Perms are popular for their ability to create soft, long-lasting curls without the need for curling with an iron. Recently, more and more people are applying hair straightening to make their frizzy hair manageable. How long should you leave your hair to enjoy perms while maintaining healthy hair? Here, we will discuss in detail the best period of time to apply perms.
Ideal duration for perms.
To begin with, why does a perm maintain curls and straightness? Let’s start by looking at the mechanism of perms.
How perms work
- apply a chemical (1 agent) to temporarily break the cystine bonds in the hair
- cold perm…curls or waves the hair by curling rods
Hot perm (digital perm or straightening): Apply heat with a rod or iron to curl or straighten the hair.
- reapply the agent (two agents) to rejoin the hair
As described above, perms inevitably put a strain on the hair because they allow the chemicals to penetrate the proteins inside the hair. Frequent perms tend to cause the cortex inside the hair to leak out, leaving the hair in a scraggly state without a good supply of nutrients….
If this happens, perms will not be applied properly or will not last long, so it is necessary to allow a certain period of time for perms to be applied.
Although there are individual differences depending on the hair type, it is said that a typical cold perm will last for about 2 to 3 months. If you wish to continue perms, it is advisable to leave at least 2 months between perms.
In the case of hot perms that apply heat, such as digital perms and hair straightening, while the curls last longer, the damage may be greater due to thermal denaturation of the hair. It is recommended that you consult with your hair stylist and have him or her take a close look at the condition of your hair, and try to apply perms in a span of three to six months.
4 major points to keep your hair healthy after a perm
In order to allow for the perm period, you need to carefully care for your hair at home and keep it healthy. Below are some hair care tips to keep your hair healthy after a perm.
- Use amino acid-based shampoos with gentle cleansing power.
- Use treatments both in-bath and out-bath.
- Minimize damage caused by hair dryers by drying hair quickly from the scalp and roots.
- Eat a well-balanced diet, with an emphasis on high-quality protein (soy products, fish, etc.).
Keep beautiful permanent hair for a period of time.
To keep your hair beautiful after a perm, it is important to leave a period of time between perms. Enjoy permed hair while taking good care of it with treatments!