Hair Skin Care Botched Perm

Perming is a great way to add body and bounce to your hair. It can also make styling a breeze. However, anyone who has ever had a bad perm knows that over-processed hair can look frizzy, dry and damaged.

Sometimes bad perms result when they are performed on excessively dry or damaged hair. However, botched perms can also result when an inexperienced person leaves the perm solution on the hair too long. Knowing how to prevent bad perms in the first place as well as how to fix a bad perm once it occurs can help prevent bad hair days.

Good Perm Candidates

Before getting a hair perm, you should decide if you are a good candidate for a perm. Perms come out the best on people whose hair has not been colored. The chemicals in a perm will be too harsh for people with color-treated hair, especially those who have highlighted hair.

To determine if your hair is too damaged for a perm, consult your stylist. You’ll want to tell him all of the chemical treatments your hair has endured over the past few years.

You can also test your hair at home to see if it is damaged: Simply take a strand of your hair and place it in a glass of water. If your hair sinks, it is damaged and absorbing moisture. If your hair floats, your hair is healthy.

Perms also tend to work better on people who have thick hair. If your hair is thin, you might want to avoid perming.

Preventing Botched Perms

If you determine that you are a good candidate for a perm, there are a few steps you can take to prevent getting a bad perm.

First, you’ll want to find a great stylist. Call several salons in your area and ask if any of their stylists specialize in perming. You might have to call a number of salons to find a perm specialist, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Once you find your stylist, you’ll want to schedule a consultation. Tell your stylist what you expect from your perm and also provide him with pictures of how you would like your hair to look.

Once you’ve scheduled your perm appointment, you’ll want to make sure your hair is at its best for the perming. To prepare for your perm, shampoo and condition your hair the night before your appointment. Avoid using a deep conditioner, however, as it can interfere with the perming process.

Fixing a Bad Perm

If despite your best efforts you end up with a botched perm, there a few steps you can take to reverse the situation.

If you went to a stylist to have your hair permed and have left the salon, call the stylist and return to the salon as soon as possible. If you don’t trust the stylist to fix the perm, call another salon, explain your problem and ask to see someone as soon as possible.

You can also try to fix the problem yourself. Follow these steps:

  1. Apply a high-quality deep conditioner to your hair and comb it from your roots to the ends. Leave it on for at least five minutes and then rinse completely.
  2. Next, roll your hair in large foam curlers and allow it to dry.

This process should soften the curl. To keep your hair healthy and to prevent frizzy hair, use your deep conditioner every other day for at least one week.


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