To fix a new perm that is too curly, conditioning with oil and conditioners is a must. Beyond deep moisture treatments, try a few styling options to tame the curls. If neither of these options works, visit the salon for a relaxing treatment, but don't try chemicals at home.
- Gather needed supplies
For an at-home curl relaxing option, get the following supplies: canola oil, plastic wrap, towel, gentle shampoo and deep conditioner. If the conditioning treatment doesn't tame curls, a blow dryer, round brush and large rollers can help create a better style.
- Give hair a deep conditioning treatment
Saturate hair with canola oil from roots to tips. Because this process can be messy, applying the oil over a sink or bathtub can be helpful. Cover hair with plastic wrap then wrap with a towel to prevent drips and seal in heat and moisture. Let oil soak into hair for at least one hour. Then rinse out oil and wash with a gentle shampoo. Follow with a deep conditioner, letting it soak in for at least two to three minutes. Rinse again, then repeat with conditioner again.
- Blow dry and roll hair
If the conditioning treatment doesn't relax the curls, blow dry hair with a large round brush. If needed, use large rollers to set hair into a different curl pattern. The combination of a deep conditioning treatment and heat styling may tame new permed curls.
- Visit a salon
For curls that won't relax with a conditioning treatment and new style, head back to the salon. A stylist can apply a relaxing treatment to break the curl into a different look. Be wary of using too many chemicals on hair at one time; hair can be easily damaged with both perming and straightening chemicals.