Is a Perm Right For You?
Perms have come a long way in the past few decades – today, they can be fine-tuned to give you whatever kind of wave you desire, from loose, sexy waves to the corkscrew curls coveted by many bone-straight-haired girls. However, some people are better candidates for perms than others. Consider the following questions and “rules to live by” when considering whether or not a perm is a good idea for your hai
Frequently asked questions
Who should get a perm?
Perms work best on thick hair that has not been color treated. If you’re not sure if your hair is perm-ready, consult with your stylist – tell him or her about your hair coloring history for the past few years. An easy and quick way to see if your hair is damaged is the “float test” – take a few strands and place them in a glass of water. If they sink, it’s because your hair is damaged and is soaking up moisture. If they float, your hair is healthy and most likely would perm well – but keep in mind that perms damage hair as well.
How long does a perm take?
One to two hours, depending on hair length and stylist technique. Consider that a perm takes about 28 hours on average to settle, so don’t worry about the end result right away.
How long does a perm last?
Generally about two to six months.