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A Contemplation of Perms

I like having curled hair. I feel like it gives more life to your hair. But it’s a lot of work curling your hair. I don’t know about you, but it takes me close to an hour to curl my hair, because I have quite a bit of it (it may be thin, but it’s still plenty). So my curiosity has been piqued towards the process of perming my hair.

Generally, my hair is straight. It’ll be wavy if I’ve had it in a bun all night, which I normally do, but will typically straighten out once I’ve brushed it (so sometimes I skip the brushing, to keep in the waves). I don’t have anything against my hair being straight, and sometimes I like it being straight very much, but most days my mood sways towards curls. Curls have bounce, curls have volume, and with the two-tone colour dynamic of my hair, curls really make this pop. The only problem: I hate curling my hair.

The amount of effort and time that has to go into curling my hair properly is not something I can do on a daily basis. I am not Hair-Wonder Woman. On the special occasions where I do curl my hair properly, it requires getting it wet (so, probably washing it as well), applying heat-protective spray, blow drying it, and then finally curling it. All in all that probably takes me about two hours, an hour minimum for the curling alone (TV/YouTube is a must when curling my hair, otherwise I’d be bored silly).

This is why I’ve considered doing a perm. Not a perm that turns your head into a springboard for super tiny, tight oodles of curls, but a perm that would give me nice, loose wavy curls.

I’m still not sure, and still don’t know enough about the process to really make an informed decision. From my (extremely) basic research, you need to make sure you find someone who’s an expert in perms and knows exactly what they’re doing, as perms are very easy to screw up. It was also noted it’d be smart to bring in a picture of the type of curls you want, to ensure, you know, that you get the type of curls you want, and also to have a hair consultation before diving in. Like I said, I don’t want to end up with tight, springy curls, so that would need to be made clear. I also read that perms don’t agree with coloured hair, and as my hair is currently ombred, I don’t know if a perm would take to it very well. So that’s a problem. Not to mention it’s a rather expensive process and will only last about 6 months. Is that something I want to commit to?

I’m still not sure. I’ve been rolling around with this idea for a couple of months now, and I still haven’t made up my mind. Any tips would be much appreciated. Questions still abound. For example, do perms make your hair feel gross? What about washing? Etc., etc., etc.

I like having ombred hair. A lot. So if perms don’t like colour, then maybe I don’t like perms.


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