My 12-year-old daughter would love to try a perm. She has extremely fine, straight hair and wants more body, maybe a little curl. Is there any reason I shouldn't consider looking into it? And what sort of perm would you recommend she get, or stay away from? I don't have a stylist, we just use Great Clips, so I don't have an expert to trust.
I hope someone can recommend a good one. All I can say is that I have had fine hair all my life. Perms take really fast in my hair (when I have one) so I can't leave them in the recommended time. I've tried all kinds including professional ones at the hands of a hairdresser and even those can't stay in the recommended time.
Being a stylist for over 20 years, I would never perm anyone's hair under the age of 16. No one can guarantee the outcome. It might not take, it might not last past the first shampoo, or the opposite can happen and it can make her fine hair dry and brittle.
Have you tried hot rollers for her? It would be the safest bet for her fine hair.
No!! I had one when I was 13, also have very fine straight hair. It all broke off!!!! I had maybe half the amount of hair that I started with, the rest was all broken off about 1/2" from the scalp. AWFUL!!
I have the finest, straightest hair EVER! I had a perm when I was 10. The first one never took, it made my hair look like a total mess. The 2nd one a few months later fried the heck out of my hair, it was a nasty, frizzy gross mess!!
I would not recommend perming any child's hair. JMO.
OK...I am a bad mommy. I had a friend put a perm in my 12 yr old daughter's hair and she did a great job doing it. Because K had such thick hair she used two boxes of solution. It actually lasted a good year (really) but K was ready to have it cut out by then and it did change the texture of her hair after that.
Bith my youngest daughter and I have naturally curly hair and K doesn't so what we have done since the perm issue is I actually cut up clean nylons and wrapped her hair around them and rolled them up and tied a bit of a knot in it and she slept in that over night, The next day I took them out and she had all these curls. She loved it! Much safer then perming IMO
I was about 12 when I begged for my first perm. I don't remember how long I cried, but it was for a long time.
When I was about 28, I tried it again, I didn't cry, but I wanted to.
Perms have gotten better by now? Surely.
Rose....CONGRATULATIONS! I remember awhile back when you were so hoping for this!
"They are imprudent: for they dash at their objectives without giving much heed to the risk of new abuses worse than the evils they hope to sweep away."
We've done the braid thing too. It can be as wavy as you want. You can do a lot of small braids, or a few larger braids to control the wave. We wash my daughters hair and let it dry about half way. Braid it, put the tiny little ouchless bands in it. Go to sleep and in the morning, you have waves that last.