Nov 24, 2009

N♥tural Hair: Polished Perm Rods

Last week I tried my first style with the perm rods but wanted to see if I could get a more polished look. After washing and blow drying my hair, I used the Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment to provide moisture and protection before I flat ironed. While this product was at times too heavy for my relaxed hair, it works great on my natural hair. I was really pleased with the results and enjoyed the amount of curls that my hair held. This is a style that I could probably stretch our for 2 days (some may have better luck with it lasting longer) and as my hair fell it looked better. I've been having so much fun experimenting with different styles and products. If anyone has any tips/suggestions for products or styles please let me know!.

Rolled, Wrapped and Ready for bed

The next morning with the perm rods out

Fluffed out


T said...

Question: you've only been transitioning a few months right? So most of your hair is still permed and just 6 months or new-gro is natural, right? If that's the case how long do you think you'll go before cutting it all off or will you cut an inch or so at a time?

Catherine said...

You probably could pin-curl your hair at night to make it last longer.

South Loop Social Light said...

I've been transitioning since May. Before that I was using texturizers for about a year so I was able to maintain a nice amount of curl pattern but I can obviously still tell the difference between the 2 textures. When my new growth is straightened out it's about the same length as my texturized ends. My hair takes heat pretty well so it hasn't been a big issue for me to blow dry and flat iron it every once in a while. I know some folks have issue managing the two textures but I thank God this is something that I've always known how to do. In terms of a big chop, I don't plan on doing a formal one. I'm going to get my ends trimmed next month and then continue doing the same routine that's been working. Using the perm rods I was able to figure out a way to make my straighter ends work for me... and when I want to wear my hair straight I like having the length. Also, my twist outs are getting more fun because the new growth is making it big and full... exactly what I love! But yeah... the TWA is not something I see in my future. I like big, funky hair so that's my goal.

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Cathy - Because of how my hair can sweat at night I will just end up using the perm rods again. It actually only takes about 20 mins to roll my entire head so I don't mind doing it... it's easier than doing a twist out and I like the results a bit better.

Catherine said...

Okay, well it's super cute! I haven't blown my own hair straight in a year, but this is something I may try.

Karyn Brianne said...

So cute! When I wash my hair, I always set it on rollers. Sometimes, I leave the curls as is and other times, I'll blow out the curls for full and fluffy hair :-) And, I love Cantu...I got hooked when I lived in NJ last year and haven't looked back!

ANGELINA said...

I think the style looks great! I too transitioned without doing a formal big chop (I transitioned for about a year and a half and then cut off the relaxed ends since I like length). Styles like this have been my saving grace. I recently started using flexirod rollers so that I can sleep more comfortably and I love the results. Have you tried them?

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Cathy - You should try doing it. If for nothing more than to prove to yourself that you can manage a straight style w/o paying the salon because at the end of the day it'll only last so long and better to put that $ towards something else.

@ Karyne - Yes, Cantu is really good stuff. I didn't like it with my relaxed hair but I hardly ever throw products out. It's been a miracle worker with my natural hair.

@ Angelina - The winter weather is causing me to get more creative with my styles. The summer spoiled me because I could count on my hair drying as I made my way to work. Now, not so much... but I hope to transition indefinitely and just one day wake up with no more straight ends.

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