What to Expect During a Men’s Perm

Move over man buns and topknots, because curly perms are the next big thing in men’s hair trends. From high school students and beyond, the curly perm from the 80s is back, but with a twist – they’re trending for men of all ages.

If you’ve been thinking about making a change to your hair, why not switch it up to a more textured look that you can style a million different ways? Whether you’re looking for a slight change, or something more dramatic, a men’s perm can give you what you want. From beachy waves to kinky curls, modern perming techniques have men everywhere embracing curly hair. The best part – since men’s perms last for months, you won’t have to worry about styling your hair every day, and your hair will enjoy the break from damaging hot styling tools.

What is a Perm?

A perm, which is short for permanent, is when a hair stylist treats your hair with specific chemicals that will alter the makeup of your hair structure, causing it to bend into curls or waves. To achieve this effect, your hair stylist will wrap your treated hair around rods - which look a little like classic hair curlers - to set your hair into the new shape. Despite the name, perms are not actually permanent – they simply last until your hair grows out.

What’s a Men’s Perm?

A men’s perm is basically the exact same thing as a women’s perm. Just like spiral curls were popular for women in the 80s, curls are a popular trend for men in 2020. The perm process is the same for either sex – the chemical procedure is performed by a stylist at a hair salon to transform the hair’s texture from naturally straight to wavy or curly.

Who Can Get a Perm?

Anyone who wants a perm can get one! If you’re looking to add fullness to your hair with loose waves or tight curls, then go for it! This trend works on men with pretty much any natural hair type. The current trend in men’s perms is super curly perms on top of the head with the sides kept short and neat for a casual, yet fashionable, vibe.

Not every hair type reacts the same way to perms. Ask your stylist here at Kenneth’s Hair Salons and Day Spas about how your hair will look with an awesome and stylish perm.

Do Perms Work on All Hair Types?

There are certain types of hair that perms work better on. A perm works best on people with straight hair who want to add texture and body. It can also work well on people whose curly hair has dropped and lost its bounce. Ideally, a great candidate for a perm would be someone with little to no added color or bleach in their hair.

If you already have your hair dyed, try to avoid adding any additional color for at least two weeks before your perm. If you have overly-bleached hair, a perm might not be right for you at this time. Additionally, if you have naturally-frizzy hair a perm might make it worse, as it dries the hair out.

Are There Different Types of Perms?

Yes! You can perm hair to suit whatever look you’re going for. It can be as loose as a beachy wave or as tight as a spring. To achieve different styles of perms, a hair stylist will use soft foam rods or hard rods to roll your hair onto. They can also use heated rods to get a different effect. The tightness of your curls depends on the diameter of the rod your stylist uses.

It’s best to talk with your stylist before your appointment so you can discuss the type of curl you’re looking to achieve. That way, they can book you the proper kind of appointment and can prepare their materials.

Can a Perm Damage My Hair?

A perm should not damage your hair if it is done correctly and your hair was in good condition to begin with. It’s a good idea to set up a consultation with your hairstylist before your actual perm appointment, so that they can take a look at your hair to determine its condition. If your hair isn’t in the right condition for a perm, it might do more harm than good, so it’s best to hold off.

Do I Have to Prep My Hair Before a Perm?

If you set up a consultation with your hair stylist before your actual perm appointment, your stylist will likely give you detailed information about how they’d like you to treat your hair prior to your perm.

But, good general guidelines are:

  • Refrain from dying or highlighting your hair for one month prior to your appointment.
  • Apply a deep conditioning treatment two days before your appointment.
  • Do not touch your hair at all for 24-hours prior to your appointment.

How Long will a Perm Last?

Perms generally last between two and 10 months, depending on what kind of perm you get, what hair-care routine you follow, and how quickly your hair grows.

How Do I Care for My Perm?

It takes some time for a perm to fully set, so it’s best to be extremely gentle with your newly-permed hair for the first three days and avoid washing or brushing. It’s also best not to tie your hair up in a ponytail in the first few days, as it can create kinks since the hair is still setting.

When your hair is set and you are ready to wash it for the first time, be sure to condition it well to provide additional moisture. You could also add a deep conditioner into your hair-care routine for extra nourishment. If you’ve never had curly hair before, be sure to use the right kind of hairbrush. A wide-tooth comb or your fingers will work well on damp hair, and soft paddle brushes work well on dry hair. You can choose to let your hair air dry after washing, or you can use a diffuser set to low heat and low power.

If you sleep on your perm, it may look a little messy in the morning. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase or wrapping your hair in a silk scarf will solve this problem. You should also make it a point to avoid adding any other chemicals to your hair for at least a month after your perm.

Men’s Perms Near Columbus, Ohio

Are you wondering, “Where can I find men’s perms near me?” Look no further than Kenneth’s! At Kenneth’s Salons and Day Spas, we have 11 locations for you to choose from where we offer perms for men. Our salons are convenient to Central Ohio with locations in Arlington-Hilliard, Columbus, Dublin, Grove City, Kingsdale – Upper Arlington, New Albany, Pickerington - Reynoldsburg, Polaris Parkway - Lewis Center, Powell, Westerville and Worthington. Contact us to book your appointment today!

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