Q: I am scheduled to have a surgical procedure done next week and need new a perm. Should I get it done before my surgery or wait until afterwards?
A: I would advise you to go ahead with your perm service beforehand, particularly if having your hair permed makes it easier for you to
maintain your preferred hairstyle. However, if the surgery is going to inhibit your range of motion to be able to style your hair, you
may find this problematic. In other words, surgical procedures affecting the lower body would be no trouble, but surgery that would
affect the upper torso and musculature or the arms may mean you have discomfort in trying to style your hair, at least for a while.
The other consideration for timing your perm is that post-operative patients may be given any
number of medications which could affect the hairís growth and its ability to absorb and respond to the chemicals used in perming the
hair. Some of these effects can be eliminated by the use of a clarifying shampoo before perming the hair, but in some cases, medications
can cause the hair to simply resist perming altogether. If you go ahead and have the perm beforehand, you can bypass that situation altogether.