Like many people who survived the ’80s, I got a “home perm” or “box perm” that my mom bought at Walgreens. I can still smell the repugnant solution and I still remember that even though I wanted Whitney Houston’s perfect corkscrew curls, I wound up with Weird Al’s shoulder-length frizz fro.

And yet, there I was: agreeing to get a perm again. In 2019. And yes, I was sober.

The reason I could do this is because I trust my stylist, Al Oldham, the owner of Taylor & Burton. And if I hated the perm and had to hack off my hair, I already knew I had a nicely-shaped skull from shaving off bad, white-girl dreadlocks in the early 2000s.

But Oldham promised me perms have changed. They aren’t even called perms by many stylists who instead refer to the process as getting a “texture wave.”

“The bottom line is perms or ‘texture waves’ today are much, much gentler but every bit as strong,” says Oldham, who is also an educator for Reference of Sweden (REF) and Brava.

According to Oldham, younger clients who didn’t experience the unfortunate look and smell of “80s perms” don’t have reservations about the service. Clients in their 30s and older, however, are different – some of us are still traumatized by our 7th grade photo where we look more like a poodle than a person.

“My clients between the ages of 16 and 24 are particularly fine with the idea of a perm, but that’s because they didn’t live through the ’80s,” says Oldham. “And in this new wave of texture waves men are getting perms, too.”

I was particularly open to the idea of trying a newfangled perm because my hair has changed a lot in the past five years. It’s not as thick or as curly as it was for the first four decades of my life and it bums me out. When I see Facebook Memory photos from five or seven years ago, I miss my old hair. (Whether or not age and hormonal change affects women’s hair texture is controversial, but Oldham says he believes it does because so many of his middle-aged female clients have told him so.)

Oldham used a Reference of Sweden (REF) perm called “Curly Perm” on my hair. And I love it – more on why later – but for now: phew.

New school perms take under two hours, cost between $100 and $250, depending on the length and thickness of your hair, and last for about four months. Here are some of the reasons I dig mine so much:

They’re way gentler

New perms are less chemical-y which means they leave hair softer and less damaged. (The modern chemicals in REF’s perms are protected information). But they are so much gentler that people can get their hair dyed or bleached and permed on the same day without any fear of breaking or even damaging their hair.

They smell better

Perms used to smell like rotten eggs or worse – but not anymore. They have a faint “perm smell” in the first part of the process, but nothing compared to the eye-frying aroma of perms past. And the second solution in the REF process smelled really good, very similar to grapes.

You can shampoo hair immediately

These perms don’t “fall out” or need to set for a period of time. You can take a shower, swim or get caught in the rain immediately after getting a perm and it won’t affect the curl.

It doesn’t “grow out”

Remember when growing out a perm meant straight hair for a few inches followed by discolored frizzy fuzz? Not anymore. The perm relaxes over the course of months until it’s gone.

The process is faster

I sat in our bathroom for hours while my mother set my box perm in the ’80s, but this entire process took just under two hours. I barely got to catch up on all my trashy magazines.

The rods are different

The rods used in perms today are much larger and flexible and are not set in perfect rows like they once were.

“Back in the day, the rods were placed in exactly nine sections of hair and looked very orderly,” says Oldham. “Now we are much freer with how we place the rods so your hair looks soft and naturally curly.”

Super easy

I don’t like to spend a lot of time primping, so I appreciate that it takes me the same amount of time to get ready with the perm as it did without. I now blow dry my hair after washing it with a diffuser attachment or I let it air dry.

When I left the salon with my new perm, I had the “I hope I can make my hair look this good at home” thought. But I think I did. And to employ an ’80s term, I’m pretty stoked to look more like the me I imagine myself to be. Like, totally.

Do perms bring back bad memories of overly processed, frizzy hair from the ’80s? Well, fear no more, perms are back with a softer side (think soft waves like Kate Middleton or Jessica Alba!). Here is what you need to know about “thio-free” perms and how they compare to traditional perms.

