Have you ever thought about getting a perm to show off perfect curls but without the frizz?

With that same concern, I arrived from my vacation last summer. I had been to the beach and taken my first surf lessons.

Even I was surprised by my skills on the board, I could not believe that I could ride the waves, almost be inside them, without losing my balance.

But, there was something that had me frustrated. And that was my hair.

I saw how the other surfers had, to be honest, perfect waves. Their hair competed in beauty with the movement of the ocean waves.

I desperately wanted that, my hair to look perfectly wavy, with those curls that seem to dance with the wind in an eternal romance.

So when I hung up my surfboard, I asked for an appointment at a hair salon that had been recommended by one of my best friends.

Getting a perm is a process that takes time. I was sitting in the hair salon for more than four hours. All I could think about was that the next time I rode on my surfboard, my curly hair would also overcome the laws of gravity.

Finally the stylists said the words I couldn’t wait to hear: “We are done!”

When I looked in the mirror, I couldn’t believe it.

There were my waves, perfect, playful, and a bit wild, as if telling the world, “watch out, here we come!”

The first few days, I learned to comb and style them. I felt completely happy.

But after twenty days, something began to change. I noticed that my hair was becoming a bit frizzy.

I began to worry. Ten days later my hair was completely frizzy.

And of my beautiful waves, which looked soft and healthy, there was nothing left.

I couldn’t stop wondering what had happened. So I decided to visit the hair salon again.

I discovered a whole series of mistakes that had led me to the frizz taking over my perm.

Do you want to know what mistakes I made?

Then, read on, because I will tell you 5 foolproof tricks to eliminate the frizz of your permed hair.


How to remove frizz from permed hair

I am one of those who believes that you can’t go through life giving away money. I don’t know about you, but each one of my dollars is hard earned.

I have to perform miracles to make ends meet. Since I had paid a small fortune for my perm, I was not willing to throw that money away.

So, I did not waste any time and ran to see my hairdresser.

She checked my hair, almost as if she was looking at a bug under a microscope.

And when it was over, a time that surely was a few minutes and seemed like an eternity to me, she asked me two questions:

  • How did I dry my hair when I finished washing it?
  • What types of products did I use to take care of my curly hair?

While I answered her questions, I could not help but notice how she would shake her head disliking everything I said.

Finally, we began to work and solve the problem that had taken me to the hair salon, that is, the frizz.

So here are the five tricks to end the frizz.

Cut split ends

The first thing my stylist did, and without charging me, was to get rid of my split ends.

She explained that my hair needed moisture, lots and lots of moisture.

Because curly hair is eternally thirsty, not only does it need permanent hydration, but it is also harder for it to retain the moisture. Even more so if the curls were obtained by a chemical treatment

By cutting the ends, which were damaged, it was as if we were turning the tap off, so that it would not lose any more moisture.

The first trick is to cut the ends, which is just two or three centimeters. I practically didn’t even notice it.

Use intensive hydration treatments

Once she finished with the ends, she told me that what my hair urgently needed was to be hydrated. Of course, a treatment in the hair salon was going to cost me another small fortune, which I did not have.

To be honest, my stylist is an excellent professional, one of those who love their job, and since she was not interested in taking my money, she recommended a treatment with canola oil.

Why canola oil?

Because it is capable of recovering damaged cells inside the hair shaft and is rich in vitamin E.

I do this treatment once a week no matter what.

  • On my dry hair, I apply a generous amount of canola oil from the root to the ends, gently massaging the product on my hair to cover every strand.
  • Once my hair is covered with the oil evenly, I wrap it with a bathing cap, so that the heat from the scalp helps the oil to be absorbed into the hair.
  • I let it act for about an hour, and then I remove the cap.
  • Then I wash my hair with a shampoo formulated specifically for chemically treated hair and rinse with warm water instead of hot.
  • To finish, I apply a deep conditioner from the root to the tips, leaving it for five to 10 minutes. I rinse my hair and dry it carefully.

Do you use any type of towel to dry your hair?

Don’t do that!

Let me tell you my third trick

Use a microfiber towel!

Cotton towels have a rough, dry texture that absorbs more moisture from the hair than they should and cause friction, which causes hair breakage and frizz.

Also, they lift the natural hair cuticles, which is definitely not what you are looking for after washing your hair.

In addition, they destroy the hair strands and worsen problems such as breakage and split ends.

If you’ve been using cotton towels to dry your permed hair, now is the time to stop.

A good microfiber towel will absorb excess moisture and leave the rest in your hair, while a regular cotton towel will absorb every last drop of moisture.

It is very easy to use a microfiber towel to dry your hair and eliminate frizz. Simply lean over, wrap it around your hair, and hook it on the front, side, or back, depending on the design.

After twenty or thirty minutes, I have dry, curly hair, without the frizz and without running the risk of breakage when I wring my hair.

Apply oil on the ends every time you wash your hair

Don’t lose sight of one thing: our battle is to retain moisture in the hair, because the more moisture, the less chance of frizz.

So apply one or two drops of coconut or almond oil, if you don’t have any of these use olive oil, on the tips of the fingers and place them on the ends.

Use the right products

To get your curly hair back under control, and without frizz, the best thing you can do is invest in good products.

