Style Diary: My First Perm Rod Set

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This is my first time trying out perm rods as a styling option. I can't believe I never thought to try a perm rod set before, especially while I was transitioning. It would be a great way to blend natural roots with relaxed ends (which is every transitioner's battle!). But recently, I was inspired to try this out after watching a fellow youtuber (MakeupanBeautyJunkie) get awesome results with her perm rod set. I cannot lie though - there were a few times while I was putting in the perm rods that I wanted to give up, throw in the towel and pull my hair back into the bun its been in for the past few weeks. The biggest challenge I had along the way was getting some of the perm rods to stay put (i.e., close and taut to my scalp) after I rolled them. But setbacks aside - I'm glad I saw it through to the last perm rod, because the results came out way better than I thought!  And with more practice I can totally see this becoming a go-to style option. One thing I didn't like (as a result of my challenges with putting in some of the perm rods) was that some of my roots in a few sections were still puffy after take down (check my roots right in the front arrrrgh!). But once I separated the curls and fluffed, the puffy roots were not noticeable. One thing I learned from this trial style is that natural hair never ceases to amaze me!

Style Details: As I show in the video, I used a combination of about 30 jumbo perm rods (teal / green color) and about 30 medium perm rods (pink color). I wanted to mix perm rod sizes so that the resulting curls would not look too uniform. I did this perm rod set on dry hair that was already stretched from bunning for a few days. To moisturize each section, I used Oyin Hair Dew and to set the style I used Blue Eco Styler gel - a combination that worked out pretty well for smoothing out the hair and it left me with soft shiny spirals. Because I started this style pretty late in the evening and it took for-ev-er for me to finish, I ended up keeping the perm rods in overnight to allow it to air dry and set. But those perm rods were super uncomfortable to sleep in! I will never do that to myself again, lol.

Maintaining the Style: To get 2nd day hair, I simply used a stretchy hair band and pulled the curls up into a loose pineapple and slept on a satin pillowcase. I ended up getting 3rd day hair as well using this method. And if I didn't sweat it out a bit while working out, I probably could have even gotten 4th day hair! 

Final Thoughts: I will definitely be trying this again in the future to see if I can get better at it. The next time I do it I will probably experiment with using the same perm rod size all around my head. And I'll also do it early enough in the day so that I'm not forced to sleep in the perm rods (because that was pure torture!).

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you chica! I was definitely surprised it turned out the way it did! :)

  2. Your hair looks nice, shiny and uniform. It is almost the same look (if not the same look) you get with curlformers.

    1. Thank you sis! I was very happy with the results :) I've always wanted to try curlformers....but I get sticker shock when I see them in the store, lol. I'm still getting the hang of the perm rods...but I'm glad I can use them to achieve a similar look.

  3. Lovely! I well definitely try :) I absolutely LOVE your YT videos...and now that I've discovered your blog Im super excited :) [Im new to the blogging world]


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