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Hair Perm 101

Things to Think About Before You Get a Hair Perm

Want to change your hairdo? Aside from a mohawk, one of the most exciting ways to alter your look is with a “perm” or permanent wave. It can increase the fullness of soft, fine hair, put a curl or wave into straight hair, or simply make your hair easier to style

Growing up with a long, tangled mass of corkscrew curls, I would have done anything for the stick—straight styles so many of the other girls had. They, of course, coveted my curls. Why do we always want what we don’t have? Never mind, that is what salons are for.

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If you yearn to change your hair texture, try not to make it too drastic. The greater the difference. the more obvious it will be when it grows out, which puts you into the high—maintenance zone. Perming your hair is something that you should approach with caution and only after a good understanding of the downsides of how to perm hair. If you retexturize your hair, you’ll need to be diligent about touching up the roots and take more time to condition and care for it.

Perming relies on chemical processes to break the bonds in the hair’s structure and reestablish them in the shape of a curl (permed) or straight (relaxed), But if you’re already using blow—dryers, curling irons, hot rollers, and flat irons to retexturize your hair on a daily basis, you’re already damaging your hair. So you may as well get the look you want, avoid the daily wear and tear on your hair, and save yourself some time and trouble. Besides, there are new products and methods available (especially in the salon) that are not as harsh and damaging as they used to be.

Permanent Waves

Perms have come a long way since they were first developed in 1902, when quicksilver, nitric acid, and heat were used to wave the hair. The wet hair was wrapped in treated papers, dried and greased. The perm lasted for around three weeks.

Today, stylists can control not only which part of the hair they want to perm (such as a “root perm” to add body to fine, limp hair) but also the softness of the curl, Show your stylist a picture of the type of curl you want so she can choose the right—sized rods, Almost any type of hair can take a perm, but some hair types take more skill. If you are an Asian American woman with thick, heavy hair, for example, or an African American with fine hair, it may he hard, to get your hair to take the perm. You will need to find a stylist who is experienced enough with your kind of hair to know how to wrap it. When you’re creating an artificial curl, you have to work with the weight of the hair and see what the density of the hair will handle.

The stylist will apply one chemical solution to break the bonds in the hair and another, a neutralizer, to reform the bonds and change its texture. The tightness of the curl depends on the size of the rods used. If you want a tighter, curl, your hair will be rolled around smaller rods while it processes. For a softer, looser: curl, the rods are bigger, A perm lakes 48 hours to settle; you won’t have the full style impact until then.

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Choosing the Right Hair Perm Product

There is no such thing as a chemical—free perm. (Don’t be misled by “botanical perms”, these contain added plant extracts, but they also contain chemicals!) Traditional perm solutions contain ammonia or the sulfur-based chemical thioghycolate. Not only do they smell bad, they can wreck your hair . The gentlest, top-quality perm solutions . . . Zotos Distinctly Different, Helene Curtis Insite, Senscience Inner Strength Waving Lock, Système Biolage Style Support Wave, can be found only in salons, which is where I recommend you perm your hair anyway. At-home treatments take longer to process, the technique is difficult to master, and misuse of the chemicals can result in frizzy, fried hair.

But if you want to do it yourself, look for ‘thio-free” solutions, which contain conditioner to soften hair, and don’t roll the hair too tightly, If you want a loose curl, forgo the curling rock altogether, divide the hair into sections, wrap each section around a piece of cloth, tie the ends together, and apply solution, For a really : subtle look, divide your hair into four or six even sections, twist the hair into Princess Leia buns, clip to the head, and apply solution.

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Prepping for a  Hair Perm

If you make sure your hair is healthy before you perm, you’ll avoid broken, brittle hair afterward. In the weeks before, use a protein conditioning treatment, as well as a moisturizing conditioner after you shampoo, But do not deep-condition your hair for at least 24 hours before the process . . . it may interfere with how well your perm takes hold. And do not shampoo for at least 48 hours afterward to give the process time to “set.”

After your perm, shampoo with ammonium, rather than sodium—based shampoos with keratin or wheat amino acids, which strengthen the hair fiber. Matrix Perm Fresh and Nexxus Rejuv-A-Pernm are a couple of good choices. Products with silicones and dimethicone make combing easier, Avoid polyquaternium or resin listed in the fìrst few ingredients because they weigh down the hair.

Once, anything other than a professional salon perm put you at risk of looking like someone fro the Walking Dead. But today, there are excellent, easy-to-control home perms for every type of hair. The key to success in home perms is choosing the right product for your hair.

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How To Create Taylor Swift Loose Curls

How Taylor Swift’s Loose Curls Can Get You Noticed

Taylor Swift with that beautiful head of long curly hair every gal envies, looks like a bohemian princess and has a voice to match . . . Don’t you just hate her?

I didn’t  r e a l l y  mean that now, but some girls have all the luck. I mean like that naturally beautiful, naturally loose curls. Back in the 70′s and 80′s, when spiral perms were the big thing, the long curly Taylor Swift hair is exactly what every long haired woman wanted. The problem was that with long, spiral curly perms came frizz and sometimes uncontrollable volume. You’ve seen pictures . . . think Rosanna Rosanna Dana. And since we all want the Taylor Swift hair we haven’t got, salons were full of straight haired women paying their dues and trying to wrestle their hair into submission. If you have naturally straight hair you would be better to stay away from chemical treatments that try to take your hair to the opposite extreme.

