Don’t Perm Your Hair On New Year’s Eve

Happy Saturday! I fully intended to post last night but we got caught up at dinner. It might go down as the worst service we have ever experienced. The icing on the cake was having my crab legs slapped down on the table an hour after ordering them without my sides, butter, or claw crackers. Basically, what I’m saying is, I had to go at them like an Alaskan Grizzly. Some of our table just had to get the food to go because it never came at all. Absolutely mystifying. Fortunately, toddlers are awful at eating corn on the cob. It generally takes Maddux a solid two hours to polish off one ear.



Quick workout recap: I went to the gym yesterday after work and ran three miles while watching Avatar. I now want to rent Avatar. I always thought it would be weird, so never watched it. Yes, its weird. But I like the color blue, so it’s all good. In other news, my foot is holding up well so I might start increasing my mileage again. Also, I feel like Clark Kent when I change clothes at work.



Anyway, I promised a post on perming thin, fine hair and I aim to deliver. Apparently, this is an interesting topic to some of y’all. I understand. I spent an inordinate amount of time Googling the same thing before I went through with it. I got mixed results in all of my searches, but the underlying theme was “don’t do it”. So, naturally, I did it. I lived to tell the tale, but I do have some advice if you want to attempt it as well.


So You Want To Perm Your Fine, Thin Hair

1.) Don’t perm your hair on New Year’s Eve. I tried that and it didn’t work well for me. I truly could not have gone in public that night. I smelled like strong household cleaning products and looked like a frizzy poodle. Perm your hair when you don’t have anything to do for a solid 48 hours. There is a lot of damage control to be done. I’m serious. You’ll thank me later.

hot mess

2.) Do buy all necessary products ahead of time. I knew my hair would be dryer than normal but I had no idea just how brittle and frizzy it would look and feel. It was actually kind of frightening. I ended up sending Ryne out on an emergency mission to grab a bottle of Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream-Gel. That stuff saved my life.

3.) Don’t color or highlight your hair at the same time. My stylist had me come in about two weeks after getting my hair highlighted to perm my hair. You could probably wait even longer for better results. That’s a lot of chemicals on your hair in a short amount of time, ya know? Oh, and for what it’s worth, the highlighted hair actually took the perm better than my natural color. Weird, huh?

4.) Do go to a stylist you know and trust. Every article I read said to go to someone who specializes in perms, but I think it’s even more important to go to someone you know. I’ve been going to the same person since middle school. She knows me. She knows my hair. Also, if you freak out about your perm, you can contact her personally. She’ll help you tame the beast.


5.) Don’t expect a wash-and-go solution. Originally, I wanted to get a perm so that I didn’t have to do my hair in the mornings. Well, at least for me, that didn’t pan out. It was too “wild” of a look (which I think would work so much better in the summer). I quickly realized that it looked the best two ways: 1.) “Scrunch” it with curl creme and then curl random pieces with a curling iron or 2.) Blow dry it straight and curl it all over. 

6.) Do rock a seriously freaking awesome ponytail. I used to hate my ponytails because they were ridiculous looking. I mean when I grab literally every bit of my hair into a ponytail, it’s like the size of a dime. So thin. It was like a little baby horsetail or something. Now it looks like regular people hair. Awesome.

permed ponytail

7.) Don’t expect it to look the same every day. I still have good hair days and bad hair days, and I’m trying to come to terms with that. My permed hair is kind of unpredictable, but it is never as limp and greasy-looking as it used to be. Even after walking around in the misty rain today, it looked better than it would have before. 

8.) Do constantly ask everyone if they like your curls. I’m only half joking. I like to ask Ryne about 10 times a day if he likes his new wife. It’s such a small change, but I do feel like I look more put together when I curl my hair. So, yeah, I like to bug him about this repeatedly. If other people ignore you, just ask a kid.


9.) Don’t be rough on your beautiful locks. I cannot stress this enough: my hair cannot handle what it used to. I used to brush the heck out of it and treat it like it was invincible. All those “comb wet hair, brush dry hair” rules didn’t apply to me in my mind. Not anymore.

10.) Do expect your hair to rebel if you treat it poorly. On the days that I don’t condition well, don’t comb it gently, or just genuinely treat it like crap, I end up looking like a Chia pet. I also find way too much of that junk in my brush. Be nice to your hair. It pays off.

perm thin, fine hair


Would I do it again? YES. I can wear my hair straight or curly, so I didn’t really lose out on anything by doing this. The only thing that I don’t like it that my hair feels a little rougher. But, then again, I also think that is part of the reason it never looks as greasy as it used to. Hmm. Can’t have it all, I guess. The main reason I needed this was because my hair was totally lifeless. It was stick-straight and super thin. It held curl for maybe 5 minutes. Now I can pretend I have more hair, which works out for me. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask away! If you could care less about perms, then I seriously apologize for this entire post. Way too many selfies for no reason, huh? My bad.


  1. says

    My hair looks like yours permed naturally… and I got a Keratin treatment this week. Lol. Why couldn’t we JUST TRADE? It would save us so much money!

    I was really hoping you would use this gif…

    or this one…

    Maybe in future posts…
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  2. says

    Well I’m glad I’m not the only one in the world who has thin hair (I seriously thought I was alone). I had perms when I was younger, but they were WIIIIILD. Like, they knew how to party. I honestly can’t be bothered to do anything with my hair anymore (post-baby, I guess?). I wash it at night, let it air dry and then do nothing to it the following morning no matter how I sleep on it. I know what you’re thinking, Tyler got SUPER lucky with this one over here!
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  3. says

    I have the opposite problem! i have curly hair and just want it to be straight. I have to straighten it every single day and I am tired of it – I just want to be able to leave it and let it dry and then run a brush through it and be done. Oh well, I guess we all want what we don’t have :)
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  4. says

    I have thin hair as well and just got mine cut a little bit past my shoulders with layers (it used to be long) and it feels so much thicker and “grown up”.
    I wish I had curls to my hair though, when I curl mine it never stays…unless I have a hairspray helmet on.

    Great job Clark Kent on getting your 3 miles in today!
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    • Presley says

      I hated that my curls only ever lasted a few minutes. Seriously, a few MINUTES. Now they last all day. It’s insane how happy it make me. It’s the little things, right?

  5. says

    I have thick, curly hair, so some of your advice really applies to my everyday life (ie – don’t expect it to look the same everyday. Just accept that.).

  6. says

    I have to same problem and have been getting a perm a year for a while. It works wonders! I use a leave in treatment weekly because of the dryness. Hair looks great!

  7. Fran Gauner says

    Stumbled across your blog and just wanted to commend you for your straightforward post. I’m a professional cosmetologist and you explained the pros and cons of perms much better and in more understandable terms than I ever could have. You are doing all the right things after your perm and it looks GORGEOUS. Fran

  8. says

    Your story has been very helpful and encouraging, I also have thin, fine hair, a few inches past my shoulders and I am considering a perm, i love the picture of you holding your little one and the curls you have in that picture would be exactly what I am after. What size rollers do I need to ask for?? I had perms when I was a teenager and I am so scared of ending up with a head of tight frizzy curls again!!
    Please help.

    • Presley says

      She used the biggest ones she had. And let me go ahead and warn you: it was FRIZZ CITY for a few days! I finally bought some seriously thick creme gel and it tamed the beast. ;) I still went over certain pieces with a curling iron to get the ringlets.

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