How does perming work?
Your hair is made of keratin (protein) which contain disulfide bonds that give hair its shape. Perms chemically break that bond and then reform the bond based on whatever shape the hair is wound into (usually a rod or curler). This is also the same process for making curly hair straight, but instead of wrapping hair around a roller, the hair is ironed straight. This process works but it is damaging. You’re chemically changing the shape of your hair which requires some pretty heavy-duty chemicals.

Traditional perms vs. “thio-free” perms
Traditionally, the most commonly-used ingredient in perming is thioglycolic acid (often referred to as thio). Thio is actually a salt and is the reducing agent responsible for breaking the disulfide bonds in your hair. Thio works great but one of the main issues is that it has a very unpleasant odor (If you ever had a perm I’m sure you remember the bad smell!). Also, because of the very nature of perms, thio is damaging.

On the other hand, “thio-free” perms use an ingredient (amino acid) called cysteamine. Cysteamine also breaks down the disulfide bonds in your hair. This chemical doesn’t have the strong odor often associated with thio but it isn’t as effective in producing permanent waves as thio perms (which also means less damaging).

Does “thio-free” mean damage free?
Unfortunately, that is not the case. While cysteamine-based perms are less smelly and less damaging, that certainly doesn’t mean no smell or no damage. This ingredient is still chemically changing your hair, which is a damaging process. Cysteamine doesn’t work quite as well as thio which could be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it! If you want a slightly looser wave that doesn’t last as long as traditional perming then “thio-free” (or cysteamine) perms are worth a try.

Anything else I should know about perms?
One of the reasons perms from the ’80s produced such tight, frizzy curls was because of the rods. The rods were often really small and skinny, which produced really tight curls. Now, perms (both traditional and thio-free) use much larger rods or rollers to produce a more natural-looking wave. Plus, there are more styling and conditioning products available now to help keep hair in tip-top condition and reduce the frizz. If you are seeking looser-looking waves you should consider perming, you will be pleasantly surprised!

Bottom Line
Perms are now offering a more modern, natural wave (the days of frizzy curls are over!). Whether you choose traditional or “thio-free” perms, you are exposing your hair to a damaging process (and if your hair is damaged to begin with then any perming is a no-no). Thio-free perms will offer less damage and less odor but the results won’t last as long as traditional perming. Whatever perm you choose, pretty waves may be a reality after all!

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STYLE : LOOKS : Making New Waves

If you want one of the hairstyles of the moment, you may need a perm. Yes, a perm. Not the tight spirals made trendy by Nicole Kidman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. The ‘40s-inspired looks require a relaxed permanent wave. Think of Annette Bening’s soft curls in “Bugsy,” and you get the idea.

“We’re giving more body waves,” explains Allen Edwards, owner of an eponymous chain of hair salons. “Look at all the top fashion models, and you’ll see they have their hair set with rollers. If the hair is fine, perms are a necessity to enhance this look.”

New perm formulas offer heightened control and conditioning. Aveda’s Quat H-K Permanent Waving System, available at the Dean Rhoades Salon among others, “is extremely mild and contains natural oils to protect the hair. Plus, it has a nice aroma,” Rhoades says. Redken’s TRUST Permanent Body System, found in numerous salons, promises that it won’t flatten in a week or leave that objectionable post-perm scent. Zotos’ Bain De Terre Recovery Complex Wave is another salon favorite because it moisturizes hair and can be used with roller-like Body Curlers for a subtler, looser wave than traditional perm rods. Last but certainly not least among the reasons to consider the new perms, manufacturers claim they’ve made frizzing, overprocessing, plus hair and scalp damage, things of the past.

Perms. Big, Beautiful, Bouncy Perms.

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 by Craig McQueen Salon

Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Jennifer Beal in Flash Dance. Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally. What do all of these iconic leading ladies have in common? Perms. Big, beautiful, bouncy perms.

