I have Afro hair which is a pain to control so I'm thinking of getting a perm, would you advise this?

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I'm half British and half Caribbean with Afro type hair; however it is a pain to control so I was thinking about having a perm. A lot of people are telling me that because I'm under the age of 16 it's not a good idea, but I'm desperate!

I'd like it in big loose curls, is that possible for my hair type?

Thank you,

Anon, UK

I think I agree that a perm for under 16s is not advisable. At this tender age the body and hair are still developing and best left natural. You can help manage your tresses through the use of conditioning treatments such as Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer and Kerastraight Protein or Moisture boost.

As for knowing what is possible for you a good place to start would be to visit a well established hair salon and learn from the stylist what styles, products and tools are available to you to help maintain your hair type. If you are in London come see us at Joseph Koniak or Eleven Hair and we will help guide you through products, tools and styles.

Joseph Koniak, Artistic Director of Joseph Koniak and Eleven Hair, London 

Mixed race hair is beautiful and maybe if you had a play around with styling products you might get a result that you like. Setting wet hair on large rollers could give the bouncy look you want. Perming hair is a complex process and can be quite damaging if it's not done properly.

If your hair is on the drier side then I would be wary as this could lead to hair breakage. Have a consultation with a stylist who is used to dealing with mixed race hair as it is a specialist field, and if you are determined to have it done it needs to be done by the best.

John Clark, Head of Colour at Brooks+Brooks, London

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