Tips for caring for a perm include refraining from washing your hair for 48 hours and avoiding heat styling as much as possible. After 48 hours pass, wash your hair with a shampoo for chemically treated hair, gently massaging it into the scalp. Use a deep conditioner for chemically treated hair after shampooing. Gently comb the conditioner through your hair and let it sit for five minutes before washing it clean. Only use warm, never hot, water on a perm.
Conditioning your hair is important when caring for a perm, as conditioner detangles the hair, keeps the perm soft and makes the treatment last longer. It is best to allow a perm to dry naturally. If you must use a hair dryer, use a diffuser and a cool setting to avoid causing heat damage. This method also helps retain the curls.
Avoid combing or brushing your hair when it is dry for a couple of weeks after the perm. Use your cleaned fingers to smooth it down instead. Do not wear your hair in tight buns or ponytails, and completely avoid using elastics or tight clips, as they can create dents in the hair and disturb the curl. When going out into the sunlight, keep your perm covered, as UV rays can damage the hair.