Gorgeous Hollywood waves have been all the rage for decades. People with straight hair that lacks volume look at the voluminous waves and start to daydream. Luckily, you can have those waves too! Permanent wave treatments, or perms, have been around for a while and have only gotten better with time. Check out everything you need to know before getting your new permanent waves!
Is a Permanent Wave Bad for Your Hair?
Any hair treatment that uses chemicals is not good for your hair so in short, yes, it’s bad for your hair. Hair is quite resilient though, so if you follow the recommended timeline and care instructions, getting permanent waves won’t damage your hair beyond repair.
Who Can Get a Permanent Wave?
Perms are ideal for people with shoulder-length hair and longer, up to 12 inches long. Shorter hair is unable to wave well and longer hair is too heavy, causing the perm to fall and create a stringy appearance.
How Long Will the Wave Last?
The wave will look basically the same for the first two weeks. After that, the curls will gradually become more relaxed over the course of about 2 to 3 months before the waves will need to be redone.
How Often Should You Wash Your Permanent Waves?
Permanent waves last the longest and look the best if they’re washed every 3 to 4 days. If you’re a daily hair washer, that may sound crazy, but the less you wash your hair the less oil your hair actually produces! There will be an adjustment period with less frequent washes, but dry shampoo targeted at your roots is a great option.
What Products Should You Use?
Shampoos, conditioners, deep conditioners, and leave-in products targeted towards dry and damaged hair are the most compatible with permed hair. These types of products will help your hair hold the curl better and restore some of the natural shine that was lost to the chemical treatments.
How to Style Between Permanent Wave Appointments
If your perm is coming to the end of its lifespan, you’ll have straight, flat roots with wavy and brittle ends. The best way to hide this between appointments is with good styling! Set your hair in large curlers and let it dry, to create a more uniform wave appearance.
Schedule a Perm Appointment in Danvers
If you’re interested in getting your hair permanently waved or if you’d like to learn more about what the process is like, contact Bella Salon & Spa today! We use the best techniques, products, and tools to ensure your waves turn out great every time with minimal damage. If you’ve never had wavey or curly hair before, what a better time to try than right now?! You can reach out by giving us a call at 978-777-3717 or by filling out a contact form at the bottom of this page.