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The Perfect Guide to the Different Perms Suitable for Thin Hair

Perms for Thin Hair
Whether your hair is thick, wavy, or thin, you can easily get a perm to alter your overall look. Here's an article that gives you information on the different types of perms that can be done on thin hair. Read on...
Sheetal Mandora
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2018
As I was growing up, I would see my mother taking extra, extra care of her and my hair. Washing them as soon as they would get dirty, occasionally massaging with warm coconut oil, and always tying my hair in a tight ponytail. Of course, these regular chores would be a bit too much for. I used to hate that my hair would take up so much of her free time and all of my playing time.
However, as I finally understood why this routine was necessary, I haven't complained ever since. I have thin, yet wavy hair (deadly combination, no pun intended) which makes styling such a tedious job for me. But few years ago, I came across a hairstylist who suggested I should get perms in my hair. And I kept thinking to myself, are there any perms for women with thin hair? Weren't perms supposed to be done on thick, coarse hair?
It's true that women who have thick, fuller hair would look unbelievably gorgeous with a perm, as it comes out quite great, it wouldn't be such a bad idea for women with thin hair as well. The hair industry has transformed dramatically and takes it as a challenge to make sure every man and woman, regardless of type of hair, texture, size, and what not, have beautiful-looking air all the time.
So when I spoke to my hairstylist, she told me about all the benefits of perms and how perming your hair can make fine hair look fuller, I was convinced. Perhaps you've been in similar situations where you have no idea how to go about styling your thin, fine hair. Well, I'd like to tell you that you've come to the right place as we have information on the different types of perms for people with thin hair, their advantages, and how to make your thinning hair look thicker.
Different Hair Perming
Being nervous about perming your thin hair for the first time is natural. So the best thing to do is, have complete information about what is to be done to your hair, research as much as you can, and consult with your stylist at all times. In this section, we will discuss the different styles of perms that are really making the rounds, what does perms actually do for your hair, and how to keep perms from damaging the natural luster of your hair.
Although there are various types of perms done in salons, only few of these can be used for thin hair. Remember, your hair shouldn't be subjected to harsh chemicals, or else they will show the signs of being damaged and unprotected. And due to various styles and looks, each of these perms provide, it is necessary that you take advice from a professional before getting one.
Acid Perm
It's a form of giving thin hair a chemical wave to them. Acid perms have glyceryl monothioglycolate which is a gentler formula that isn't too harsh on your hair. But, if you are sensitive to chemicals, it may cause an allergic reaction when used in excess. They give looser waves effect on thin hair and look absolutely gorgeous because acid waves or perms gives softer curls.
Exothermic Perm
It's a form of chemical reaction that perms hair from the inside, giving it internal heat. Exothermic perms are faster than acid perms and give you bouncing curls as well. For thin hair, the lack of volume can be disheartening. Hence, the exothermic perm can give the bounce you've always craved for. The lotion, when made, produces this reaction which helps it give resilient waves to your fine hair.
Alkaline Perm
It uses ammonium thioglycolate, a chemical which smells really bad but can get the job done in around 20 minutes. Alkaline perms are cold and don't need any heat therapy. Although people with coarse hair get alkaline perms, with a bit of extra care (if your hair is tolerant), you too can get this kind of hair perm style. Speak to your stylist before you opt for this type of perm.
Advantages of a Perm
I know that we've gone over this point before, but you can't be too sure. The decision to perm your hair should not be taken alone; always seek professional guidance. The reason is that experienced hairstylists are capable of understanding hair texture, density, and elasticity more accurately. With just one look, they can tell if a perm is required, necessary, and/or preferable for you. Once you get a 'two-thumbs up' from your hairstylist, go ahead with the procedure.
And as for knowing what the benefits of getting a perm for your thin hair are, here are a few things that might help you decide.
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With perms, you won't have to style them extensively everyday.
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Perms can drastically change your facial appearance.
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Some perms are also done to make wavy, fine hair straight.
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If you have natural curly, thin hair, you can relax them with perms.
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Perms add bounce and curls in straight, boring hair.
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You don't have to worry about styling them for at least 2-3 months.
Whether you have long hair or short, the steps to keep them well-managed and free from damage is necessary. Here you will get the complete details on what steps you need to keep in mind while getting a perm.
And now, let's go over some helpful tips on managing your permed hair.
  • After getting the perms, refrain from washing your hair for about 24 hours.
  • Avoid using a shampoo which has high contents of alkaline in it. Ask your hairstylist for a good permed hair shampoo for you.
  • On freshly permed hair, use a shampoo that will moisturize them properly; the ends and hair shaft needs it desperately after a perm.
  • Use conditioners as little as possible. Try applying leave-in spray conditioners instead.
You can also do a perm from your home as well. Although, I would suggest you leave all that to professionals to handle as there are various types of perms done. Thin hair is more susceptible to breaking and damage after a perm. Which is why you should be extremely careful while getting perms for thinner hair. No matter what the texture of your hair is, thick, coarse, thin, curly, wavy, it's important to take as much care as you can and use the right products. Following these guidelines will give you gorgeous, luscious hair all the time.
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