Taylor Swift Loose Curls

If you have hair with some wave and body in it, you can get the Taylor Swift hair look. One easy fix is to invest in hair extensions. Hairuwear by Ken Pave’s and Jessica Simpson are hot right now. They are easy to put in and take out with just three clips, they look real and they are priced right. Price ranges from $45.00 for synthetic to $200.00 plus for real hair. If you want long soft cascading loose curls or long curly hair see how easy it is to do here. Thick, coarse hair may require a body perm. Fine to medium hair can be coaxed into lasting loose, curls with Texture Fusion by Scruples, a perm done on sponges. You can style it by simple scrunching or you can use a curling iron.

Taylor Swift Loose Curls

Step By Step DIY Taylor Swift Loose Curls

If you have long wavy hair with body and are willing to do some hair styling, this method works great!

  • Use a volumizing shampoo and follow with a conditioner you like.
  • Spray a root lifter on roots and use a volumizing mouse, styling spray or gel if you like.
  • Blow-dry smoothing the cuticle.
  • Mist with a thermal active spray.
  • Starting at the nape, clip hair up dropping 1″ horizontal sections down at a time.
  • Using a 1″ or 1 1/4″ barrel curling iron, wrap hair around barrel starting close to the scalp in a spiral motion leaving ends out to curl last. This will allow the hair to be curled evenly throughout its entire length.
  • Gently drop without pulling out the curl.
  • Mist curls lightly with finishing spray before dropping down next section to be curled.
  • Drop down sections, repeating above till done.

Your ends shouldn’t be frizzy if you make sure to get them cleanly covered with your curling iron. But a light smoothing serum used by rubbing it into your palms and coaxing the ends down with your fingers will also do the trick.

Taylor Swift Loose Curls

Here’s How to Give Your Hair a Texture Boost

I for one, am glad to see a return to more feminine hairdos of soft curls. These hair dos will work with many face shapes, hair types and hair designs. Hair styled in big loose curls, whether they fall over the shoulders or are swept up in a messy “bed head” do for weddings and proms. Bobs are going soft loose curls too. Wavy bobs, a fresh look with movement for short hair, can be created at home using a three-barreled waving iron Whether it’s naturally curly or not there is plenty you can do to take texture center-stage.

  • Curly hair grows wider and higher from the scalp than straight strands, so make the most of it with layers that add fullness and shape.
  • Let your hair stylist know how long you want hair to grow and how much time you’ll spend styling it. Then, let him or her make suggestions.
  • The less you manipulate curl, the better. For healthy shine and shapely curls, try the new oils, which treats hair without going greasy or building up.
  • To add texture to straight strands, always think lightweight and touchable when choosing a styling product.
  • Whether you’re adding ringlets, making waves or reshaping natural texture, remember that the size of the tool equals the size of the curl.
  • Use large rollers for volume, medium-sized curling irons and rollers for true curl, and pin curls, finger-styling and rag or sponge rollers for natural, non-uniform-looking curls and waves.

See more on loose curls and stay current with what is happening with the celebs follow our Pinterest Celebrity Hair and Curly Hair boards.

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Sexy Hairstyles How-to Tutorial

Sexy Hairstyles That Men Can’t Get Enough Of

Of course the most important thing is that a hairstyle boosts our own confidence, making us feel sexy and stylish, but it does feel good to capture a man’s attention while we’re at it. While it’s definitely fun to experiment with the trendiest haircuts and wild hair color techniques, most men have simple taste.

As women, we love to express our personal style through our hair, but we also don’t mind capturing the attention of the opposite sex while we’re at it. Not all men are created alike, but after talking to ten different guys about their favorite hairstyles for women, we did find that they all gave the following five hairstyles two sexy thumbs up.

Sexy Hairstyles

Romantic Waves

Firefighter, Jeff (age 32), said that he “loves when women wear their hair down and wavy.” We happen to agree that a romantic wave is not only super popular hairstyle this spring and summer, but is definitely an ultra feminine and sexy look. Use a flat iron to create waves for medium and long lengths, or, use a large barrel curling iron around 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Finish with a working spray like Paul Mitchell “Worked Up” for light hold and shine.

Sexy Hairstyles

Sexy Hairstyles

Soft Layers

Not only is this look easy to maintain and versatile, but it definitely makes it on the “sexy list” for men. Soft, wispy layers offer movement and volume to short, medium, and long hairstyles. Restaurant manager, Daniel (35) explains,”I love it when a woman’s hair is soft and moveable.” Opt for soft layers to achieve a natural, touchable looking hairstyle. Enhance the look of your layers by applying volumizing mousse to towel dried hair, and round-brushing with a blow dryer.

