The year was 1988. Spiral perms, curled bangs, and heavily sprayed “wings” were all the rage. Not just regular bangs, teased bangs. Not tiny wings, glorious Flock of Seagulls wings.

None of that memorable big hair was quite so fabulous without a really great spiral perm. Perms are growing in popularity once again. Even teenage boys are adding chemically-induced curls to their locks.

Now, If you are one of the many who have permanently straight hair, you might have always wondered what it would be like to switch it up and have curls. You might even be considering a perm.

Perms were all the rage back in the day. By back in the day, we mean those spiral perm days of the 1980s … And yes, they still do them now! However, they are definitely a lifestyle choice that require routine care and commitment in order to maintain fabulous curls.

Young girl with permed hair

Here’s everything you should know before you decide whether or not to perm your hair:

  1. Make sure your hair isn’t too damaged before you decide to get a perm. You must have healthy hair for a perm to come out properly. If your hair is damaged from coloring, treatments, or just very dry, you might want to get your hair in better, healthier condition before you get a perm. Otherwise, the chemicals from the perm will only damage your hair further.
  2. Think twice if you have short or layered hair. It may not come out like you’d want or expect it to. (Please. Do not be the next featured photo on Perms Gone Wild.) Ask your hairstylist if your hair is an appropriate length and style before committing to curls.
  3. Avoid chemical treatments before and after your perm. Keep in mind, after you get your perm that you should avoid getting your hair colored for at least a month. Likewise, you shouldn’t have your hair colored just before you get a perm because the chemical processing could damage your hair.
  4. You will need to get all new products and begin a new hair care routine. Ask your hairstylist for their recommendations for shampoos, conditioners, and other styling products to help you maintain your new curls. This is definitely an investment. Curly hair needs the right products in order to look its best!
  5. Not only is having your hair permed an investment but it is also a commitment. It isn’t called a perm for no reason. It is permanent. While it won’t last the rest of your life, a perm will last for a long time depending on your hair length and type. You’ll need to figure out how to take care of it properly if you want it to continue to look amazing.
  6. A perm might weaken and damage your hair. However, if you use the right products and take care of your tresses, it is much like coloring your hair. There are always risks when you change your natural hair type with chemicals. It’s important to note that you might feel pain when your stylist is perming your hair and that could mean your hair follicles are being damaged. No thank you.
  7. Just like it is with any new hair style or hair treatment, you should first consult with your stylist before jumping right in. They will give you advice on pros and cons for your specific hair and help you make the best decision for you and your hair.

To perm or not to perm. In the end, the choice is 100% up to you. Find some photos of curly hairstyles and choose a few that you love. Take those photos to your hairstylist and the two of you can decide on a style that best fits your hair type, personality, and face shape.

Beautiful girl with permed hair.

Happy perming … if you decide to take the curly plunge.

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16 thoughts on “Should You Get a Perm?

    • Keranique Hair says:

      Yes, you can use the Minoxidil on both permed and color-treated hair. We recommend that you do not use Minoxidil on the same day your hair is colored or treated with permanent wave chemicals.

  1. Dottie says:

    I did it right after I had put color on my hair. OMG I really didn’t know what I was doing. Never again did I try to do my own hair. I just had it chopped off. You could take it and it would stretch. I waited about 15 years to try it again and with a professional person. It was beautiful but when it started to go straight again, I went in to the same person. It didn’t look as it did the first time and it was the last time I ever permed my hair. I don’t know, maybe times and improved products have made it better. It was a lot of extra work

  2. Pam says:

    I’ve been thinking of getting a perm as my hair on top is very sparse. Only perm the better hair. I’ve been using only keranique products and was hopeful that this might help. So far it hasn’t. My scalp is very dry should I not use one of the products? Last couple weeks it’s been very itchy. Any thoughts? Can I perm healthier hair okay? Do you have any products that won’t dry out my scalp? Appreciate your help and thoughts.

    • Keranique Hair says:

      hello! You can use the Minoxidil on both permed and color-treated hair. We recommend that you do not use Minoxidil on the same day your hair is colored or treated with permanent wave chemicals.

    • Shelly says:

      How long should I wait to perm my hair after using these products ? My hair is so brittle it hurts to comb it. It actually dried my hair out more 🙄

      • Keranique Hair says:

        Hi Shelly! You can use the Minoxidil on both permed and color-treated hair. We recommend that you do not use Minoxidil on the same day your hair is colored or treated with permanent wave chemicals.

  3. Maxine says:

    My hair is already permed. Just wondering if Keranique will ever start making a perm. I try to stay with a mild perm. Have been having a Perm most of my life. I try to stay with all Keranique products.

  4. Pamela Boger says:

    I notice you toke out a payment in July on my credit card but, I have not receive my package yet. So when will I get it. I am running out of everything.

    • Keranique Hair says:

      Thanks for reaching out to Keranique. Someone from our customer service team will be in touch with you shortly!

  5. Charlotte Wright says:

    Can keranique shampoo & conditioner be used with permed hair? Mine is curly do i use perm to relax the curl

    • Keranique Hair says:

      Yes, you can use the Minoxidil on both permed and color-treated hair. We recommend that you do not use Minoxidil on the same day your hair is colored or treated with permanent wave chemicals.

  6. Mary carskadon says:

    I’m a hairdresser pf 50 plus years. IF PERMS ARE DONE PROPERLY..there is no detectible damage. It’s delightful for a change when boredom sets in for sure! If your stylist is not rinsing long enough (5 full min. ) OR blotting well enough…OR not rinsing and timing the neutralizer properly you could experience problems. Typically, good professional conditioners can help out with a worse case scenario!! Hair is just too much fun to miss out on what can be done to not ever try. I color a week after with never a problem. But typically I schedule the color for the next cut cycle.

  7. Maxine says:

    I don’t use dye. I use rinse semi permanent by clairol. Beautiful Collection. Is that ok to use with my Keranique products?

    • Keranique Hair says:

      Yes, you can use the Minoxidil on both permed and color-treated hair. We recommend that you do not use Minoxidil on the same day your hair is colored or treated with permanent wave chemicals.

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