How long should you wait to perm your hair after dyeing or bleaching it

woman with colored and permed hair

  • If you bleached your hair, you should wait a full month before perming your hair.
  • And if you dyed it, you should wait fifteen days.
  • Now, those times could be shorter or longer depending on what state your hair is in.
  • In this article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know to get a perm after dyeing or bleaching your hair.
  • I’ll also give you a plan for how to take care of your hair so you can get down to work on it while you wait.


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Do you have dyed or bleached hair and you’re tempted to get a perm to achieve perfect curls?

Are you wondering how long you need to wait between dyeing or bleaching your hair and getting a perm?


You’re in the right place.

You’ll see that since I can’t touch or see your hair from here, I can’t know exactly what state it’s in, so I prefer to be a bit overly careful, just in case.


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 So, if you’re thinking about getting a perm, you should wait the amount of time I told you and trust in the professional hair stylist you’ve chosen to work on your hair. 

At the end of the day, your stylist is the one who can give you a good diagnosis because they are the one who will do the work on your hair.

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Is a perm compatible with dye or bleach?

perming colored hair

Back in the day, a perm wasn’t exactly compatible with hair dye, and even less so with bleach.

These are both  very rough chemical processes for your hair and their effects accumulate. 


Fortunately, as the years have gone by, this situation has changed because the technology behind the liquids used in a perm have improved and evolved.

That means that  with the right care, it’s possible to have dyed and permed hair at the same time. 

Soon, we’ll take a better look at everything you need to know if you have dyed or bleached hair and you’re hoping to get a perm.


If you’ve bleached your hair, I’d recommend waiting at least a month to get a perm

perm on bleached hair twenty days ago

If your hair is bleached and you’re hoping to work some curls into your hair, the perm process should be done under the right circumstances with all of the necessary precautions.

Dyed hair isn’t the same as bleached hair. Why not?


 Because when hair is bleached, it undergoes a much more intense process, causing more harm to it than a simple dye. That’s the same reason why you should wait more time to get a perm after bleaching than dyeing. 


Bleached hair tends to thin and become much more prone to breakage.

If it’s the first time you’ve bleached hair, it probably hasn’t suffered from the same changes that it would have accumulated if you’d have bleached your hair several times.

So, you should keep in mind the number of times you’ve bleached your hair.


 The more times you’ve bleached it, the more risky the perm will be for your hair. This is because this kind of chemical processing accumulates as you do them one after another. 


Keep in mind that a perm isn’t like a new tee shirt.

When you buy a new shirt, if you end up deciding you don’t like it, you can decide not to wear it and that’s the end of the story.

On the other hand, a perm can ruin your hair and that damage will stick around for a long time. You won’t be able to simply take it off.

I don’t want to scare you, just warn you.


If you want to do a perm after bleaching your hair, you should go to the very best salon specializing in perms that you can find.

So,  if you’ve bleached your hair, you will need to wait a full month and then you’ll go to the best salon to get the perm. 

But, what will you do during that whole month you have to wait?


While you wait to do the perm after bleaching your hair, you’re going to work on preparing it so it’s stronger.

That means, you’ll make your hair ready to receive those new curls you’re so excited to get.


How to prepare bleached hair before getting a perm

If your hair is bleached, we’re trying to restore its nutrients and the moisture it lost during the beach process.

That means that if your hair has thinned out, we need to give it something to eat and drink to fatten it back up.


  • All month long, you’ll work on a hydration and nutrition routine for your hair.

Shampoo, conditioner and hair masks. Don’t worry about the investment in the products because you’ll continue to use them after you get the perm, too, not just this month.

So, invest in something professional and high quality.


  • This month you’re going to avoid the heat from your hair straightener and dryer.

If you use them, you’re going to keep drying out your hair that we’re trying to moisturize with the plan I’m recommending.


  • Look at your ends and if they’re not in good shape, trim them.


  • Use hydrating and nutrient-rich masks in your daily hair care routine. If you have two, even better.


Alternating between hydrating and nutritive masks is the best option for bleached hair. That way, you’ll be giving your hair both food and water, making it even more prepared to deal with the effects of the perm.

You should make the effort to care for your hair all month long if you really want this perm for your bleached hair.


If you dyed your hair, it’s best to wait 15 days to get a perm

If you’ve dyed your hair, you should care for it 15 days before showing up at the salon and asking your stylist to give you a perm.

Although dyeing your hair does involve chemical processing of your hair, it tends not be as damaging as bleaching it.


 As such, if your hair is in good shape, fifteen days should be enough to wait before you get a perm. 


And if you haven’t started taking care of your hair, then this is the perfect excuse to start doing it.

It’s very important to take proper care of your hair if you’ve dyed it and you’re hoping to perm it, too.


Invest in products made for dyed hair and alternate that with products made to hydrate.

In any case, you’ll continue to use the products even after you’ve gotten your perm.


Before perming dyed or bleached hair, adopt a hair care routine

Every head of hair is a world unto itself.

In this article, I’ve told you about how long you should wait between bleaching or dyeing your hair and getting a perm.


 But the truth is that how long you should wait before getting the perm depends most of all what shape your hair is in and the care you give it. 


Based on my years of experience as a stylist, I can assure you that how you take care of your hair is key.

When you adopt a care plan and have the right products, anything is possible.


In this case as a professional, I would actually recommend getting a perm before any color work. That’s my advice.

If you want, you can put that advice to work in your future perm and color jobs.


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