Giving a perm isn't as hard as some may want you to think. It is time consuming, but as long as you are not charging and it's free they can't complain. Rolling the hair onto the rods is what takes the longest. After that it is simple to follow the directions on the box, that way you can always say, "I just did what the directions said!" Oh yes, also very important, make sure the person wants a perm and find out what kind of perm they want. There are perms from wavy to very curly.