There’s nothing quite as enviable as a head of luscious, bouncy locks–which is why we love a good perm as much as the next girl. But while it may look nice for the first few days, maintenance is key to making sure these curls live up to their fullest potential. So if you’re thinking of taking the plunge into the world of permed hair, here’s everything you need to know about maintaining those tresses!
Opt For Sulfate And Silicone-free Shampoos
After putting your hair through all that intense heat and chemicals, it’s time to show them some love by switching up your regular shampoos and conditioners with products that are specially meant for chemically-treated hair. Products with ingredients such as sulfates and silicones are major red flags because as much as we love the lathering effect it creates, these ingredients are also incredibly drying and shouldn’t go anywhere near your lovely locks.
Pro-tip: Wait at least 48 hours before you wash your hair after your perm for more even and long-lasting curls!
We are loving Briogeo’s Rosarco Shampoo! In addition to being free of sulfates and silicones, this formula doesn’t have a trace of parabens either. What it does contain is coconut which locks in moisture while protecting your hair from environmental impurities and argan oil to restore lustre and diminish frizz!
Alternatively, if you are looking for a more pocket-friendly option, we recommend L’Oreal Paris’ Hair Expertise Ever Pure Repairing Shampoo. Packed with natural botanical ingredients, this affordable option helps to repair and strengthen damaged hair while protecting it from daily environmental aggressors.
Invest In Deep Conditioners
If you don’t already condition your hair, conditioning is now a must in order for your freshly permed locks to thrive. Opt for deep conditioners with curl-enhancing formulas to lock in some of that much-needed hydration into your hair, leaving those parched ends quenched!
If your hair is on the thicker side, reach out for IGK’s Bad and Bougie Deep Repair Conditioner. Coconut is a miracle ingredient for thicker and coarser strands because it’s small enough to permeate into your hair shaft. With a lightweight and non-greasy formula, it focuses on bringing life back to your damaged hair after it’s been doused in chemicals.
For those who have thinner hair, we recommend Living Proof’s Full Conditioner. This lightweight conditioner can help to rejuvenate your curls and is the second step to keeping your finer hair visibly healthy.
For a budget-friendly alternative, turn to Tsubaki’s Premium Hair Mask. This hair mask utilises Camellia Oil and Royal Jelly to penetrate deeply into the hair, providing and locking in nutrients that your permed hair desperately needs. After shampooing and conditioning, smooth the rich product onto the whole hair before rinsing it off after 10 minutes. In just one test-drive, your hair will feel silky smooth and bouncy.
Avoid Leaving Your Hair Down To Dry
After washing your hair, it’s best to avoid leaving your hair down to dry because the added water weight will weigh down your hair and disrupt your curls. This is why we suggest pulling your wet hair up into a turban with the help of a microfiber towel. Not only does this prevent your curls from being weighed down, but the microfibers in the towel can also prevent the creation of any static and frizz that regular towels tend to create, making sure that your delicate hair doesn’t frizz up when it dries.
Yes, we understand that sometimes you may not have the time to let your hair dry naturally in a turban and may be tempted to grab a hair dryer to quicken the drying process. But now that your hair is permed, heat is officially your hair’s enemy but thankfully, this is where a diffuser comes into place.
We recommend investing in a hairdryer with an attachable diffuser like this number from Panasonic to protect your perm. Not only does it disperse the air from the hairdryer to make sure your curls aren’t disturbed, but it also has gentle prongs inside to help shape and enhance your curls so they stay voluminous when dried!
During The Day
Avoid Heat Styling
The benefit of having permed hair is that you are saved from the trouble of continuously having to style it. So as much as you can, do avoid heat styling because this will cause split-ends to appear much faster in perms, meaning that your curled ends will end up becoming more brittle in the long run.
However, if you do want to heat style in any form, it’s important to make sure that you coat your hair with a heat protectant. Whether you prefer a lightweight spray or something of a thicker consistency, these formulas are created to seal the hair cuticle to form a protective barrier that holds up against extreme heat, so your hair stays healthy and glossy all day long.
Avoid Brushing Your Hair When It’s Dry
Another thing to take note when you have permed hair is that it should never be combed when it’s dry because this will disrupt the flow of your curls by loosening them. If you are worried about having tangled hair, we recommend using a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to comb your hair thoroughly while conditioning, or after bathing.
Before You Sleep
Try An Overnight Treatment
It’s important to treat your curls to a hair treatment once every two weeks to give them some reparative moisture. We love leave-in hair treatments because not only are they really convenient, they allow our hair to soak up all that nourishing ingredients overnight, allowing us to wake up to hair that is softer, bouncier and visibly more beautiful.
If your hair is feeling extra frazzled and lacklustre, reach out for Percy and Reed’s Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery. This leave-in treatment absorbs instantly into dry hair, helping to nourish and rehydrate your curls. Simply coat your hair evenly with this product, concentrating on the drier ends and rejoice in your hair’s overnight transformation! It is truly the ultimate beauty sleep for your curls.
Switch Up Your Pillowcase
I know, this last step may seem a little too extra, but trust me, the type of fabric you sleep on does make a difference in the texture and appearance of your hair. Switch out your regular pillowcase with one that is made out of silk because unlike cotton which can cause snagging and breakage, silk can help to preserve the shape of your curls, making them much more manageable in the morning.
Perming your hair is a huge commitment but having voluminous hair all day without needing to style it makes all that effort worth it. So if this is your first time perming your hair, don’t be intimidated. Embrace the process of maintaining it and you’ll be rewarded with luscious curls that will last you all year!