Friday, March 27, 2009

Perm Flop

Some have emailed asking about the success of "the perm". It was a near flop. Not a total flop--but really close. I guess I should have left the curling lotion on longer, but since this was the first time, I was afraid it would chemically burn her hair. The perm instructions said to unroll a curler to see if the hair was curly enough. Our test curl was perfect. I'm not sure why it wasn't a flag-wavin' success.

My question for you all is soon can I try it again? I am willing to do all the re-rolling, applying, rinsing, etc. if it would = success. Any perm experience is appreciated.



momtofatdogs said...

I have no words of wisdom on the perm front. My hair is so straight, it's pathetic. Even when I paid a professional, I never had success. Gave up nearly 20 years ago.


The Mom said...

I think with some hair you need to have it layered (ie much of it cut quite short) before it will stay curly.

Heavier straight long hair will stay that way no matter what you do to it.

Henrietta, who has had her hair permed often. And often ended up with straight or frizzy hair at the end.

Curls need good genetics (ie you get born with them) or layered hair. (and I used to sleep in curlers too :-)

Kerri said...

I reread your process. It sounded like you just rinsed and didn't shampoo, and that is good. I wonder if home perming ends up a little like home coloring. They don't make the concentration strong enough for the "over processing" fear.

Is there a beauty school anywhere near. It might be worth it, because they will do it quite cheaply with someone supervising the student hair dresser.

I also think you might have needed more rollers. At the salon, the rollers are really close together with a thin parting of hair so the solution permeates. The initial curl from being in the roller can be deceiving.

I don't blame your daughter for wanting the fun of curls, ripples or whatever. I used to love the fluffy feeling of a perm for a change, with my fine blond hair. I had a few times of over processed perms, but if you trim the ends now and then, it can look good for a long time. Even with a lot of ocean swimming and sun, my hair survived, lol.

Good luck on the second try!!