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How long does it take to do a perm?

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Perms can take between 1 and 2 hours, depending on how long the hair being permed is and what perming technique is implemented by the stylist. Once complete, a perm is not completely settled until about 28 hours have passed.

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If an individual's hair is conducive to the procedure, perms take less time. Hair that performs best is natural, neither highlighted nor colored. The perm itself can last up to 6 months if it is well-cared for. Since they last so long, performing them is an intensive chemical process. This is why undamaged hair, which is less porous, performs best and takes the least time for a perm.

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    How long after a perm can you wash your hair?

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    A person should wait 24 to 48 hours after receiving a permanent hair treatment before washing her hair. If water is applied sooner than 24 hours after the perm, the chemicals can neutralize, and the hair can lose the curl. To achieve the best results, wait 48 hours.

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    Can I wash and condition my hair after a perm?

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    Beauty experts recommend not using shampoo or conditioner on the hair for at least 48 hours after getting a perm, though some specially prepared shampoos can be used after 24 hours. The consensus is that shampooing too soon affects the hair's pH balance, which in turn affects the perm.

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    What is the way to get rid of a perm?

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    The only sure way to get rid of a perm, while minimizing the risk of damaging the hair, is to get a reverse-perm treatment by a qualified stylist. Although it is a common belief that beer and vinegar solutions can wash out a perm, they are completely ineffective.

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    How do you care for a perm?

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    Tips for caring for a perm include refraining from washing your hair for 48 hours and avoiding heat styling as much as possible. After 48 hours pass, wash your hair with a shampoo for chemically treated hair, gently massaging it into the scalp. Use a deep conditioner for chemically treated hair after shampooing. Gently comb the conditioner through your hair and let it sit for five minutes before washing it clean. Only use warm, never hot, water on a perm.

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