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Do You Wash Your Hair Before A Perm?

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Ian John Profile
Ian John answered
You shouldn't wash your hair for at least two days before you get a perm. Although you may feel a little embarrassed or self conscious going to your hairdresser's with slightly dirty hair, it is a lot better for the whole perming process. If you feel like you absolutely have to wash your hair then you should only use shampoo as conditioner will only weigh it down.

It is best if you don't wash it because as you probably know, perming is a chemical process on your hair. By leaving your hair slightly dirty, it will contain high levels of the natural oils of your hair, meaning that your hair and scalp will be better protected against the harsh chemical applied. Although a little bit of dirty hair may not sound like a lot, keeping your hair saturated actually does a lot in protecting both your hair and scalp from chemical damage during the process.

You should also not wash your hair too soon before a perm because the natural oils in your hair will help the perm to set better.

When it comes to washing your hair after a perm, a lot of people are scared that if they wash it too soon then the perm will drop out and all their money will go down the drain. The longer you wait after your perm to wash your hair then the better the perm will hold after you do wash it. The majority of people who have perms can only handle two days without washing it however some people do go to three days, which is usually the amount of time that is recommended. A lot of people are scared that washing their hair the day after a perm could damage the hair and cause the chemicals holding the perm in place to deactivate. If you are worried about this then you should ask the stylist doing your perm for better advice.
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Anonymous answered
No you do not wash your hair before you get a perm,. The perm comes out better when the hair is naturally a little dirty
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DO NOT WASH YOUR HAIR. It will strip it of oils and it will burn.
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BEN GREGO answered
NEVER wash your hair before any chemical process; perms, bleaching, tinting, etc..you want the natural scalp oils to be there to help protect the scalp from the chemicals, if only a little!!
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asia bourda answered
Absoulety not. If you do it will cause a chemical reaction and will burn you which could lead to your hair being chemically burned and it could also damage or break you haur off.
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Anonymous answered
You should wash your hair because what is on your hair could react with chemicals in perm. The trick is to wash your hair gently, never scrub scalp the day you are having any chemical done. You aren't attempting to clean your scalp, your attempting to remove styling lotion and hair spray from hair shaft. One quick gentle wash with warm, not hot, water will do that trick. If you have problems combing out tangles, you can put a dab of conditioner but rinse well.
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Anonymous answered
IT doesn't really matter. I have had my hair professionally permed for years, and they always wash it before hand. Then as they are putting the rollers in, they spray the hair down to continue to keep it wet. I have gone in several time with clean partially damp hair and they always wash it anyway. As for how long before you can wash after. Every stylist I've had has said 24 hours.
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Anonymous answered
When you get a perm at a beauty salon they wash your hair before they put the perm in. So if you are getting a home perm you need to wash your hair first.
BEN GREGO Profile
BEN GREGO answered
NO NO AND NO! In fact, the 'dirtier' your scalp is, the better....on a clean scalp the chemicals in the perm would really hurt! And also, after the perm, do not shampoo for three days...it takes that long for the chemicals to do their job...but maybe with newer perms that's not true, but I doubt it....ask a professional!!!!! You may even want to consider getting your perm at a local Cosmetology School; supervised work, lower prices, and ask all the questions you want!!!
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Lynne Webb answered
The day before is best Try not to use spray or setting solutions, this si so you don't have any raw areas on you scalp. Good luck

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