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  • #16
    Would a flat iron help?
    Sorry about your perm, I have also had some crazy ones over my 59 yrs. Most were in the 80's and curly was in.

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    • #17
      My mom gave me perms all through the entire 80's. I look back at pictures of me and just cringe. There really should have been someone in my life to tell me how bad I looked.
      ~But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently~ Romans 8:25

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Poppycat View Post
        Guess if we've been around awhile there is a good chance that we have had a bad perm. Mine was when I had quite long hair and Farah Fawcett was all the rage. I used to get just enough of a perm to help keep the style in but I must have caught the hairdresser on a bad day once because after the unveiling and my horrified wail she told me that she thought I mean't an afro!!!!! I tell you, stretch out a piece of hair and it 'pinged' back into place. Never mind trying to get a comb through it. Must have used a tube of leave in conditioner every couple of days I probably looked like thunder because kids did homework unasked, husband cleared off table and washed dishes Think I'll have to get me another perm
        Farrah Fawcett!!! What a hair do!!! What was the word??? Oh yeah, 'feathered'. I worked on feathering my hair for years!!

        You ladies are absolutely cracking me up with all these bad perm memories!!OH the things we endure for beauty!!

        In high school when a girl would get a perm, the boys always said "what'd you do?? stick your finger in the light socket???"
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        • #19
          Originally posted by JoyJoyJoy View Post
          Farrah Fawcett!!! What a hair do!!! What was the word??? Oh yeah, 'feathered'. I worked on feathering my hair for years!!

          You ladies are absolutely cracking me up with all these bad perm memories!!OH the things we endure for beauty!!

          In high school when a girl would get a perm, the boys always said "what'd you do?? stick your finger in the light socket???"
          That is exactly what my perm looked like, as if I had stuck my finger in a light socket

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Teresa_1966 View Post
            My mom gave me perms all through the entire 80's. I look back at pictures of me and just cringe. There really should have been someone in my life to tell me how bad I looked.
            I agree, there are some photos of me that will never see the light of day thats for sure

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            • #21
              You know you got a bad perm when one of your co-workers looks at you like you've just arrived from another planet and asks, "what did you do to your hair?". That happened in the early 80s for me and I haven't had another one since then.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by SummerSailing81 View Post
                You know you got a bad perm when one of your co-workers looks at you like you've just arrived from another planet and asks, "what did you do to your hair?". That happened in the early 80s for me and I haven't had another one since then.
                either that or when you do get a perm, no-one compliments your new hair-do because it's so awful.

                Yup, been there, done that. Just wish the photos of me during that period would get 'lost' somehow!
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                • #23
                  Well it's been a few weeks now and I have been having the best time reading through your experiences. Thankyou so much for sharing. I have laughed so hard I cried. As for my hair....Well the damage is done which I manage to remedy with a flat iron. And now I keep it really long and straight. Looks pretty good. I don't want to color it anymore as I hate to use anymore chemicals on it, so there are a few silver streaks making their presence known. I just might keep em. They look nice...sorta like natural highlights. (I've actually wondered if God considered it beneficial for people to have lighter colored hair in their older age and thus softening their features....could be) It sure is cheaper....maybe healthier too than using all those chemicals.

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                  • #24
                    This thread is old and I want to add to it but probably nobody will see it.

                    I never do anything with my hair, I just wear it in a bob or when it grows out to one length I keep it shoulder length and half the time it is in a pony tail as I am always hot.

                    I am feeling since I am getting older I want more fluff but I don't want to do the hot roller thing. I just don't like doing hair.

                    Has anyone ever gotten a body wave? I used to get perms when they were big, but I don't want all that curl. I want just enough for some height on top and also so it doesn't look so severe when I do pull it back.

                    What would I ask for and how much curl would I get? I am going to the beauty school as I can't afford a salon for a perm. I don't have bangs and I really just want some curly wave, but mostly wave.

                    I never got a body wave before and I have very straight hair. It is not real thick, but it is not thin at all. I wish I knew how to post photos.