After all, we pay a fortune for a perm to let it just fade away.

For that, you should use products with proteins.

Personally, I use this:

Bio Ionic Super-Hydrator Intensive Moisturizing Reconstructor

Wheat and soy proteins condition the hair in depth, managing to keep frizz away.


Thanks to these cares, after a month, my curly hair again showed off the beauty of the ocean waves that I love so much.

It moves with the wind, gracefully and free of frizz, and it looks absolutely healthy, far from that frizz that had made me so bitter.

Do you want to know one last secret?

I changed my pillowcases for silk ones.

This way, while I sleep, there is no friction on my hair, which, as we saw, causes breakage, which leads to frizz.

Have you gotten a perm and the frizz is threatening to steal your happiness?

Don’t waste any more time and apply these five guaranteed tricks that will keep you far away from frizz.

Do you know any other secret?

Share them with us!

The Hairstyling Rules You Need to Follow After Getting a Perm

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When you have a modern perm, all you have to do to get perfect beachy waves is basically roll out of bed. The treatment has the ability to totally take the place of your daily 20-minute morning meeting with a curling wand, but it’s not completely free of maintenance. In order to keep your the freshly set texture in-tact, there’s a few very important rules you need to follow when it comes to applying heat, styling, and the products you choose. Consider this roundup of pro tips your modern perm after-care manual.

Immediately After the Perm

That whole speech Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods gave was legit. After perming your hair, celebrity hairstylist Sascha Breuer says you’ll need to wait three days before getting it wet. “I only recommend washing sooner if you want to break up the curls to achieve a softer, semi-permanent beachy waves look,” he adds.

For a week, steer clear of any styling, other than simply scrunching the hair with your fingers to set the curls in place. “Even the most basic hairstyles or hair accessories can potentially cause your perm to break or set in a unwanted shape,” says Breuer. That also includes not brushing your hair with a hairbrush. At most, you can finger-comb your curls, or if you have to, use a wide-toothed comb in the shower after applying conditioner. When you go to bed, wrap your hair in a silk scarf to protect the perm. Finally, Breuer recommends staying away from chemical treatments, which could potentially disrupt your perm, for at least a month after your perm.

But really, you shouldn’t be freaking out about how you’re styling it on the day-to-day. “One of the best bits about perming hair is that you don’t have to agonize about styling daily: the look is a major statement in itself,” says Breur.

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The Rules of Heat Styling

“On the whole, it’s best to avoid heat styling as much as possible,” notes Breuer. Swap out regular blow drying for air drying, and if you have to use a blow-dryer, be sure to attach the diffuser. “Straightening tools should also be avoided because permed hair tends to frizz out more than natural hair and heat styling causes split-ends to appear much faster in perms, all of which means that your curls break up sooner than you’d want,” he says.

Ideally, the modern perm would make it less necessary for you to plug in a hot tool in the first place. If you do want to heat style in any form, Breuer says to coat your hair with a heat protectant—he loves Wella EMEI Thermal Image Spray ($18; ulta.com). “The spray works on two fronts: creating a protective barrier that holds up against extreme heat and smoothening hair follicles to prevent frizzing so that your curls stay healthy and glossy.”

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The Rules on Products

Your haircare shelf might need a mini makeover. Try to avoid hair products that are made with alcohol and silicones. “Alcohol will dry out your hair fast, leaving it brittle and frizzy and ruining the perm,” notes Breuer. “Silicones wear heavy, making hair greasy and weighed-down. If you can’t avoid these ingredients, at the very least you’ve got to look for products that carry these in a minimal concentration.”

For your shampoo and conditioner, go for moisturizing curl-enhancing formulas, but be sure they’re not ultra-creamy, which could weigh down your perm and disrupt the shape of your curls. Since the idea is finding a balance between cleansing your curls and clearing build-up and enhancing them, try deep cleansing on a weekly basis. “You want to give your curls extra nourishment and protection, against the elements and artificial stressors like heat styling tools, so look for products that are protein-rich,” adds Breuer.

