How did it all start?

The perm was invented in 1905 by German hairdresser Karl Nessler. He used a mixture of cow urine and water. The first public demonstration of the perm took place on the 8th of October 1905, but Nessler had been working on the idea since 1896. Thankfully we’ve moved on from cow pee and now a perm is achieved by using chemicals to break and reform the cross-linking bonds of the hair structure!



What can I expect when getting a perm?

Firstly, you will have a consultation with your hairdresser to discuss the desired texture and curl. Next the hair is washed and wrapped on a rod. A curl solution will then be applied to each curl and left for a specified amount of time. The hair is then rinsed before a neutralizing solution is applied to each curl. The rods are then carefully removed and the hair is rinsed again. Your hairdresser may follow up with a conditioning treatment. Et viola – I woke up like this hair!


Can I get a perm if my hair is coloured or bleached?

You can have a perm on coloured or bleached hair but it is very important to consult with your hairdresser first. It is also important to consult with your hairdresser if you are wanting to colour hair after getting a perm.

How long before I can wash my hair?

The recommended time by most hairdressers before washing is 48 hours after having a perm but this may vary depending on your perm service so be sure to ask before you leave.

Can I still style my hair as normal?

Yup! You can still blow dry and straighten hair but after washing the curl will return.

How long does a perm last?

Perms can last for up to six months and will grow out with your natural hair.

Where can I get my hair permed?

Make sure to check out the Hairstee app to see which hair professionals in your area provide a perm service. If you do get a perm make sure you share photos with us on our Instagram page, we’d love to feature them! 


Why is the perm making a comeback in 2019?

If you think about it, the 80’s were a very bold time. Women were expressive and weren’t shy about it!  Perhaps in 2019 women are reclaiming that space. It is about taking ownership. Beauty is a form of expression, it’s about how we want to feel and not about anyone else. Who run the world? Curls!