I have problem hair. It is thin, ultra fine and perfectly straight. After years of doing permanents, I decided to stop torturing my hair about five years ago. I let the old perm wear out and then went au naturale, so to speak.
Unfortunately, the older I got, the worse my hair became. It even got a little oily toward the end because it was so fine it was difficult to get out all of the shampoo and conditioner. I generally spent about five minutes just rinsing with all of that being to little avail.
Worst of all, my hair looked awful; stringy and lifeless. Curl wouldn’t hold and it had absolutely no body. Of course all gray cropping out of no where didn’t do much to make me feel any better.
Yesterday I finally had enough. I decided to resort to the tried and true and perm my hair once again. However, since I couldn’t afford the $50 to $100 to have it done professionally, I was forced into doing it myself.
To say I experienced a little trepidation about the experience is an understatement. I was down right terrified. In my mind’s eye I could picture all of my hair breaking off or falling out.
Still, I steeled myself and went to the drugstore to purchase a perm. I decided on Ogilvie’s Home Perm for Color-Treated, Thin or Delicate Hair because it described my tresses to perfection.
Once home, I pulled out my old perm rods and decided to go for more body than curl, using large and medium sized rods throughout my head. Then following the instructions, I did the perm exactly as outlined.
In the olden days, when I permed my hair a lot, I would have needed to leave the processing lotion on for the full amount of time (20 minutes). This time I did not. In fact, I only left it on for 12 minutes. The test curls made it clear I was done early, doing away with the worry about over-processing.
Still, after rinsing and neutralizing, I was nervous to remove the rods. I feared I might end up with more frizz than curl. However, I need not have worried at all. My curls were close to picture perfect.
Although there is no denying I still need a good trim, I got the soft curls that I wanted without making my hair feel like or look like straw. In fact, after my final rinse, I simply blew it dry with my diffuser on low heat and I was ready to go. No more care needed.
Finally, the old me is back. Once again, I look like I have some hair. It may be faded and a bit gray, but it has body, bounce and personality. It suits me, which makes me wonder what I was thinking of in the first place.
Ogilvie makes some pretty strong claims. It promises the waves and curls of your dreams, which are smooth and lasting. The question is does it deliver? As far as the “curl of your dreams,” part I would have to say that it absolutely lives up to its promise. I love my new curls. They hold a lot of promise for the styles I love to wear.
As for the lasting claim, I can’t answer that as of yet. However, I have little reason to believe that won’t prove true. I used my leave-in conditioner like normal, once I was done, and there wasn’t a hint of change in the tightness or shape of my curls. Therefore I’m inclined to award 5 out 5 stars for the first claim.
Ogilivie also says their new and improved formula is gentler and more effective. I have to agree. I have always used Ogilivie for home perms. However, it has been with varying degrees of success. Not so this time. I got exactly what I want without doing a lot of damage to my hair. I’ve had much poorer results with professional perms that cost me $75 or more. Claim two also gets 5 out of 5 stars.
The third claim promises soft, manageable curls. Even my husband was amazed when he felt my hair. It was light, airy and soft. He couldn’t tell the difference between the before and after. That means claim three also gets 5 out of 5 stars.
While Ogilvie doesn’t make any price claims, that still needs to be addressed. You can purchase this permanent online for under $6. It doesn’t get much better than that. I paid a bit more for it at the local drugstore, but it was worth every penny. Therefore, price gets another 5 out 5 stars.
The instructions were clear and concise. They were simple to follow and provided all of the peripheral information needed to ensure that the perm was done correctly. Thefore, the instructions also recieved 5 out 5 stars here as well.
With a possible 25 out of 25 stars, this is a good product for me. It may not work for everyone, but if it can work for me, chances are good it can do wonders for others as well.
The perm kit contains perm conditioner, processing lotion, neutralizer and endpapers, along with instructions and cotton to protect the skin around the face and neck. Ingredients include ammonium thioglycolate, ammonium hydroxide, ceteth 20, cetyl alcohol, dissodium phosphate, fragrance, glyceryl stearate, hydrogen peroxide, hydroxyethylcellulose, hydroxyethyl stearamide MIPA, lactic acid, lanolin oil, laureth 23, methychloroisothiazolinone, methylparaben, methylisothiazolinone, mineral oil, PEG-12 disterate, phosophoric acid. polyquaternium-6, potassium oleate, PPG-10 methyl glucose ether, propylene glycol, quaternium-18, quaternium 26, quaternium 52, simethicone, sorbic acid, sodium laureth sulfate, stearalkonium chloride, stearyl alcohol, water and yellow 10.
There are; however, some precautions that should be taken with this permanent since it contains a lot of different types of chemicals. First of all, keep the kit away from animals, children and the elderly. If any part of it is accidentally ingested, contact the local poison control center or immediately report to an ER facility.
Take care not to get any of the lotions in the eyes. If this should happen inadvertently, wash them out with warm to slightly cool water for about a quarter of an hour. If eyes remain irritation, contact a physician as quickly as possible.
Ogilvie’s Home Perm for Color-Treated, Thin or Delicate Hair appears to be a good product. However, as with anything, be sure to read all the information about it before using it and take all of the recommended procedures.
NOTE: The writer of this article can only speak to the product results as experienced. This should not be construed as an official endorsement of any kind on behalf of the writer, Associated Content or the Yahoo Network.