Help me perm my gemaw's hair
July 26, 2011 5:06 PM Subscribe
This klutz needs tips, advice, and product recommendations for giving a home perm to an elderly woman.
posted by nita to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (15 answers total)
I need recommendations for easily acquirable supplies--rods, solution, etc. I think there's a Sally Beauty supply near here, but assume I'm shopping at a discount store just in case. Or that I need items arriving by saturday if shipped.
I also need tips and guidance in addition to "read the directions". Especially in terms of any tidy-up hair trimming to do first.
Long version: due to mobility issues, my grandmother is no longer comfortable with a salon. I think that having someone else out to the house would be both too expensive and too new for her. I am her comfort zone with respect to potentially aggravating projects (see also: shopping, doctor's offices, giving injections, lawyers). She asked me to give her a perm.
I do not say no to my grandmother.
Her hair is medium-short length, caucasian, bone straight, very fine, and very thin--with a bit of an elderly woman's bald bit. She likes it permed to make rolling it for church more manageable, and because that's what's she's always done. It ends up in a kind of old-lady cap-o-hair.
I suspect I'll need to trim her hair first too. It is not color processed, and I think any other perms have mostly grown out by now.
I am not a girly girl, and tend to think of blasting the vents in the car as "blow drying" my own bobbed hair. Assume you're speaking to an alien.
She doesn't expect perfection. She knows how good I am at stuff like this, and I am kind of touched that she asked. I'd like to get her decent results without burning us, messing up, or exhausting us both. Or having my hands fall off from rolling and re-rolling.
And can I wear nitrile gloves? I already have a box of those, and if they protect my skin from the solution as well as the others, it might make things easier.