How about Emma Stone, Blake Lively, Olivia Munn, Jenna Dewan, and Gigi Hadid? You guessed it! Perms.

While the word “perm” may conjure up memories of neon and shoulder pads, you may be surprised to know that the technique is alive and well, and better-looking than ever before… just sometimes with a new name.

“Celebrities are absolutely loving what we traditionally have called a ‘perm’ but what is now more commonly referred to as ‘textured waves,’” explains Lisa Craig, Owner and Education Director of Craig McQueen Salon in Buckhead, GA. “The solutions we use are gentle to maintain the health of the hair. Especially using Olaplex as a protector as we process the textured wave. In turn gives our stylists more flexibility in the final look. The key is finding an experienced stylist you can trust and knowing what to ask for. Visuals are always a great go to when discussing your final look.”

Modern perms have their own lingo:

* Body Wave perm: Ask for a body wave perm if you want big, full waves. Your stylist may use larger rollers rather than traditional perm rods. This type of perm builds texture so your heat styling has long-lasting results.

* French braid perm: Looking for an effortless bed head look? You might want a French braid perm. Your stylist will braid your hair into one or multiple braids (instead of wrapping hair around perm rods) before applying the perm solution. You’ll end up with a soft texture, making it easier to care for than a traditional perm service.

* Beach Wave Perm: We showed you how to create beach waves anytime you want, but to be a true mermaid without breaking out the heating tools, try a beach wave perm. This method tends to be more natural than a body wave perm because of the arrangement of the perm rods to mimic the natural fall of the hair, but is more polished than the zig-zag shape of a French braid perm.

* Root perms: Want extra texture and lift without the curls? A root perm might be right for you. Also sometimes referred to as a C Curl perm, it produces waves that are more natural when wet and more defined when dry.

* Curly perm: If you’re looking for natural curls that you can simply wash and wear, a curly perm is right for you. Just apply Aveda’s Be Curly™ Style-Prep, which Allure magazine describes as a “…sweet spot of curl definition where the texture is glossy but not greasy, shapely but not crunchy, and springy but not frizzy. This deceptively lightweight serum-gel connects all three points of that golden triangle.”

* Spiral perm: A spiral perm is the most traditionally curly perm option. The perm rods are placed vertically into very small sections of the hair to produce tight, corkscrew curls.

Once you have your textured waves, be sure to wait a full 48 hours before getting your hair wet. In the wise words of one Elle Woods, “…the first cardinal rule of perm maintenance that you’re forbidden to wet your hair for at least 24 hours after getting a perm at the risk of deactivating the immonium thygocolate.” If you’ve always been a straight-haired girl, managing your curls may be a new experience. Lisa recommends having the right tools for the job. “It’s important not to over wash your new waves and strip your hair of its natural oils. That’s a recipe for frizz. I recommend Aveda’s Rinseless Refresh™ Micellar Hair & Scalp Refresher. It’s like dry shampoo, but instead it’s a wet mist that helps lift oil and impurities from the scalp. You’ll feel clean and fresh while taming frizz for up to 72 hours.” If you’re looking for an even more defined curl, Aveda has you covered. Add Aveda’s confixor™ liquid gel to create definition without feeling sticky. If you’re ready to join the wave, give us a call at (404) 266-9696 to schedule a consultation with one of our master stylists. And if it’s your first time at our salon, check out our new guest offer. Want more inspiration? Follow us on IG and FB to see the beautiful work from our team. Show us your perm before and after photos using hashtag #craigmcqueensalon.Related Story

He thought my hair would hold a curl nicely, once I’d treated it for a few weeks with a special protein shampoo and conditioner (Organic CurlSystems, £22.90 for both) to help strengthen the damaged locks.

He explained that the results of the modern perm don’t look all that different to the 1980s version, but that the chemicals aren’t as harsh, and larger rollers are used so the curls aren’t quite so tight. But it still definitely damages hair because that’s how perms work – by breaking down the disulfide bonds (i.e. protein) in your hair shaft to allow the perm solution to work its magic.

