A friend on Facebook posted pictures of the way women set their hair and of getting a home permanent, sooo you might know at my age I've had experience with this and love to tell it. My mama took me to downtown San Antonio to get a permanent wave at a beauty school. She left to go shopping. The wave wouldn't take so the higher ups at the school was called in and they were trying to figure why the wave wouldn't take. They questioned me over and over about what my mama used on my hair. My hair was almost albino when I was a little girl so maybe they were curious. Finally this little country girl had enough. I burst out crying and yelled "soap, just plain soap". They realized they had pushed me too far so they sent someone to get me an ice cream cone and they stopped with their questions. It was a long time before I tried to get a perm in my hair. when I was older it did take but I always felt apprehensive because they hooked you up to a machine, each strand of hair in a curler. I always wondered what would happen it the building caught fire and my hair was all hooked up to this machine. Maybe the operators would run out and not remember to unhook my hair. As a teenager we rolled (set) our hair in pin curls after shampooing.
I did it most every night having straight hair and I got so I could sit up in bed in the dark, roll it and sleep with all those bobby pins on my head. Neighbor ladies on each side used to call me to set their hair at times. I hated doing it but back then you did not tell an older person no and they sure didn't pay.