Monday, September 13, 2010

Perms for Fine Hair

By Ningthoujam Sandhyarani

Styling fine hair is challenging, but you can perm it beautifully with some basic hair treatment tips. Naturally, it remains straight and looks very thin. Hence, from selecting haircut styles and ideas to curling it, fine hair needs special attention. Those who are very conscious about their looks prefer perming their hair for added volume and body. Gentle perms for fine hair are better than tight curls and spiral perms. Let's try to understand more about perming for flat, fine hair.

Tips for Perming Fine Hair

Those who have thin hair shafts already know how difficult is it to curl or perm their hair. Unlike thick hair strands, they do not hold the hair formulations. Another downside story regarding thin hair shafts is increased susceptibility to breakage. Even wrapping the hair strands to the perming rods may cause damaging effects. In simple words, self perming hair at home is strictly not recommended for those having fine textured hair. The following are some tips concerning perms for fine hair:
  • Before perming fine hair, decide the best haircut that suits the hair texture. As a general rule, fine textured hair looks at its fullest, when it is short and cut at a uniform length. Accordingly, opt for short haircuts or medium length layered hairstyles.
  • For fine hair that has been recently colored, perming is not advisable. This is because, repeated application of chemical based products will cause hair dryness, breakage and thinning. On the safer side, wait for some time and proceed with gentle perms for fine hair.
  • Analyze the different types of perms, giving due importance to the perming procedure and after maintenance tips. Do not decide a perm type just because it looks good, but check whether it really suits fine shafts or not, before perming.
  • Coming to the types of perms for fine hair, the best choice is body wave pattern. In this, large sized, concave rods are used to create bouncy, loose waves. It is suited for medium long and long hairstyles.
  • Of course, you can go for spiral perms for fine hair, but the concerning part is maintenance level for spiral perm hairstyle. So, consult the hairstylist about the preferable perming alternatives for fine hair, then only decide one for your hair.
  • While perming fine hair, it is best to put hair rollers in a zig-zag parting pattern. The logic is to avoid hair breakage and splits, which are common with straight placing of perming rollers. Follow the same tip at the time of hair setting.
  • As the waves or perms for fine hair do not stay long, most hair hairstylists suggest a rod to roller perm or transfer perm. The method involves wrapping hair in small rods, applying solution, leaving for some time and unwinding hair. The hair is then wrapped into a roller of specific size and further perming steps are done.
  • Last but not the least, be thorough with the hair care tips that you are supposed to follow after perming. Like for instance; dry hair by retaining your head in an inverted position and always comb with a wide-toothed brush. Also, deep hair conditioning at regular intervals helps in reducing hair tangling.
On a concluding note, creating perms for fine hair should be proceeded with perming solutions, which are specifically formulated for the hair type. Failure to do so, and the perming will take its toll on hair. In worst cases, you may need to cut the permed hair portion. Provided that you visit a reputable beauty salon and perming is done by a qualified hairstylist, the damaging effects of perms can be reduced to a certain extent.

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