Ask Chuck: Is it true: men get perms, too?

By Charles Colson
June 5, 2014 at 1:05 a.m.

Hey, man, I have for some time now had unruly hair. I hear that a perm might help me get more body. Do you guys give perms to men?

Oh yes, definitely. We hairdressers have been giving men perms since the late '60s. Most men like it best if there is not a lot of women coming into the salon at the same time. So we try to accommodate the men to a more private session.

And yes, your hair can get more body and look much full with a perm. It doesn't matter if you have dyed your hair or just left it in a natural state. Many men have realized the great results from this styling experience.

I have given men perms from a curly look to just a simple body wave. This allows you to let it dry naturally or use a simple blow-dry effect. And always remember, it can be confidential, so only you and your stylist knows. Fair enough?

Charles, this may be a stupid question, but oftentimes, after I shampoo my hair, I seem to get a weird earache shortly after. Does this even make sense to you?

First of all, there is never such a thing as a stupid question. And this one deserves a commonsense answer. I have experienced this quite often and just thought I had done something wrong other than simply shampooing my hair.

Just recently, I was telling a client about this - as you put it - weird happening of suddenly getting an earache unexpectedly. We both realized a good commonsense solution. Don't laugh, but we came to the conclusion that before each shampooing of our hair, simply take cotton and place in each ear.

I told her that makes sense because water loves to spray wherever it can at every angle. When we shower and shampoo, the water seems to go everywhere, including in our ears. This is quite different as to when your hairdresser shampoos your hair with much better direction. So try this method out, and I bet you won't have to wonder where the earache came from.

My hair has recently become stubborn to absorbing hair dye like it used to. I now have gray hair. Does that make a difference, and do you have a quick fix for this?

A very wise and thought-out question. Hair can become resistant for simply no reason at all throughout your life, no matter your age.

One of the best solutions to combat this is to put a filler on the hair before dyeing it. A filler will not destroy any coloring you are using. A filler is made up by the recipe of 2 ounces of conditioner and 2 ounces of the hair dye you use.

Apply to dry hair and let sit for 20 to 25 minutes and go right over it with your regular mixture of hair color you always use. The important thing to remember is to not use peroxide in the filler solution.

The filler simply fills in where the hair shaft needs help to absorb color. A filler does not need to be used every time you dye your hair - only periodically. Don't worry; it will not destroy the shade you desire.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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