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2009 Hair Perming

I love the hairdressing profession and only wish I had more time to do hair since I have my license.

However, like any other profession, hairdressers may sometimes be misinformed about what is ultimately best for their consumer hair clients.

Also, hair manufacturers may push products onto their hairdressing clients with the promise that it's the next hot hair trend when in reality it's just a re-packaged process that has been around for many years.

Note: In this blog Jessica Simpson is shown wearing two different lengths of the HairDo clip-on hair extensions with pre-set curls and waves.

As 2009 approaches I have been reading more buzz about chemical perms in the professional hair media.

This is not an uncommon event. Each year there is a push to resurrect the long dead hair perm. When I see indications that manufacturers are pushing chemical hair perms I always feel the need to warn hair consumers to tread lightly.

Yes, under some limited circumstances chemical perm treatments may work for some hair consumers. These circumstances need to include the application of the perm by an expert hair pro with many years working with hair perms along with a head of the appropriate hair type, texture and hair condition.

It's my opinion based on more than twelve years in the hair business that chemical perms should never be used for the majority of hair consumers. I have received too many unhappy emails from angry hair consumers who suffered hair damage ranging from minor to extreme as the result of a chemical perm.

I have also interviewed many hairdressers who do not recommend the use of chemical hair perms for the majority of their clients for a number of reasons centered around long term hair damage and inability of the perm to achieve the desired curly texture.

Think about it. There are so many excellent ways to temporarily change hair texture these days from straight to wavy or curly without the use of a chemical permanent.

The introduction of temporary clip-in hair extensions in 2006 is one example of a relatively easy no-damage texture change.  When you see celebrities morph back and forth between stick straight and curls or waves you can bet it is because of either clip-on or temporary hair extensions.

With the introduction of the Ken Paves HairDo clip-in hair extensions in a wide range of lengths and textures there is no reason hair consumers ever need to undergo a chemical perm and risk growing out the damage of a perm for the next six months.

If you're bored with your hair and want a new texture, reach for a clip-on or other temporary change that you won't live to regret.

Besides the clip-in hair extensions are a variety of other texture altering temporary and permanent hair extension options.

POP extensions allow consumers to add individual pieces of hair in a wide range of textures including wavy and curly.  Heck, hair extensions can even allow a hair consumer to instantly change their hair color.

If a hairdresser strongly advises you to have a chemical perm consider all the potential for long term damage to your strands. Also consider the post-perm costs of deep conditioners to try and recover your original hair condition.

If they tell you that the chemical perm is the hot new hair technique for 2009 get ready to sprint out the door. At least make sure you take lots of time to consider the pros and cons of a chemical perm before you subject your tresses to the neutralizer.

For more information on chemical hair perms please refer to:

Hair Perms: News & Tips

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