During the first couple of days after getting a perm, try to avoid getting your hair wet, including from rain or sweat. This waiting period allows the chemicals to fully set and the hair to properly absorb the new curl pattern.
Once the recommended waiting time has passed, you can wash your hair gently with a sulfate-free shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner designed for chemically treated hair to keep your curls looking their best.
FAQs washing your hair after a perm
How long should I wait before washing my hair after a perm?
It’s important to wait at least 48 to 72 hours (2 to 3 days) after getting a perm before washing your hair. This waiting period allows the chemicals to set and the hair to fully absorb the new curl pattern. Washing your hair too soon can cause the perm to loosen and the curls to become less defined.
What type of shampoo and conditioner should I use after getting a perm?
After getting a perm, use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner specifically designed for chemically treated hair. Sulfate-free shampoos are less harsh on the hair and help maintain the longevity of your perm, while moisturizing conditioners keep your hair healthy and hydrated.
Can I use heat styling tools on my permed hair?
It’s best to avoid using heat styling tools, such as hair dryers, flat irons, or curling irons, on permed hair, as they can further damage the hair and alter the curl pattern. Instead, opt for air-drying or using a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer to maintain the curls. If you absolutely need to use heat styling tools, always use a heat protectant spray and keep the heat setting as low as possible to minimize damage.
How can I maintain the longevity and quality of my perm?
To maintain the longevity and quality of your perm, follow these tips:
-Wait at least 48 to 72 hours before washing your hair after getting a perm
-Use sulfate-free shampoo and moisturizing conditioner for chemically treated hair
-Avoid heat styling tools and opt for air-drying or using a diffuser attachment
-Get regular trims to prevent split ends and keep your curls looking fresh
-Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to detangle your hair gently, avoiding breakage
-Apply a leave-in conditioner or hair serum to keep your hair moisturized and frizz-free
Can I color my hair after getting a perm?
It’s generally best to wait at least two weeks before coloring your hair after getting a perm. Coloring your hair too soon can cause damage, as both perming and coloring processes involve chemicals that can be harsh on the hair. When you do decide to color your hair, opt for a gentle, ammonia-free hair dye and consult with a professional stylist to ensure the best results and minimize the risk of damage to your hair.