Perm Styles in Hillsborough NJ
The return of the perm
First scrunchies and now perms; 80s hair is back! Not quite as big as before, but the techniques and styling sure is making a comeback! Did you ever get a blowout and wish those loose, soft curls would last forever? Well, you aren’t alone and more than every woman are turning to perms to get beachy waves and some salon owners report that more clients are requesting this service.
The recent interest in perms reflects a desire for voluminous, textured hair, not the tight, over processed curls you think of when you recall perms from the 80s and 90s. Everyone wants texture, movement, body and not everyone has hair like this. The modern wave is more about the movement in the hair and less about tight curls.
A permanent wave, commonly called a “perm” or “permanent,” involves the use of chemicals to break and reform the bonds of the hair. The hair is washed and wrapped on a perm rod and waving lotion is applied with a base. This solution creates a chemical reaction that softens the inner structure of the hair by breaking some of the cross-links within and between the protein chains of the hair. The hair swells, stretches and softens, then molds around the shape of the perm rod. The smaller the rod, the tighter the curl.
Today’s perm solutions are gentler and use less ammonia, which damages and dries the hair, or even none at all. To achieve waves instead of curls, larger rods are used. Any time you use a chemical on your hair, you are going to compromise the hair but it’s what happens around that, the conditioning and proper cleansing that is going to minimize adverse effects so that at the end of the treatment it doesn’t feel like you just had a chemical process. It feels soft to the touch.
The loose waves are what women are trying to achieve in getting perms but there are still requests for the super tight curls you remember. Curly hair is back in style these days and women want it. For those who have super curly hair, now is the time to stop using the flat iron and let those wild curls fly!
Despite their bad rap, perms have undergone a bit of rebranding. There is an ammonia-free technique, for example. The key is to prep beforehand and make sure to start with hair that is already healthy. Over processed hair is not going to bode well with a perm on top of it. There are so many solutions on the market today, you just need to talk to your stylist about what is right for you.