                    Any suggestions?
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                    • #25
                      Hi, Hugs, I saw your post and have the same issues you have with hair. Also, over the years when I did go somewhere to have my hair permed, etc., it was mostly to a beauty school, too, so that I could save money. Now, in reply to your Ques. regarding body waves, I was always told by the stylists that they don't last very long and might be a waste of money, so I just always opted for a 'curly' perm instead.
                      Like you though, I would really like to try one, but I'm not wanting to get one and it won't last. I was told this on several occasions over the years at different locations.
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                      • #26
                        I always used to get spirals perms and they would last a very, very long time. I had fairly thick, long hair so the weight would pull it down so it wasn't overly curly. One time, I wanted to have less curls and went with a body perm. It did not last, it was great for the first few weeks, and after that it was as if I didn't even get a perm! I was very disappointed with it and went back to the spirals.

                        Everyone's hair is different too - depends how well your hair holds a perm. If your hair takes good to curl, maybe a body perm would work for you. If not, then it may be a waste of money. See what the stylist says.

                        One trick I used to do to take some of the curl out when it was first permed was I would brush it out after showering, and not scrunch. I would do this for the first week or so to calm the curl down.
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                        • #27
                          Thanks Lynn and Maxine. I will take all your suggestions in mind and also get some suggestions at the school. My hair is healthy and I don't really want to start using chemicals again but I feel like a need some fluff as I get older but not ringlets. I betcha I am going to end up with a soft perm again and I can pull it back or use a headband or just have it hang once it loosens. I don't want it to look like ringlets. I don't have bangs and I don't want them. When I pull back my straight hair I feel like it is too severe and looks too youngish for my age and with more curls and height it would look better. My hair is medium blond and I have some white stringing through and everyone loves it as they think it looks like blonder highlights and it might look nice with a perm. I am babbling now, but thanks again.
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                          • #28
                            I have permed my hair for years. I have very thin, fine, flat hair that I thought would do nothing without a perm. My hair was badly damaged from all the perms over the years. Last month I went to my hair lady and told her I wanted to stop permining because I had so much breakage and even some hair loss. She cut my hair into the custest style I have ever had (it is really short and quite a change) but I love it and have gotten so many compliments on it. I feel like a different person. I just wash it, put a little product in it, blow dry the top and go. I will never get a perm again.
                            Jesus, please come back TODAY!!!!

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                            • #29
                              After several years of getting a perm every six months or so, and then not getting one for the last couple of years to see if I could handle my straight hair again, finally today, I gave up.
                              This afternoon, at a beauty academy in a larger town near us, I had another perm. Even though it's still just the 'first' day, I'm already glad I did it. Even though my hair is baby fine and straight, it feels 'heavy' when it's not permed and won't hold the curl very long (especially in warmer weather's humidity) after I go to all the trouble to do a roller set. Glad it's over, because it takes a 'long' time for some beauty students to wrap a perm.
                              I guess the low price ($25) kind of makes up for it.
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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Lynn View Post
                                After several years of getting a perm every six months or so, and then not getting one for the last couple of years to see if I could handle my straight hair again, finally today, I gave up.
                                This afternoon, at a beauty academy in a larger town near us, I had another perm. Even though it's still just the 'first' day, I'm already glad I did it. Even though my hair is baby fine and straight, it feels 'heavy' when it's not permed and won't hold the curl very long (especially in warmer weather's humidity) after I go to all the trouble to do a roller set. Glad it's over, because it takes a 'long' time for some beauty students to wrap a perm.
                                I guess the low price ($25) kind of makes up for it.
                                Humidity sure has a lot to answer for Lynn. March and April are our worst months for humidity, this week it has been up around 80% and my hair is exploding on a daily basis Just imagine what it would be like if I had another perm!! Glad yours worked out for you.

                                On another issue, I recently did my 'roots' and also my daughter's roots, well, I've used the same stuff for some years and not had any bother. This time, mine is darker with a definite 'green' tinge and my daughter has bergundy roots/regrowth against lovely soft warm brown. The stuff I use is also used by hairdressers and I know exactly how much to mix with the 'developer' for a natural colour. Totally fed up, will have to start again. Daughter not impressed, one good thing I won't probably be asked to do it again

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