How to Relax a Curly Perm at Home

Updated April 17, 2017

There are many factors that go into creating a perfect perm. The precise mixture of chemicals, the technique of applying rods or rollers, the correct timing and the condition of your hair pre-perm can all affect the end result. If your permed hair seems too be coiled or curled too tightly for your taste, there are some relaxing techniques you can try at home. Since perming is harsh on your hair, the last thing you want to do is cause more damage by using chemical relaxers.

Shampoo your hair as soon as possible. Salons recommend waiting 72 hours before washing a new perm to allow it to take, so immediate washing will help remove some of the chemicals that give you your tight curls.

Thoroughly coat your hair in a deep conditioner. Use your wide-tooth comb and comb the conditioner through your hair from roots to ends. Leave the conditioner on your hair for at least five minutes.

Rinse the conditioner completely from your hair. Comb and towel dry.

Set your hair in large rollers to help reset the pattern of the tight curls and loosen them up. Allow your hair to air dry, then remove the rollers from your hair.

Continue to use the deep conditioning treatment after your routine shampoo to help relax hair. If curls are still too tight, you may use a chemical relaxing treatment. For best results, wait at least two weeks after your perm before applying any more chemicals to your hair.


If you are unhappy with the results of a salon perm, contact the salon for recommendations and a resolution. You may also try using a hot oil treatment after the deep conditioning and rollers.


Do not use an at-home relaxing kit on permed hair. It could cause major damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Deep conditioner
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Large rollers
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