Friday, February 11, 2011

Permanent Wave

For the first time in my life I'm seriously considering getting a perm. I've actually been toying with the idea for some months now. I absolutely loved the curls I had done when I got my hair cut at Nina's Parlour last year (argh, yes it's been nearly a year since I had a haircut!) but my hair's too thick to bother with hot-sticking regularly (and besides, I don't have any hot sticks - and I need two sets for all my hair!). So yes, I have been contemplating taking the plunge. I only recently realised Fleur has one, and her hair always looks lovely, though I don't know how much styling she usually puts into it.

Anyway, while I'm mulling over the idea, I thought I'd share some permanent wave ads from a couple of "Hairdresser's Journal" trade magazines from 1950.


  1. I need a perm. I don't mind setting it, but I beleive a perm makes your set lst a bit longer!

  2. I too have been pondering this for a while too. But I think I am going to get my hair cut a lot shorter 1st and then see how much longer my curls hold - and then debate again.

  3. I need one too, mine is so deadly straight. But i think if i added any more chemicals to my hair... it just might walk off my head, i have put it through so much the past 10 years, black to white blond to red! :(

  4. I have naturally curly hair and always wanted it straight!

  5. I got my hair permed years ago, back when the "boho" trend was in full force and I desperately wanted curly/wavy hair. So I've never tried it with a vintage style in mind, but it's an interesting thought!

    Oh, and I had to chuckle at your comment about it being a year since you got your hair cut... Me too! I'm so, so bad about getting it done; partly because I've been growing it out the past year, and I think I'm a bit lazy about it too. ;) lol.

    ♥ Casey

  6. i've been wondering about getting a perm myself actually! for about a year now....but as Boo Boo Kitty said, i've put my hair through so many colours! hence why its now been...ummm...2 and a bit years since i went for a chop? or even dyed it....

    maybe if i got it cut a bit shorter and had a perm.....

    let me know if you go for the plunge! would love to see what it looks like :)



  7. If you have a perm you do still need to set it, it just holds the set longer. You also have to be very careful what sort of perm you get, you need to find a salon that knows how to set in a way that will let you set vintage later - the wrong perm could end up making a vintage look harder to achieve. I think Fleur went for a very loose perm, her hair isn't curled when unset, not that I've noticed.

  8. have you tried sponge rollers? Nina's recommended them to me and I have never looked back! A x

  9. ~ * ♥ * ~

    I have naturally curling hair, so I have opposite problem of trying to figure out how to make the curls set/sit in the right places to achieve a vintage hairdo.

    Lucky you being able to try a perm!

    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~

  10. I nominated you for the Stylish Blog Award over on my blog!

  11. I was thinking of getting a perm too since I have always wanted curly hair, but I'm not so sure it's going to work with my chin-length bob! Hope it goes well for you!

    Arianne from A + B in the Sea

  12. Too bad people don't give good perms the way they did in those days though.


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