7 TIPS TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR HAIR PERM
Bleached/Pre Lightened hair cannot be permed until the bleached portion has been totally cut off. If bleached hair is permed, the hair will either frizz out or the curls will have no bounce and straighten very quickly. Thus before each color, always be sure to ask your stylist what goes into your hair. Inform your stylist that you intend to perm your hair in the near future, thus your hair cannot be bleached or pre lightened. In many occasions, we have customers who do not know whether they have bleached their hair previously. As in some occasions, bleaching ingredients may have been added into the hair color without the customer knowledge to achieve a light color. And unless the bleached is a recent job, otherwise many times it can be difficult for our stylist to know if the hair has been bleached especially if a dark color has been later colored on the hair.
Avoid Layering/Thinning your hair too much, if you intend to perm it in the near future. A lot of time, a perm needs to have a certain haircut in order to achieve a certain final result. Thus layering/thinning the hair too much might makes it difficult for the stylist to achieve the intended haircut for the perm later on and certain parts of the curls might look disconnected. Also hair that has been thinned too much might lose its curls much faster, and the curls will not be as bouncy.
Damaged hair will always be damaged. There is no way for a hair that is already dry/damaged to look healthy after a perm. And the healthier the hair, the longer the perm will last. Thus always be sure to do treatments on a regular basis with good homecare products to prepare the hair for the next perm. In many occasions, you might need to cut off the dry/damaged hair ends before a good perm can be possible.
Be as specific and detailed as possible during the consultation with your stylist. Bring along pictures of a perm that you want. A picture speaks a thousand words and the definition of “natural” looking or “bouncy curls” might defer from each person. Your idea of “loose curls” might not be the same as another person’s. Thus always refer to pictures as you relate to your stylist the type of curls that you are looking at. Also always understand that each person’s hair condition/texture is different, and there are always a limitation to replicate the same perm exactly. Thus do not be too idealistic. Sometimes only 80% - 90% can be achieved. And in some occasion where your hair condition/texture is totally different from the picture that you have shown, our stylist will also notify you that the perm is not possible to achieve.
Be prepared for after perm maintenance like applying products and spending 10 – 20 mins blow drying your hair daily. There is a certain amount of commitment required from your side. If you are not yet ready for such commitment and are looking at a hassle free hairstyle, then the best hair style will be to rebond your hair totally straight. Otherwise, a good perm will still look terrible under the care of a lazy owner. However, the after perm maintenance will not be difficult once you get the hang of it (like doing makeup) and our stylist will teach you how to blow dry the curls in the correct way. Different types of curls require different blow drying techniques. Using the wrong technique will change the original intended shape of the curls, and the final results will not be desirable.
If you have rebonded your hair straight too many times previously, it might not take curls very well. The curls will have no bouncy or straighten very quickly. Thus if you intend to perm your hair in the next 1 year, stop rebonding your hair.
Henna Color/Herbal Hair Treatment/Keratin Treatment might leave a coating around the hair that can affect the perm chemical process, which results in curls that are lifeless looking. Thus always inform your stylist what has been done on your hair previously, even it can be donkey years ago. You never know what is still left on the hair. If you intend to perm your hair in the near future, also avoid doing any of the above.
7 TIPS TO KNOW AFTER YOUR HAIR PERM
Avoid washing your hair 24 – 48 hours after the perm
Also avoid swimming or using scalp shampoo (oily scalp/dandruff/hairloss) which are deep cleansing in the next 2 weeks which will wash out the perm chemicals very quickly.
Use the right product and the right amount.
If you want to achieve soft curls, always apply curl products that are soft in texture like curl cream. Avoid using old school products like sculpting lotion or curl mousse which will leave a “hard” feel on the curls unless you want to achieve very bouncy and defined curls. Always use the right amount of products. Over applying the products will leave the curls sticky and create a wet look. Apply the curl cream when the hair is wet and before blow drying. Avoid using any serums/hair oil when the hair is wet which will pull down the curls. Serums should only be used as a finishing product after the hair is 100% dry, to anti-frizz the hair.
Be Patient and Blow dry your curls to 100%
In order to ensure that the curls looks define and bouncy, the hair needs to be 100% dry. Any water/humidity will cause the curls to loosen up easily during the day.
Do a Salon Treatment once a month
And also use good homecare products to treat the hair. Remember the healthier the hair, the more the curls will last.
Use the correct technique to blow dry the curls
It is important to blow dry the curls in the correct way in order to achieve the final result that you desire. Each type of perm or curls has its own blow drying technique. Using the wrong technique might result in a curl that is different from what was being permed. (For example, avoid twirling the hair like curls on c curve rebonding. Instead use the second and third finger to bend the hair ends inwards. Twirling the hair might make the c curve end up looking like a rebonding perm hair)
Practice makes Perfect!
At the beginning, you might find blow drying one side of your curls to easier than the other which results in one side of the curls to be stronger than the others. The hair at the side might also be easier to reach out for than the curls at the back. Practice Practice Practice! It just takes a few more practice before you are able to blow out the curls evenly.
Twist it forward for tighter bouncy curls!
For rebonding perm/s curve rebonding, twist it forward for tighter bouncy curls. And twist it backwards for looser and sexier curls. In addition, you might want to create smaller sections (4 sections) if you want the curls to be tighter. And go for bigger sections (2 sections) if you want the curls to appear looser. For the same perm, you can create different looking curls with different way of blow drying.
For C curve rebonding, use the second and third finger to bend the hair ends inwards. Ensure that your palm is facing the chest. If you want the c curve to appear stronger, you can use your thumb and the rest of the 4 fingers to bend the hair ends inwards.
For styling perm and J curve Rebonding, push the hair lengths forward and blow dry it similar to a c curve.
7 tips before your hair color
Avoid Henna Color/Herbal/Keratin Treatments
As these treatments gives a very strong coating around the hair, it would be very difficult to achieve your desired hair color after doing these treatments, as tendency is that it will hinders and blocks out the colors that are being put on and final result might not be achieved or color will be uneven.
Avoid dyeing your hair black or red
These color pigments are the highest to remove. Thus if you want to cover your hair dark, we will advise to go for a dark brown instead. Otherwise it will be difficult for a color change in the future.
Do not wash your hair before your color appointment
Yes! The dirtier your scalp is, the better. Let the natural oil on your scalp act as a protective layer during your hair coloring service. By washing your scalp too clean before your coloring service might create a stronger biting sensation on your scalp during your service.
Avoid applying too many products on your hair before your color appointment
As these leave-in products might coat the hair and makes it difficult for the color to penetrate into the hair, avoid applying these products before your color service.
If you wish to do crazy colors, understand that that will require you to bleach the hair
The chart below serve as a guide as in how many rounds of bleaching is required for the different types of colors. Also know that once you have bleached your hair, the bleached portion will not be able to take any perm/rebond services in the future. Thus you will need to take this into consideration, and might want to opt to only bleach the hair ends and not the whole hair.
Choosing the right color for your skintone
Some colors might look nice on others but might not suit you when it is done on your hair. The right haircolor will make your skin look more radiant and looked flattering on you. While the wrong haircolor will make your skin look dull. Cool Colors for Cool Skin Tones and Warm Colors for Warm Skin Tones. If you are unsure of which skintone you belong to, ask your stylist!
Bring along pictures of the exact color you wish to do
Your color definition of “blonde” may not be the same as your stylist’s definition of blonde. Thus if possible try to research and bring pictures of the exact color that you wish to do instead of telling your stylist, I want a brighter/darker version of this color. Also note that as different hair texture might result in the color to differ slightly, thus we can only go close to the desired color and not 100%.