Back in the salon two weeks later, I started the three-hour, nine-step process – wash, roll, add solution, set under drier, rinse, neutralise, wash, condition, apply product.

Most of it is surprisingly painless. In traditional perms (which many salons still offer, so do check), the ‘solution’ step includes ammonia, which stings and burns. As the solution sets on your hair and scalp for 20 minutes, in the past, I’d be almost in tears, but this time? Nothing. It was like having slightly smelly water put on your scalp.

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However, the rolling step does still hurt. The stylist has to separate out tiny sections of hair and wind them tightly on rollers, which tugs sharply on your scalp (so word of caution to anyone with hair-loss concerns).

Finally, after three hours, he took the towel off my hair and showed me the mirror. I looked like Curly Sue. This is not what I’d hoped for.

‘Don’t worry,’ Alasdair assured me. ‘It relaxes a lot over the first two weeks.’

As I stared at my crimped hair, I thought I’d need two years for it to ‘relax’ enough to look normal.

Nonetheless, I took note of his advice – no washing for 48 hours, no blow-drying at all, lots of protein shampoo and conditioner, and the application of a daily Organic CurlSystems Keep Curl Memory Gel (£11.95).

My dreams of waking up to bouncy curls were quashed on my first morning, when I was greeted in the mirror with a head of frizz. Speaking to curly-headed friends, they said this, apparently, is normal. No matter how luscious your curls look at bedtime, the friction of the pillow makes you look like you’ve been dragged backwards through the proverbial bush. The only solution is to spray water and leave-in conditioner on your hair, and scrunch it.

For the next two weeks, I didn’t learn to like my new Medusa look. No matter how much I followed Alasdair’s instructions – twirl segments of wet hair with fingers, scrunch the locks with curl creme, let dry, tousle the scalp, never brush it – it didn’t suit me. During this time, friends I met didn’t want to be rude, so they would just say, ‘What a big change!’ or ‘Your hair looks so different!’

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Eventually, I’d had enough. I woke up, washed my hair – and, against all advice, blow-dried it with a large round brush, just like I used to before the perm.

Ta da! – I looked human again. But the real advantage – even though my hair was styled the same way as before the perm, it looked much fuller, with nary a limp lock in sight. And the next day? Unlike pre-perm, where day-two hair always meant greasy, lank locks, my style actually still looked pretty much the same.

So the permed look might not be for me, but the thickness and style duration are definite pluses. On the downside, no matter how much I play with it, I still don’t look like Kylie.

Perms at Karine Jackson (020 7836 0300) start from £100.

(Images: Jill Starley-Grainger, Jeff Liller)

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Yes, I do Perms

  • Curly Perms – Some of my older clients still like to have their hair permed, so whether perms are in fashion or not I still oblige my clients. These clients have a shampoo, cut, perm and blow wave.

  • Body Waves – Even though a lot of clients prefer to wear their hair straight there are still some younger and middle aged clients who need a bit of body in their hair, so they have a soft perm every now and then. Nobody even knows they have a perm, because they have their hair blow waved all of the time. Some wavy or curly, formal hairstyles are helped along with a soft perm.

  • Spiral Perms – These are mostly done on longer hair. They take much longer for hairdressers to do and are a bit more expensive. Spiral perms were incredibly popular in the eighties.

  • Anaesthetics and medications – There are medications that have been known to affect some individual’s perms. These include some blood pressure medications, dietary supplements and general anaesthetics. It is recommended that you wait three months after stopping a medication or having an anaesthetic before you have a perm.

  • Perm solution I use – When I perm your hair I’ll be using a Goldwell perm solution or a L`Oreal Professionnel perm solution.

