Itís difficult to say without seeing and feeling your hair, so my advice would be to organise a consultation with a professional hair stylist, experienced in perms. ...More >
The fact that you have recently coloured your hair shouldnít in itself be a contraindication for a perm, however if the colour has left your hair in a very porous condition Ė for example if you had to bleach the hair prior to dyeing it red Ė then a stylist might be reluctant to offer you a perm. Similarly, the fact that your hair hasnít been trimmed for seven months would only pose a problem if in doing so, your hair has become damaged, broken, very weak or has poor elasticity. While I advise having your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks to ensure optimum condition, particularly through the older and drier ends, some of my clients do find that they donít need to trim their hair that often without the condition being negatively affected. Again, a professional will be able to advise on this during your consultation.
Generally perms have improved a lot over recent years and the types of perms offered in top salons are now far less damaging on your hair than the traditional perming methods of the past. At Westrow, for example, we offer a texturising treatment that adds waves and loose curls to the hair, giving similar permanent movement to a perm. Itís a modern and revolutionary take on the traditional perming technique and has been developed with less chemical compounds, so it adds the same movement, shape and texture, but in a way that is kind to the hair and gives stunning, long-lasting results.