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What Is The Difference Between A Body Wave And Perm?

Whether you are looking to change your hair or are just curious to know the different techniques, you can try with your hair for a fresh new change. Here are two popular hair treatments you can try with your hair.

What Is A Body Wave?

A body wave is also a perm but gives a more natural bounce to the hair. The curls aren't as tight and appear more natural. Depending on the size of the rods, the waves in your hair can be smaller or bigger. This is the ideal treatment for people with limp and straight hair who are looking for a natural curl in their hair to add a bit of volume and bounce. The treatment lasts 3 to 6 months, depending on how well it is cared for.

What Is A Perm?

A perm is a chemical treatment done to the hair to change its natural texture permanently to make it curly or wavy, depending on your preference. Perms are not a new hair treatment but have been around for a century and were extremely popular in the 1980s. You may have seen old photos of your grandma with overly curly hair or hair that looks 'done' a certain way.

Perms are still quite common and use safer and less harsh methods to treat and alter hair texture. They are not meant only for people with straight hair but for those who have wavy hair already and want to add more bounce to their curls or make them tighter.

When choosing which treatment is best for you, it is a good idea to consult with a professional hair stylist who can assess your hair quality and recommend the best treatment for you and ensure the best technique and least amount of damage to your hair.

What Are The Differences Between The Two?

  • A perm gives instant volume to your hair, while a body wave gives your hair a more natural look

  • A perm can give tighter curls, whereas a body wave is meant for loose and softer curls

  • A body wave requires less perming solution applied for a shorter period, whereas a perm requires more

  • It is better to perm untreated and unbleached hair, virgin hair

  • It is better to perm undamaged and non-frizzy hair to provide less breakage

  • Both treatments last 3 to 6 months if they are well cared for

  • Swimming and coloring hair after a perm or a body wave is not recommended and can reduce the effects of the treatment

The Final Word

Both hair treatments use chemicals to permanently alter the texture of your hair and have a drying effect on the hair, making it very thirsty. Therefore, regardless of your treatment, post-treatment hair care is very important. Invest in a good quality hydrating shampoo and conditioner and get hydration masks and regular protein treatments done to nourish your hair.

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