Post Perm Tips
1. Don't wash newly permed hair for 48 hours after processing as any stress
can cause curls to relax. 2. Use shampoos and conditioners formulated for
permed hair to help retain the correct moisture balance and prolong the
perm. 3. Always use a wide toothed comb and work from the
ends upwards. Never brush the hair. 4. Blot wet hair dry before styling
to prevent stretching.
5. Avoid using too much heat on permed hair. If possible, wash, condition
and let dry naturally.
6. If your perm has lost its bounce, mist with water
or try a curl reviver.
These are designed to put instant volume and bounce into permed hair.
Bronze or Blonde
Colour has come a long way and
we are and Indian women are more willing to experiment now than we were
willing to earlier. A head of coloured hair, even in the 1980s, drew a
lot of attention and appreciates glances. But today, take a quick look
around you and you will agree that 80-90 per cent of young college girls
and even career women have coloured hair. And unless it is crazy colour,
it is considered normal and acceptable. Should you or shouldn't colour
your hair is a question you often ask yourself. Here are a few answers
to help you make up your mind about colouring your hair.
Are hair colours safe?
Yes, they are totally safe,
in fact most of the colours today have special polymers and conditioners
incorporated in them to make them superior to hair colours which were available
earlier. These polymers and conditioners actually penetrate the hair shaft
and enter the cortex, mending any damage in the normal hair structure.
They smoothen the outermost layer of hair that is made up of cuticles,
which appear like tiles on a roof under the microscope. The ultimate effect
after the use of such a product on your hair would be shinier, smoother
and healthier hair. So far there appears to be no connection between the
application of hair colour and the appearance of Gary hair. Hair turns
grey due to the inability of hair to produce melanin in the early stages
of hair growth.
Melanin is the colour pigment
in your hair, which can be black, brown, red or yellow. The individuality
of your hair colour is determined by the percentage of each colour pigment,
making each personas hair colour characteristically their own. Poor diet,
illness, age, heredity, etc. can cause the acceleration of grey hair and
the actual use of a hair dye has nothing to do with the greying process.
Which colour suits you the
best is the question you should ask your beautician. Let her know if you
had coloured or hennaed your hair earlier, the products you used and whether
you had straightened or permed your hair. Also have your hair checked out
for porosity or elasticity, both of which play a major role in how healthy
you hair, will look after the colour. Discuss this with her in detail how
long the process will take the cost and after care you will require to
keep up the effect. You must also take a stand test so that both you and
your hairdresser know what to expect at the end of the process.
What are the side effects of
If a professional taking into
account all the above points does colouring, the side effects are almost
nil, especially if the client follows the after care recommended. However,
it is very important that your hairdresser recommends a patch test in addition
to all the points mentioned above, especially with a product you have not
used before. This is to check for allergic reaction before carrying out
the colouring process. This should be done at least 24-28 hours in advance.
What do you need to maintain
the colour and the quality of your hair?
Certain fashion colours fade
easily and you may need to go back for a rinse once a month, for example,
in the case of wine reds, you would need a regular touch up or rinse to
maintain their intensity. In the case of grey hair, it would depend on
the individual growth rate of hair. On an average, hair grows ½"-
¾" every month, so a touch up once in 20 days is a must for grey
For those with no grey hair
and a mild colour not too different from their natural colour, a touch
up once in six months is ideal. For those with a drastic or dramatically
different hair colour, a root touch up is important.
The after care needed is
usually a shampoo for colour treated hair, which increases the life of
your colour and conditioners to protect your hair. Too much exposure to
sun, sea and chlorine should also be avoided.
Which brand of colour should
It is usually best to leave
the choice of colour to your hairdresser once you have discussed with her
what you expect after the colour job. The safest home use products now
available in the market are by L’Oreal. They have a wide range of products
in different shade from which you could choose. For those of you who are
allergic to ammonia they have now launched a new product called casting,
which is available in a few fashion and basic states. So do go ahead and
make a beauty statement with your hair colour.