Q: Hello. I was just wondering if you could tell me the perfect length to grow my hair, so that when I get a perm it wonít go
really short. I would like my permed hair to be at least below my shoulders. Do you know how much your hair is lifted when you get a
perm - for example how much shorter it goes?
A: The degree of change in length when the hair is permed is going to be determined by the size of the perming tools used and the
strength of the curl achieved. A good rule of thumb for gauging the change is to expect to lose one-third to one-half of the current
length depending on the size and strength of the curl.
You can also test the change by asking your stylist to wrap your hair with only water and dry it on
the perming tools, then take it down and pull the curls out a bit or moisten the hair slightly to make sure the curls are reasonably
loosened since the hair is not typically dried on the tools during a perm procedure. Even so, this can help you get a sense of the
change in length that will occur. (If you are getting a spiral perm, you will get a more accurate approximation of the perm results.)
You will also want to keep in mind that curly hair contracts more when it goes from being wet to
being dry. The difference in length can be as much as 4 or more inches. So, after your hair is permed, donít expect the length you see
when the tools are removed to reflect the exact length that you will have once the hair is dried.