Interested in the types of perms for short hair? Those with short hair can still enjoy the benefits of a perm.
Perms work best on hair that has not been colored or highlighted. The chemicals are too harsh for double-processed or heavily highlighted hair. If you have dry hair or loads of short layers, you aren’t the best candidate for a perm. Perms will dry hair out even more and a perm on short, layered hair could end up poodle-like.Not sure if your hair is a good candidate for a perm? Ask your stylist. You’ll want to tell him or her every chemical process your hair has been through in the last couple years. One way you can find out if your hair is damaged and can’t withstand more chemical processing is to do the old float trick. Take a few strands of hair and put them in a glass of water, if they sink, this means your hair is damaged and is soaking up moisture. If the strands float, this means your hair is healthy. You may want to keep it that way and avoid the perm. Black hair and Asian hair can also be difficult, but not impossible, to perm. You’ll want someone who specializes in your type of hair texture.
Perms for Short Hair
Not everyone uses perms to add curls or waves to their hair. Many use perms to straighten curls out of their hair. In addition, some people don’t straighten all of their hair. Your hairstylist may suggest that you only straighten out certain areas of your hair, such as your bangs or a particularly “troublesome” portion of your hair that wants to live according to its own rules, not yours.
Similarly, you may want to perm curls or waves only in a portion of your hair. Perhaps you would like to have some waves or curls close to your face via a spot perm?
Another short hair option is to have a root perm. This type of perm adds volume at the at the roots of your hair, making your crown look more poofy.
Although spiral perms are often thought of as being in the province for those who have medium to long hair lengths, more and more short hairstyles feature “corkscrew” curls. Your hairdresser will use vertical rods to create these types of curls.
Before Getting a Perm
Get input from your hairdresser. Your stylist will be able to help you decide the right type of permanent for your current hairstyle or help you decide if you will need to get a new cut before you get that perm. In addition, your stylist will be able help you decide on the right type of “perm-do” that complements the shape of your face.
Before you perm, tell your hairstylist about any medications that you are taking or have taken recently. Meds can affect how long your hair should be treated during the perming process.
Remember that perms can damage your hair. In addition, just because you have a perm doesn’t mean that getting your hair ready every morning will be hassle-free. You may still have to spend time working on your hair to get it looking right even with a permanent. Taken all together, you might want to see if other products will do the job for you rather than changing the composition of your hair. Again, your stylist will be able to help you look at the trade-offs between “to perm” or “not to perm” your hair.