How happy are you that you finally have curly hair?
For so long you were stuck with straight hair, wishing for the day that you’d be able to have natural-looking curls without spending a fortune at the stylist.
But now that you’ve permed your hair, the question remains: how are you supposed to care for it to keep your curls as fabulous as they were when you got them?
Well if you want to know how to care for permed hair, then keep reading – because in this article we’ve compiled 17 secret tips that will keep your new curls looking and feeling amazing forever!
What is permed hair?
Permed hair is hair that has been chemically treated to have curls. The curl pattern is usually achieved through the use of a chemical perm agent, which opens the hair’s cuticle layer so that the new curl pattern can be formed.
Perm agents come in two main types: ammonium thioglycolate and sodium hydroxide.
Thioglycolate-based perms are the most popular type of perm agent. They are less damaging to the hair than sodium hydroxide-based perms, but they can be more difficult to use and give a more variable curl result.
Sodium hydroxide-based perms are more damaging to the hair, but they give a more consistent curl result.
Tips for keeping permed hair healthy
As you know, once you perm your hair, it’s going to suffer a bit of damage. These tips are designed to get your hair as close as possible back to virgin hair.
Get ready, because we’re about to hit you with loads of tips for caring for permed hair!
Wash your hair with a specialized shampoo
When you have permed hair, it’s important that you don’t just wash your hair with any old shampoo. You need to use something called “curl-specific shampoo” (and conditioner, of course).
Curl-specific shampoos are designed to cleanse the hair without stripping away the proteins that help to maintain its curl pattern.
Curl-specific conditioners are designed to coat the hair with a layer of conditioning agents that will help to protect it from damage.
Use a deep conditioning treatment
If your new curls are looking dry and dusty, then you should probably consider doing a deep conditioning treatment on your hair. Deep conditioning treatments help to nourish and protect the hair, and they can help to restore lost moisture.
Deep conditioning treatments are a great way to replenish moisture to the hair, which is a common problem with hair that’s been permed. Yes, the curls look amazing – but the texture of the hair is damaged and brittle.
Using a deep conditioner is an efficient way to fix this problem. If you’re going to do it, make sure you stick to a once-a-week schedule of deep conditioning your hair.
Ask your hair stylist which one you should be using. Or, you can read our article on deep conditioners here.
Avoid heat styling tools
If you can, try to avoid using styling tools on your permed hair. The high temperatures from these tools can cause damage to the hair shaft, and this can lead to frizziness and split ends.
If you do need to use a styling tool, make sure you use a heat protectant product first. This will help to reduce the amount of damage that the heat will cause to your hair.
Avoid using excessive amounts of products
When you have permed hair, it’s important not to overload your hair with products. Excessive product use can lead to greasiness and build-up, which will make your hair look dull and heavy.
It’s a good idea to use a lightweight serum or oil to help tame flyaways and add shine to your hair. But other than that, try to keep the number of products you use to a minimum.
Begin using a leave-in conditioner
A leave-in conditioner is a type of conditioner that you apply to your hair after you’ve washed it, but before you style it.
Leave-in conditioners help to detangle the hair, and they can also help to protect it from damage. They’re a great way to add an extra layer of protection to your hair, especially if you’re using heat styling tools on a regular basis.
Using leave-ins is easy – just get your hair wet, apply a little bit, and scrunch it through your hair! You can also use a wide-toothed comb to make sure it spreads evenly, if you have one on hand.
Embrace your scalp’s natural oils
One of the best things about having permed hair is that you don’t have to worry about your natural oils.
Your scalp will still produce oils, and these oils will still travel down the hair shaft to the ends of your hair.
This is a good thing! Oils are essential for keeping the hair healthy, and they can help to protect it from damage.
Use a heat protectant
If you’re going to be using a heat styling tool on your permed hair, then we recommend that you use a heat protectant product first.
A heat protectant helps to reduce the amount of damage that the heat will cause to your hair. It’s a good idea to use one every time you use a heat styling tool, regardless of whether or not your hair is permed.
There are a lot of different heat protectant products for curly hair on the market, so you should be able to find one that you like.
Wear a silk scarf
If you’re going to be going to bed with wet hair, we recommend that you wrap your hair in a silk scarf.
Wearing a silk scarf will help to keep your hair from becoming tangled and matted while you sleep. It’s also a great way to protect your hair from damage.
Blow dry your hair on low heat
If you need to blow dry your hair, we recommend that you do it on low heat.
High temperatures from a blow dryer can cause damage to the hair shaft, and this can lead to frizziness and split ends.
If you need to use a blow dryer, make sure you use a heat protectant product first. This will help to reduce the amount of damage that the heat will cause to your hair.
Invest in quality hair products
When you have permed hair, it’s important to use quality hair products.
Cheap hair products can be harsh on the hair, and they can also lead to build-up and greasiness.
It’s a good idea to invest in a few high-quality hair products that are specifically designed for permed hair. This will help to keep your hair looking healthy and shiny!
Ask your hair stylist what he/she recommends. You can see our recommendations here.
Try to finger comb your hair
When you have permed hair, it’s a good idea to try to finger comb your hair as often as possible.
Finger combing is a great way to detangle the hair, and it’s also a gentle way to style it.
If you do not currently finger comb your hair, we recommend that you start doing it. It’s a great way to keep your hair looking healthy and shiny!
Sleep on a satin pillowcase
When you sleep, your hair rubs against the pillowcase. This can cause damage to the hair shaft, and it can also lead to frizziness and split ends.
If you want to protect your hair while you sleep, we recommend that you sleep on a satin pillowcase. Satin pillowcases are gentle on the hair, and they won’t cause any damage or frizziness.
Use a diffuser attachment when you blow dry your hair
If you’re going to be blow drying your hair, we recommend that you use a diffuser attachment.
A diffuser attachment helps to diffuse the air from the blow dryer, and this prevents the hair from becoming frizzy. It’s a great way to keep your hair looking healthy and shiny!
Avoid brushing your hair too often
When you have permed hair, it’s important to avoid brushing your hair too often.
Brushing the hair can cause damage to the hair shaft, and it can also lead to frizziness and split ends.
If you need to brush your hair, we recommend that you use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush. Or you can finger comb your hair as we mentioned earlier.
You can also use a hair straightener brush, as some of them use infrared heat, which can seal the cuticle of the hair and make it smooth and shiny.
Treat permed hair with a serum
Hair serums are powerful tools in your hair styling arsenal. They contain concentrated ingredients that can do anything from getting rid of unwanted frizz to repairing heat damage.
Giving yourself permed hair can be quite damaging, especially if you are using chemical treatments. As a way to repair that hair damage, you can use a few drops of serum on your entire head.
Spread the serum evenly and then let it dry. In a few weeks, you’ll notice a huge difference!
Avoid anything that harms chemically-treated hair
As you know, the perming process can damage hair quite a bit. The last thing we want is to exacerbate the damage that the perming chemicals have done with additional products that damage permed hair.
Try to keep your gorgeous curls from getting fried by avoiding harsh chemicals, box dyes, or too much direct sunlight.
Having permed hair can be a lot of work, but it’s worth it!
By following these simple tips, you can help to keep your hair looking healthy and shiny.
We hope that these tips will help you to care for your permed hair! If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to help!