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Avoiding perming of hair very often will not expose hair to harsh chemicals and will prevent hair from damage

I just got my hair permed and the ends are straight. Is it safe to perm it more than 1 times in a week?
(21 May 2009)

People perm their hair if they are bored of having straight hair which seems to just fall flat and has no volume and movement. However people with curly hair can also perm their hair to add to its volume and movement. Perming basically changes the style and gives a completely new look to the person and this is a relatively easy and quick method to get a new look. In order to perm the hair, usually the hair is wrapped around curlers or rods and then the perming lotion is applied to the hair, using a brush. This lotion, being alkaline in nature, makes the scales of the cuticle open which allows the lotion to seep inside and re-work the protein chains which form the structure of the hair. The next step is the rinse. The rinse is extremely important as this is when a neutralizing lotion is applied. This lotion helps to fix the new chains that have been formed and thus fix the perms. Sometimes if this step is not done properly, by not rinsing adequately or not allowing the neutralizing lotion to take effect, the perming process could be a failure. There could be other effects as well, such as damage to the hair or irritation of the skin on the scalp. It is thus important to follow the instructions for perming hair to the "T" or then you should get it done by a thorough professional.

If you have permed your hair, usually the effect lasts 6 to 8 weeks, depending on how long your hair retains the curl and how long it takes for your hair to grow. If you want to retain the permed look for longer, you can merely get a touch-up done instead of an entire treatment. It is usually not advisable to perm your hair very often since the treatment exposes your hair to harsh chemicals which can eventually damage your hair, making it dry, brittle and prone to hair loss. If you do perm your hair, you should take good care of your hair by using special shampoos and conditioners, which not only deep condition the hair, protecting it from the damage done by the chemicals, but also help to retain the perm for a longer time. Since permed hair tends to tangle more, you should be careful while detangling your hair. Opt for a wide toothed comb instead of a brush, and try to detangle your hair using your fingers, since brushing frequently can force the hair to straighten out again.

answered by G D on 21 May 2009, 1:05:12


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