Will my perm look better after I wash it? Yes, but…

girl with curly hair looks frustrated

  • Your perm will look better after you wash it because the curls will relax to style them as you like.
  • However, you should wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair.
  • If your perm doesn’t improve after you wash it, the results were unexpected or bad.


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Did you get a perm, but you don’t like the result?

Do you think it could look better after washing your hair?


Let’s get to the point:   Your perm will look better after a wash.  


The same happens with hair dyes or highlights: at first, it looks like they’re not part of your hair, but when the color settles in,   it becomes part of you.  

If you’ve just had a perm,   your curls will probably look too tight.  

If your hairdresser didn’t work correctly, the curling rods may leave marks on your hair at first.

But don’t worry.


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The truth is that   once you wash your permed hair, the curls will relax.   You can style them until you find the shape that best suits you.

Now you know that   your perm will look better after you wash it.   It doesn’t mean you have to rush out and wash your hair immediately. Be patient!


Your stylist must have instructed you how long to wait to wash your hair.

  If you rush out to wash your hair less than 48 hours after perming,   it’ll look a lot worse than it does now.

If you were already uncomfortable with the new look, you’d regret not being patient.

When should I wash my hair once it’s been styled? Wait at least 48 hours

Curly-haired lady about to wash her hair in the shower

You must wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair to let it settle.

What happens if you wash it earlier?


  •   You may lose the effects of the perm   or, at least, partially.
  • The curl may get too big and frizzy.


In that case, here are 5 tricks to fix a frizzy perm.


I’ll share a true story of a friend who washed her perm too early

Many years ago, when I was in college, my classmate wanted to practice the perm technique.

  She tried her first perm on her own head.   It made perfect sense to practice on her own rather than on someone else’s head!


She followed the steps but   forgot she didn’t have to wash it for at least 48 hours.  

She washed her hair the day after the perm.

Can’t you imagine what happened?


Some areas turned curly   and others straight.  

A complete disaster!

  She had to curl her hair with a curling iron for months   until the perm is naturally relaxed.

So, be patient to avoid such problems!


Remember to follow the instructions from your stylist. Wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo and keep it moisturized.

You’ll see your perm will look much better that way.


What happens if I wash my hair but my perm doesn’t improve?

short curly haired girl looks angry and frustrated

If you already washed your hair properly, one of these issues may be affecting the results:

  • [  If your curls look too tight,   your hairdresser may not have understood you wanted relaxed waves.

In that case, you must wait because the curls will gradually relax.

In the meantime, enjoy the look by styling it your way.


In this case, there are 2 options:


  •   Wait at least a month and try to perm your hair again.  

Don’t forget to let your hairdresser know what happened before so that they can use other products or leave them on longer.



Preparing your hair to show off your beautiful and healthy curls is best.


6 tips to make your curls look their best

  • Use salts and sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Moisturize your hair, if possible, every time you wash it.
  • Use repairing and nourishing treatments once a week.
  • Use styling cream
  • Comb your hair with a wide comb to avoid frizz.
  • Stay away from heat tools such as flat iron or blow dryer.

As you’ll see, your old routine won’t be the same now that you’ve permed your hair.

Look for new techniques to care for your curls and get the most out of them.


Your perm will relax after you wash it for the first time (if you do it after 48 hours)

Sometimes   you must wait a few days to get used to the new style.   Every change takes time, especially if you go from straight to curly hair.


Sport your new look confidently   and feel happy with your new style.   It’ll change your perspective.

I’m sure you’ll love it!

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