Will My Perm Get Curlier After I Wash it?

  • Your perm won’t get any curlier after you wash it. What will happen is that your curls will take on a more natural shape.
  • If you don’t want to ruin the way your curls look, you must respect two rules. Please don’t wash your hair for the first 48 hours and don’t color it for at least a week.
  • If you want to keep your perm curlier, you will need to use specific products. Here, I will tell you what they are.


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It’s been many years since I did my first perm at the salon. Despite the years and the clients I´ve received in my salon, I always notice something in common in all my clients who ask me for a perm job.

Do you want to know what it is?


 That all of them, with no exception, stay with their heads stiff, almost without moving, for fear that their new curls will lose their shape. 

It’s actually a hilarious thing. They walk around stiff as broomsticks and, instead of women, they look like robots.


It is that way no matter how many times I tell them that, no matter how much they move their heads, their perms will not be less curly. They come out of the salon like little robots with funny, rebellious curls that move even if they don’t want to.


 The only thing that could make your curls lose their shape is if you don’t respect some basic rules the first few days after you get them. 

So, if you’re worried about the definition of your perm curls, or you’re willing to have your hair curled much longer, stick with me because I’ll tell you:

  • All you have to do to keep your perm from losing its definition
  • How to get a curlier perm


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Everything you need to know so that your perm doesn’t lose definition

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After a perm, when you leave the salon, you will notice that your curls are perfectly defined and even more rigid as if they were a doll’s locks.

It’s logical; after all, a special liquid was used to modify the hair structure. Also, your hair was wrapped in specialized tools to give it shape, known as a curler or boomerang.


So there you are, with your perfectly defined curls, but with a dreadful terror of them falling apart as if by magic.

Don’t worry, that won’t happen unless you respect some basic rules. What are they?


  • Do not wash your hair for at least 48 hours.

That is because water can modify the product's effect to give the hair a curly shape. What would happen then? Your curls would lose the shape that your stylist so meticulously achieved in the salon.

And all the work of almost three or four hours would go down the drain. Along with it, your tears.


  • Don't touch your hair constantly.

I only know one woman who would be able to keep off her hair, and that's the “Venus de Milo.” You remember her, right?


The statue representing Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, who has no arms.

I know it's a habit we women have built-in, almost as much as looking at Instagram all the time. But for the first few days after you get a perm, you mustn't touch your curls.

 Remember that grease, hand sweat, and even dirt can get in the way and make your perm less curly. 


  • Don’t tie up your hair.

It doesn't matter if you are caught by a wind so strong that it seems that even your curls will be pulled out. Any clip or buckle can leave a mark on the curl you just got.


Because the shape of your hair is still setting, it's important to let it loose a few days after you perm it.

 Avoid pony tailing, braiding, or other hairstyles that require a lot of styling accessories, as your hair is fragile and needs to recover. 


All this is what you have to avoid doing before the first wash, that moment that seems the most terrifying one of your life.

However, everything does come, and you can't go around with dirty, curly hair for life, for fear that your curls will lose their shape.


You must be prepared. Your hair isn't the same anymore. It requires other cares and, if you don't take them into account, your perm will be less curly.

So take note, and be prepared to enjoy fun and defined curls, which will be the envy of any Afro woman.


How to get a curlier perm

As I told you before, your hair changed the same way you will have to modify your hair care routine.

And to do this, you should start using special products for your curls, which will allow you to control frizz, decrease the curl's porosity, and avoid dryness in your hair.


  • Avoid using shampoos and conditioners with ingredients such as silicones, parabens, and sulfates.

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Sulfates can cause dryness, itching, dandruff, hair becomes unmanageable, and even your skin can become very oily as you try to compensate for the loss of its natural oils.

You should never use sulfates if you have suffered from allergies or eczema. Don´t use parabens either, which in large quantities can be toxic.


  • Keep your hands off your perm.

If necessary, place a photo of the Venus de Milo as a background screen on your phone to remind you not to touch your hair.

Your hair will be fragile after going through a chemical process such as perming, and if you touch it constantly, you will only help the hair fiber break more easily.


  • Comb your curls carefully for a curlier perm.

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To do this, you can use your fingers or a wide-toothed brush, which will allow you to remove tangles, avoiding damage.


  • Avoid washing your hair too often.

If possible, try to wash your hair every three or four days to avoid removing the natural oils from your hair and to extend their definition. Use warm water every time.

If you can't tolerate washing your hair a few times a week, you can alternate between using a dry shampoo, which will keep your roots clean and protect your curls.


And finally, avoid cotton pillowcases. If possible, replace them with silk pillowcases to prevent your hair from being frizzed out in the morning.



Washing won't make your perm any curlier.

The only thing that will keep your curls more defined will be caring for them during the first few days and a complete change in your hair care habits.


Your hair has changed, and so should you. Use specific products for curly hair, and perform intensive moisturizing treatments, which will improve your curl, providing extra nutrition and protection from damaging elements.

And remember, don't use products that contain parabens, sulfates, or alcohol, as they can ruin your perm and make your curls disappear faster.

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