Written by April Reinhardt (last updated June 18, 2021)
The permanent hair wave, now referred to as a perm, was invented in 1906, with disastrous results. Created as a way to permanently curl hair, the perm has now evolved into a safe procedure performed professionally in a salon setting, and even at home.
Getting a professional perm requires more than simply making an appointment with your local hairdresser. Consider the following before making that appointment:
After you've had that hair consultation and have decided which type of perm is best for you, your hairdresser will take the following steps during your perm appointment:
Your stylist will instruct you not to wash or condition your newly permed hair for several days. After that, use specially formulated products just for permed hair. You can buy them at your salon before you leave, but you can also find them at your local grocery store or WalMart.
Getting a professional perm, with a reputable hair salon, can be a satisfying experience if you know what to expect before you sit in the stylist's chair.
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