Perm With Thick Hair

Perm With Thick Hair: Tips for Getting a Perfect Perm

Do you have thick hair and want to get a perm? Perming thick hair can be a bit of a challenge, but with the right tips it can be done easily and without any damage.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to get the perfect perm with thick hair. We will cover everything from choosing the right perm rods to using the correct amount of product. Stay tuned!

Why get a perm?

A perm is a chemical treatment that uses ammonium thioglycolate and hydrogen peroxide to break the disulfide bonds in hair, causing it to swell. This makes the hair more pliable so that it can be curled or styled using a curling iron or hot rollers.

Most people get perms to achieve bouncy, curly hair without having to use heat styling tools every day. Perms can also help give hair more volume and make it look thicker. They last for 4-6 weeks, but over time the natural curl pattern will usually start to reassert itself and the perm will slowly wear off.

Different types of perms:

There are many types of perms, but the 3 most popular ones are the traditional permanent wave, the Japanese thermal reconditioning, and the Brazilian Blowout.

The traditional permanent wave is a chemical process that uses ammonium thioglycolate or glyceryl monothioglycolate to break the disulfide bonds in the hair. This permanently straightens hair by changing its curvature.

The Japanese thermal reconditioning is a heat-based process that uses a ceramic plate to apply heat directly to the hair shaft. This causes the natural proteins in the hair to change alignment, which then permanently changes the shape of the hair strand.

The Brazilian Blowout is an acai-based smoothing treatment that coats the hair shaft to temporarily smooth and straighten it. It typically lasts for 12 weeks before needing to be redone.

Factors to consider before getting a perm:

Before getting a perm, it’s important to consider the following factors:

  • The health of your hair. If your hair is damaged, you shouldn’t get a perm.
  • Your scalp’s sensitivity. If you have a sensitive scalp, you should avoid getting a perm.
  • Your natural hair type. Perms can be especially damaging to curly and kinky hair types.
  • The chemicals in the perm solution. Some people are allergic to the chemicals in perms solutions, so it’s important to do a patch test before getting a perm.
  • The stylist’s experience with perming thick hair. It’s important to choose a stylist who has experience and success in perming thick hair.

The best products for permed hair:

The best products for permed hair are products that will help to define your curls, and also lock in moisture. A few of our favorite curl definers are the DevaCurl Defining Cream and the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. For a product that will help to lock in moisture, we love the Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask.


If you have thick hair and are considering getting a perm, know that it is possible to get the perfect perm. With the right stylist and products, your thick hair can look fabulous with a perm. Be sure to communicate your desired results with your stylist and photograph inspiration styles ahead of time.

Also, be prepared to commit to regular treatments and at-home care. With these tips in mind, you can achieve gorgeous, bouncy curls that will turn heads everywhere you go.

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