Dissatisfaction with their appearance is probably in the blood of women. It does not depend on either the original data or the age. My 11-year-old daughter has several curly-haired girlfriends. They genuinely envy her thick, straight hair. And she dreams of curls. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that with the help of home styling products, it takes half an hour to create waves in her hair. From strength - she manages to walk from home to school. And, of course, several layers of hairspray do not decorate the girl. Exit?
We braided pigtails for the night, slept in soft curlers, but our daughter's hair won this battle over and over again for undulation (more precisely, for its absence). We almost gave up, almost learned the mantra "I accept myself as I am." And then I remembered about "chemistry". True, all my ideas about perm were based solely on the experience of "days gone by."
Burnt hair, a pungent smell and, to put it mildly, not too natural curly hair on my head - I remember this from my own childhood. In the 80s, there was a real boom in chemistry. And then came the fashion for completely straight, ironed hair, and the “permanent” was forgotten as a nightmare. But fashion is cyclical, and technology, fortunately, does not stand still. So, the idea stuck in my head. But is it possible to do "chemistry" for a child?
The answers to these doubts should be sought from a specialist. Of course, I needed more than just a master who competently conducts the procedure. What was needed was a guru, a technician and a teacher all rolled into one. The face was found within the walls of the LondProfessional training center. It was not found immediately, before that several masters preferred to abandon the experiment because of the age of the "experimental". To my logical question "what could go wrong?" there was no clear answer. It seems to be part of one big stereotype about "chemistry" too.
As a result, the daughter's dream of curls ended up in the hands of LondProfessional stylist and coach Dmitry Glukhov. As a result, she left him with wavy hair, and I - with a baggage of useful information that I am ready to share. I clarify: at the time of this writing, a month and a half had passed since the procedure, so there was enough time to understand and evaluate.
So, here's what you need to understand when deciding on a procedure:
1. Do not make an old-school classic perm for a child
Dmitry began by asking his daughter to find photographs of curly hair that she liked in a catalog or on the Internet. She consistently chose photographs in which the hair lay in a careless wave, and was not curled into rings or spirals. As it turned out, what she wants is realized with the help of styling, not a perm. While the pictures of hair with real perm were not impressive at all. In a word, it turned out that she did not need curls, but light waves. In such a situation, it is reasonable to either abandon the "chemistry" altogether, or make an alternative - the so-called "long-term styling".
2. Hair still has to be styled (but it's good)
Long-term styling is not a "light chemistry", but simply a different principle of exposure to hair. Its pluses - they are the minuses, it all depends on what you expected. So, for example, many scold this type of curling for the fact that the effect of curly hair has to be achieved with the help of appropriate styling products and a hair dryer with a special nozzle. Indeed, simply washed, dried and combed hair will be practically straight. But this also has a plus, which the owners of curly hair or hair after the classic perm do not have. That is, you decide when your hair should curl and when it should be straight.
3. Styling will have to teach daughter
You don't want to double your work, do you? On the other hand, the girl will quickly get used to the ritual itself and learn to cope with her hair herself. The easiest option is to twist the sprayed hair into bundles overnight. Or even do it like this:
A significant plus is that the hair begins to "obey" and it is easy to give them, if not a Hollywood wave, then an interesting volume. In addition, even simple harnesses and bundles are transformed into works of hairdressing.
4. We'll have to get special care products
It is better to immediately tune in to these additional expenses, since the hair will change its structure and require different shampoo, rinse and non-rinse conditioner. Products for curly hair are in a small assortment in the mass market, and in a large assortment - from brands of professional hair cosmetics.
5. You will need the right hair dryer
Need a hair dryer with a diffuser. Strictly speaking, the diffuser itself is the very wide nozzle that many girls with straight hair throw away immediately after buying a hair dryer, but in vain. If you have it, great, one less waste. How to use it - we were told by the master who made the perm. But there are always ten master classes on YouTube. Including quite detailed ones.
6. Get ready for what she likes
The daughter does not want to return to her straight hair, she felt the difference. A side effect of a new head of hair: self-esteem has increased (and here I also see a plus). The ugly duckling gradually becomes a swan. And in adolescence, liking yourself is very important, no matter how much we tell children about the priorities of the internal over the external.
PS: After a month and a half, the hair is still behaving obediently. It is believed that one procedure with proper hair care is enough for a maximum of 3 months. So, we will soon meet with our master again. My daughter already reminds me.
Photo: author's personal archive, Getty Images
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