Beauty - Hair Care - Fashion : What Age did you GET or NOTICE the first Perm / Press ?

Discussion in 'Beauty - Black Hair Care - Fashion' started by Destee, Jun 26, 2007.

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What Age did you GET or NOTICE the first Press / Perm

  1. Under 5

    11.8%
  2. Under 10

    41.2%
  3. Under 15

    29.4%
  4. Under 20

    8.8%
  5. Under 25

    5.9%
  6. Under 30

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Over 30

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  8. Never Had / Noticed Either

    2.9%
  1. Destee

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    Peace and Blessings Family,

    I'm under the impression that most are like me, getting their first perm at an early age, but i might be wrong.

    I've phrased the question in a way so that Brothers can respond too, telling us the age they first noticed a Black Woman ... their Mother, Sister, Aunt, etc. ... with permed / pressed hair.

    I think we are guilty of inflicting self hate upon our children, boys and girls, by allowing this to continue.

    Teaching them at young ages, to think what God gave them (or their Mommas, Sisters, etc.) is ugly.

    I've mentioned this a time or two in previous posts, but i have no real data to back up my opinion.

    So let's tally some up ... shall we ? :)


    VOTE IN THE POLL ABOVE


    FOR THE SISTERS :

    What age did you get your first perm / press?

    FOR THE BROTHERS :

    What age did you first notice a Sister with permed / pressed hair?


    Please vote in the poll above, and leave comments below if you'd like.

    Thanks Yall!

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    Destee
     
  2. PurpleMoons

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    I got my first perm at 13 yrs old. My very first job was an assistant to a beautician. This gave me the opportunity to get my hair done for free. I remember begging my mother to let me have it done. She perferred the hot press and had never had a perm until she was atleast in her late 30's. My first experience with the hotcomb, was at the tender age 7.

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  3. Keita Kenyatta

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    I noticed it when I was in the third grade. Now I see them at 5 years of age with one.
     
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    I'm likely to be an exception to the rule - but i did not even know these things existed until after 20, when I was in Uni, in Africa. I should add that I grew up rather isolated from black society (NW USA), and have a very diverse family - more than half my siblings having been adopted from various racial backgrounds - we differ in shades and hair types - of relevence here is my sister, who is darkest of us all - but with straight hair. Also note, these things I never questioned growing up - it just was. It never occured to me to question why some hair is different than others, or skin tones, or anything else along that same vein.

    In Uni, is when I saw that first fateful pink box, and chemical smell, from a fellow student who was "home perming" her hair in her dorm room. (Its around the same time I learnt about skin lighteners in a tube.) I also learnt that only a select few permed their hair - those who could afford it - but the results were ghastly (in my eye) and I didnt give it a second glance.

    I've been living in the EU for a couple of years now and decided to make some serious changes about myself and my surrounds before I hit 40 - You only live once, and I want to try out a number of new things - having long hair being one of them. I did not want straight hair - just.. a large stylish afro.. but I believe my request was misinterpreted because I'm currently suffering some interesting squiggly waves on my head - soon to be resolved.

    But at age 36 - that as the first time I was exposed to the black hair industry - saw hair being sold, and sewn onto peoples scalps. What an oddity! hahaha -I find it fascinating indeed. I see black woman differently now - mentally trying to determine if their hair is natural or not - and knowing what lengths some go through to lose the fro.

    Absolutely no disrespect intended to those who buy from that market. Sincerely. I do not consider it denying heritage any more than the other western fashions we've adopted. I do, however, find it very interesting - and ohhhh.. do I love my fro more and cant wait to get it back. :)
     
  5. Destee

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    See Sister Purple ... how you gonna mess up your vote, and you the first one vote'n ... :lol:

    You shooda chose under 10, since your first hotcomb experiece was at 7 ... right?

    Is my question kinda confuse'n ?? ... is that how come i aint gett'n no voters? ... :(

    You so krazee ... i love you !!! :kiss:

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  6. Destee

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    Thanks Brother Keita ... why didn't you vote in the poll ?

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    Sister Zulile ... i think you're blessed, to be an exception. Thanks for sharing.

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    oops, you got me!:lol:

    I done got confuseded! You said: "FOR THE SISTERS :

    What age did you get your first perm / relaxer?"

    I'd totally blocked out the pressed hair and focused on the perm. :em2700:

    Love ya too Sister!

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  9. Destee

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    Ohhhhhhhhhh okay Sister Purple ... you're right ... i did say that, and i didn't mean to say that!

    I meant to say ... what age did you get your first perm / press !!!

    Okay ... i'm finna change that now ... sorry Sister, my fault, and Thanks! :grouphug:

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    I too could have payed more attention to the title of the thread. You did mentioned it there. Pressed hair its so easy to restore back to it's natural state, and permed hair seems to never go back to normal. Even after you go natural for some years, it just isn't the same anymore.

    Nonetheless, the mind conditioning of whats considered pretty and beautiful is still there.:SuN024:

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