Perms can be damaging to hair, so make sure to take good care of your locks! Because the perming process can cause your hair to become dry, you should concentrate on restoring moisture and protecting your hair from damage. Even small changes, such as using a weekly deep-moisturizer and air-drying your hair, can make a significant difference in the health of your hair. With all of the extra hydration, you may notice that your hair is softer and less frizzy overall.
Method 1 Moisturizing and Repairing Dry Hair
1. Make sure to purchase products that contain nourishing ingredients such as argan oil and glycerin. Because of the harsh chemicals used in the perming process, your hair is most likely dry, and it requires moisture to recover. Pay attention to product labels and look for hair products that contain super-nourishing ingredients such as:
Argan, avocado, coconut
Fatty alcohols like cetearyl alcohol or cetyl alcohol
2. If possible, avoid using products that contain sulphates when shampooing your hair to retain moisture. Your hair is most likely dry, but it could also be burned as a result of the perming process. Consider using a gentle shampoo that is free of sulphates and parabens, as these can cause your hair to become even more dry. Instead, use a moisturising shampoo that has been specially formulated for color-treated hair, as these are particularly effective at nourishing processed hair.
It’s also possible to find shampoos that are specifically designed to repair hair damage.
3. Conditioner should be used after shampooing to hydrate and repair your hair. Investigate different types of conditioners that contain keratin, a protein that can smooth your hair and reduce frizz and curls. The conditioner should be rubbed into your palms before running it through your freshly shampooed hair. Allowing it to sit on your hair for up to 10 minutes will allow it to penetrate and moisturise your hair. After that, thoroughly rinse away all of the conditioner.
It is always best to use cool or warm water rather than hot to avoid drying out your hair.
4. Hair will retain moisture for a longer period of time if you use a leave-in conditioner. Although you may believe that your standard conditioner will adequately moisturise your hair, dry, damaged hair requires even more hydration. After you’ve rinsed out your regular conditioner, spray a leave-in conditioner or massage a leave-in conditioner cream into your damp hair to seal it in. Using this product will keep your hair hydrated throughout the day and prevent it from becoming frizzy.
Remember to carefully read the ingredients list and choose a leave-in conditioner that contains healthy oils, glycerin, fatty acids, and protein such as keratin to nourish your hair.
5. Apply a weekly moisturising mask to your hair and leave it on for 10 minutes to get the best results. Once a week, deep hydrate your hair with a leave-in conditioner. Purchase a nourishing hair mask that has been designed to hydrate your hair, such as this one. For example, look for a product that contains coconut or argan oil, shea butter, or avocado oil, among other ingredients. After you’ve washed your hair with your shampoo, massage the mask into your hair. After that, leave the mask on your hair for 10 minutes before rinsing it out completely.
Plan on applying a moisturising hair mask once a week to your hair in order to improve the overall health of your hair.
The majority of the mask should be applied to the middle and ends of your hair rather than the roots, as these areas are likely to be more damaged as a result of the perm.
6. Make a monthly application of warm olive oil to your hair to aid in the relaxation and straightening of your hair. If your hair is extremely frizzy and dry, pour 12 c (120 mL) of olive oil into a pan and heat over low heat until the oil is warm. Once the oil has reached a comfortable temperature, turn off the burner and allow it to cool until you can handle it. After massaging the oil into your dry hair, leave it in for 15 minutes to ensure that it is completely coated. Then, using a shampoo and a good amount of water, wash your hair.
Use a wide comb to gently work the oil through your hair, starting at the roots and working your way to the ends.
It is recommended that you use the warm oil treatment once a month until your hair appears smooth and healthy.
Method 2 Protecting Your Hair from Damage
1. It’s best to wait a few days between hair washings. It’s important to give your hair time to rest if you’re in the habit of washing your hair every day because it removes natural oils from your hair. It’s better to wait a day or two so that your hair can remain moisturised and protected.
Do you find it difficult to skip the shampoo session? If you notice that your hair is greasy or oily, apply a dry shampoo product to the roots of your hair.
Ideally, you should wash your hair 2 to 3 times per week.
2. After washing and conditioning your hair, use detangling products to keep your hair from becoming damaged. Frizzy hair tangles much more easily than smooth, healthy hair, which makes it more difficult to detangle. After you have finished conditioning your hair, spray or brush a detangling product through your hair from the ends to the roots to make it easier to brush or comb. When using a detangling product that does not require rinsing out with warm water, you should use a leave-in conditioner.
You should plan on using a detangling product after every wash of your hair. Consider it an additional layer of protection against future harm!
3. Treat your hair with care, especially when it’s wet or dripping. When your damaged hair is wet, it becomes even more delicate and prone to breakage; therefore, avoid pulling, tugging, or brushing your wet hair harshly. In fact, don’t use a brush or comb on wet hair; instead, use your fingers to detangle the hair and wait until it has dried a little before using a wide-toothed comb to gently comb it through.
When drying your hair, avoid rubbing it vigorously with a towel because this causes friction, which causes your hair to become frizzy. Instead, wrap or blot your hair with a T-shirt made of 100% cotton.
4. Allowing your hair to air dry will help to keep it from becoming frizzy. Permed hair is already prone to dry, frizzy ends, but blow-drying your hair after washing it will only exacerbate the problem. Instead, use a T-shirt to blot your hair and allow it to dry naturally on its own.
You’ll be able to keep your permed hair from sustaining even more heat damage.
5. Heat should not be used to style your hair. In the event that you’ve changed your mind about your curly or wavy perm, you might be tempted to straighten it with a flat iron or curling iron, but resist the temptation. Your hair has already been subjected to a significant amount of heat, and any additional heat will only make it worse. Before styling with heat, wait until your hair is healthy, soft, and elastic before doing so.
If you must use a blow dryer or other heat source to style your hair, set it to the coolest temperature setting available.
6. Continue to refrain from colouring treatments until your hair is healthy and nourished again. If you’re not satisfied with the colour of your hair or simply want a change, you might consider colouring it. Unfortunately, chemical colour dyes are harsh on the hair, and if your hair is still damaged from the perm, it can exacerbate the symptoms of frizziness, thinning, and breakage.
Not sure if your hair is in good enough condition to be dyed? Consult with your hairstylist for advice, or take the safe route and wait until your hair feels as soft and strong as it did before.
7. Sunlight should be avoided at all costs. UV rays from the sun can be extremely damaging to your hair, so avoid exposure to the sun or wear a hat or scarf when outside. Before you go out, spritz your hair with a hair protecting spray that contains sodium laneth, hydrolyzed protein, and silicone to add an extra layer of protection.
If you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, add some extra conditioning. Because of the heat and the sun, your hair will most likely be even drier than usual during the summer.
8. Get rid of split ends and maintain a healthy appearance by trimming your hair regularly. Does your perm have a lot of wisps and is unruly at the ends? Unfortunately, a bad perm can cause your hair to become damaged, resulting in ends that are straight and stick out below the curls or waves. Pay close attention to your ends and snip away any that are split or protrude in an obvious way. To remove split ends and encourage hair growth, you only need to trim your hair about 12 inches (1.3 cm) in length.
Although you can trim the back of your hair on your own, it may be easier to enlist the assistance of a friend to make the task easier.
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