Easily Perm Your Hair at Home with Our Guide
Perming your hair can inject your hair with life and buoyancy it’s never had before. However, a perm can be harsh on hair and skin, that’s why you need to do it carefully. It’s recommended that you have a friend to help you out. Here’s how you can perm hair at home.
Tools For a Perm Hairstyle
- Home perm solution or product kit
- Petroleum jelly
- Pre-perm solution
- Hair rods
- Hair brush
- Medium and large hair clips
- Blow dryer
- Body cape
Choose the best kind of perm solution for your hair. Use alkaline perm for hair with low elasticity or resistant to ordinary perm solutions. If your hair has good elasticity, tinted or damaged, use a milder acid perm. If your goal is to straighten your hair, you will go for a permanent relaxer.
Shampoo your hair thoroughly. Towel-dry and apply pre-perm solution. Rinse.
Put on plastic gloves before applying the perm solution. Do the same for your assistant, if you have one.
Use a fine-toothed comb to separate sections of your hair, around half an inch thick each. Use hair clips to keep the hair sections separated.
Unclip one hair section at a time and use the hair rods to roll in each section of your hair. Make sure that you make use of the end papers by putting each section in one paper. The hair should be damp as you clamp each rod as the hair section is rolled. You can use a water sprayer for this step.
Put on the protective gear for your skin and body. The perm solution kit should have the drip guard that must be firmly put around the forehead, ears, back of neck as well as behind the ears and anything that borders between the skin and your hair.
Petroleum jelly may also be used as an extra step. The perm solution is harmful to your skin and eyes, that’s why you have to protect yourself. Don’t forget the body cape.
Start putting or applying the perm solution on one hair section at a time. Use the perm solution liberally, as it’s meant to be all used in one go.
Follow the instructions on the perm solution kit on how to allow the hair to set. It will take normal hair to set around 30 minutes. Check the hair every seven minutes to see if the section is starting to curl by unrolling one section of the hair. Repeat this until the hair is processed.
Leave on the hair rods in place as you rinse the hair thoroughly for around three minutes. Pat hair dry with a towel.
Put on neutralizer by each hair section. Let it set for five minutes.
Remove the hair rods completely and rinse your hair with warm water until the water runs clear.
Blow dry and style your hair. Done!