  • After Perm Hair Products – I sell Goldwell Curly Twist shampoo and conditioner and I highly recommend it for permed hair. I also recommend that you use other L`Oreal or Goldwell hair products at home to keep your hair and perm in good condition. Ask me for what you need. I’ll most likely have it in the car. It doesn’t hurt to have the occasional conditioning treatment when you have a perm in your hair. Treat your hair the same as you would when you have a had a hair colour put in your hair. Your hair is now chemically treated. Make sure to have regular haircuts too.

Sure, the bushy perms of the 80s might be out of vogue, but there are plenty of modern hair perms that are actually gorgeous. These days, you can perm your hair into effortless beach waves (think: Blake Lively) or even make it look like you just got a salon blow-out all the time.

Perms work by using chemicals to change hair texture, either creating waves or curls. Traditionally, a stylist will wrap hair in rods before putting perm lotion on to set the curl. After letting the lotion sit, stylists rinse it out, dry hair as much as possible, and use a neutralizer to halt the perming process.

But new formulas and techniques are giving perms a revival: Instead of using rods to curl your locks, stylists might use different materials to help you catch the perfect wave. Celebrity hairstylist Anthony Cole gave us the run-down on everything there is to know about modern-day perms, from what to expect before you go to caring for your curls after your appointment.

What’s different about modern perms?

It’s all in the technique. Traditionally, stylists use plastic perm rods all over a client’s head, but “when I’m doing perms today, instead of using a traditional perm rod, sometimes I use fabric, or you can do a finger wave, or rollers,” says Cole.

These new techniques create different types of curls, from spiral coils to wavy hair. Cole says that women today typically get perms to enhance their natural texture, whether that’s an S-pattern curl (think: taking your hair out of a braid) or an undone wave.

Do modern perms cause hair damage?

There’s a preconception that perms will leave you with over-processed, damage-ridden tresses, but if it’s done correctly, a perm should leave you unscathed. “Doing your own perm could definitely cause damage,” Cole says, but “if you’re getting it done professionally, there should be no damage.”

That’s not to say that all perms are the same. Everyone can get a perm, but if you have highlights or lightened hair, perms can get trickier. “If I use a perm for color-treated hair on virgin hair, it probably wouldn’t work,” Cole says. “There are perms now that are structured so they can do both.”

How long does a perm last?

First and foremost, when you decide to get a perm, you should prepare to be at the salon for at least two and a half hours. After you get a perm, how long it lasts depends mainly on how long your hair is. For short, often-cut hair, “they can last at least three to four months,” says Cole. “I have clients with really long hair, and when their roots grow in, they like it even better. The roots drop on the head and then they just have the wave at the ends. That can last from six months to eight months.”

How should you style and care for a perm?

The best way for your new curls to shine is to let your hair air-dry most of the way, then use a diffuser, according to Cole. If you really want to enhance your waves, you can use a curling wand, too.

What about heat styling? You definitely can, but you need to be careful. If you want to use a flat iron, make sure to keep the heat lower, around 300ºF. If a flat iron is too hot, you could risk frying your perm. “If you’re using it at 450º, you’re blasting all of the hydration out of the hair,” says Cole. “It shocks the hair and you can lose the perm from heat damage.”

There are also some tricks that can make your perm look as good as possible for as long as possible. Now that your hair is curly, you need to start using products that are formulated specifically for curly or wavy hair. Cole suggests products that promote flexibility, hydration, and elasticity.

