Getting the perfect hairstyle

The hairstyle you pick will determine the kind of perm you need

When it comes to choosing a hairstyle, it’s best not to pick one simply because it catches your fancy.

Instead , seek the advice of an experienced hairstylist and get him or her to recommend a style that suits your hair texture and face shape.

The hairstyle you pick will also determine the kind of perm you need. Some perms work well with hair of a certain length, while other perms are designed for layered hairstyles.


A perm involves the use of chemicals to break and restructure the bonds within the hair shafts. The hair is washed before being tightly wound around perming rods, the size and type of which depend on the desired wave pattern.

A perming lotion is then applied to the hair. The lotion creates a chemical reaction that causes the inner structure of the hair to swell, stretch, soften and breakdown, and allows the hair to conform to the shape of the perming rods.

An acidic or alkaline perming solution can be used. The former produces highly conditioned, flexible curls and is milder than the latter, which is usually used for normal hair.

After  a length of time, the hair is rinsed and a neutraliser is applied to close up the broken protein links within the hair and thus set the new curls.


This term refers to a hair straightening process that was created in Japan in 1996. This intensive process, also known as a straight perm, thermal reconditioning/ restructuring or ionic retexturising, keeps every strand of hair completely straight and silky smooth for months.

It also seems to leave the hair in better condition than it was prior to treatment.

A typical rebonding procedure requires about three to six hours to complete.

The cost of treatment depends on the length of the hair, the amount of chemical processing required and the stylist’s experience.

–¬† The Star

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