Frizzy Hair After Perm

Q: I had a perm about 3 weeks ago and it is very frizzy and in the mornings. I look like I have a bozo wig on. I would like to know how to relax it or take the curl/frizz out. Should I just cut it and start over or is there anything I can do without it costing me a lot of money? Please help me.
A: There’s no need to cut off your hair to start over. However, it sounds like your hair is desperate for moisture. Here’s what I recommend:
Start by giving your hair a deep conditioning treatment. Wet your hair and apply a generous coating of your favorite conditioner. I would recommend you use a shampoo and conditioner formulated to give you “sleek and smooth” hair. Many brands offer this type of formulation.
After applying the conditioner, place a plastic cap over the hair and wrap a warm towel around your head, or use your hair dryer on low airflow, high heat setting with the diffuser attachment on. Leave the conditioner on the hair for a full 20-30 minutes keeping it warm either by reheating the towel, or using the hair dryer.
When time is up, rinse the hair first with warm water, followed by cold water to help close the cuticle layer. Let the hair air dry if possible, if not use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer and dry it on a low heat, low air-flow setting. It may take a little longer but the results are worth it.
I also recommend you get a leave-in hair conditioner (detangler) and an anti-frizz serum, both of which should be applied to damp hair before you dry it. The leave-in conditioner will help protect the hair while drying, and the anti-frizz serum will help to smooth the cuticle layer of the hair and keep your curls looking smooth. Once your hair is dry, you can always apply more anti-frizz serum if needed to smooth the curls more.
Perform the deep conditioning at least twice a week until the hair seems to be back in a healthier-looking state, then cut back to once a week. But again, condition the hair daily, even when you don’t shampoo and especially when you do. When you don’t mind having moist looking hair, you can even keep your leave-in conditioner on hand to mist the hair when or if it looks frizzy during the course of the day.
Don’t use a brush anymore. Now that you have the curls, use a wide-toothed comb, or better still, your fingers to style the hair and position the curls as desired.
If you want to have extra hold in your curls, use an alcohol-free styling gel on your wet hair prior to drying with the diffuser. And always use only your fingers when drying the curls. It may take a couple of weeks to get the results you want, but you should see smooth shiny curls coming back within the first few days.
Finally, I suggest you invest in a silk or satin sleeping cap or scarf to wear at night while you sleep. The friction caused by the hair rubbing against the pillow case and bedding can damage the hair, especially when it is already compromised by loss of moisture.
Simply don the cap and tuck the curls inside, or wrap the scarf around your head like a turban, making certain your hair is tucked safely underneath. This will prevent the buffeting of your hair during the night and make it easier to deal with in the morning. Pretty soon, you’ll find your hair looking beautiful again.
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See also:
How to maintain a perm
How to get rid of frizzy hair
How to protect your hair while you sleep

Follow Us Issues and solutions for damaged permed hair

I cannot be sure about you. But I have had my hair permed. Not once, but twice.

I am born with straight fine hair. So, ringlets were always a fascination for me. I guess you always wish for what you do not have.

Women like Sheetal Malhar awed me with their curls. I got a picture of that beauty. Her curls look so pretty. As it is obvious from the image, my hair is flat and straight.

Me with curly beauty Sheetal Malhar

After a number of failed attempts in getting temporary waves. I got my first perm after I got my first job. Getting a professional perm is expensive. So, I did it with my own money.

I recall that the stylist did a soft perm on me as my hair are soft and flimsy. Thus, there was not a plethora of heat and chemicals on my mane.

No wonder then, my perm set loose within 2-3 months.

So, with my next attempt, I got a determination to do a stronger one. As you can sense, I regretted my decision afterward.

Though I did get crazy curly curls. But I also got a lot of hair fall, damage and few gray strands as well.

Along came a bigger problem that compounded many times over. That was a mass of frizzy hair bundled up in knots due to product buildup.

My hair was like those of some senile hobo who would have been living under a rock for years.

Needless to mention, that was the last time I got a perm done.

My second attempt with curly hair

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What exactly is damaged permed hair?

When your hair begins to look like a broom after a perm. You know that you got damaged hair.

The following list will guide you to detect an issue with perm:

1. Excessive dry frizzy hair

This is the most common problem post perm treatment. The chemicals in the perm end up drying the hair. Thus leading to frizzy hair.

At times the damaged permed hair end up losing the outer cuticle layers as well. This leads to tangling and knotting of hair strands. I have gone through this difficult situation.

The product buildup from the perm added to my woes. My scalp turned super itchy and flaky. The buildup also led to more hair tangling.

2. Thinning hair

Damaged hair cuticle and an irritated scalp together lead to hair breakage. A lot of hair breakage further leads to scanty hair.

I lost a lot of hair after my perm treatments. I ended up losing hair in big chunks. Washroom, pillow, office desk and every place that I visited had hair fall.

There came a stage when I panicked to run my hand through my hair. As I would end up with countless strands of broken hair. My severe hair fall made my stylist suggest me a hair wig. That was the rock bottom situation for me.

3. Gray hair

Needless to mention that the chemicals from a perm end up discoloring the hair. My second perm was so strong that it turned my hair to white within a month.

In an ideal scenario, the perming solution should not touch the scalp. But in my case, it ended up dripping on my scalp. This led to my hair getting a few gray strands.

Both the times I got the perms done at a professional Lakme salon. But still, I ended up with damaged permed hair.

I have heard such perm gone wrong stories from many people. Even when they got it done from the best salons.

So, one thing is certain. Irrespective of where you get a professional perm treatment. There is a probability of the situation going kaput. That is why it is important to be wary of the situation.

But in case the damage has already happened. Then, you can try to minimize it by following certain measures.

How to Fix Frizzy Permed Hair

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It is difficult to fix damaged permed hair. But there are a few hacks that help lower the harm of a perm.

1. Deep conditioning

As the outer cuticle layer takes a beating with chemicals in the perm treatment. The moisture in the hair strands loses.

If that moisture is not replenished. The hair ends up frizzy. The prolonged frizziness makes them matte, and thus entangles them in a knot.

The solution lies in providing deep nourishment to the scalp and the hair. In that situation, coconut oil for permed hair works like a miracle.

It nourishes the scalp, reduces dryness and helps smoothen the pesky knots.

You can massage a good quality organic coconut oil on your scalp. Then leave it overnight and wash your hair the next day.

I wish I knew about this when I began to have issues with the perm. Another good thing about coconut oil is that it does not loosen the perm. This oil is not heavy, unlike the oils like castor and mustard.

