Want To Perm Hair At Home? Follow These Steps
You might be fascinated by the idea of having a gorgeous head of curls, and that's why are finding yourself being pulled to the process of hair perming. But, hold up! Before you actually go ahead with perming your hair, either at the salon or at home, here are some things that you need to know.
Do You Really Want A Perm?
The term perm stands for permanent. The curls that are formed in your hair are going to stay for at least 6 months, and a few months more after that until they slowly get back to your normal texture. So if you want curly hair just for a night, getting a perm is not the way to go.
Knowing Your Hair Type
Everybody's hair is different. Some are softer and shinier than others, while some have more elasticity than others. It is crucial to know your hair type in order to get the correct perm treatment for your hair, especially if you are planning to perm hair at home.
Get A Haircut
Get a haircut before you get a perm as this will help you get rid of any split ends, plus, you can add layers to your hair if you want to. It is possible to get a haircut a few days after the perm too; however, getting one before is a better option.
The process of perming from start to finish is quite time consuming. So make sure that you set aside anywhere between 4-6 hours for perming your hair. Also remember, that it is a complete no-no to wash your hair for a minimum of 48 hours after the perm. So, keep your schedule in mind before getting the perm.
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Get A Kit And A Friend
Purchase an at-home-perm kit to perm hair at home. You can find the kit in malls and online. Also, enlist the help of a friend for the process, as doing it all on your own can become impossible, especially if you have long hair. Make sure you read all the instructions that come with the kit, and understand them well before you start.
Unknot And Wash
Brush your hair and free it of virtually all the knots that are there. After this, wash your hair with a good moisturizing shampoo and a light conditioner, taking care not to create knots. Once the hair is washed, pat dry it, and gently take out any knots that may have formed.
The perming chemicals aren't generally the best thing for your skin. As such, make sure that you/your friend wears gloves while dealing with it. Also, apply a good amount of petroleum jelly on your neck, ear and forehead to avoid direct contact of the chemicals with the skin.
Wear comfy clothes that you wouldn't miss if they get ruined. Even so, do wrap an old towel on your shoulders during the perming process.
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To start with, split your hair into 4 equal sections and roll up one at a time using the rollers. Remember, the tighter you roll your hair, the curlier they will be. So, decide want kind of curls you want and roll accordingly.
Next step is to apply the perm solution onto your hair and scalp. Start with the scalp and work your way down. Let the solution stay on your hair for the time that is mentioned on the box.
Once the hours have passed, wash your hair thoroughly with normal water and make sure you get out every bit of the solution from your hair. Ask your friend for help if you need it.
After washing your hair,immediately apply the neutralizer. This is the product that will actually start to rebuild and re-form the broken proteins in your hair and give it the desired effect.
Finally, towel-dry your hair, but do not rub on it too harshly or tie it up in a head bun. Pat dry as far as possible.
There you are! You got your sexy, permed hair! Enjoy your curls, girl!