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A perm is from a word “permanent” chemical service to chemically and permanently change the texture of hair. The end result is to receive a texture, curls or wave.

At Glo we perform different types of perms, Digital Perm (as known as Permanent Blow Wave or Korean Wave ) & Cold Perm. A digital perm is different from a regular perm in that it uses the power of heat to recompose the structure of your hair. Each roller has electric heat running through it which helps your curls last longer than a regular perm. A regular perm (cold perm) uses a perming solution and doesn’t use the power of heat to curl your hair.

1. Digital Perm or Permanent Blow Wave

When done properly, digital perming should produce big, soft curls that are more defined when the hair is dry. The entire process takes about three hours and more depending on the length and thickness of the hair. Because digi-perm uses heat, it cannot be used near the scalp.  

  • The curls from this kind of perm are bigger and look more natural.
  • The procedure makes hair look smooth and shiny in comparison to cold wave.
  • This kind of perm is best for Asian hair and not recommended for bleached or damaged hair.  However, always check with your stylist.

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2. Cold wave or cold perm

This Is a process that has long been used by salons. In a cold wave perm, dry hair is sectioned and curled around a plastic rod, over which the cold wave solution is poured, completely soaking the hair. After fifteen minutes, another solution is applied to set the curls and neutralize the chemicals.

Typically, cold wave perms use small and medium plastic curlers, leaving you with kinky to medium curls which are more defined when wet. 

  • Curls tend to be smaller and are best defined when wet.
  • It tends to be better suited for people with finer hair.
  • To get the best results, you should use hair products like setting lotion, mousse, and Finesse curly hair products to make the curls stand out.

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Taking Care of Your Perm

Getting a perm will permanently change your hair, and as a result, you will have to learn how to take care of your hair in a different way. You should expect to invest in products and a routine that will keep your hair looking good and make your investment last as long as possible. Ask your stylist for some recommendations on products you should get and how to use them.

Before Your Perm:

  • Know if your hair can handle a perm. Schedule a consultation with your stylist and tell him or her about any hair coloring, highlighting, or texture services you’ve done on your hair. The more upfront you are, the better your results will be.

  • Talk about the look that you want with your stylist. Be very specific. Use pictures and ask your stylist if the look is achievable with a perm. Sometimes photos from the Internet use hair extensions, a curling iron, or are the result of a natural wave. Your stylist can help you understand the difference and make the decision to perm or not to perm. It’s possible you might just need some curling tips.

Situations Where You Should NOT Get a Perm:

  • You have coloured or chemically treated hair. The chemicals are too hard and will cause even more damage, and could cause your hair to break off at the scalp.
  • You have dry hair. A perm will dry out your hair even more.
  • You have many short layers. A perm could leave you looking like a poodle!


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