Question I have shoulder blade length hair that is layered. It's in good shape for 60 year old hair. I only get a perm every couple years and always at the same salon. The only one in my small town. I get body waves then wash & divide my hair into 6 sections, twist into "little buns" instead of rollers and the curls last until I wash it. This time my perm didn't take. The stylist couldn't offer any reason why it didn't work but said we could do it again in a month. Any idea why it didn't work and how long should I wait to try again? I don't want to stress my hair and I'm worried she is just trying to make it right with me. Thank you for your time, Mary
There are several reasons why it may not have taken properly this time. You don't mention whether you have color of any kind on your hair. That could play a big part, especially depending on the type of color. Other than that it could have been several things. The perm lotion could have not been applied thoroughly enough to reach the ends of the hair. The perm may not have been processed long enough. The neutralizer may nit have been applied well enough. Or the hair may have been too wet when the neutralizer went on.
I would suggest that after they rinse your perm they wait at least 15 minutes before applying the neutralizer and blot well with paper towels every 5 minutes to remove moisture. That way there is not excess moisture to dilute the neutralizer.
Also, before starting the perm the hair should be clarified to remove anything on the hair that may affect the process.
Best of luck to you.
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