Perm hair is one of the most popular hairstyles among young girls. It is also referred to as permed hair, spiral curls, or spiral perm. Permed hair gives your natural wavy or curly hair an angular, more voluminous look with a subtle bend in it. Perming your hair at home can be tricky and time-consuming. You need to have patience and ample time to go through the entire process from start to finish. However, if you do not want to spend money on a professional perm, you can still give yourself a similar look at home by following these steps. If you’re thinking about how to perm your hair at home, read this article for detailed instructions on how to get that perfect ‘90s to look at home without burning your house down!
How To Perm Hair At Home
1. Prep the Hair for Perm
Before you start to perm your hair, you need to make sure that your hair is healthy and well-prepared. You need to wash your hair thoroughly with a gel-like shampoo or clarifying shampoo, then rinse it very well. Next, apply a deep conditioner to your hair before blow-drying it. This will prevent any damage from happening to your hair as you go through the perm process.
2. Dry Your Hair
Now that you’re done with washing and conditioning your hair, it’s time to dry it out completely so that the perming process will be more effective. The amount of time required to dry a single strand of hair varies depending on how long and thick your natural curls are, but the general rule of thumb is that it should take about 45 minutes for each strand of hair before you can consider them dry enough for perming. For best results, you should try not to use heat in between drying them out completely since this can cause heat damage and result in frizzy ends when you go through the process later on. However, if you do want to use heat, only leave a blow dryer on low heat while doing so so as not to damage your strands too much (but don’t forget about proper ventilation!)
3. Prep Your Perm Rods & Tools
You will need two tools in order to get those perfectly straight bangs: a perming rod and a tensioning comb. The perming rod is what you put in your hair while the tensioning comb is used to help with the process by making it easier for you to get the desired look. You should begin with a length of about 100-200 strands of hair, depending on how thick your hair is. You will also need about 10 minutes to do this process so make sure that you have everything ready before starting.
4. Put the Rods in Your Hair
Place and secure the perming rods in your hair above your head and just below where your bangs are located, then take off all of your accessories (i.e., beanie, scarf, etc.) so that no one notices that you’re actually doing this! If you want to keep it simple, wear a beanie or hat until you’re done with it since removing those accessories might be too much for some people to handle when they’re first trying out this method.
5. Tension Your Hair With a Comb & Proceed With Perming It Out
After securing all of your rods, comb through each strand of hair with one hand while using the other hand to pinch them together tightly as they curl up on themselves when they get near the bottom of their curl pattern (which should happen right after drying). Continue pinching each strand as you go until all strands are curled up at their ends and have been tensioned properly (this will take about 30 minutes or so).
6. Place Perm Rods in Hair & Proceed With Perming Out Bangs
After that, pull each strand of hair out of the rods, place them back into the rods vertically and proceed to the next step. Repeat this process with all of your strands until all of your bangs are permed out properly. It may take a few tries to get them right since you’ll have to adjust their curl pattern every once in a while, but if you keep trying and keep pinching them tight at their end, they should eventually turn out great!
7. Rinse & Dry Your Curls Out With Hair Towel & Blow Dryer
Once you’re done with the process (and it takes about 45 minutes for each strand), rinse and dry your hair with a hair towel that can be removed easily since you don’t want to reuse it for this purpose again. Next, take off all accessories as well as any remaining curls before using a blow dryer on low heat (but make sure to use proper ventilation) for about 10 minutes to finish drying off your curls completely.
8. Use Hair Spray to Completely Set Your Bangs
To finish off your look, use a hair spray (I used R+Co) to completely set your bangs in place. This will keep them from looking too loose and messy, but also make sure that they’re not too stiff or crunchy as well. Just try to make sure that they’re spaced out evenly so that they don’t look weird or over-styled.
What Is A Perm?
- A perm is a chemical process that changes the texture of hair. It can be done for straight hair and curly hair.
- The chemical process makes the cortex layer of your hair softer and causes the cuticle to move outwards to form a spiral shape.
- It also makes the cortex layer of your hair more flexible, which results in less breakage and frizziness in your hair.
- You can get a perm in different ways, but you will need to go through this process at least twice before it will be permanent – once during the first stage and another time during the second stage.
Tips and Tricks
- If you want to give your hair a more natural look, then it is best to get your hair cut before you get a perm.
- You should not perm your hair on the same day that you wash it. You should also shampoo and condition your hair before getting a perm. Likewise, you should add the right shampoo for permed hair to your haircare routine after the process. See this shampoo purchase guide for the best shampoo for your permed hair.
- If you have thick or coarse hair, then it is best to do a half-perm first and then do the full perm later on. This will ensure that the process will be easier for you as well as prevent damage to your hair due to heat exposure during full perming.
- If you have curly or wavy hair, then you can either choose to do a full perming or just get some curl definition in the front section of your locks (the part where curls are visible). For example, if you have straight long bangs, then you can use curling gel or rollers and curl those sections of your head that are visible above your bangs for an added effect without having to take care of all of them at once!
- If you want curls in the front sections of your head without having them go all over completely, then after doing the whole process on one section of hair at first, move on to another section located further back from the front sections and repeat the step 4 again! This will give more defined curls in those areas without causing damage because heat exposure during full perming could cause damage to other parts of your head too!
- After perming and styling your hair, it is best to use oil-based products on your hair to keep it soft and manageable.
- You should also use heat protectant sprays or serums before you get a perm for your hair, especially if you are going to have a perm done on curly or wavy hair.
Perms are a great way to make your natural hair fuller and more voluminous. They can make your hair thicker, longer, and more manageable, while also giving you that stylish curly or wavy look that you always wanted! Perms are also very easy to do at home, and they are relatively affordable as well! So if you’ve been thinking about getting a perm, now is the time. With these instructions, you can achieve the perfect perm for your hair at home with no fuss! Just make sure you have plenty of time, are well prepared, and follow the instructions step-by-step to achieve the hair of your dreams.