How to permanently curl straight hair

If you love the look of curls but have grown tired of curling your hair everyday, try perming your hair for more permanent results. Daily curling with hot rollers and curling irons damages the hair over time, but a perm is a one-time process with lasting results. According to the Hairstyle City website, a perm, or permanent wave, works by chemicals that break down the hair and then restructure it into the desired curls. Perm kits come with everything you need to get beautiful curls in the comfort of your own home.

Read all instructions in the perm kit. Wash and condition the hair and section it into equal, workable sizes (two per side, two in the back and two on the top).

Wrap small sections of hair around the perm rods included in the perm kit. Follow the illustrations on the perm instructions. Do not add more hair than the perm rods can hold comfortably. Fold the ends of the hair into the end papers that are included in the perm kit.

Roll all the hair around the perm rods until it is all up. Put on latex gloves. Apply the perm solution, completely saturating every curl.

Allow the hair to sit in the rods according to the suggested time in the perm kit instructions. Do not let it sit for longer, as this can damage the hair.

Rinse the hair with warm water and apply the neutraliser product that came in the perm kit. Allow the neutraliser to sit on the hair for the amount of time suggested in the instructions.

Remove the hair from the perm rods and rinse in cold water. Apply any deep conditioners that came in the perm kit and rinse.

Dry the hair with a diffuser and style.


Perm your hair in a well-ventilated area and follow all instructions carefully.

Things You'll Need

  • Latex or rubber gloves
  • Perm kit
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Audrey Pannell has been writing since the year 2000. She has written for AOL and eHow. She holds a Bachelor of Science in public administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and also completed a certification course to obtain a teaching certificate for early childhood through fourth grade.