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    Red face Perms for tweens

    my daughter, who just turned 12 last month, has been bugging me about letting her perm her hair.. she doesn't want a poodle perm, just waves.. like the ones you'd get when you braid your damp hair and leave it in overnight

    i know my mom used to drag us in to the salon and get perms at like 10-11 yrs old.. a few years back, my niece wanted a perm but my sis said the salon they go to wouldn't do them until she was at least 14, i think

    anyway, i've been doing a bit of research and have found that some of the stuff they use to do them now isn't as harsh as it used to be and that they have "kids" perms nowadays.. and that the perm doesn't last as long, maybe a few months at most

    anyone here have any experience with this? i'm a bit hesitant cause she is only 12.. are there any alternatives other than braiding her hair every night?

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    If you can't experiment with bad hair in your tweens, when can you? Ive never heard of age restrictions for hair care, seems like helicopter parenting to me. It's your kid's head and your kid's hair.
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    Well, I haven't had a perm in decades, but I've heard the same, that they're less harsh than they used to be. I think if she's looking for something easy to take care of that it's a great idea. She just has to be prepared to live with the results if she doesn't like them.

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    people still get perms?
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    ^That's what I was wondering. A woman in my office wanted one and all of the younger girls were like "They don't give perms anymore".
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    I got a perm in 5th grade, so I was 11? But it was 1989 and perms were mandatory, everyone had one. She'll be fine.
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    Yup I had a perm and a body wave when I was around 11-12. All my friends had them and so did my mom, so I insisted. My mom actually did both of mine for me because she didn't want to waste her hard earned money on my fad, LOL. The perm looked ridiculous especially with my straight hair growing in but the body wave was much nicer. When I was in HS (late's 90's) there were a few girls who got perms to help pump up the body of their hair.
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    I distinctly remember having several (bad) perms in my tween years, so that's the first I've heard of the age restriction. I had the dreaded piggy back perm that frizzed my hair to a fairthewell. And since this was the late 80s/ early 90s, I even sometimes scrunched it with gel and sometimes brushed it with a vent brush and sprayed the hell out of it for extra obnoxiousness.

    Looking around online, it looks like they still sell the Ogilvie home perm. That thing was mandatory in my jr. high.

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    Oh, just do it! She will be thrilled no matter how it turns out. This will be fun for both of you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean James View Post
    I got a perm in 5th grade, so I was 11? But it was 1989 and perms were mandatory, everyone had one. She'll be fine.
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    I distinctly remember having several (bad) perms in my tween years, so that's the first I've heard of the age restriction. I had the dreaded piggy back perm that frizzed my hair to a fairthewell. And since this was the late 80s/ early 90s, I even sometimes scrunched it with gel and sometimes brushed it with a vent brush and sprayed the hell out of it for extra obnoxiousness.

    Looking around online, it looks like they still sell the Ogilvie home perm. That thing was mandatory in my jr. high.
    this it's no fun being a tween if you can't have the mandatory bad perm, *shudders mine was horrible.
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    ^Mine was so bad that I walked 3 miles out of the way to avoid going anywhere near any house that someone who may know me resided. My family still laughs at me about it. But the one I got in college was awesome - I was one hot tamale.
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    A loose wave type perm sounds fine for a tween, though I didn't even know they still did perms other than the old lady type or really bad 80's spiral perm type.

    I say go for it. If it ends up horrible it can be fixed with a flat iron.
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    Gross! I have NEVER had a perm... of course, I have naturally curly hair and would NEVAR dream of doing something so vile to my beautiful hair. Of course I know dumbasses who let their kids color/bleach their hair when the damn kids were 6 and 9 - two kids! Mostly, she did it to piss her ex off and that was an effective way for her to do that.
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    The boyfriend had a perm at age 12-13 or so, i saw photographic evidence at his parents' house and it nearly killed me. Man, the 80s were hard on everyone...
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