Why is my perm not curly? For one of these 3 reasons

woman disappointed that her perm is not curly

  • Reason 1: Your perm isn’t curly because you didn’t wait 48 hours to wash your hair after getting it permed.
  • Reason 2: Your perm is not curly because you’re not using hair products specifically designed for curly hair.
  • Reason 3: Your perm is not curly because you comb the curls using fine combs or brushes when your hair is dry.


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Unfortunately,  if your perm isn’t curly, you’ve done something wrong. 


Because while perms are a simple style to wear, the secret to keeping your perm curly has to do with what you do once you leave the salon.

What do I mean? Well, the perming process modified the structure of your hair. Therefore,  your hair isn’t the same after getting the perm. 

That means you will have to care for it differently. You’ll have to style it differently. And you’ll even have to use completely different hair products than you did before you got it permed.


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But, as my grandmother says, this is no time to cry over spilled milk. What’s done is done, and you can’t change the past. But what you can do is understand what mistakes you made with your perm and work on finding a solution.

Because believe it or not, you still have a chance to make your perm curly again. Don’t you believe me? Read on.


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If your perm isn’t curly because you didn’t wait 48 hours afterward to wash your hair, wash it less often

woman holds non-curly perm in her hand

Oh, dear. Why are many reluctant to follow their stylists’ directions when perming, straightening, or dyeing their hair?

 If your stylist asked you not to wash your hair for at least 48 hours after getting your perm, there’s a good reason.  Their intention wasn’t for you to go through life with dirty hair. They intended to make your perm last longer.


Obviously, if you didn’t wait at least 48 hours after getting your perm to wash your hair, the curls would have fallen out. Because when you washed your hair, you interrupted the perming process inside each strand of hair. This process has to continue to form the curls properly.

So  my advice is to wash your hair less often from now on—ideally twice a week.  This way, your hair will fix itself and your perm will go curly again.

It’s also a good idea to towel off the excess water and use curl-styling cream when you finish washing your permed hair.


Use products designed for curly hair to make your perm curly again

woman uses curly hair product to re-curl her perm

 I urge you to examine all the hair products you use, one by one. Look closely at the labels. 


If you discover that any hair products you use aren’t for curly hair, throw them away!

Because  after getting a perm, you need shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and leave-in conditioner designed for curly hair to maintain your perm. 


All of these hair products are alcohol-free and prevent your curls from flattening.

So what you can do now is go shopping and look for products designed SPECIFICALLY for curly hair.

Once you start using these products, you’ll see how your perm goes curly again.


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To make your perm curly again, comb your hair when it’s wet

woman uses wide tooth comb to curl her perm

 You should style your curls the moment you apply conditioner as you’re washing your hair.  Never style curls when your hair is dry because they unravel, break, and lose shape.


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Also,  you should avoid detangling your perm with fine combs or brushes.  You should use wide-tooth combs and gently detangle your curls to avoid breaking the hair.

So  from now on, every time you wash your hair, at most three times a week, use conditioner and detangle your curls gently with a wide-toothed brush while they’re still wet. 

After two weeks, you’ll see your perm is going curly again.



Now you know why your perm isn’t curly. But what if you apply these suggestions but don’t notice any changes in your hair? Go back to the salon.

It’s possible the stylist made a mistake with your perm if it’s not curly. Perhaps they used a weaker liquid to avoid damaging your hair.

At the salon, your stylist will give you the most effective solution without risking your hair’s health.

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