Thanks to the Hallyu wave. Perm is one of the most sought-after hair services in Singapore. For women who wish to sport those oh-so-beautiful S-curls, C-curls and K-inspired waves, here are 7 things you wish you know before getting a perm. In this mega guide, we will address the biggest doubt many customers have – Can Your Hair Be Permed?
Technology has improved significantly for the past 5 years. Glyceryl Mono Thioglycolate (GMT) is the latest breakthrough. It allows hair bonds to break and re-shape without swelling the hair cuticles, hence reducing damage caused to the hair. More importantly, it reduces the risk of breakage significantly.
This is good news for customers with bleached or highlighted hair. Or is it?
If your hair after bleaching and highlights has low elasticity, even if GMT lotions are used, the result will still be suboptimal. Meaning the curls might still be:
If your hair after only 1 round of bleach or highlight and still has sufficiently good elasticity, you might be able to perm them without breaking it. However, do take note that the curls will be slightly frizzier as compared to healthy hair with good elasticity.
Can You Perm Keratin Treated Hair?
We don’t advise perming hair that has been treated with keratin. Keratin Treatment creates a coating around the hair. Also, it does re-align the hair bonds to a certain extent. Hence, this affects the hairstylist’s judgement during the perm procedure, as it gives the illusion of insufficient processing.
Perming keratin-treated hair tends to result in uneven curls, breakage or waves that are short-lived.
If you wish to perm your hair after a keratin treatment, opt for Glyceryl Mono Thioglycolate (GMT) technology. The risk is drastically lowered as the water-based lotion can penetrate through the hair’s coating.
This technology is used in Chez Vous’ Anti-damage Movement Perm
Can You Perm Hair that Has Been Dyed Using Henna Colours?
Similar to Keratin Treatment, Henna does create a coating around the hair – which clouds stylists’ judgement during the perm procedure. Thus, we don’t advise so.
Also, certain Henna has metallic salts in them. These metallic salts that are deposited in the hair might cause an adverse reaction when they interact with the perm lotion – causing hair to break.
Can You Perm Hair that Has Been Rebonded or Chemically Straightened?
Rebonding reduces the hair’s elasticity – particularly so for hair that has been repeatedly rebonded over years. Without elasticity, the perm result will be sub-optimal.
This is why we recommend customers to undergo soft rebonding instead of classic rebonding. Yes, indeed, soft rebonding is not as lasting as classic rebonding. However, it does not damage the hair excessively, nor does it compromise hair’s elasticity severely. This gives room for customers to change their hairstyle in future.
Can You Perm Fine Hair?
Fine hair lacks the weight and strength to hold curls in place. Hence, fine hair tends to look frizzy after a perm procedure and the results tend to be short-lived.
Can You Perm & Colour Your Hair on the Same Day?
This depends on how healthy your hair is. For hair that’s healthy and has good elasticity, it is possible to perm and colour on the same day.
However, if your hair is not very healthy, we don’t advise so. Because colouring hair after a perm procedure will reduce hair’s elasticity further – unless it’s a root retouch or we are refreshing the hair colour with a toner (then this problem will be less of an issue).
PS: Also, perming hair after colouring will cause dyes to fade.
Are Perms Damaging to Your Hair?
Movement Perm designed by Associate Director of Chez Vous: HideAway, Oscar Lee
All chemical services do pose a certain degree of damage to our hair. However, technology has advanced considerably. Thus, they are no longer as damaging when compared to perm procedures 10 years ago. This is especially so when they are incorporated with treatments within the perm process.
How Long Does a Perm Last?
Movement Perm designed by Associate Director of Chez Vous: HideAway, Shawn Chia
It is really difficult to put a duration to how long a perm will last because it varies from person to person. The perm result depends on how tight the curls are and the more importantly, the customer’s hair condition (i.e. elasticity).
Improving the hair’s elasticity, both pre and post the perm procedure will help improve the curls’ longevity.
Here's a comprehensive care guide on how you can improve your hair’s elasticity:
1. Bond Repair & Reduce Hair’s Porosity using K18
K18 contains a patented ingredient that penetrates the inner-most layers of hair to reach the core polypeptide chains, reconnecting them and boosting hair’s elasticity. K18 leave-in molecular repair hair mask (50ml)
is available for purchase back home.
Apply on clean damped hair after shampoo and leave on for 4 minutes. Do not apply any conditioner or mask before application. Also, do not rinse out.
Use it thrice a week for optimal results.
2. Both Moisture & Protein are Extremely Important After a Perm Service
Without moisture and cuticle protection, your curls will likely be frizzy and unruly especially if you’re living in a humid climate. We strongly recommend Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque
to be used daily. This lightweight masque provides intense moisture and deep repair without weighing your hair down. Moreover, it contains a good balance of protein to strengthen the hair from within too.
This article is contributed by Associate Director of Chez Vous: HideAway, Oscar Lee and Deon Liow. Have any more doubts with regards to hair or hairstyle related concerns? Please feel free to drop us a message via our Instagram and Facebook page. We are more than happy to assist you! To book an appointment, call us at 6219 3558. Chez Vous: HideAway is located at 391B Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City Tower B, #14-04, Singapore 238874. We hope to see you soon!
ABOUT CHEZ VOUS: HIDEAWAY
The all-new Chez Vous: HideAway Concept Store is designed by the multi-award-winning hair salon Chez Vous. As its second outlet, it sets to disrupt and revolutionize the way people think of a hair salon experience. This next-generation hairstyling space is part salon, part sanctuary and part-playhouse.
Aside from the comprehensive menu of hair services, guests can enjoy a whole host of value-added "spa"-like touches. Taking one's salon experience to a whole new level of luxury.
Guests will also be pleased to know that each associate director takes up to 5 appointments. Each 2-hour slot for chemical services, in a day. This is to ensure that we have ample time and optimal attention to work on each guest's hair.
The best part? It is highly affordable with our ultra-transparent tiered pricing. Bonus: There's even a "Strictly No Packages or Hard-selling" policy put in place.
$199 for 1 X Haircut + 1 X Service (e.g. 1-tone colour without bleach)
$299 for 1 X Haircut + 2 X Services (e.g. 1-tone colour without bleach + Tokio Inkarami Hair Treatment)
$399 for 1 X Haircut + 3 X Services (e.g. Balayage with lightener + Colour or Toning + Tokio Inkarami Hair Treatment)
*Add-on of $99 on top of the service bundles for Premium Services such as Keratin Treatment, Digital Perm, Rebonding, Caucasian Highlights and Growth Factor Scalp Therapy
**Price applies for all hair length
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