Present-Day Perms

While big, overstyled perms have fallen out of favor, perms are still offered at salons across the country.

Unlike the perms of the '80s that broke down hair structure and left it brittle, today's perms use gentler ingredients and a variety of rollers, tubes and rods that create natural-looking, soft waves without causing damage to the hair.

Almost any type of hair is fair game for a perm, but you should communicate with your stylist about what overall look you're going for. Perms can now create a combination of curls-from soft and flowy to beachy waves-as opposed to just tight ringlets.

When it comes to caring for permed hair, try a gentle shampoo and a lightweight conditioner so hair doesn't get weighed down. It's also important to do an intensive conditioning treatment at least once a month; otherwise, your hair will become lifeless and you could lose the perm.

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