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Perm Poll 2009-11-03 07:00:41

Would You Ever Get a Perm?

Perms get such a bad rap just because grandmas love them and they were a staple ingredient of '80s hair. Despite the fact that I know how useful they can be, and how many different kinds of perms there are, I might almost be hesitant to tell people if I got one, just for fear that they'd start laughing before I could explain. What's your opinion on the whole thing? Has the perm just gotten too much negative press to make a comeback? Do you even consider it an option? Or are you permed and proud?

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chequettex chequettex 7 years
I had a perm when I was in 8th grade (in the early 90s of course!) Even though many of my friends had one at the time, I hadn't initially wanted one but my mom gave me highlights and I didn't like the way they looked, so we decided to do a perm to disguise the streaks. I liked it ok, but then after a year or so, I was like "why isn't this perm growing OUT?" Turns out that right around puberty my hair up and decided to go wavy-curly! The perm finally did grow out, so my hair's not super-curly anymore, but it will go into ringlets when its a longer length, if I use a diffuser. Never would've imagined that could happen when I was 13!
aerofan69 aerofan69 7 years
I would like to get loose waves but I'm kinda obsessed with the 80's and think the crazy perms back then were fun
plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
i am waiting for my hair to grow out so i can perm it! ive never done it before
skygirl84 skygirl84 7 years
Makes me think of an ad we have here in New Zealand -
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
I had one for a whole year when I was ten. I hated it as they had to do the perm process twice as my hair couldn't hold the curl with just one perm process. It fried my hair like nothing else I've ever done with it! Never. Ever. Again.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
No, my hair already curls.
pekay pekay 7 years
Because of the bad connotations with the word "perm", it's now called "texturizing" which gives the wavy look more than the tight curly aka perm look. I've gotten it and plan to do it again.
vicki17 vicki17 7 years
It's not for me, they remind me of 1990s housewives.
hex913 hex913 7 years
I've had my share of perms when I was in high school. The last one didn't really hold, so I stopped trying to force my hair to be curly and I haven't gotten another perm since, that was 10 years ago. I don't plan to start again anytime soon either.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
Got permed once, but my hair didn't hold it well at all, won't get one again.
a-million-suns a-million-suns 7 years
I got perms when I was in middle school. Probably wouldn't do it again, but never say never
Miss-Bree Miss-Bree 7 years
I have only recently considered getting a perm. I've been planning on permanently dying my hair red (its ashy blonde now, and I'm due for a change) and i think it would look wonderful with a perm. However, i don't really know how perm science has changed. Is it like it was 15 years ago with the frizzy, tough to control do? Or can they actually create 1" ringlets all over my head that will look natural and not 'fro out?? I'd appreciate some more reliable modern perm info if you please :)
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
no way. i love my straight, virgin hair.
finzup finzup 7 years
I would definitely go get a perm. my hair is "in the middle" -- not really super curly and not straight. I can't straighten it w/o a flat iron. A perm might give my hair more body @ the roots and so it won't be so flat..
Lori-Gragg Lori-Gragg 7 years
I have naturally curly hair, but not as much as I would like, so I go about once a year and get a spiral perm, and it always looks amazing, and the curls hold longer because of the natural curls already there,and it also makes it look fuller.
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
Japanese perms, yes. American-style 80s perms, no thanks.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Sorry, naturally curly, already.
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 7 years
I was a competitive dancer when I was younger and I would get a perm 1-2 times a year. Perms help your hair hold styles longer. I stopped getting perms my freshmen year in high school. Now I'm 25 and I would really like to get another perm. Perm science and practice has come a long way and I know a few people with perms that you'd never know otherwise! My hair is pretty thick, straight on top, wavy underneath. I have to straighten it or dry it with a diffuser every other day. Otherwise it's a mess. I would love to get a perm to even out the textures. It would be so nice to throw some product in my hair and leave!
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I had a perm when I was in middle school in early 90's. I had really tight ringlets, and I would not get that again. I could see doing looser curls. My hair is naturally wavy, but a perm would even it out.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
No way! My mom hated my straight hair when I was a child and would ocnstantly tell me straight hair is ugly. She started doing "at-home" perm kits on my hair when I was around 7 years old and it burned my scalp, and smelled, and was awful. They never took and my hair would be straight within a day or two but severely damaged. Who perms their little girl's hair? This was the late 80's and those at home DIY kits were harsh - probably nothing like what you get at a salon today or in today's DIY kits. Still - I could never bring myself to do a perm - I've embraced my stick straight hair.
miss-leanne miss-leanne 7 years
I got a "body wave" a couple of years back and it was a giant mistake. They used the biggest rollers they had, and they still came out looking like tight curls. I had to hold back tears when they had me leave the salon with wet hair (I'm a baby!) Anyway, so I hated it. I waited awhile, then got my hair chemically straightened, which my hair didn't take to very well. I'll still have random waves everywhere if I let it air dry. I've learned not to mess with chemicals :)
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