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Additional solutions: Some perm kits also come with conditioners or activators. Be sure to carefully read the instructions that come with your kit to walk you through the processing steps.
Hair perm kit prices
Perming your hair at home can save you hundreds of dollars from a trip to the salon. Expect to pay between $8 and $20 for a kit.
FAQ
Q. Should I wash my hair before using a perm kit?
A. Yes. Most kits require hair to be wet, and we recommend using a clarifying shampoo to remove any buildup on your hair for a more effective perm. However, don’t use a conditioner at least 24 hours before perming your hair.
Q. How permanent is a perm?
A. While perms do fade or grow out, they may last months before that happens. If you’re new to home perms, practice wrapping your ends and rolling hair without the perm lotion. You may also want to enlist help from someone who knows what they’re doing to avoid mishaps and unhappy results.
Hair perm kits we recommend
Best of the best: Ogilvie Salon Styles Professional Conditioning Perm
Our take: This top-selling perm kit delivers tried-and-trusted results.
What we like: Available in different formulas, including for hard-to-wave and color-treated hair types. Produces body and bounce without the frizz. Popular brand.
What we dislike: Has a chemical odor but it doesn’t linger.
Best bang for your buck: Iso Perm Professional Option Perms
Our take: A customizable perm kit that offers three different options.
What we like: Inexpensive. Option levels offer different curl types: body, waves, or tight curls. Doesn’t carry strong chemical smell. Results are soft and defined.
What we dislike: If the inappropriate option is selected, it can result in frizzy or undefined curls.
Choice 3: Zotos Acclaim Extra-Body Acid Perm
Our take: Super-strength acid lotion for perming delicate hair.
What we like: Ammonia-free formula won’t dry or damage hair. Gentle for all hair types. Includes conditioner for added shine.
What we dislike: May be too gentle to define curls for some users.
Ana Sanchez is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.
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Ogilvie Home Perm Kit1.0ea

New Fresh Scent!
Lasting Smooth Curls & Waves Before & After Conditioners

  • Now with Drip Guard

Contains the Following Salon Products:

  • B4™ Pre-Perm Conditioner
  • Curling Lotion with Fresh Scent
  • Instant Creme Neutralizer
  • Large Salon End-Papers
  • Leave-In Conditioner
  • Now with Drip Guard
  • Step-by-Step Instructions

Improved, Formula Provides Gentler, More Effective Salon Results at Home!
Trust the haircare experts at Ogilvie® for a complete conditioning formula that safeguards your hair from dryness and frizzies while ensuring lasting shine and curls — even for color-treated or delicate hair. The B4™ Pre-Perm Conditioner gently prepares your hair for a natural-looking perm. Restorative after-perm conditioners balance your hair’s moisture level for silkier hair and manageable curls that last.

For Soft, Manageable Curls and Body that Lasts
Ogilvie® Home Perm is appropriate for all hair types. However, it is not recommended for hair that is highlighted, frosted, bleached, color-treated or previously straightened with relaxers containing lye or guanidine carbonate.

Made in USA

Product Ingredients:

Setup B4™ Pre-Perm Conditioner: Water/Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Steartrimonium Chloride, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Poloxamer 184, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Cethyl Ethylhexanoate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Fragrance/Parfum.

Step 1 Curling Lotion: Water/Aqua, Ammonium Thioglycolate, Mineral Oil/Paraffinum Liquidum/Huile Minerale, Ammonium Hydroxide, Lanolin, Lanolin Oil, Potassium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, Glycol, Laureth-23, Oleic Acid, Oleth-5, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance/Parfum.

Step 2 Neutralizer: Water/Aqua, Hydrogen Peroxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20, Fragrance/Parfum, Phosphoric Acid, Quaternium-52, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Disodium Phosphate, Methylparaben.

Step 3 Leave-In Conditioner: Water/Aqua, Amodimethicone, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Trideceth-12, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Extract, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Benzophenone-4, Polyquaternium-11, Cetrimonium Chloride, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben.

Read enclosed instructions carefully before using this product.

For This Look -> We Recommend

Soft Body & Waves
Large benders or rods on longer & medium-length hair.
About 20 – 30 large benders or rods (7/16″ or 9/16″)*

Medium Wave & Curl
Medium benders or rods on medium & shorter hair.
About 20 – 30 medium benders or rods (5/16″)*

Mostly Curls
Small benders or rods on medium & shorter hair.
About 20 – 30 medium & small benders or rods (1/4″).*

Note: Perm rods are sold separately and sizes may vary according to manufacturer.
*Use a few smaller benders or rods where your hair is shorter for more curl in these areas.

