When you hear the word “perm”, your mind may immediately shoot to the big, fluffy hair of the 1980s—and though much has changed over the years in terms of hairstyle trends, the perm remains a popular way of adding volume and texture to your tresses. But rest assured, today’s perms dynamically differ from those of decades past, allowing you to achieve styles like bouncy curls or beachy waves, which brings us to the ultimate battle of hot versus cold perms. What’s the difference and which perm type is right for you? Find out everything below!
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What is a hot perm?
A hot perm, also known as a digital perm, requires the use of a combination of heat and an acidic chemical solution in order to set the hair into the desired shape. Once the perm solution is applied, the hair is curled around digitally programmed rollers that are heated to a customized temperature based on the desired outcome.
Who should get a hot perm?
Hot perms are particularly great if you’re looking for more of a wavy hair perm that will give you the effect of tousled and loose beachy waves! If you happen to have naturally fine hair or have previously undergone hair treatments like coloring or bleaching, getting a hot perm will be the way to go.
What is a cold perm?
There are essentially two key differences between a hot perm and a cold perm—unlike the hot perm, a cold perm (also called a cold wave perm) doesn’t use heat during its process and involves coating the hair in an alkaline chemical solution and then coiling it around curling rods to give it texture.
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Who should get a cold perm?
For those who have thick, strong, or even coarse hair, a cold perm will be the ideal treatment to transform your locks into a style with lots of texture. Cold perms tend to result in tighter and more defined curls than hot perms, so if you’re leaning toward getting an extra-bouncy spiral perm style, opt for a cold wave perm.
Where can I get a perm near me?
Now that you know the major differences between the two main types of perms, the next step is locating a salon that offers perms near you! By using the Booksy search engine bar, you’ll be able to easily discover stylists in your city that offer hair perm treatments and schedule an appointment online with your selected provider.
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