I have been maintaining my permed hairstyle for more than half a year now. Other than having to sit at the salon for more than 3 hours every 3 months, I find this hairstyle very manageable. After all, I can now afford to walk out of the house with an acceptable “out-of-bed” head.

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How to care for your permed hair? Here are some products that I am currently using.

Shampoo: Use a shampoo that helps to maintain curls, or is suitable for damaged hair. In addition, use a deep cleansing shampoo to remove styling products buildup and mineral deposits once or twice a week. The curls might get tangled together but I usually try to avoid using a comb, which could loosen my curls as a result. The deep cleansing shampoo works better at softening my hair and removing the tangles and knots.


Currently using: Kerastase Bain Oleo-Curl Shampoo (S$36) and Joico K-Pak Clarify for Deep Cleansing (S$23).

Reduce the frizz: The hair may appear frizzy and dry after a perm. This is because the perming process strip off natural oil and moisture from our hair. An easy way to solve this problem is to use a hair serum. Rub the serum between your palms and apply them to your hair, scrunching the hair to maintain some volume and curl.


Currently using: Toni & Guy Shine Gloss Serum (S$22.90)

Styling: I usually don’t do much styling except spritzing some spray for volume and more moisture. This is probably why my curls usually look more loose and wavy rather than defined. The steps: Spray, scrunch and blow dry!


Currently using: Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray (S$24.90). I also use Lucidol Hair Perm Water at times.

Other notes:

  • For better curl definition, you may apply some styling mousse and twirl the curls before blow drying. This is more time-consuming, but it would give the hair more body and bounce.
  • The perm would typically last for about 3 to 6 months, depending on your hair length and rate of growth. To maintain the similar hairstyle, you would need to perm your hair regularly. Therefore, I would recommend that you go to the salon for a hair treatment regularly to keep your crowning glory in healthy condition!


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