Perming Fine hair can have its benefits but also can have its draw-backs….. Everything is a factor including hair type and condition along with what perm to use and who gives it to you. Assuming that the person giving the perm is a qualified hair stylist that knows how to perm fine hair, you can get a perm that will solve many hair issues for you.
Perming Fine Hair
When deciding to get a perm its a great idea to think about the Pro’s and Con’s of Perming Fine Hair.
- Add’s volume – this can really help the problems with flat fine hair.
- Add’s texture – sometimes fine hair is too healthy, getting a perm can sometimes provide just the right amount of damage to your hair.
- Makes hair more manageable – when you have a perm in your hair even blowdrying is easier. The style will hold for a longer period of time when a perm is present.
- Too much curl – at times it is hard to pick the correct rod size for the hair. With fine hair you have to allow for the perm to relax a bit more than other hair types.
- Too much damage – Fine hair is easily damaged. It will get fuzzy and dry looking quicker than other hair types. Taking the correct precautions for the hair condition is really important.
- Curl falls out too quickly – Fine hair will take a curl really well only to relax too much too quick.
These are the steps I follow in the salon when giving a perm
- Shampoo with a clarifying shampoo. This gets your hair ready for the perm.
- I always cut the hair before a perm if we are going to cut off more than 1/2 inch. Also all that combing afterwards seems like it could straighten the hair in its delicate state.
- Spray very dry ends with a equalizer or conditioner that is safe for before perm use.
- Wrap the hair with taunt tension but not too tight (causes breakage). Too loose isn’t good, too tight isn’t good.
- Back the rods off after wrapped. This is to make sure the bands on the rod are straight, this helps reduce stress being put on the hair.
- Put protective cream and cotton around the hairline.
- Apply the solution to every rod evenly and completely. You want to make sure every rod has solution on it.
- When timing is complete, and curl forms “s” pattern, perm is done processing
- Rinse the hair, I like to use moderate to low water pressure. You need to rinse for 5 full minutes and longer if the hair is long.
- blotting- this is what i think is the most important step. I blot with a towel first, then I take the towel and grab each individual curler and blot it that way, then i get a paper towel and blot again. I blot until i see no water spots on paper towel. Its tedious but worth it.
- Then cotton and neutralizer, time for 5 full minutes.
- Remove rods carefully not to stretch and pull on hair strand.
- Now the perm is done, I use a pick to gently comb through the hair. If client is willing I always recommend sitting under the dryer and then curling with iron or leaving curly. I don’t recommend using a brush or conditioner on hair for 2 weeks.
Perming fine hair can really change the way a hair style looks. I am one of the best at perming in our salon. I follow the rules every time. It really makes a big difference in the end result.
Fine hair is one of the most challenging hair types to perm, but it is possible if you use care and a few simple steps. Don’t skip a step on fine hair because it will be noticed.