Can I wet my hair after a perm? If you're asking this because you want to shampoo your newly permed tresses, slowly step away from the shower. It is never wise to get your hair wet right after a perm. However, it's best to ask your stylist for an exact time period. Depending on the perm style and your hair type, most stylists recommend waiting between 18 to 72 hours before getting your hair wet.
What Is a Perm?
The term "perm" is a shortened version of "permanent wave." A perm does not actually create a permanent wave, but rather keeps your hair perfectly curled for about three months, at which point it then begins to fade. A perm is created by applying a chemical solution to the hair that breaks down the structure of the strands. A neutralizer is applied after the chemical solution has set to reform the hair bonds into the desired shape.
Acid, alkaline and exothermic are the three main types of perms. Acid perms work best for delicate hair. Alkaline perms work best for normal hair. Exothermic perms works best for hair resilient to perming or that needs extra conditioning.
Can I Do a Perm at Home?
Home perms are usually advised against by stylists. The perms are harsh and can easily fry your entire head of hair beyond hope of repair. A good perm that creates the desired style without destroying your hair takes experience and training. Considering how long it can take to recover from a bad perm, it's worth the extra money to have a professional stylist do the job.
What Do I Need to Consider Before Getting a Perm?
Most stylists can tell you if your hair will perm well or not. If a stylist recommends you skip the perm, take the advice seriously. Your stylist has the training to know if the type and condition of your hair will make a perm turn out fantastic or a frizzy mess. Whether or not a perm will work for you depends largely on your hair length, hair type, hair health and chosen perm style.
It is never advisable to perm color treated hair, especially if the treatment was recent. The color has compromised the health of your hair and perming it makes it very likely you'll end up with fried hair. For the best results, stylists usually perm hair, color it and then trim it, though not in one sitting.
How Do I Take Care of a Perm?
It's important to talk with your stylist about the exact steps required to properly care for your new perm. There will be a period of time, anywhere from half a day to several days, where your new perm will need special care. You do not want to brush, blow-dry or even get your hair wet during this period. The special care period gives permed hair time to harden into shape.
You must use shampoo and conditioner formulated for permed hair if you plan on keeping your curls. These products are created to help retain shape and add extra moisture. Regular shampoo and conditioners can dry your hair or cause the curl to fade. It's also important to look for hair styling products intended for perms.
Perming your hair at home is not as easy as some people think. There is a lot involved in this than just applying a perm solution and you think you will have a great curl. You have to remember you are applying a chemical to your hair and have to think about what type of curl you want to achieve before doing this or you will end up with a head of frizz and no curl.