An alkali perm has a high PH level that can damage hair.Do not get this perm if you have color treated or thin hair.It works well with normal hair and hair that has never had a perm.The benefit is the curls last for up to five months.The disadvantage is an alkali perm dries hair out if not moisturized with conditioners for permed hair.It is the best type of perm for all hairstyles and face shapes.
An acid perm does not dry out hair as much as an alkali perm.Brittle and colored treated hair works best with this perm.The relaxed effect of the perm creates looser curls that do not hold their shape longer than three months.The gentle curls of an acid perm make a square shape face appears longer when styled with shoulder length hair.
A root perm only penetrates the hair roots giving a slight curl that lifts the hair.The advantage of a root perm is it works effectively on short or flat hair.The main disadvantage is the perm effect last just two to three months.A root perm adds a carefree and feminine look to medium length and short haircuts.
A body wave perm adds a slight wave all through the hair.A waves advantage is it adds body to flat hair.Straight hair produces large gentle curls while curly hair will result in tighter ones.The disadvantage is the wave loses its shape after about two months.A body wave softens facial features.It is easy to style with a blow dryer and is perfect for shoulder length haircuts.
This type of perm adds volume to hair instead of curls.A volume perm cost less and works well for women experimenting with hairstyles.The disadvantage is it last about six weeks at the most.A volume perm benefits thick long hairstyles and oval face shapes.
●Six Tips for the perfect Perm Hairstyles---:
● What could a perm do for me?
1.Straighten curly hair.
2.Straighten difficult sections of hair like bangs.
3.Spot or weave perm some is permed and some isnt for a natural look.
4.Root perm adds lift to the roots if your hair tends to be flat.
5.Stack perm just the bottom half of the hair is permed.
6.Spiral perm the hair is wound around long rods for a botticelli curl.
7.Body perm done on larger rollers to give volume.
● Is it safe to perm colored hair?
Yes.perms are now available in special formulas for even the lightest shades of tinted or bleached hair.However its always best to ask for a strand test to be done first.The stylist will put a few strands of your hair into perming solution and then neutralizer for up to 15 minutes and then check the condition. This is the best way to make sure that your hair isnt going to fry.To see what condition your hair is in is to put a few strands into a glass of water.If they sink it means that your hair is soaking up water because it is dry from damage.If they float its healthy and in good condition.
● How long does a perm last?
After about 6 to 8 weeks new growth may start to affect how the style looks.If your curls start at your scalp you may need to regularly have a root perm to top up your style.
● How does a perm work and how long does it take?
Perm is short for permanent wave.In the perming process chemicals break the hair down and then re structure it into the desired curls waves or straightness.The hair is washed and then wound around rollers short perming rods or long ones for a look like the pre raphaelite one here.These determine what size curls you finish up with.The smaller they are the tighter your curls.A perming solution is then soaked over the hair raising the cuticle layer and breaking the bonds that give the hair its usual appearance.
● Why is curly hair curly?
Hair is made of protein and in this protein there are sulfur atoms.These are called sulfides.When two sulfur atoms get together they make a disulfide
(di-anything just means two)bond.The more disulfide bonds your hair has normally the more naturally curly it will be.
● Re programming your hair---:
1.Once the perming solution has had time to work it is washed off and the head is then blotted with a dry towel to get rid of excess water.A neutralizer is then applied.This is what re-makes the new disulfide bonds in the hair and gives it a new pattern.It's also the part of the perming process when damage is most likely to occur so it needs to be carefully monitored by the stylist.
2.Once the neutralizer has had time to work its washed off.The rods or rollers are removed and the hair is rinsed again to make sure all the chemicals are gone.The hair is then styled as desired.
● How long before I can shampoo?
Some stylists advise 24 hours others 48 hours and some even say three days.The argument is that youll risk de-activating the perming solution if you get your hair wet.Thats shouldn't be true the waving solution has worked and then been neutralized so it isnt active anymore.The truth is it depends on your hair.Take your stylists advice and be patient if necessary.
● I washed my hair for the first time after a perm and its a puffy mess help.OK.dont panic heres a step by step to glossy healthy curls.
1.Shampoo and condition your hair using specially formulated products for permed hair.
2.Blot and squeeze the water from your hair using a dry towel.Or just wrap your head in a towel but dont ever rub it dry.
3.Spray your hair with a leave in detangling conditioner and then add some anti frizz serum.
4.Comb your hair with your fingers and once it gets easier to run them through start using a wide toothed comb.
5.Apply your usual favorite styling product and tip your head upside down combing the hair to maximize lift.If you dont want your hair too big stay upright.
6.Its best to dry it naturally but if hair drying use a diffuser and a cool setting.
7.Control how much or how little volume you want with tiny mists of scrunching spray With this care your perm should be smooth and just what you wanted.
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