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Frequently asked questions about hair perms, hair coloring and more

 Hair Perm Questions

Q: Should I have my hair cut before or after a perm?
Hair should be cut before you have a perm so that the right perm rod can be selected for the curl you want. You need different sizes of perm rods for different lengths of hair and hairstyles.

Q: If my hair is breaks after a permanent wave is it because my hair is too fine to perm?
A: There are a number of reasons for this: the perm rods may have been wound too tight; the perm lotion may have been too strong causing the hair to become over processed; the rubber bands may have been too tight or badly positioned.

Q: After a perm I have reddening around the hairline and a sore scalp. Why is that?
A: The permanent wave lotion has come into contact with your skin and your scalp. If your hair stylist uses the proper technique when applying the perm lotion it should prevent the perm lotion from coming into contact with your skin and your scalp.

Q: Why is my perm almost straight after a few weeks of getting a permanent wave?
A: There are four possible reasons why your perm has relaxed so much. The perm rods were too large. The perm was not processed long enough. The perm was not properly neutralized. The section for each perm rod was too large.

Q: Can I get a perm if my hair is tinted?
A: Yes, you can. Just make sure your hairstylist uses a perm solution for colored hair.

Q: Will my hair color fade if I have a perm?
A: No. however the color might fade a little if the neutralizer is left on too long.

Q: Can I have a perm and a tint at the same time?
A: Yes, you can. I do it all the time. It works very well.

Q: I am thinking of coloring my hair but I am concerned that I might be allergic to hair color. What should I do?
A: It is a good idea to do a patch test before you color your hair. This is the best way to find out if you are allergic to hair color. If you color your hair at home using a drug store product then follow the instructions on the product for the patch test. If you are going to have your hair colored in a salon, ask the hairstylist/colorist to give you a patch test. Although hair color allergies are extremely rare it never hurts to be careful.

Q: How often should I have my hair permed?
A: The reason you need your hair permed is because it has lost its body and hair grows back straight. Your hair grows an average of 1centimeter a month. After three months your hair will have grown about an inch and a quarter. This amount is enough to make your hair go flat. However there is still plenty of curl in the rest of your hair. What to do? You don't want to perm over the permed hair. That would over process it. Wait until all the perm has grown out? The solution is to perm only the straight part of your hair.This is called a "root perm". Using this method your hair will always have body.

Q: My hair was almost all gray in my twenties. Why did I go gray so early?
A: This is almost always hereditary. Either one or both of your parents have gray/white hair or one of their parents do. They may have started going gray early in their lives. People who are fair skinned go gray earlier.

Q: Is it true that you can go gray overnight?
A: This has not been scientifically proven. The hair that is above the scalp and that is visible is not influenced by what happens at the root where the hair's pigment is located.

Q: Is it possible to accelerate hair growth?
A: No. The renewel of all the cells in your body including the cells that are responsible for hair growth have their own time table. They can not be changed by a cream or a lotion or by cutting your hair often or by shaving your head. Hair grows on the average 1 centimeter a month.

Q: I have heard the expression to "texturize" my hair. What does that mean?
A: "Texturizing" hair is a technique of thinning hair by either using thinning scissors, a razor or normal hair cutting scissors.

Q: I have a few gray hair. If I pull them out will it stop them from growing back?
A: No. It will stimulate the root to grow a new hair.

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