How to style permed hair in the morning so it looks great all day

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  • To style your perm in the morning, avoid sleeping with wet hair because it increases frizz and weakens it.
  • Try sleeping with a silk or satin pillowcase as it helps to reduce frizz. It also prevents your permed hair from becoming too tangled.
  • The scrunch or scrunching motion is the best way to achieve defined curls or permed waves for longer.
  • Specific products for permed hair and leave-in or rinse-out conditioners will be your allies when it comes to detangling and styling your permed hair in the morning.


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When they get a perm, most women believe that just combing out the curls will be enough to gain definition magically.

Until we wash our hair for the first time and see what a mess it has become.

But, don’t panic!


There are plenty of tips you should know and practice  so that styling your permed hair in the morning doesn’t become a problem. Also, to get the great look you’ve been looking for. 

Did you know that the fabric of a pillowcase influences how your hair will look when you wake up?

Alternatively, that the products you use to care for your perm have a specific application technique?


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I’ll talk about all of this in this article, but first I must tell you that your perm hair care should start earlier. When? When you go to sleep. Did you know that?

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So, I’ll start by telling you how to take care of your permed hair at night

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The following are the tips and care you should follow at bedtime to better style your permed hair in the morning.


 1- Don’t sleep with wet hair

You shouldn’t wash your hair at night.

Wet hair on the pillow is never a good idea, especially for permed hair. The contact of your hair with the pillow doesn’t allow it to dry properly. 


Also, the movements you make while sleeping generate more frizz in your curly hair.

Worst of all, sleeping with wet hair can make it more fragile and brittle.

That’s how you get untamable hair in the morning.


I understand that a washing routine is hard to change. However, believe me. You’ll be thankful the following morning when your hair is more docile when it comes to styling.


My advice is that if you must take a shower in the evening, wear a shower cap and don’t get your hair wet.

 Remember that your hair should be dry when you go to bed, not only to style it better in the morning but to prevent it from becoming brittle. 


If you ever have to wash your hair at night, be sure to blow-dry it thoroughly with a blow-dryer and diffuser before going to bed.

With these simple nighttime care tips, you’ll find it much easier to style your hair in the morning.


However, there’s one more thing to keep in mind when caring for your permed hair at night.

Can you guess what it is?


Your pillowcase.

I’ll tell you about it in the next section.


2- Invest in a silk or satin pillowcase

Satin or silk pillowcases are a wonderful investment for our comfort at bedtime. Also for the care of our permed curls.

It’s not a myth!


 Silk or satin pillowcases not only help prevent hair breakage but also waking up in the morning with your hair like a witch. 


Satin and silk are similar fabrics to the touch, but they are made of different materials. They’ll help you avoid frizz in your curly hair, and will make it much easier to style your permed hair in the mornings.


 3- Sleep with loose hair

Ideally, you should sleep with your hair loose. This way, your scalp will breathe better and avoid breakage.


However, if you have long curls, you may prefer to wear your hair tied back to sleep.

If this is your case, the correct way to tie it is in a ponytail high up at the crown of your head. Also, use a scrunchie that doesn’t fit too tightly.

 This way, you’ll sleep comfortably without damaging your perm. 


Now that you know how to take care of your hair at night, it’s time to give you the tips you need to style your permed curls in the morning in a simple and fun way.


How to style your permed hair? Dry or wet?

I’ll start by telling you how to style your permed hair in the morning when it’s dry, that is when you haven’t washed it.


 1- How to style dry permed hair

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You have two options for styling your dry permed hair in the morning.

Your first option is to moisten your curls. What is this?


It consists of spraying all of your hair with a moderate amount of water to activate the products you already had in your hair after styling and scrunching to give your curls definition.

 This will make your hair look freshly washed and defined without adding more product than you need. 


The second option is to apply a styling cream or leave-in conditioner to your hair.

I recommend this way for drier and more porous hair.



  • Divide your hair into four parts, or as many as necessary if you have a lot of hair.
  • Place a styling cream or leave-in conditioner on the first section of hair and spritz it with a little water. If your roots are too fluffy, start applying the cream near the roots.
  • Make downward strokes on each hair part. These movements, along with the cream, will help smooth the cuticles, making your hair look beautiful and frizz-free.
  • Finally, don’t forget to use the scrunching motion to achieve well-defined and styled curls. This movement will make sure that the styling products are fully integrated.


Do you want to know the best way to scrunch?

I’ll tell you about it right now!

How to scrunch your hair

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The scrunching motion simulates wrinkling hair with upward palm movements, i.e. lifting strands of hair from the ends to the roots with the palm open, and gently closing it a little.


 You can scrunch your hair with the head down and lift the roots a bit more if you want to give it more volume. 

If you prefer less volume, simply scrunch your hair without moving your head.


What happens when it’s time to wash your hair?

You’ll find tips on how to style permed hair after washing below.


2- How to style permed hair after washing

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The best time to comb your permed hair is under the shower with the help of a conditioner because it’ll be easier to detangle it.

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Once you get out of the shower, scrunch or wrinkle your damp hair.

You can also apply a leave-in curl-defining product to wet hair and scrunch to ease the action and effect of the product on your hair.


 The scrunching motion is essential for you to achieve defined and styled curls.  This is why it should be done by all women who have natural or permed curls.

When you are done with these movements, you can let your hair air dry, or use a blow-dryer and diffuser.


Remember not to wash your curls every day. Instead, space out the washes to prevent your scalp from drying out.


I want to tell you something else about the recommended products to wash and care for your permed hair. The idea is that you have healthy and docile hair when styling it in the morning.


What kind of products should you choose to care for your permed hair?

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Permed hair has a much more open cuticle than non-permed hair. Curl-specific products offer different treatments from those for straight hair.


In general, these  special products for curly hair are ultra-moisturizing and deeply nourish the hair while maintaining frizz control and achieving more defined curls. 

So, by using these specific products, you guarantee good control of your curls, especially in the mornings.


Now you have a super complete guide full of tips to know how to style your hair in the mornings and achieve the defined curls you like.

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