Every veteran stylists recognize that texture services like providing the perfect perm are necessary to survive in the beauty industry. The perm is one of the most popular hairstyles. Stylish and regal, the hairdo seems to never fall out of fashion. But that raises the question, why do so many younger cosmetologists tend to not offer perm services? Apparently, the big reason is many hairdressers are unfamiliar with the best techniques. That’s where we come in. Many expert stylists have spoken up and want to educate younger generations on the best ways to get a perfect perm.
Ted Halone (tedhalone.com) is a salon owner and coach. He calls his typical perm method the “rod-to-roller” technique. Having studied under world-renowned perm experts Peter and Sally Hantz, Halone is considered one of the foremost authorities on achieving the perfect perm by beauty industry insiders. He says, “Rod-to-roller is the least done technique, but the results are the best for the client,” The rod-to-roller technique starts with small rods being applied to the hair to provide strength and hold to the perm; the hair is then transferred to the rollers to actually create the desired style.
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Halone explains why rollers are so critical in a salon setting: “I hear a lot of stylists say, ‘I don’t work with rollers. I just don’t do it.’ But with rollers, you can make a perm that is larger than your largest perm rod and resize the hair into a big curl that still has the strength of the permanent.”
The specific procedures to achieve the perfect perm through the rod-to-roller technique are as follows:
- Place the hair in small rods and put on the solution.
- Remove just two of the rods after you have waited the necessary time for the solution to set
- Stop the chemical reaction by rinsing the solution off the used rods.
- Roll the hair the two small rods were holding into one large roller.
- Repeat the procedure for the entire head of hair by replacing every two rods with one roller.
- After replacing all the small rods with rollers, reapply the perm solution to the hair.
- Wait at least 10 minutes to perform a “test.” After 10 minutes, remove one of the rollers to determine if more time is needed. If the curl is not to satisfaction, wait a little longer.
Generally speaking, to get the perfect perm, whether you have a Brazilian or Mongolian hair, you’re going to have to take about 2 and a half hours. Getting a perfect perm is a high ticket service, so make sure to charge enough to cover the time you spend on it.