So, it helps with perming issues such as drying and tangling. But it does not straighten the hair.

You can also make the oil more potent by adding extracts of curry and sage leaves. Both these leaves arrest graying of hair.

You can try any of the following options to make the coconut oil more potent:

1. Soak dried curry and sage leaves in coconut oil for about 15 days. This way the extracts of dried herbs will infuse in the carrier oil.

2. Heat coconut oil with dried/fresh curry and sage leaves for 5-10 minutes. This way you will have a speedy version of the previous step. But ensure that the heat is on low flame. Else the high heat will destroy all the goodness of oils and herbs.

3. The third and the easiest version is to add a few drops of curry and sage essential oils to your coconut oil. This is the easiest and potent of all processes.

You should use this heavy duty coconut oil at least once a week. Within 4-5 applications, you will find a drop in your hair woes. That includes issues of dryness, tangling, and white flakes. For extreme dryness, you might need a boost from other heavy conditioners.

2. Clarifying cleansers

Nourishing is one part of tackling the damaged permed hair issues. The second is to cleanse the hair with mild cleansers.

Chemicals and heat create permed hair. So, by using chemical-laden shampoos, the poor hair gets more of the bad stuff.

The stronger the shampoo, the more buildup. Thus, more of hair issues.

If you are not into a no poo life. Then, you can replace your usual hair care products with milder options.

Shampoos without parabens and sulfates do not harm the curly hair. Though they are efficient in their cleansing job.

3. Protection

This is the final and important step for maintaining permed hair. As the permed hair is permeable due to damaged outer layers. They need a strong protective layer to withstand wear and tear.

I recall once I went for a bike ride by the sea when I had perms. I returned with nest-like hair. The ocean wind played havoc on my hair.

I send the subsequent weekend struggling to separate my individual hair strands.

You do not have to be a fool and a naive like me. You can use protect your permed hair with the following measures:

  • Use a protecting heavy duty leave-in serum. You can use organic shea butter or cocoa butter for this purpose.
  • Tie your hair in a bun to reduce their exposure. This will keep the fly-away ends at bay.
  • Use a scarf to protect hair. I am a hoarder of cotton and silk scarves. Silk is best for permed hair. As the softness of the material reduces friction between individual hair strands.

In Conclusion

I love to get my hair permed. But it is the aftermath of the process that scares me.

After 2 attempts at destroying my hair after a post perm treatment. I figured out how to fix permed hair gone wrong with trial and errors.

Frizzy hair, knots, and excessive hair thinning are few of the demerits of perming hair.

Measures like deep conditioning help deal with the post perming issues. I have tried each of the issues and quick fixes mentioned in the article.

They will help you deal with your damaged permed hair with ease. Make sure you give them a try before snipping your dreaded curly hair off.

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  • Don’ts for Fresh Perms
  • Suggested Products for Permed Hair
  • How to Style Permed Hair
  • Perm-Friendly Styling Products

Opting for a perm can give you a head full of long-lasting, beautiful curls that you have longed for and will add texture and volume to flat and lifeless hair. Perms come with the promise that you can wash and wear your curls without the need to use multiple styling tools on a daily basis.

However, such an intense chemical process leaves your hair fragile and more porous than normal. Perms require gentle care and specific post-perm hair care products to maintain a healthy look. Make sure to follow aftercare instructions given by your stylist and use hair care products that are made specifically for hair that has undergone the perming process.

Don’ts for Fresh Perms

Not all perms use the same product. It is important to ask your stylist what aftercare instructions should be followed after the procedure.
Make sure to treat your perm with extra care the first few days after the perming session, because perming chemicals continue to form new bonds for two or three days.

Here are some general rules and simple care techniques that will give you the long-lasting effects of a perm application and help keep your hair in good condition.

Refrain from washing and wetting your new perm for at least two days. Your curls need sufficient time to lock their shape. Washing your perm too early can deactivate the chemicals and loosen your curls.

Don’t go using a flat iron or other heat styling tools before the first shampoo following the perming service.

Wait at least three days after the perming session before swimming in chlorinated water. The chemicals used in swimming pools can be very harsh to your perm.
Refrain from combing in the first 24 hours. Use your fingers to gently style the hair and to twirl the curls around your face.

Leave your hair loose for the first two days after the procedure. Avoid putting it hair in a ponytail or a bun and avoid using hair elastics and tight clips. This helps maintain the proper shape and softness of your curls.

Washing Hair after Permanent Waving

Don’t wash your fresh perm for a full 48 hours to allow it to settle in. Washing your perm too early may cause the perm to drop before the curls have a chance to develop.

When you do wash your hair, use a shampoo formula for chemically treated hair and gently massage your scalp while washing.

Always make sure to condition your hair. A conditioner will make combing easier and infuse your chemically treated hair with moisturizing agents. Use warm instead of hot water when you rinse and gently blot with a towel to dry. Do not rub it too hard, added friction can make the hair tangled and frizzy.

If your hair suffers from excessive dryness and breakage, incorporate a pre-shampoo treatment in your hair care regimen. This way you will prevent tangles and lock in moisture to increase hair elasticity and reduce breakage.

