If you have just permed your hair or if you are done with poker straight hair and feel like getting it permed, it is no big deal for your hair stylist to do it for you. However, changing your natural hair structure is also demands a lot of hair care as well as dos and don’ts. So, how are you going to handle those perms that are done using chemicals? Perming causes temporarily changes and breaks your natural hair bonding and re-shapes them into curls with the help of rollers, curlers and rods.
In other words, it is a sort of permanent curling of your hair, which is quite the opposite of straightening, although both involve rebonding. And just like in hair straightening, perming also requires a lot of care, not just to maintain the curls, but also to ensure healthy and shinier hair. There are a few basic tips that would help you maintain the perm and take care of your hair.
1. Handle Them Gently:
Perming is a chemical process which involves several rigorous stages. And since, the original bonding of the hair is distorted; it becomes more weak and fragile. It is important to handle your permed hair with utmost care, at least during the initial few weeks. Avoid combing or brushing them too much, running your fingers through them is strict no-no. Avoid washing them for about four or five days. Always try to leave them untied.
2. Avoid Sun Exposure:
Exposure to sun light may cause potential damage to your permed hair. So, it is best to avoid stepping out when the sunlight is strong. Since permed hair loses the natural hair protection bond, it can easily get damaged due to sun exposure. While stepping out, cover your hair fully with a scarf and use an umbrella to protect your hair against sun damage.
3. Avoid Exposure To Hot Water:
Avoid washing your hair altogether for a week after perming. Afterwards, whenever you wish you wash your hair, avoid using hot or warm water. It is a known fact that hot water makes hair dry and frizzy. As perm hair lacks it natural keratin levels, it becomes more vulnerable to damage. Stick to cold or normal water while washing. Do not rinse it too much or rub your scalp while washing. Gently hold a towel to absorb the excess water and let them dry naturally.
4. Use Hair Care Products Wisely:
Hair perming is a rigorous process that involves the use of chemicals and techniques that are harmful for hair. Therefore, just any other hair care product is not good enough to keep them healthy, nourished and hydrated. Use every hair care product like shampoos, serums, conditioners or hair styling equipment and products that especially caters to your needs. It is best to consult your hair stylist for product recommendation.
5. Avoid Coloring Them Immediately:
There is no strict rule on coloring your hair after perming them. However, it is best to wait for at least a month before applying the brush. Moreover, it is best to do less coloring and dying, which would help in maintaining the texture of your hair. Hair colors contain harmful chemicals that may make the already fragile hair, more vulnerable to damage. While coloring, make sure that you use a good quality hair color from a reputed and trusted brand. Go for the products that best suit your hair type and keeps them hydrated and nourished.
6. Ditch The Blow Dryer And Straightener:
Hair straightening irons and blow dryers can damage the pattern of the curls and waves of your permed hair. Straightening irons can not only change your hair setting, but also cause breakage and splits. Permed hair is delicate and fragile which needs to be combed, brushed or styled with utmost care.
7. Get Regular Touch-Ups Done:
Touch-up or root perm is basically perming that part of the hair that has grown after the perming session. Moreover, when there is a hair fall, new hair grows in its place, which is an ongoing process. These newly grown hair or a fraction of the hair that grow up naturally which would not be appear as permed on their own. They may look different and uneven along with the permed hair. So, it is necessary to get a root perm or touch-up perm in order to bring out a uniform hair structure. Ideally, you should get a root perm every four month.
8. Keep Them Nourished And Hydrated:
It is important to get regular hair spa treatments to keep your strands in good health and form. This will also help in avoiding dullness and frizziness and keep your perms in good shape. Hair care in the form of regular head or scalp massage helps in keeping your hair healthy and stronger. You can use aromatic essential oils that are good for your hair and mix them with hair oils like coconut, olive or almond oil. Apply one or a mixture of two or more oils of your choice into your scalp and gently massage them across the length of the hair, without rubbing them.
This will help in improving the flow of blood into the hair follicles and increase the supply of oxygen to the scalp. Essential oils and hair oils are effective for many hair problems like dandruff, itchiness, hair dryness and dullness, hair loss, to name a few. Wash off after an hour with a mild shampoo, followed by deep conditioning. You can also go for protein hair treatments and homemade protein hair masks and packs.
9. Condition Them Deeply:
After perming, hair usually becomes dry and frizzy as it lacks natural moisture. However, moisture is necessary not only to keep the hair healthy and silky but also to maintain the bounce and the curls. Regular and deep hair conditioning helps in faster damage repair of the hair. Initially, you should condition your hair every second or third day and after a few weeks, every five or six days.
10. Detangle Carefully:
In order to detangle permed hair, always use a comb that is wide-toothed, preferably a wooden one. Gently comb your damp hair with it or gently run your fingers across them to separate the strands and avoid tangling. When it dries completely, detangle the hair by working on the bigger knots first. Start brushing from the tip of the hair with the help of a paddle brush.