Not too long ago, the New York times ran an article that said perms are back with a vengeance, baby.
Except they’ve been saying that since 2008.
And it still hasn’t happened. I come in contact with more than my fair share of trendy, hip women and not one of them has a perm.
It’s because we are scarred.
How could we not be?
I was a willing victim of the spiral perm in the late 80’s/early 90’s and I will never forget having to sit there, holding a strip of cotton in a death grip against my forehead, desperately hoping that the steaming, stinky perm solution wouldn’t run down my face and burn me.
God, it was awful.
I can still smell it to this day.
But my hair has always been very straight and at the time, curls were where it was at.
Supposedly the “new” perm is a softer, gentler sort of perm that leaves your hair looking more after-the-beach than anything else.
Call me cynical, but it seems that the looser the initial curl, the more quickly it will fall out? That was why everybody loved those spirals because damn, it took months for that stuff to relax. You felt like you were getting your money’s worth. But I do remember it being hell to grow it out when I decided I was done with the permed look.
What say you? Are perms back or are they just trying to convince us they are?