There is nothing better than the feeling of coming out of the salon, feeling like a brand new, beautiful you with bouncy, curly locks that you are so sure will be the envy of everyone… sure, you’ve just spent an absolute bomb to get your hair done, but you’ll justify to yourself that you can’t put a price tag on being F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S.
Except when your beautiful curls start to fall flat just within a few days of washing your hair. What went wrong?
But hey, don’t fret – Daily Vanity is here with nine very simple tips on how to maintain your beautiful curls.
- 1. Hold off dyeing your hair right after
- 2. Wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair
- 3. Limit washing your hair every 2-3 days
- 4. Avoid water-related activities if possible
- 5. Bathe in cold water
- 6. Switch up your shampoos and conditioners
- 7. Change your comb
- 8. Avoid styling tools that use heat
- 9. Sleep tight and right!
1. Hold off dyeing your hair right after
Dyeing your hair right after your perm – all in one sitting – is probably not for the best if you want either to last. We understand that it’s convenient to get everything done in one appointment, but the road to being beautiful is a long and arduous one.
Why? Perming uses some very strong, harsh chemicals that will majorly dry out anyone’s hair, so if you choose to dye your hair right after that, you’re not giving your hair enough time to recover its lost moisture, and let’s be honest – nobody wants to step out of the salon with their hair feeling and looking like a broomstick.
Also, not letting your hair rest and dyeing right after, even assuming you have super resilient hair, might disrupt the curls from properly forming, resulting in flatter looking and less long lasting curls.
You want to come out of the salon looking like a million dollars, not a I-did-my-hair-six-months-ago sort of look. Not cute.
We suggest waiting for at least a week before doing any other treatments to your hair – after all, we all know the old adage: beauty is pain, and apparently, one that requires a lot of patience too.
2. Wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair
As mentioned earlier, your hair needs to rest after its perm, in order for the curls to fully form. Otherwise, you could be deactivating your curls with it either coming out flattened, or worse – uneven.
Any contact with water will hinder your perm, so be sure to wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair, as difficult as it is in our hot, humid weather, you’ll just have to grin and bear with it – tell yourself that the journey’ll be worth it all, at the very end when people stare in wonder at your beautiful curls. Who’s laughing now?
DV Tip: If you really need to get rid of the grease in your hair, consider using a dry shampoo in the mean time. Of course, it’ll also be smart to do your perm on a day that you know you won’t be perspiring that much for the next 48 hours.
3. Limit washing your hair every 2-3 days
Speaking of water, try to also keep washing your hair to a minimum. Well, we’d say try to wash your hair every three days or so – but if you’re more on the oily side? Maybe wash it every other day.
4. Avoid water-related activities if possible
And yes, since contact with water flattens curls, this means getting caught in the rain, swimming and other water-related activities are now your worst enemies – especially swimming.
Since our pools are chock-full of chlorine, a super harmful chemical that dehydrates hair, if you really do want to swim, what you could do to counter that is to slather on some conditioner before stepping into the pool.
How this works? Since curly hair is porous, using conditioner prior will fill those holes to prevent the chlorine from seeping in, which both prevents your curls from falling flat(ter) than it normally would without any hair protectant, and from drying out.
5. Bathe in cold water
As relaxing as it is to shower in hot water, especially after a long day, it isn’t good for your hair. And if there’s anything we’ve learnt – it is that the ultimate pleasures in life – sugary treats, fried foods, and now, hot showers – are often the things that are harmful for us.
What hot water does to your hair is to dry it out, and damage the cuticles, so you wind up having dull, frizzy-looking, brittle hair.
Plus, there’re a whole host of other health benefits to showering with cold water, like keeping your skin perky, bright and healthy, a boost in your immune system, plus, it even stimulates weight loss – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
10 minutes of bliss or all over health benefits and a glowing appearance? A no-brainer decision, we think!
6. Switch up your shampoos and conditioners
Parting from beloved products – especially if you’ve just bought them! – can be painful, but you can’t very well be using the exact same products pre-perm, and post-perm, as the things that’ve worked on your virgin hair prior aren’t likely to work for chemically treated hair.
Instead, either ask your hair stylist for recommendations on what hair products to use, or buy shampoos and conditioners that specifically target chemically treated hair (look out for the label!).
P.S. If you really want to go to the extra mile to maintain those curls, try to use sulfate-free shampoos/conditioners as sulfate is a particularly drying chemical. Also, use a tonne of conditioner – you’ll thank us later when you come out with a head full of bouncy, shiny locks.
P.P.S. Invest in deep conditioning which you can easily use with organic products like coconut or jojoba oil, which packs a whole lot of moisture, or hair masks which keep your curls looking beautiful, luscious, and shiny.
7. Change your comb
Because curls get so easily tangled, what might’ve worked on your previously straight hair most definitely won’t work for curly hair.
With curly hair, you’re going to need to invest in a wide-toothed comb so you don’t end up pulling endlessly at your hair, potentially damage your curls, when the comb doesn’t come through.
8. Avoid styling tools that use heat
Well, we don’t feel you would even be reaching out for styling tools if you’ve already got a perm, but if hypothetically you just want to have straight hair again for just one day?
Not a great idea – heat – especially if used to straighten out curly hair, is super damaging to your curls – and what is likely to happen is you’ll loosen the curls resulting in flattened, non-bouncy curls or worse – killing your curls entirely.
9. Sleep tight and right!
Yes, even your sleeping position matters because nobody wants to wake up with a head full of frizzy, unkempt hair.
To avoid that, we recommend sleeping with your hair tied in a silk scarf or on a silk pillowcase. The key here is to minimise the amount of friction on the outside of the hair (and hence, silk is your best bet), thereby reducing the appearance of texture and frizz.