Because tresses are more prone to breakage while they’re wet, you should be careful when drying curly or wavy hair. First, make sure you blot lengths dry with a microfiber towel or soft cotton t-shirt, taking care not to rub or scrub. Then apply a texture-enhancing product, like NutriCurls Milky Waves (for waves) or Curlixir Balm (for curls), gently scrunch, and blow dry on a low heat with a diffuser attachment. The diffuser ensures heat is evenly distributed through your hair, so you don’t end up blowing curls and waves out of shape or encouraging flyaways.
5. Detangle Permed Hair from the Ends First
Detangling curly hair needn’t be tricky. Simply follow these three rules to keep your textured perm knot-free:
- Make sure you moisturize locks first.
- Never drag your comb from root to tip.
- Take your time to work out every last tangle.
It’s easier to detangle hair when it’s damp, so start by softening knots with a leave-in spray. We like to mist the Elements Renewing Leave-In Conditioner through mid-lengths and ends for a boost of hydration. Then, start detangling from the tips of the hair before gradually moving higher and higher. Do this until every last knot is gone; your curls or waves will be easier to tame and style to perfection.
And, with that, you’re ready for your appointment. Just remember, it’s important to be patient with freshly permed hair. The gentler you treat it, the better your perm will look.