22 Nov

POLL: Would You Chemically Alter Your Hair?

When I was six I asked my mom if I could get a perm to make my stick-straight hair look more like Mariah Carey’s.  Not surprisingly, she said no.  Instead, she braided my hair the night before every big event (first day of school, performances, etc…) and I was temporarily able to enjoy the curly hair I wanted so badly.


These days, I enjoy the versatility of my hair texture— some days I like to wear it straight, other days I add a little curl.  Still, I have considered chemically changing the structure of my hair.

Perms are not what they used to be… there are many styles of perming that look natural and not poofy.  There are also a number of techniques to permanently straighten the hair.  The upside of these treatments are that they make daily hair styling more manageable if you’re constantly curling or straightening your hair.  However, they grow out just like hair color, meaning maintenance  every 6-8 weeks.

I’m curious if you’re interested in either…


Would you change the texture of your hair?  Why or why not?  Would you choose to straighten or make it more curly?  Have you done it before?  How’d it turn out?  (Bonus points for pictures!!)

{ posted: Monday, November 22, 2010 }


Comments: {5}

  • amber writes:

    I’ve always hated my hair, so of course I’ve considered it. Luckily, I’ve never had enough cash on me to do so. I’ve been told various times that because of how fine my hair is, that it could very well ruin it. As much as I hate my hair, I don’t want to risk hating it more. Yet, I feel like a kid, because I just don’t know what to do to make it look right either. So, the question is: is ruining it a risk when chemically altering it? Or there any better options?

  • Sirleen writes:

    I haven’t had a perm for a couple of years and am thinking about getting another one for two reasons – I like curlier hair with some body and the perm keeps my hair lifted off my oily scalp so I don’t have to wash my long hair every other day.

  • Mariposa writes:

    I have thick hair, wavy, lots of body, a bit coarse. I wore it long for decades! Just don’t like to be bothered with styling. I did ask a hair stylist, once about straightening it. He told me it would be doable, but the chemicals were pretty fierce. Maybe it’s not so bad now? Anyway, I decided it wasn’t worth putting such potent nasty chemicals on my scalp–too close to my brain!

  • Mariposa writes:

    P.S. I think Mariah Carey’s hair looks horrible in that photo!

  • Kimberly writes:

    @mariposa: her hair DOES look horrible here!! can you believe that i wanted my hair to look like that more than anything??

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