Shampoo and Conditioner for Permed Hair

Always use a shampoo designed for chemically treated hair. Such a shampoo formula will restore the lost moisture and clean your permed hair gently. Regular shampoos contain chemicals that may be too strong for permed hair.

Always condition your hair after you shampoo. Use conditioner which is designed for chemically treated or curly hair to increase protection, soften hair, and reduce frizz. Conditioner closes the cuticle, seals in moisture, and ensures that the hair is smooth for combing.

Mixed Chicks Sulfate-Free Shampoo for Colored & Chemically Treated Hair effectively cleanses chemically treated hair without stripping away its natural oils. It works great for dry and curly hair that gets frizzy easily.

Avocado oil, Sweet Almonds, and Aloe Vera nourish your scalp and rehydrate your curls, keeping them from being frizzy.

This mild shampoo tames damaged and frizzy strands, leaving your hair silky soft and shiny.

Pantene Color and Perm Daily Intensive Conditioner is formulated to keep your color vibrant and make your perm last longer. Pantene Color and Perm system creates a protective layer around each strand to prevent color pigments from washing away and to prevent loosening of your curls.

Apply to damp hair after each shampoo. Leave in your hair for 3 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly.


Use your fingers or a smooth-ended, wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your wet hair while it is covered in the conditioner. You can also spray a detangler on your damp hair and spread it through with fingers or a comb. Use gentle strokes to avoid breakage because your hair is very fragile after a perming service. Avoid brushing your hair, especially in the first couple of weeks after the perming process.

Deep Conditioning

The perming process can strip your hair of moisture and its natural oils that need to be replaced. The deep conditioning treatment, at least twice a month, keeps the hair from getting excessively dry, strengthens weakened strands, smoothes the cuticle, and helps maintain luster.

Argan Oil Hair Mask Treatment by Nature’s Potent is made with argan oil, hydrolyzed silk, almond oil, and pro-vitamin B-5 to deeply condition, strengthen, and hydrate weak, damaged, and over-processed hair. This conditioning treatment claims to be highly effective for improving the manageability of permed and naturally curly hair.

Quidad Ultra-Nourishing Intense Hydrating Mask is a deep conditioning treatment formulated to hydrate and nourish dry, damaged, or over-processed curly hair. This treatment uses a blend of natural oils to infuse dry hair with moisture while restoring softness, elasticity, and shine. It leaves your curls more defined, bouncy, and less prone to frizz.

Leave-in Hair Treatments

Leave in hair treatments are especially effective for perms. Leave in conditioners moisturize your permed hair, help with detangling, control frizz, prevent split ends, and give hair elasticity and shine.

Alter Ego Nourishing Spa Quench Care Intensive Nutritive Leave-in Conditioner is made to hydrate and nourish dry, frizzy or damaged hair, that has undergone chemical treatments such as perming and bleaching. It softens your chemically stressed hair and leaves your curls shiny, frizz-free, and easy to manage.

Protection from Harsh Weather Conditions

Overexposure to sunlight, wind, and chlorine in the swimming pool can dry out permed hair. Rain and snow can flatten the hair and cause your perm to go away faster. Apply gel or styling mousse and pull your hair back in windy weather to prevent your locks from knotting. Don’t forget to take your umbrella with you when going out in the rain or snow. Wear a hat when you go out in the sun and use sun protection products when sunbathing or swimming.

If you go swimming, wear a swim cap to protect your locks from chemicals that can relax the perm. Soak your dry hair with regular water so your wet strands will absorb less chlorinated water. Apply a light coating of conditioner to create a barrier between your hair and chemicals in the swimming pool. Rinse hair immediately when you get home.

Night Care

Porous hair is more prone to frizz or tangling. You should protect the hair from friction when tossing and turning in bed. Before going to bed, wrap your hair up in a satin cloth to avoid tangles. Twist your hair into two buns on the side of your head and cover it with a satin nightcap or wrap it up in a satin cloth, so your hair won’t be flat in the morning.

If you wash your hair make sure that it is completely dry before bed.
Consider purchasing a silk or satin pillow to sleep on. This will help you avoid frizz and keep your curls intact.


Always have your hair permed first before you decide to color. The neutralizing step of the perming procedure can degrade the color. But don’t color and perm all in the same sitting. Those two chemical treatments may be too much stress for your hair and scalp in a short span of time.

Temporary dyes, semi-permanent hair dyes, and color glazes can be applied immediately after the perming service. The cuticle layers of your hair are more open from the perming process, so those colors will penetrate deeper into the hair shaft and also will last longer.

Most stylists will recommend waiting at least two weeks after a perm service before coloring or highlighting to ensure that the perm has really set into the hair.
Also, wait at least 2 weeks to perm your hair after coloring it. Freshly colored hair needs a few weeks to recover to be able to withstand the perming process.

How to Style Permed Hair

Make sure to style your hair gently. This will keep your curls healthy, bouncy, and attractive for long.

It is not advisable to tease your hair with a brush. Brushing can break up the curls and make hair look frizzy and messy.

Avoid using hair dryers as they can mess up your hair and cause split ends. Let your hair dry naturally whenever possible. If you need to use a hairdryer only blow-dry your hair 85 to 90 percent dry and use a diffuser on low heat.

Avoid straightening your hair with a flat iron. Permed curls can become frizzy and lose their shape gradually when exposed to heat.

