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Perms, or permanent waves, have been a popular hairstyle for decades. They involve using chemicals to change the structure of your hair, creating curls or waves that last for several months. While perms have fallen out of favor in recent years, they are still an excellent option for those who want to add some volume and texture to their hair. Here are some things you should know about perms.

Types of Perms:

There are several types of perms, each with its unique look and technique. The most common types are:

  • Basic Perms: This is the most traditional type of perm, which involves wrapping your hair around rods of varying sizes. The hair is then coated with a chemical solution that breaks down the hair's natural structure, creating curls or waves.

  • Spiral Perms: This type of perm creates long, spiral-shaped curls that start at the root and continue to the ends of the hair. The hair is wrapped around long, thin rods and coated with a chemical solution.

  • Stack Perms: This type of perm creates a more layered, textured look, with curls that vary in size and shape. The hair is wrapped around rods of varying sizes, with larger rods used at the top of the head and smaller rods used at the bottom.

Pros and Cons:

Like any hairstyle, perms have their pros and cons. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of getting a perm:


  • Adds volume and texture to your hair

  • It creates a more defined, curly look.

  • It lasts several months, so you don't have to style your hair as often.

  • Can work with many different hair types and lengths


  • It can damage your hair, especially if you have fine or thin hair.

  • Requires special care and maintenance, such as avoiding heat styling and using a specific shampoo and conditioner

  • It can be time-consuming and expensive to get and maintain

  • It may not look as natural as other hairstyles and can sometimes look outdated.

In conclusion, perms are a great option for those who want to add volume and texture to their hair. With several different types, you can find a perm that works for your hair type and personal style. However, weighing the pros and cons before getting a perm is essential, as it can be damaging and requires special care and maintenance. If you're considering getting a perm, schedule a complimentary consultation with a Belt Salon stylist to determine if it's the right choice.

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