Before getting a perm, it is important to make sure that you avoid doing certain activities that could weaken or damage your hair. This includes washing your hair too frequently, using chemicals such as bleach or dyes, swimming in chlorinated water, and hot styling with heat tools such as curling or straightening irons.
Furthermore, it is important to not brush through your hair too roughly, as this can create knots and tangles. If you have existing knots and tangles, avoid trying to brush them out yourself as this can be damaging to your hair.
Instead, have your hairdresser brush them out for you before the perm. Finally, it is also important to avoid using deep conditioners or hair masks before the service, as this can inhibit the process.
Should hair be clean or dirty before perm?
It is best to have your hair clean before getting a perm. Before you come in for a perm, there should be no product residue, build-up, oils, or dirt on your hair. This will allow for a better, more even perm and ensure that the chemicals reach the hair strand for the perm to be successful.
You also should avoid styling your hair in any way, as the style may interfere with the perm. You should have your hair clean and dry before a perm appointment. It is important to use a non-clarifying shampoo before your perm and maybe even a clarifying shampoo once or twice a week if you feel your hair is becoming weighed down by product build-up.
Additionally, you may need to wash your hair again the day of your perm to make sure it is free of oils and product prior to the procedure.