How to Care for a Perm

Dream of having gorgeous bouncy curls that don’t flatten or frizz throughout the day? If you weren’t born with naturally curly hair, and a curler just doesn’t do the job, don’t fret! You can still attain those beautiful curls by getting a perm. Perms have made a big comeback, as younger generations embrace the beauty of volume and curls. If you’re going to get a perm, the aftercare is extremely important for keeping your curls voluminous and healthy. Below are some tips to properly care for your perm.

Right After the Perm

The most crucial part of caring for your perm will come right after the treatment, as your hair will need some time to be fully set. It’s recommended to wait at least 3 full days before getting your hair wet, as the perming chemicals need to form new bonds in your hair. You should also wait at least a week before doing any type of styling. Remember that your hair is in an adjustment phase, so you don’t want to use any sort of hairbrush that will disrupt the curls. Rather, use your fingers to run through your curls. You can use a wide-toothed comb in the shower with a conditioner to get out any tangles. Following these protocols will help to ensure your perm won’t set in an unexpected shape.  

Nourish & Moisturize

While modern perms are much easier on your hair than perms in the past, it is still a chemical process that leaves your hair in a vulnerable state. Therefore, it’s imperative that you nourish and hydrate your hair. Your hair will also be dryer than its virgin state, so using a deep conditioner is a good idea. When it comes time to wash your hair, choose a sulfate-free shampoo. 

Shampoo Less

Speaking of shampooing, after a perm, you’ll want to try to wait longer in between shampoos. Washing your hair strips your hair of its natural oils, so you’ll want to retain as much of those oils as possible to keep your hair hydrated after a perm. Natural, moisturizing shampoo is best! 

Avoid Heat Styling

You already have gorgeously styled curls, so there’s no need for heat! Using heat styling tools can cause split ends easily on permed hair, so avoid heat styling tools as much as possible. It’s best to let your hair air dry, but if you must use a blowdryer, use a diffuser to help disperse the heat. Any time you do use heat, remember to use a heat protectant on your hair first. 

Regular Trims

Lastly, as with any hairstyle, regular trims will help to keep it healthy! As mentioned, after a chemical process, your hair is more susceptible to damage. Scheduling regular haircuts every 6-8 weeks will help to keep it healthy and luscious! 

Schedule an Appointment at Marchelle Salone

Ready to have gorgeous natural-looking curls every day? Schedule a perm with our talented hairstylists at Marchelle Salone! We can answer any questions you may have about the after-care to ensure your perm looks beautiful for months to come.