How much do you charge for an elderly lady’s perm?

Beachy Waves

Member
I’m based in the North East of England and have been asked to do a perm for a clients mother.
I’ve never offered them in my salon as my typical clients are not of the elderly age group but since lockdown lots of people are asking me to do their relatives.
I have looked online and am just not sure what to charge.
Some start at around £45 but I don’t know if this is reasonable for elderly clients.

Thanks in advance
 

ronray

Well-Known Member
I’m based in the North East of England and have been asked to do a perm for a clients mother.
I’ve never offered them in my salon as my typical clients are not of the elderly age group but since lockdown lots of people are asking me to do their relatives.
I have looked online and am just not sure what to charge.
Some start at around £45 but I don’t know if this is reasonable for elderly clients.

Thanks in advance
You need to base it on cost and time, not so much what others are charging. Everyone's situation is different. I live in what is considered a fairly deprived area and my grandmother was paying £41.50 for a half Head perm+cbd and she has extremely fine hair! And half the time she'd come back with spikey bits from where they'd snapped her hair, or she'd end up with lines in her hair from the perm rods if you can do a perm without breakage and roller marks I know my grandparents would happily pay £45 :)
 

Haircutz

Super Moderator
Staff member
The thing is...perming is a dying art. Not many students learn to perm nowadays so fewer hairdressers can do it and without practice, some are far less competent.

As @ronray says, clients are willing to pay a decent price if they get a good service and the perm lasts well. Don't undersell yourself.
 

HairLaura

New Member
Im in the midlands and do a few oap perms in our salon and we charge £55. X
 

TheOracle

Member
I think it's got to depend on how like it takes you.
Im not quick at rolling a perm, so that plus application of lotion and changing the protective capes and cotton wool coming up for an hour and a half.
I develop for 20 mins then neutralise for say 30 mins.
Add on a cut and set and I'm personally booking out over 3 hours. So, I've got to charge for it properly- 115 for perm, cut and finish.
If I was quicker or had an assistant to do the cleaning and neutralizing it may well be cheaper.
 

elliotf9

New Member
The national average for a perm is £45.00 - £60.00. When I was at college in 2014 we were still taught perming. My lecturer who was in her 30's said to me you can make it a bespoke service to offer. Make sure you keep the rubber bands away from the scalp and not to put them on too tightly. Some people do get perm lines but after a shampooing on the following appointment they go. Goldwell perms are the best, or if they have tinted hair then Zotos acid perms are great on these types of hair as they are more gentle. When we reopen next week we have at least 40 perms booked in for weeks. Most of these clients are are over 70. It is something that can still be offered in hairdressing as there are some ladies out there with quite fine short hair who badly need a perm to inject some life back into hair as they're getting older.
 

chattichic

Member
Work out how much your hourly rate.
The Dulcia Tonica perms are only around a fiver and they are a really good product, they never fall out and leave the hair in really good condition. It's Single perm and neutraliser in one box. I charge about £50 that safely gives me about £20 pH.
 

Gem595

New Member
Wow I grew up watching my auntie who was a hairdresser home perm my mothers 80s perm well into the 90s. It is what inspired me to become a hairdresser myself. My old salon would charge a discounted “concessionary” amount. A lot of the salons in my local area still do a certain day for oaps. The town centre however, don’t really deal with this. I’d say it really depends on your area and the demand. The bespoke “trendy” salons in Cardiff would be quite stumped. Backstreet salons where the hair stylists are a little more experienced however would maybe charge around £45 with a discount for concessionary x
 

RED STAR

Well-Known Member
I love perming - it’s the best of transformation services imo
I don’t do get enough clients wanting perms, as they’ve been out of fashion for so long....and so many hairstylists can’t perm as it’s not been taught for years, but it is definitely on its way back girls so get practicing
I’ve never done OAP rates - as my thought is they have more disposable income than me!
My perms range from £65.00 for short hair/ partial perm - £120 for long curly
Not one to boast - but when I came into hairdressing (Late ‘70’s) EVERYONE had a perm, I could wind one in my sleep - so I am very good at them
Also being able to add Olaplex to a perm really does benefit the hair & you can wash it straight after, which is fabulous
 

twinset n curls

New Member
I love perming - it’s the best of transformation services imo
I don’t do get enough clients wanting perms, as they’ve been out of fashion for so long....and so many hairstylists can’t perm as it’s not been taught for years, but it is definitely on its way back girls so get practicing
I’ve never done OAP rates - as my thought is they have more disposable income than me!
My perms range from £65.00 for short hair/ partial perm - £120 for long curly
Not one to boast - but when I came into hairdressing (Late ‘70’s) EVERYONE had a perm, I could wind one in my sleep - so I am very good at them
Also being able to add Olaplex to a perm really does benefit the hair & you can wash it straight after, which is fabulous
Like you I started my career in the perm boom lol. I was interested you mentioned olaplex. I keep hearing young stylists mention this but kinda thought it was something they were using to make over coloured / over processed hair feel better . I see it's quite expensive. Is it really worth it? Ive never been good at up selling .
 

RED STAR

Well-Known Member
Olaplex is used extensively in colouring - bleaching in particular as it really makes a difference in the integrity of the hair after the process.... and if the hair is left in better condition any colour wash/toner you apply after will last longer & look nicer.
As I’ve said, I love perming - especially good strong hair!
However, often it is the client with fine, coloured hair that wants some ‘style support - that is the head I would definitely use Olaplex on!
I personally would never perm hair that is bleached - a few highlights maybe- but even with the addition of Olaplex I wouldn’t perm a full head of bleached hair.
It isn’t cheap - but you can get the small Travelling stylist kit for around £100 - and a little goes a long way
There are many different ways to use it - but in a perm you simply add 1/32oz in with you favourite perm lotion & neutraliser.
They also recommend ‘creep time’ - which I never heard of before.... but you let the hair ‘rest’ after rinsing for 5 - 20 minutes before you add the neutraliser.... and the best bit is you can shampoo straight after!
there’s a ton of info on their site so take a look
 
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