If there are special occasions when you want to use heated tools, be sure to apply a heat protectant to avoid damage from heat and to prevent frizz and split ends.

Perm-Friendly Styling Products

Use specific styling products designed for permed or curly hair to help repel humidity and define the curls. Check the ingredient list to ensure that alcohol is not listed as an ingredient or at least that it is listed at the end of the list. Alcohol may cause your hair to become excessively dry. Avoid styling products with silicone as they can weigh your curls down.

Mousses for curly hair moisturize and protect fragile permed hair and define curls. These products help control static and frizz, leaving permed or natural curls soft and bouncy.

Hair gels contain moisturizing ingredients to help smooth and define curls and should be applied to towel-dried hair after washing.

Anti-frizz serums help tame frizz and make permed hair appear shinier. Most serums can be applied on wet or damp hair after washing your hair, as well as after drying it.

Products known as curl enhancers are used to moisturize hair, tame frizz and to keep your curls in good shape.

ORIBE Curl Control Silkening Crème is designed to nourish and moisturize the hair with coconut, avocado, apricot, and argan oils, and give definition and softness to your curls while fighting frizz and adding shine. It is formulated with ORIBE Signature Complex, which protects hair from dryness and environmental stress and prevents color fading.

This creme has a clean, pleasant smell, which lingers in your hair.

Get a Trim

A haircut is recommended after the hair “settles in” to add bounce and to get more defined curls. Don’t wait more than a month after the perm service before getting a haircut. Have your hair trimmed every 4-6 weeks. Regular trimming will prevent split ends and keep your hair healthy and much more manageable.

Hair Repair Treatment

If your hair suffers from severe damage from the perming process, look for a salon that does Keraplast Hair Rescue Treatment or carries products that contain Replicine Functional Keratin. This intensive protein treatment is highly effective in repairing perm-damaged hair.


Perms give you beautiful, wavy hair for up to 6 months, depending on the product used and your aftercare routines. The tight curls will generally last longer than big curls. When your perm grows out you need to get a touch up done on your root tips.
Only get a touch up done where necessary and concentrate on the roots. It is recommended to do this, instead of getting a complete perm each time. Wait at least three months between perms to give your hair a rest between perm services. If you apply another perm too soon you run a high risk of hair damage from the chemicals.

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How to tame tresses after a perm?

How can I avoid getting a bad hair day even after I have permed my locks multiple times?

Put in a bit of effort immediately after washing your hair and use the right products, says Mr Ken Hong, salon director of Evolve Salon.

Mr Hong was a guest on the first season of the Singapore version of the Taiwanese beauty and lifestyle variety show, Lady First.

He was recently named the local expert endorser of haircare brand John Frieda.

Here are his tips on how to manage your hair:

Do not perm and colour your hair on the same day. Your hair would be severely damaged if you do that.

Perm your hair at least three days before you colour it as that is the time it takes for the chemicals to stabilise the curls. If not, the hair dye could affect the way the curls turn out. You should get a perm only once every six months if you want to keep your locks healthy.

Always use a curl styling water spray after washing your hair to help set the waves.

First, towel dry your hair and use a hairdryer on the scalp. Use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to untangle hair. Then, spray the styling formula evenly onto your locks and scrunch them. Do not use a brush or fine-toothed comb as these will straighten the curls.

Section hair into even chunks – the smaller the section, the tighter the curls – and twist them loosely to the ends. Hold on to the twisted hair and direct a hair dryer on the entire length. Release the hair only when it is completely dry. Repeat for all sections.

After that, run your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls and scrunch in some hair serum.

Always start with a small amount of serum and add more if necessary, so as not to weigh down hair.

A hairstylist trick is to spread the serum evenly onto the palms and fingers. Then, apply the serum onto the hair, starting near the nape of your neck and moving towards the ends of the hair to loosen the curls. Avoid touching the scalp while you do so.

Scrunch the residual serum on the ends.

If you wash and curl your hair before you sleep, revive the volume in the morning with a styling water spray.

If you have to curl your hair with a heated tong, always use the appliance on towel-dried hair. Applying the hot iron to wet hair will damage the locks and make them frizzy.

Always use a heat-protection spray before tonging your locks, to prevent it from becoming damaged.

Urban recommends:

For styling water sprays, I try John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Dream Curls Daily Styling Spray ($16.90, available from next month at selected Guardian and Watsons outlets, as well as supermarkets) and Liese’s Juicy Shower Moisturizing Hair Mist For Wavy Hair ($14.90). Both are available at selected personal care stores and supermarkets.

For hair serums, try Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime Hair Oil ($62, call 6738-3113 for stockists) or Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-In Hair Perfector ($38, from Sephora stores).

For heat-protection formulas, I try Living Proof’s Restore Revitalizing Spray ($36, from Sephora stores) and the Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Prep Heat Protection Mist ($21.90, from selected Guardian and Watsons stores).

This article was first published on June 13, 2014.
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How To Fix A Bad Perm

Whether the curl is too tight, you failed at an at-home perm or you simply don’t like the result, dealing with a bad perm doesn’t have to be an annoying or routine-changing task. There are countless ways to tame or rid your strands of a bad perm. As with any remedy, be sure to follow each instruction carefully, so that no further hair damage is done to your tresses.

