If you love the look of long, curly hair tumbling down freely over your back, but you don’t have time to curl your hair every morning, consider getting a digital perm. Opting for a perm will save you tons of time. Plus, it protects you from heat damage since you don’t need to use heat styling tools every single day.
Now that your straight hair has been transformed into the sexy curls you’ve been dreaming of, you need to take good care of your hair. Use these tips to help maintain your permed hair for a longer period of time.
Don’t wash your hair after perming
It may take anywhere between 24 and 48 hours for the perming chemicals to settle in and give the curls in your hair a chance to develop. Do not wash your hair during the first 48-hour period after receiving a perm. Shampooing too soon affects the hair’s pH balance, which can affect the perm.
Once the waiting period is over, wash your hair with warm water, plus shampoo and conditioner that is specifically designed for permed hair.
Most perming lotions contain strong chemicals, which can dry out your hair. The last thing you want is to dry your hair out even more. Condition your hair regularly to keep it moisturized. Also, consider giving your hair a deep conditioning treatment every month to keep your hair healthier for longer.
Keep it loose
It can be tempting to try different styles or put your hair in a ponytail, but please resist the urge to do so. A few days after your perm, it is best to just let your locks flow loosely. Your hair is still setting from the perm. Tight clips or hair elastics can reshape your hair with dents.
Use heat sparingly
Heat can ruin your curls. Direct and strong heat can loosen the perm and damage your hair. In addition, it may also dry out your locks. Lay off the heat to maintain your curls. If you must really use a blow dryer, a flat iron or a curling iron, then apply a thermal protectant first.
Air drying may take too much time, but it is the healthiest way to dry your hair. If you’re in a hurry, we recommend that you blow dry with a diffuser. It is less damaging than the direct heat from a blow dryer.