Sexy Hairstyles

Sexy Hairstyles

Bold, Blonde

“The blonder the better,” according to personal trainer, Karl (33). Most men would agree that platinum blonde can be sexy, stunning, and irresistible. Cool blondes are a super popular look this season, and a fun and edgy color choice. But if you’ve never strayed to the blonde side before, be sure to ask a professional hair colorist if this would be a flattering choice for you. If platinum blonde is too drastic, you can always lighten your look with a few face framing foils.

Sexy Hairstyles

Sexy Hairstyles

Classic Style

When men think of “sexy”, often they’ll think of iconic women and their famous hairstyles.”When I think of sexy hair, I can’t help but think of Marilyn Monroe,” Nathan (doctor, 32) explains. We agree that sometimes the sexiest hairstyles are simple and timeless. For a night out consider channeling Audrey Hepburn with a dramatic bun, or sexy volume and wave like the irresistible Marilyn Monroe.

Sexy Hairstyles

Sexy Hairstyles

Au Natural

“I like it when women look like themselves, for example, I like nothing more than when my girlfriend wears her hair natural and wavy,”says waiter Adam (age 24). Not only is natural texture easy and carefree, but men love this casual and effortless look. Instead of torturing your hair with a flat iron, try adding a little Bumble and Bumble Texture Creme and blow drying it with a diffuser. Your hair will appreciate the break, and your man will love your natural sexy look.

Sexy Hairstyles

My 13 Best Tips For Sexier Hair

  • The number one secret to beautiful sexy hair is a healthy diet. Hair is a reflection of your overall health. Take a multivitamin, and don’t forget about protein . . . It’s what primarily comprises your hair.
  • Get started with the right haircut. It should flatter your face and work with your texture. Be sure to tell your stylist about your hairstyling routine, so you get a look you can reconstruct. Nothing makes hair behave every day like a fabulous haircut!
  • Need to make your blow dry last? Shampoo every other day with non-stripping Balance by James Joseph. Now, clip the front of your hair up and away from your face at night. Use a butterfly clip . . . or lots of itty bitty ones, with small teeth that are less likely to leave an indentation in your hair. This keeps your hair off your scalp and prevents it from getting too flat or greasy.
  • Want an instant shine boost and a sleek style without static and flyaways? Put your conditioner in the fridge before use. At a lower temperature, conditioner instantly seals the cuticle.
  • The Middy, or mid-length, swingy bob is your best go-to haircut. It’s like the little black dress of haircuts. That’s because it works for any texture, and uses minimal layering to frame the face. The blunt ends should be slightly concave to add more movement. That way, you can go wide at the sides without looking matronly or having curly locks turn into a bubble.
  • Hat hair is flat, not fab! For a quick trick, spray Static Guard on the inside of the hat (wear one with a looser band or a cap, and avoid wool). Blow-dry your hair, then finish by misting Elnette Hairspray from L’Oreal on your brush and smoothing it over the strands before your hat goes on. For fuller styles, slip a silk scarf over your hair before you put on your hat.
  • For shiny, healthy-looking hair, treat your color like its special, Blondes: Get regular protein and conditioning treatments, they help maintain your color and strengthen your hair. If you’re a brunette, don’t be ordinary, be extraordinary! Ask your hair stylist for dimensional hair color, then have a high-gloss shine treatment. Redheads, natural or otherwise, demand the most TLC. Deep-condition regularly.
  • For healthy hair and scalp, Argan Oil is the latest craze, because it has high levels of Vitamin E and 80%fatty acids, which make it healing. I like Rusk Deep Shine Oil Treatment because it’s great for adding shine and protection to many hair types, plus its delicious scent is hard to resist.
  • Don’t wash the ends of mid-length to long hair as much as the roots. I ask clients to wash their roots every other day and the ends only about twice a week. Shampoo is designed to strip and will dry your scalp and hair faster than any styling product, especially if your hair is color-treated. You can still wet and condition every day. Not only will your hair look, feel, and behave better, your color will last longer and curls will be better defined and frizz-free. If you do see oil between shampoos, use a dry shampoo at the roots.
  • Did you know that many shampoos remove just 50-60% of product? That’s why I love ERASE. Leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes to banish all build-up, your color will be brighter and your newly exfoliated scalp healthier.
  • Fine hair is one of the hardest hair types to keep looking great. To add volume, towel-dry, apply a lightweight gel or mousse at the roots, then comb through. Flip your head over and blow-dry until your hair is 75% dry, this creates a foundation for volume. Then use a round brush and wrap medium sections under. For a smooth look, continually roll the hair through the brush to add polish and bannish frizz. Once hair is dry, take sections, roll the hair in the brush, hold it, and apply hot, then cool air for 10 seconds, this sets the hair in place. Once you’re done, you can leave it smooth or flip your head over one more time and blow it around for a bouncier, less perfect look.
  • For bangs that behave, mist a medium-hold hairspray onto a flat brush, then work it through the fringe, directing it as desired. This will allow the “hold” to penetrate the section, rather than superficially cover it with misted-on hairspray.
  • Color shines up any shade! For the best looking color, let go of big, chunky highlights and embrace subtlety. Think little-kid, natural highlights. Sun-kissed is sexy, especially once the weather turns cold.

Next time you’re looking to catch a guy’s eye, consider trying something soft, classic and natural.

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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