Before we can get down to the essentials of how to correct a bad perm, first we must figure out what your problem is. Depending upon the issue, there may be an at home fix. Unfortunately, some perm mistakes cannot be corrected at home, at least without damaging your hair and look even more. A professional consultation may be required, but first, before you walk out of the house with a scarf or hat hiding the disaster, analyze the problem and figure out where you need to begin.

At-Home Perm Remedy

Trim fishtails only where your cut won’t disturb the curl pattern. Basically, only trim the straight parts!

This at-home remedy includes conditioner, plastic wrap, and canola oil. Applying the oil on dirty hair is best.

For many, this process will help to loosen the perm. However, others may need to repeat this at-home remedy several times in a span of a week to see the effects start to hold.

What You’ll Need
  • Canola Oil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • A Towel
  • Gentle Shampoo, like Elucence Volume Clarifying Shampoo
  • Shears
  • Blow Dryer
  • Deep Conditioner, like Bee Mine Bee-U-Ti-Ful Deep Conditioner
  1. Find an area that will catch your spills. Place your head over a sink, bathtub, garbage can or any other disposal object. It is likely you will be getting product all over the area, so make sure what you’re wearing and where you are at can take the beating.
  2. Apply oil and wrap your hair. Apply enough canola oil in order to soak the hair from root to tip. Wrap the hair in plastic wrap, or any other covering that will protect your clothing and objects. Then wrap your head in a towel. This will help prevent any drips and keep moisture and heat inside the treatment. The oil should remain on the hair for at least one hour.
  3. Rinse with a gentle shampoo. After an hour passes, rinse the hair completely. Please note it will take quite some time to rinse all of the oil out. If you are having trouble, use a gentle shampoo
  4. Condition and repeat. After rinsing the hair of oil, condition the hair and allow it to sit for at least two to three minutes. Rinse the conditioner and repeat the conditioning process once more.

Correcting a Fishtail

For many, a bad perm is the result of an improper perm rod application. A fishtail can result if the hair is not wound around the perm rod correctly.

Also, if the hair is extremely straight or coarse, it may not wind properly, resulting in a straight rather than curly look. Luckily, fixing a fishtail is easy.

  1. Trim the ends. Simply trimming the end of the fishtail can solve the problem. Be sure that you are using a pair of shears, rather than plain scissors. Make the cut only on the straight part of the hair. The cut should not interfere with the curl pattern at all.
  2. Blend the hair. You can also use a hot tool, such as a blow dryer or a curling iron, in order to blend the hair more naturally.
  3. You have a professional option. If the fishtail look is too drastic for your liking, ask your stylist to re-perm the fishtails so that they blend. Wait at least three days after the initial perm, however, so as not to cause too much damage to your hair.

Chemical Misapplication

Many times a perm goes bad because the perm solution isn’t left on for the proper amount of time. In addition, if the hair isn’t in a healthy state, it may not take the solution properly.

This may result in permanent damage to the hair. Most of the time, this type of mistake can result in a major haircut in order to fix the error. Bad perms often can be unshapely, result in no curls at all or create a noticeably frizzy look.

Use a good deep conditioner to hydrate your hair back to health. This will decrease frizz and result in a better-looking perm.

Condition, Condition, Condition!

Healthy curly hair needs conditioning, and often, which means that damaged curls need even more! So many curl dilemmas are due to lack of conditioning, so get your mane on the right track!

Final thoughts

A bad perm can be frustrating, but whether you’re just dissatisfied with the results or there was an error during the application process, it is possible to get through them. Let us know what you’ve tried!

This article was originally published in August 2011 and has been updated for grammar and clarity.

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Do you suffer from dry frizzy hair after perm? Then, you must know that the chemicals in the perming solution have played havoc on your hair and scalp.

The lure of the ringlets and waves is magnificent. But so is the aftermath of the process that creates those curls.

I have had my hair permed twice. So, I know what are the repercussions of that styling treatment. Even after the permed hair got trimmed, I still suffered from brittle hair.

My hair entangled and formed a nest. I was even embarrassed to step out of my house. My situation was so bad that I was even scared to seek out professional help.

After none of the luxury haircare brands delivered what they promised. I then turned on to handmade hair care remedies to undo my perm damage.

I hope the perm treatment did not damage your hair as bad as mine. But if it has. Then, please read further to know how to fix frizzy permed hair with handmade home remedies.

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1. Trimming

The sooner you accept that the excessive frizz means damaged hair. The better you will be able to deal with the unruly and tangled hair.

Having said that, not all frizzy hair is equal. That means there are stages to dry hair. The extent of damage through perm determines how weak are your hair bonds.

The frailer the hair shafts, the more the frizz. If you find your hair falling out after perm in clumps with every brush stroke. Then, it means your hair has deep damage to the roots. In that case, getting rid of those damaged hair strands is the best solution.

To execute that plan, all you need is a good hair cutting shears. You can get a hold of your hair and chop off the ends. Cutting about a quarter of an inch from the ends should be good. Since on average, the hair grows about half an inch in a month. So, you will get the length of your hair back soon even after the chopping.

If being an autotonsorialist scares you. Then, you can visit your hairstylist for the needful.