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Perming your hair at home? Sound cool right? Well, you can do it easily by purchasing some of the best home perm kits. Here is a list of some best home perm kits which you will get in the market and can purchase it for perming your hair at your home without a headache – DIY Perms:

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Ogilvie Home Perm, Extra Body 1 application from $24.99 Buy On Amazon
One ‘n Only Exothermic Perm from $11.95 Buy On Amazon
Self-Adjusting Acid Wave – Matrix OptiCurl Wariable Action Professional Perm Kit from $11.00 Buy On Amazon
Acclaim Plus Extra Body Acid Perm (GREEN) by Zotos from $14.99 Buy On Amazon
Normal Hair Insite Perm from $5.66 Buy On Amazon
Zotos Quantum Extra Body Acid Perm from $5.49 Buy On Amazon
Iso Option Perms – Option 3 from $10.50 Buy On Amazon
Redken Vector Plus Perm Kit from $12.65 Buy On Amazon
Zotos Warm & Gentle Perm for Normal Hair from $9.39 Buy On Amazon

How to Perm Hair at Home with Household Items?

Although chemical help is normally done ideally by a licensed cosmetologist, home perms can be an immeasurable alternative when cash is short or you are incompetent to visit a salon. Rather than paying within $40 and $200 for a salon permanent curl as price to get perms, you can give yourself a hair perm at home for the price of the merchandise, normally under ten dollars. All you require are some manageable stocks, a home permanent wave kit, and a rare time of your clock.

You can obtain home perm kits in supermarket and medicine stores, and further in beauty equipment stores that merchandise commodities to the overall society. There are specifications for healthy hair, hard-to-curl hair, delicate hair, colored hair, and rough hair. You can accomplish a diversity of appearances, ranging from firm curls to a body wave, by choosing the accurate rod size. Permanent wave rods are what the hair is encased throughout when producing a home perm. The bars come in an assortment of sizes; a small rod produces small, compact curls, whereas long rods create an unattached, curly look. Rod sizes can also be combined to provide a sequence of curl sizes. It necessitates about three hours to finish a home perm, and they can persist as long as a salon created perm – which is about three to four months.

We also advice you to do some research and understand how do perms work , what ingredients go into perms etc., so that you perform DIY Perm process with more care.

You can buy the Beach Wave Perm Home kit at Amazon:

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The Beachwaver Co. Mini On Set Pro Brush $22.50 Buy On Amazon
The Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver Pro 1.25 Curling Iron $199.00 Buy On Amazon
The Beachwaver Co. The Wrap Up, Brunette $9.99 Buy On Amazon
The Beachwaver Co. S1.25 Dual Voltage $129.00 Buy On Amazon

How to Perm Hair Step by Step?

When you are trying to give yourself a hair perm, you will require to keep an eye on some simple instructions:

  1. Firstly, you need to rinse and towel sponge your hair.
  2. Be sure that your hair is totally free of conditioner or any build-up of hairspray or any sort of hair styling products.
  3. Next, you need to wrap and encase your hair properly around rods which are sized accurately to get the exact curl you need, accurately taking segments which should be not at all wider than the width of the perm rod and not at all thicker than its diameter. The end papers should be incorporated on the ends of your hair covering each of the sections to keep the tips of your hair smooth.
  4. After you are done with the process of wrapping your hair around the rods, you need to apply the permanent wave solution that you have purchased to each perm rod.
  5. Finally, you require to cover your head with the plastic hair cap that you will get with the perm kit itself, and you need to wait for the time that is given in the instruction manual.
  6. After that, you need to completely rinse the hair with lukewarm water till you no longer get the smell of the perm. It usually takes at least five minutes.
  7. Next, you need to wipe the perm rods with a clean towel to eliminate the surplus water, and then you need to carefully apply the Neutralizer. You need to keep the Neutralizer on your hair for about at least five minutes, after that you can rinse it with lukewarm water for another five minutes.
  8. Take the rods out and clean the rods, and you need to rinse them one last time.
  9. The final step is drying and styling your hair, but you can not apply shampoo for at least 24-48 hours to let the linkages in the hair to completely settle with the new curled formation.

