Can you Perm curly hair?

Can I Perm My Naturally Curly Hair To Make It More Curly?

The answer is yes!


You can absolutely perm your already curly hair to make it even more curly.

However, and I say this very circumspectly, it is necessary to understand that perming your hair can be damaging and should be done cautiously. 

What is involved in perming your curly hair?

My mother always said most trends would circle back- but hair perms are one I never saw coming! Truth is though, they never truly went away, but they’re a far cry from the springy poodle-like coils we used to see in Vogue magazines.

Modern perms are far more sophisticated, and as the desire for carefree effortless styling routines has increased, so has the demand for perms.

Can you perm curls to get curlier hair?

Perming your hair involves using chemicals to break down the bonds in your hair and then reforming them into a new shape.

This process can damage your hair, so use hydrating styling products and techniques and consult a professional stylist who is experienced in perming curly hair. 

Why get a perm? 

Perming hair has quickly returned, especially amongst the curl community. Why? Well, a few reasons.

  • Curl patterns are typically uneven. A perm can sometimes fix an irregular curl pattern. 
  • Some women (and men) have wavy hair and desire a tighter curl. This is where perming is a good option.
  • Perming your hair can reduce the number of products necessary to create the same result.
  • Perms are also great if you have dead straight hair and want some volume.

When perming your hair, using quality products specifically designed for curly hair is essential.

These products will help to protect your hair from damage and will help to ensure that the perm lasts longer. It is also worth ensuring you use the correct technique when perming your hair. This is where consulting your curl specialist on styling is recommended to ensure that the perm looks natural and does not damage your hair. 

Is a perm, Permanent? 

Actually no. A perm, or permanent texture, isn't actually permanent.

A good perm will last 3-6 months, depending on the length and texture of your hair. So the good news is, if you don't like it, it will grow out, and the curls will loosen over time. The bad news is if you love it and want springy tighter curls and feel the need to perm your hair, you will need to commit to an excellent maintenance routine. **Perming can cause damage to your hair if not appropriately maintained. 

If you need help with how to perm your hair, it is best to consult a professional stylist who is experienced in perming curly hair. Expert advice is the best way to ensure that you are using the right products and techniques to ensure that the perm does not damage your hair, and if you’re still unsure, research what's involved before making the change to a perm. 


Redhead with permed curly hair

FAQs About Perming Naturally Curly Hair

  1. Can you perm naturally curly hair?

Yes, perming can enhance or change your natural curls. Consult a professional to determine the best approach.

  1. Will perming damage my naturally curly hair?

Perming can cause damage if not done correctly. Consult a stylist and use deep conditioning treatments to minimise damage.

  1. How long does a perm last on naturally curly hair?

A perm typically lasts 3 to 6 months, depending on your hair type and care routine.

  1. Can I colour my hair after perming?

Yes, but wait at least two weeks to avoid over-processing. Use nourishing products to maintain hair health.

  1. What is the aftercare for permed curly hair?

Use sulphate-free shampoos, moisturising conditioners, and deep conditioning treatments. Avoid brushing wet hair and use a wide-tooth comb or fingers to detangle.

  1. Can I straighten my hair after getting a perm?

Yes, but limit heat styling to prevent damage. Use a heat protectant and low-heat settings on your styling tools.


Love and Hydration xx 

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