What You Need To Know Before Getting A Perm

So, you’re interested in getting a perm, huh?

Be aware that getting a perm isn’t just something that you should do on a whim.

There are many important things to know before getting a perm.

Fortunately, for a quick guide, we’ve explained what to know before getting a perm below.


Have Your Hair Checked By A Stylist

First things first, what to do before getting a perm? The best thing to do before getting a perm is to get your hair checked by a trusted stylist.

Hair differs from person to person, and what worked for your friend may not work for you, or your hair.

An experienced stylist can give you expert advice and recommendations, especially regarding the condition of your hair.

Damaged Hair Can’t Get Permed

And speaking of the condition, your hair’s current condition is the most important thing to consider before getting a perm. Simply put, damaged hair can’t be permed.

Sure, you can go ahead and still do it yourself if you insist, but no proper stylist will do a perm on hair that’s obviously damaged.

Perms can be very taxing on your strands, so not only will the perm not turn out correctly, it can even further damage your hair.

A Perm Can Weaken Or Damage Your Hair

Does getting a perm damage your hair? Well, even if your hair wasn’t damaged to begin with, you have to understand that perming is still a harsh chemical treatment that literally changes the structure of your hair.

A perm, like any other chemical treatment out there, can weaken your strands. Or if they were already frail from the start, a perm could be your hair’s death sentence. It’s a must to understand the risks before choosing to push through with the perm.

Recently Rebonded Hair Can’t Be Permed

If you’ve recently had your hair rebonded, be aware that you can’t have it permed, not in the coming months, at least. These two are both very harsh treatments that use strong chemicals, so doing them one after the other is a suree recipe for disaster.

You Can’t Have Chemical Treatments After Perming

In relation to this, you also have to know that you can’t have any chemical treatments after perming. For instance, if you wanted to get your hair colored, you have to wait for about 4-6 weeks before you can push through with it.

And let’s say you didn’t like how your perm turned out and would like to undo it. Well, you’ve got no choice but to just wait for the time to pass, because again, no proper stylist will give you another chemical treatment right after doing one.

A Perm Changes Your Entire Haircare Routine

If you already have an established hair care routine now that you're used to, just know that a perm will change that entirely. And by that, we don’t mean just the practices. The actual products you use will also have to change.

After all, now you should be using products that were specifically formulated for curly hair. That is, unless you want to make your perms fall flat.

Now that you’ve learned everything you need to know about perms, you can make an informed decision about whether or not to get a perm.

For more perm-related articles, don’t forget to check out our ZALA blog!

March 12, 2020
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