Color or Perm?

United States
February 5, 2010 1:56pm CST
If your hair needed to be colored and permed at the same time, but obviously you can only choose one for the health of your hair, which would you choose? I was thinking of getting my hair permed when we get our taxes, you know, treat myself a little bit. I haven't had a perm in over 8 years, and I loved having permed hair! However, I notice my gray hairs are showing through again, so I'm needing to color my hair. I don't know which I should do. If I don't get the perm, I may not get the chance again for awhile. I can't do an at home perm, so I have to go to a salon, but it's hard coming up with that much money, and I don't always feel justified spending that much money on something unneccesary. Coloring I can do at home cheaply, so I could put that off for awhile, but is it safe to color your hair when it's permed? Will it mess up the perm if I color it a month or so after the perm? Can I live that long with my gray hairs showing through?? What would you do?
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@doormouse (4619)
5 Feb 10
i'd have a perm,because i don't like dying my hair,and as you said,dying at home yourself is much cheaper
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• United States
5 Feb 10
Well I need to color the hair, but I want the perm. I think I'll do the perm first, then a few weeks later I'll color it.
• Canada
5 Feb 10
I would chose a perm. I have had perms in the past, but I have never ever had my hair coloured, and I don't intend to ever have my hair coloured either. I like my colour the way it is, and regardless of what colour it turns when I get older, I am going to keep it the way it is. My mother is in her 60s, and her hair is still perfect, a beautiful dark brown.
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• United States
5 Feb 10
Well I am not even 30 and the top front of my hair is very gray. I have to color it, otherwise I'll look 20 years older than I am.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Feb 10
I've never had a perm, not sure I'm interested in one. And the hair is going SO gray. Usually I do it at home too, but it would be nice to have it professionally done for a change, maybe with highlights.
• United States
5 Feb 10
I did highlights myself back during the summer.. it turned out nice. I went a medium brown a few weeks before that, then put in blonde highlights. It does feel nice to get your hair done at a salon though, feels like you're being pampered. I don't get pampered often. I'm looking forward to it.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I suppose that coloring after a perm would be ok if the condition of your hair after the perm is not too bad. Personally, I have given up perms years ago. They would only last for about 1-2 months. I was soooo thrilled when straight hair (which I naturally have) came into fashion. Either way, have fun treating yourself!
• United States
5 Feb 10
I've had good perms and bad perms. All the perms I've done at home were great, they lasted forever. Unfortunately it's not easy to find perm rods anymore, and I've lost all the ones I used to have, so I have to go to a salon now. Hopefully it will be a good perm.
• United States
10 Mar 10
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
15 Feb 10
I have been given many home perms and I have always gotten the perm before coloring my hair I would wait a month before coloring. Some or most salons will not perform a color service and a perm service in the same visit. In most cases, the perm service is performed first, and the color service is scheduled for a week to two weeks later. This is because the hydrogen peroxide used to neutralize a perm (which uses oxidation to restore the disulphide bonds) can result in lightening or altering the color of the hair. Having the color performed first could mean that the hair is lightened even further than desired, or that the color you initially chose is suddenly distorted. So it is best to follow what a salon would do..if you perm you would only have to wait 2 weeks really to be able to color..and they have coupons for so much off some hair coloring right now on a few coupon sites..so that would help with the not feeling so guilty and think of it as something that helps show off the "new" you..you deserve it especially after losing all that weight..
• Canada
6 Feb 10
I get the perm first then wait six months and do a colour. I can't stand my hair straight so I'd have to go into the store to have a perm.
• United States
6 Feb 10
Honestly I don't know on that one. I last had a perm when I was in 8th grade & it was a granny (ty Mom! ) & I have natural waves in my hair anways. I dunno if the dye would affect the perm or vice versa unless there was a break of a few weeks in between KWIM? I'd just call the salon and ask for kicks wich would be the better way to go time frame & chemical wise.
@patsyp6 (15)
• United States
6 Feb 10
It would be best to perm your hair first, for a couple of reasons. First, is you color your hair and then perm it it will have really bad breakage because the color takes all the natural oils out of your hair. Second, a perm lightens hair. If you have some gray the lightening of the perm may make the grey less noticable. Plus, the natural curl you get from the perm will swirl the gray all through the curls and make it blend in with your color and give you a pretty finished look. You may even like the blended in gray, with the lightening of the color from the perm enough that you decide not to color at all. However, if you do decide to color your hair it would be a good idea to wait at least two weeks after you perm. My brother was a stylist and he taught me this a long time ago to keep from permanently damaging my hair. Hope this helps.
@luvmysons (497)
• United States
6 Feb 10
I am a hairstylist and I have a lot of clients that perm and color hair.. You should perm your hair first and then wait at least 1 week before you color it. Any chemical is damaging to the hair.. If I had to choose between a perm or covering my grays I would definitely choose color...
@atv818 (1987)
• United Arab Emirates
6 Feb 10
Color! You have a variety of colors to choose from. Just take care of it with regular hot oils.
@esjosh (915)
• India
6 Feb 10
I never color or perm my hairs. And not planning to do it ever.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I would call a salon and see what they have to say about which procedure you should do first....then if it's the perm ...go for it! You deserve a little pampering!