How to perm hair at home by yourself? – DIY Perms

If you can not manage a hair perm at a hair salon, home perms are a pocket-friendly choice. Although most fancy to practice curlers or curling rods for perms, you can use home objects to manage diverse hair textures. Women have been settling their hair with scrap curlers for ages, producing smooth, relaxed waves in the manner. If you favor a stronger curl, fasten your hair with curling rods, but if you’re thinking about being adventuresome, you can add this retro technique of perming without perm rods to your case of hair styling facilities and skills.

Essential Steps to Perm hair at home

  1. Please ensure you have all necessary products for perming hair available for near by you before you start the process. Also ensure you pick the best process that suits to your hair type depending on long hair, short hair, curly hair etc.
  2. Curtail the useless cloth into 2-inch by 6-inch layers. You will require at least 30 layers, further if you have edgewise hair. If your hair is very long-drawn, you need to cut long layers. Test-curl a few hair segments practicing the subsequent measures to perform surely the layers are long enough.
  3. Spray your hair with the water. It should be moisturized, but not soaking wet. You may also begin your scrap curls after rinsing your hair and letting it to air-dry. You need to apply any holding commodity, other than perm solution, which will be attached later.
  4. Separate your hair into sections. Divide a 1-inch section of hair with the mouse tail comb. Put the tip of the hair in the middle of a scrap layer. Secure in place with your fingers. Turn the scrap up to your scalp, leading the hair with your fingers. Secure sure the hair doesn’t spin in the method.
  5. Swirl the scrap up to your scalp, escorting the hair with your fingers. Confirm sure your hair doesn’t wind in the manner. Tie the layer under the scrap curl.
  6. Advance to curl the remaining of your hair in 1-inch segments. Substitute which side of your top you are working on. For instance, if you have recently completed a segment above your right ear, operate on a segment above your left ear following.
  7. Waterproof with a diffuser or rest in the scrap curls. Bring out the scrap curls slowly. Do not comb. Brush gently, if essential. Review your issues to discover how to put your scrap curls in the prospect. Extended segments of hair will produce detached curls, whereas shorter segments will result in enduring curls. Research a few moments until you have developed the experience and are equipped to go on with the home perm solution.
  8. Utilize a cloth headband throughout the curls to defend your skin from the perm liquid. Scroll hair up in scrap curls as before. Establish on latex gloves. Practice perm solution to each wave, starting from the back of the head front.
  9. A bequest in according to packaging instructions. Rinse with lukewarm water, dropping the scraps in.
  10. Utilize the neutralizer and bequeath in according to guidance. Separate scraps. Implement the remaining of the neutralizer and devise in according to directions. Soak for at smallest five minutes with hot water, then wash with cold water.

Top Branded Perm Kits

Photo Product Price Buy
Zotos Quantum Extra Body Acid Perm from $5.49 Buy On Amazon
Ogilvie Home Perm, Extra Body 1 application from $24.99 Buy On Amazon
Acclaim Extra Body Perm Single (Yellow Box) by Acclaim from $3.95 Buy On Amazon
ISO OPTION Perm, Damage-Free Waving (with Sleek Tint Brush) (Option 1) from $13.49 Buy On Amazon
Zotos Texture EFX Color Treated Perm from $6.99 Buy On Amazon

Where to buy Perm Kits

You can purchase perm kits from a variety of markets. You can look for perm kits in the supermarkets and also in the professional salon stores. You can look for online shopping websites like Amazon.com or ebay.com to purchase your perm kit. Women normally buy those perm kits from supermarkets and salon itself because they prefer to check the best fit product for their hair type. But, the online option is also an alternative when you do not get enough time to visit a salon or a supermarket. Moreover, with the advancing market trends, you will get it in a variety of stores worldwide.