Perms aren't what they used to be in the '80s. Rather than crunchy, back-combed spirals that will poof out into a frizzy ball, perms are offering easy beach waves that look air dried and salt-sprayed. You can now look like you woke up with Victoria's Secret hair rather than a Dynasty coif, which means the technique is officially back on the table for 2018. But are perms bad for your hair?
During a time when beauty lovers are trying to cut back on chemicals and are super conscious of keeping their hair away from damage and breakage, is globbing on large amounts of chemicals onto your strands good for your tresses? Or are you going to be left with irreversible damage that will cause you to chop off all of your hair into a bob once you get tired of the look?
Much like how hair feels brittle and wispy after one too many bleach jobs, can perms create the same damage? It turns out, it's not that simple. If you have virgin hair, getting a perm shouldn't damage your hair in any real way. But if you bleach your hair or have regular highlight appointments, things get a little trickier. Read on and see how.