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Have You Ever Had a Perm?

Ah, the permanent wave. My seventh-grade self had some questionable taste in hairstyles, and I wanted a spiral perm so badly. (All the popular girls had them.) After much nagging, my mother relented and gave me a home perm. It looked as awesome as you can imagine. These days, perms can look much better than they did back in the day. A friend has a digital perm, and it looks super-chic. Have you ever had one?

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nworbidnarb nworbidnarb 8 years
That is my 6th grade story verbatim! It was aweful. I couldn't do it so I brushed it into a poof ponytail until it grew out.
gracieg99 gracieg99 8 years
Have had many perms but none in the last 8 years.
care0531 care0531 8 years
Of course I did! I was into all the fads! The 80's was all about Perms and teased hair! I had a home made perm non the less! Then in the 90's I did the Brenda Walsh bangs! LOL!
pillowtalkk pillowtalkk 8 years
hate the smell of perms. pooo!
DevonJade DevonJade 8 years
I just got my first one a few days ago, great article timing Bella! So far I am really loving it. I recurl it in the mornings to get the perfect spirals I want but since it is already curly it takes the curl much quicker and I need a lot less product to make it stay. My hair before was stick straight and always in my face and drove me nuts which is why I decided to get a perm. My hair was really healthy so it is still shiny and soft, just curly!
audrina audrina 8 years
Back in the 80's I had the perms and spiral perms for long hair. That was the rage back then. By the time the 90's rolled along I quit getting them because they were damaging my hair. I lost alot of shine from them. Once I got the perms out of my hair, it was quite healthy and shiny with highlites again.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
Yeah, i'm more then due for one right now. I would like to make it permanent though, via Japanese straightening.
emalove emalove 8 years
Oh, hell yeah...I was a child of the 80s! I've had more perms than you can count! LOL. But my last one was in 1991, so those days are long gone!
deeann deeann 8 years
my friend got a digital perm and it made her more voluminous and actually cut down her routine...she just wash and came out pretty nice
bellazmom bellazmom 8 years
I had one perm, one time. Never again! I am sure it was not the stylist's fault, but it just looked awful. Worst "beauty-related" money I ever spent!
yihaw10 yihaw10 8 years
i've had a digital perm for several years, done about every six months. i love it! the best thing about this perm is that you just put product in it, and let it air dry. it's the easiest thing to maintain. it definitely will damage your hair though, so you will have to make sure you use high quality products to help your hair stay moisturized and as healthy as possible.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I had perms back in the late 80's and early 90's. They would last for almost a year as my hair has a natural wave to it. I liked them but would never do it now. I work to hard to try and get the curl out of it these days ;-)
bingbingboom bingbingboom 8 years
I was up-sold by a stylist into getting a perm and it destroyed my normally healthy hair. Although it looked cute for the weeks I had it, my long hair was tangled and the ends became extremely dry. I hated it and will do it again.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
Yes, for a year and it destroyed my hair. It probably doesn't help that you have to perm my hair twice back-to-back in order for the curl to stay and even then it lasts about two months, three months tops.
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 8 years
Oh my goodness yes! My mom permed my hair regularly from the time I was 6 or 7 right through highschool whether I wanted one or not! Ugh. I guess she had some unresolved 'issues' about her hate-on for her own stick-straight hair growing up. Looking back at pictures, my hair had beautiful wave even as a kid! I have no idea why she thought it was necessary. I'll probably get cancer from all the developmental exposure to toxic chemicals. I haven't had one for at least 10 years now and never plan on getting another one. I like my hair just the way it is.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I had a couple of perms when I was 14 and 15, and they were great! I had hair like Baby from "Dirty Dancing." Totally a good look for me. Loved it! My hair now is naturally curly/wavy, and I like it, so no more perms for me.
otay otay 8 years
Yes, when I was quite young I used to get them done, I have a picture of me, & I look like a 6 year old grandma, but i do remember some of them coming out good.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
my mom never let me :) and somehow after my teenage years i didn't want it anymore.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
My mom let me do this when I was in 5th grade. I was so excited! Unfortunately, my hair took to it much better than the stylist thought it would which resulted in extremely tight curls and fried hair. I still shudder at the thought of my school picture that year.
mdemariah mdemariah 8 years
Yeah, but.. a straight perm. I don't know what you call them.. japanese perms or something like that? It transformed my usually-frizzed hair to straight and shiny hair. Really good experience, I recommend it.
jrho jrho 8 years
digital perm gives you very loose waves. almost beachy, but more put together.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
No and I never ever would.
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