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Perms with Colored Hair
If you’re unsure about whether or not perms with colored hair is a good idea- then you’ve come to the right place!
It can be done, but I don’t recommend it because multiple chemical processes change the structure of the hair in a negative way. You won’t like how your hair feels, and you’ll be so ready to get your pre-perm hair back!
You should schedule a consultation with an experienced hairstylist before you make an appointment to get a perm(if you’re set on getting it done and the inevitable damage means nothing to you).
There are perm formulas that are more mild and meant for color-treated hair, but most salons do not carry them because they are a lot more expensive and the “good” ones are often only available through a distributor.
Remember- just because a perm formula is mild or advertised as “safe” for color-treated hair does not mean that your hair will be free from damage. Your hair may still be hard to comb or manage when you try to style it.
Perms with Colored Hair
Here’s a great Q&A reference from a reader:
I was reading something you had on perms and I just wanted to know what you would recommend.
I colored my hair myself about 3 months ago and I have talked to a couple other people about this but I was wondering what your opinion would be.
I was wondering if you thought it would be a good idea for me to get a perm because I know you aren’t supposed to get a perm if you’ve colored your hair and especially with box color, but I figured since it was about 3 months ago it wouldn’t be that big of a deal.
Sometimes I feel that people ask for perms because they are just unhappy with their hair all around. So, a perm seems like a great idea! Here are some things to consider…
- What type of cut do you have?
- Is your hair thin or thick?
- Does your stylist give you a truly good cut that’s right for you? You’ll know because you can’t get it to “look right”.
With the right cut and a quality job you would love your hair in its natural texture. If you just want curls, that’s okay too!
Try hot rollers, or velcro rollers if your hair is already damaged.
I wouldn’t recommend it just to be safe. It may not break off, but it will feel horrible.
The hair feels different than it would from lightener damage or excessive exposure to heat. When wet your hair would be nearly impossible to comb and when dry it would seem lifeless or lack vibrancy & tone.
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