- The answer is YES. If you colored your hair two weeks ago, you can now perm it. In fact, that’s how long I recommend my clients to wait between coloring and perming their hair.
- In the meantime, the hair dye pigments will have fully absorbed. So, when you perm your hair, the color won’t change.
- If you perm your hair without waiting at least fifteen days after coloring your hair, not only will the hair dye pigments fade, which would be the least serious thing. Also, you risk damaging the hair cuticles, one of the most fragile areas of the hair.
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Why do you need to wait two weeks to perm after coloring your hair?
Because your hair needs it!
Why does it need it?Your hair needs to rest between coloring and any other chemical process before subjecting it to further aggressions or changes.
- The first explanation is that you should wait fifteen days between coloring and perming to protect your hair from dehydration and breakage.
- And the second explanation is that if you perm your hair less than fifteen days after coloring your hair, the perm liquids will fade the hair dye pigments.
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At the end of the day, you’ll have wasted time and money. While these can always be two good reasons to convince someone not to do a certain thing, I think the priority is the health of the hair.
Therefore, whether you’re doing it for money, time, or your hair health, it all leads to the same path.
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You should always wait at least fifteen days to perm newly colored hair.
A perm is a chemical hair treatment used to curl the hair and add volume. Yes, it’s what makes your hair curl into various shapes, from beach waves to ringlets.
Perms require chemicals that alter the structure of the hair fiber to allow the hair to be shaped the way you want it to be.
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The liquids that are used contain some chemicals to modify the internal structure of the hair.
But also, if your hair is colored, it has been altered by the chemicals in the hair dye. So, if you don’t wait a fortnight to perm your hair, all you’ll do is weaken it to the point of burning it.
Furthermore, on recently colored hair, perming causes the color to lighten. The most common ingredient in the neutralizers used is hydrogen peroxide. It’s often used in permanent hair color application formulas.
Therefore, ]you should wait a fortnight to perm your hair after coloring it. Otherwise, the peroxide used in the curling process will penetrate the hair cuticle and break down the color molecules of the hair dye. And then, bye-bye color!
That’s why you should allow the pigments in your hair dye to adhere to your hair strands before perming them.
In fact, many stylists recommend perming your hair first. Then, after a break, apply the color to avoid changing and fading the hair dye pigments.
Are you convinced that you should wait at least fifteen days to perm your hair after applying color?
I’m glad to hear it because it’s the best decision you can make with your hair in mind!
I still have one more suggestion for you.
If possible, choose a salon that perms color-treated hair
Although they are more expensive than other perms, they are the most recommended for color-treated hair. The liquids used are usually milder and ensure the results you want: to see your hair curly.
Perms for color-treated hair are designed with formulas that allow you to choose between well-defined curls or those beautiful wild beach waves that every woman dreams of when summer arrives.
Also, if you had to bleach your hair for your coloring process, the time you have to wait to perm your hair may be different. You’ll have to wait at least 20 days before perming your hair.
Whether you have to wait 15 or 20 days after coloring your hair to perm it, you should moisturize your hair in the meantime so that it can withstand a new chemical procedure.
You’ll need to make a plan.
Plan for preparing recently colored hair for perming
- Trim the ends.
The first few days after coloring, and while you wait to perm your hair, I advise you to trim the ends.
Don’t worry, it’ll only be around three centimeters.
Even if it’s just a few centimeters, you’ll be eliminating those damaged parts through which your hair loses health. Split ends are aesthetically ugly, but they’re also bad for your hair health.
- Seven days after coloring, do an intensive moisturizing treatment.
In this case, I advise you to use a sulfate- and paraben-free hair mask. Choose a mask with natural ingredients to nourish your hair and avoid fading the color.
- Don’t use a blow dryer, flat iron, or curling iron.
I know you can’t wait to get your hair curled, but there’re only fifteen days left before you can perm it.
For the time being, don’t use the curling iron. Don’t use a flat iron either. If possible, let your hair air dry.
Heat tools evaporate the water molecules inside the hair and cause frizz and dryness.
Any professional will tell you that you should never perm damaged hair. In that case, pamper your hair with nourishing treatments and wait the indicated time after coloring to perm your hair.
This way, you can show off your favorite color in enviable curls.
If you decided to perm your hair after coloring it, follow the recommendations above to get the desired result.
Don’t forget to ask your salon for a perm for colored hair and to prepare your hair by nourishing and moisturizing it before curling it permanently.