Everything You Need to Know About a Vegan Permanent Wave

Beachy waves by way of an elaborate routine full of products and heat styling is everything that you don't have to deal with when you get a vegan permanent wave. The soft, beachy wave texture-inducing treatment contains no animal ingredients which makes it vegan unlike a regular permanent wave. Here to answer all your questions about the perm that promises beachy waves is vegan permanent wave specialist slash hairstylist and colorist Yukari Yoshizawa, who's making girls' beach goddess hair goals come true out of Salon Kazumi in Beverly Hills. Keep scrolling to find out if the vegan permanent wave is right for you.

What exactly is a vegan permanent wave?

A vegan permanent wave is a process that utilizes solutions that contains no animal products in their ingredients, and gives the hair more body and movement, resulting in healthy, bouncy curls.

What ingredient in a typical permanent wave formula makes it not vegan? 

The two common animals products found in regular permanent wave is creatinine and cysteamine. Although I am not a vegan myself, a lot of my clients are, therefore I would recommend that they avoid these ingredients to better fit their plant-based lifestyle.  

How does the vegan permanent wave differ from a regular permanent wave in terms of the effect?

Besides containing no animal products, based on my experience, I prefer vegan permanent waves over regular permanent waves when a client's hair has been previously treated by harsher chemicals, or when a softer finish is the desired end result.

Does it involve chemicals or heat?

There are still chemicals involved but heat is not necessary.

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How damaging is the vegan permanent wave?

A vegan perm is still a chemical process after all, so as far as damage is concerned, it is comparatively minimal to regular perm but unavoidable. With that said, a lot of my clients’ hair does end up with a softer texture than before the vegan permanent wave, especially when their hair was previously damaged by harsher chemical services.

How long does the vegan permanent wave process take in the salon?

Approximately 1 1/2 -2 hours, depending on the kind of design and the type of hair that I am working with.  

Who’s the ideal candidate for a vegan permanent wave?

I use it on all types of hair (fine to medium to coarse), and especially for clients who have had their hair recently treated with harsher chemicals, such as bleaching. 

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Who is NOT a good candidate for a vegan permanent wave?

Anyone with pre-lightened and/or chemically straightened hair.

What are some factors someone should consider before getting a vegan permanent wave?

I would recommend taking into account:

  1. The current condition of their hair and hair porosity

  2. The additional maintenance that is required after the vegan perm

  3. Whether they are planning on any additional chemical service in the foreseeable future that they might prioritize over the perm.

What products are best to use for maintaining the vegan permanent wave?

Any mask, leave-in conditioner, or oil (I love N03 Products and Oribe). Getting a salon treatment once a month also helps.

Can you shower after getting a vegan permanent wave?

I would recommend to wait at least 24 hours before a shampoo.

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What ingredients or products should you avoid after getting a vegan permanent wave?

Lighteners should be avoided after a vegan perm since it strips the hair of its cuticles, and cuticles are what holds the perm.

How long does a vegan permanent wave last?

It varies although it can last up to three to four months.

How much does the vegan permanent wave cost at Salon Kazumi?

I usually charge $300-400, depending on the client's needs.

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