Back in your mother’s or grandmother’s day it was nearly impossible to get a soft curl from a perm. “Permanents” as they were known – chemical procedures that created long-lasting curls in the hair – usually resulted in tight, poodle-like curls and dried, damaged hair. Perhaps that is why perms fell out of fashion for many years, but now a new generation of straight-haired girls and women are asking their stylists about perms. Fortunately, there is also a new generation of permanent curling products they can turn to.
The size of a permed curl is controlled by the size or type of curler that is used. Very large curlers are used to add body and bounce to the hair without the addition of curl. Small curlers are used to create tight, bouncy curls. There are several factors that determine which size of curler is best for creating soft curl in your hair. Your style, color, hair type and condition all play a part in determining the texture and overall outcome of your perm.
A skilled hair stylist may ask to perform a strand test on your hair before attempting a perm, especially if she knows you have used henna or spray-on lighters on your hair. You should also inform her if you are in the first trimester of a pregnancy or it you are taking bloom pressure medication as both of these conditions can alter the result of your perm.
Permanent hair curling is both an art and a science. It relies on a specific combination of chemicals to perform their job as expected, but a successful perm is also the proud accomplishment of a knowledgeable stylist. To get those soft, romantic curls you fantasize about, consult with an experienced stylist. Even though a perm isn’t really permanent, a bad perm can seem to last forever.