I am so so excited to announce that, after many years of trying to keep our hair pin straight, which is a painstaking effort in our climate, the perm is making a comeback!

Yes, I said it, The Perm! Everyone has a memory, albeit sometimes not a great one, about a past perm. And let me begin by saying that the memories should be just that – memories.

We aren’t talking about the tight perms of the ’80s. The new looks are more carefree.

Beachy waves that need almost no maintenance is more like it. The less you do with permed hair, the better it is. Why fight the waves?

Whether natural waves or permanent, or even a combination of both, there’s no need to go to battle. Today’s perms are much less harsh. You can perm and color with time between services and the correct stylist.

TLC at home is of utmost importance. Proper shampoo and conditioner (i.e., NOT drugstore products) are extremely important.

The extra cost is a small trade-off for little or no time spent on your style.

You are only in the salon for a couple of hours. The care you take at home keeps your hair looking healthy and shiny even though the hair has been chemically treated. Those two words need to resonate: chemically treated.

A licensed stylist needs to perform these services in order to take care of pre-treating previously colored hair with protein and making sure the hair is healthy enough.

Wrapping the hair correctly, rinsing, and evaluating the size of the desired wave is just one more reason that these services should be done in the salon and not in the kitchen.

Even guys with the long man buns and tresses can now have long, sexy, wavy hair!

Like I said, the correct technician, perm, and care needs to happen for you to have healthy, colored, permed, wavy and most importantly, carefree beautiful hair!

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton. styleitsalon.com