2. Protein Masks

Egg Mask

For this one, all you need to do is whip up an egg with curd. Then, use the resultant emulsion as a hair pack. It should take about 15 minutes for the pack to dry before you wash it off with water. Since I am a no-poo person, I do not use shampoo after the egg masks. But you can use a mild shampoo.

Chickpea Mask

This is one is my current favorite. I love to use chickpea and curd paste to use as a hair mask. Chickpea is a great source of plant protein. Plus, it also makes the hair squeaky clean. I use about 2 tbsps of chickpea with some curd to make a thick non-dripping mask. Then, keep it on the hair for about 15 minutes before washing it off with plain water.

Coconut Mask

I can never tire away from repeating how good is coconut for the body. It works wonders for the hair too. Thus, you can use it in various forms on your hair.

The most common one is to massage your scalp with coconut oil. The other options are to use coconut milk as a rejuvenating mask on your hair. Coconut milk helps condition the hair shafts. Thus, it binds the hair strands together, thereby minimizing the frizz.

3. Healthy Diet

No amount of external applications can make up for the poor diet. Since protein forms the major portion of the hair. Hence, it makes sense to include a lot of protein-rich foods in your diet.

Some of them are as follows:

  • Eggs
  • Moringa Leaves
  • Cheese
  • Pulses And Legumes
  • Fish

Apart from proteins, you need other nutrients as well to have wholesome nutrition. That includes water, minerals, and vitamins along with carbohydrates, fats, and fiber.

B-complex, zinc, and iron are essential for maintaining healthy hair.

4. Product Build up removal

Do you find tangles in your hair after a perm?

If yes, then that means you have a product build up in your hair.

After my perm, I had a terrible time untangling the pesky knots in my hair. Back then I did not know that the strong chemicals in the perm stick to the hair and scalp. Even after repeated washes, those chemicals do not wash off. Hence, they end up making the hair sticky and clogging the scalp pores.

Therefore, post perm you are bound to suffer from tangled hair that breaks a lot.

Over the years, I have come up with my tried and tested solution for saving the hair from product build-up. They are:

Baking Soda Shampoo and Apple cider vinegar clarifying rinse.

Juice of onion, ginger, and garlic to unclog the scalp pores.

5. Reducing the physical wear and tear

Once your hair touches strong chemicals, they are bound to go through stress. By stress, I mean damage to the cuticle layers and weakening of bonds between hair shafts.

Most of the styling activities lead to some kind of harm to the hair. Some of those common hairstyling activities include perming, straightening, and coloring.

Once your hair has gone through any of these treatments. Then, your hair is bound to suffer. To reduce the damage done to the hair, you should help the hair relax.

Apart from the 4 pointers listed above. You can further help the hair by not subjecting them to any physical stress.

So, tying tight buns and using rubber bands is a strict NO. Instead, you could make loose braids and use silk scarves to lessen the friction between hair.

Most of us know that extreme hairstyling options can leave our hair damaged. But we still take the risk in hopes of up our style quotient.

For years I have neglected my hair health. I have done chemical procedures, used SLS shampoos and mineral oil-filled styling products.

Since the time I realized my mistake, since then I have made the switch to safer handmade hair care products. Most of such products are available in my kitchen. Also, they take little to no time to create from scratch.

Though the best benefit they provide is improving hair quality.

This article lists 5 tried and tested home remedies that helped me save my dry frizzy hair after perm. The recipes are simple and easy to follow. I hope they will help you too.

If you got some of your hacks to help with restoring damaged permed hair. Then, please mention them in the comments.

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Fine Hair: Smoothing Out a Frizzy Perm

Q: Since waves are in, I got a perm to give my fine hair some body. But it came out frizzy. What can I do to fix my fine hair?

A: A perm can go bad for a number of reasons, says Samy, owner of the Samy Salon in Miami. Shampooing too soon afterward or leaving the perm solution on too long — or not long enough — can contribute, and if your hair is colored or highlighted, strands can be damaged by a perm and break off.

To get your hair back under control, Samy suggests hydrating hair care products with protein. Try Bio Ionic Super-Hydrator Intensive Moisturizing Reconstructor ($20; bioionic.com) with wheat and soy proteins to deep-condition. Keep in mind that no amount of moisturizing will completely restore perm-damaged hair because your hair’s physical structure has been rearranged by the perm solution. Your best bet? Cut off as many inches as you can stand while your hair grows out. Layered cuts that remove damaged ends can offer an illusion of length. Hair care products that help control the frizz can also smooth out your look; try Umberto Giannini Dazzling Shine Laminate ($10; at Rite Aid stores) on dry hair.

Beauty Director’s Pick Sometimes hair needs a big, tall, nourishing smoothie to give it back its bounce, radiance and, most of all, strength. Get all three in one of the Aveda hair products: the new Damage Remedy Restructuring System, composed of a Restructuring Shampoo, Conditioner ($24 each) and Intensive Treatment ($26; all at aveda.com). Each of these Aveda hair products is rich in plant extracts like organic quinoa protein, which helps repair and strengthen strands; the conditioner and intensive treatment also contain sandalwood and barley extracts, which smooth hair and seal in moisture. After using, your tresses are sure to be back in fine form. Mine were — after just one use.

— Valerie Latona

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