A surprisingly large number of women say, “I went to the trouble of getting a perm, but the curls fall right off. Some of them say that their hair goes back to the way it was after less than a week. But frequently having to get a perm again can damage your hair and hurt your wallet.
Of course, there are certain types of hair that are difficult to get perms on, but just by being careful with your daily care, you can make your perms last much longer.
Typical perm “hold-up” is about 3 months.
First, let’s look at how perms work. Perms fix curls and waves by cutting and reshaping the proteins inside the hair once and for all. There are three main types of perms
- Air wave
Uses the power of wind to fix the curls.
- Digital perm
Curls are fixed in place by curling with a heated lot.
Steam is used to penetrate the perm solution.
There is no big difference in the kind of perm and how long it lasts. Depending on hair quality and style, once a perm is applied, it lasts about 3 months on average. In reality, however, many people actually reapply perms every one to two months.
Soft & stiff hair is hard to perm!
Why does the “ease” of getting a perm vary from person to person? It is because of the thickness of the hair. Thin, soft hair has less protein, which is the source of perms, so it is more difficult to get perms. Conversely, people with thick, stiff hair have difficulty getting perms because the perm solution does not penetrate as easily. Furthermore, people with damaged hair also have less protein, making it harder to get a perm.
This means that only people with healthy, normal hair will be able to get perms easily. It is no wonder that many people have trouble getting perms.
Shampoo is the biggest cause of perm fallout.
So what can we do to make such perms last longer? The following three points are important.
- Do not shampoo on the day of perm application.
It is said that it takes about 24 hours for a perm to set. If you shampoo on the same day, you will destroy it before the shape is fixed. If you are concerned about dirt, wash only with hot water.
- Do not wash twice.
The biggest cause of perms falling out is strong-washing shampoos. Stop washing twice and make it a habit to wash once. It is also better to choose a shampoo with mild detergency, such as an amino acid-based shampoo.
- Nourish hair with treatment
Since permed hair tends to lose moisture easily, moisturize and nourish your hair with a non-washable treatment. There are many special products available for curly hair.
Just by following these three tips, you can make your perms last much longer.
Also, if you are concerned about a perm that is starting to fall out, give a little extra thought to styling. Apply wax or mousse to the ends of the hair and scrunch it in. If you use a lot of wax or mousse, it will stretch due to its weight, so we recommend using a small amount. This alone will revive your perm.