Give Your Perm the Products it Needs!

Give Your Perm the Products it Needs!

June 12th, 2021 | by

A hairstyle that is so timeless that it makes a statement even in 2021 is the perm. Short for a permanent wave, a perm uses chemicals to break down your hair structure and create permanent waves out of it. While a perm adds immense bounce and volume to your hair, if not properly taken care of, it can appear unkempt and dull. 

Getting a perm completely changes your hair structure. And because of that, a hair care routine that worked for you earlier, might not be the best bet for your newly permed hair. 

While choosing a shampoo and conditioner for permed hair, it’s important to look beyond labels. A shampoo bottle labelled ‘for permed hair’ might not provide the care its label hints at. There are multiple factors that you need to consider while picking hair care products for permed hair. Here are some of them:

Shun the chemicals

The amount of chemicals that permed hair has been treated with, the last thing it needs are more chemicals. An array of natural ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter, fruits-extracts, plant-based oil and leaf extracts are infused with moisturizing, anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants.

Humectants to lock in the moisture

Permed hair is likely to get dehydrated. Humectants such as sorbitol and glycerine work wonders to combat severely dry hair, by locking in moisture and softening the hair.

Proteins to fight off the damage

Due to the excess of chemicals used, permed hair is more vulnerable to damage. 

Shampoos with ingredients that promote hair reconstruction can be a boon for permed hair. Proteins in shampoos like collagen and keratin can repair and smoothen permed hair. 

Steer clear of parabens and sulphates

Shampoos are often infused with chemicals like parabens and sulphates, which aid in preservation and carry exceptional cleansing properties. But their drawbacks greatly outweigh their benefits. These chemicals have the potential to cause severe dryness to your hair along with hairfall. 

Sulfates too are effective at cleansing and foaming but they strip your hair of essential natural oils, leading to frizz and dehydration.

While having the above filters can help you choose the right shampoo and conditioner for permed hair, we’ve still put together a round-up of the best ones depending on your hair concern:

1. OGX Renewing + Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner

(Best for protecting your hair)

The OGX kit features Morrocan Argan oil, which not only hydrates your hair but also supplies it with essential vitamins and nutrients. 

This powerful combination effectively works on each strand – adding shine and bounce to your curls while protecting them from extreme weather conditions.

Its irresistible fragrance is an added advantage while considering this product.


  • Superb protection from extreme weather conditions
  • Adds bounce and shine to your hair
  • Long-lasting fragrance


  • Can cause irritation to your scalp

(In case your scalp is sensitive, we suggest applying this product solely to the strands.)

2. TRESemmé Flawless Curls Shampoo & Conditioner Set

(Best Hydrating Duo)

This TRESemmé duo comes fortified with vitamin B3 and olive oil – both superb compounds to enhance your curls. While this product protects your hair against humid weather, it doesn’t fall short on its promise to keep them moisturized. 

The only red flags to watch out for are artificial dyes and sulphates. Different scalps and hair types react differently to these chemicals. Unless your hair is severely damaged, these chemicals won’t get in the way of maintaining an enviable, silky-smooth perm.


  • Intense hydration
  • Protects your curls against humidity


  • Contains chemical compounds

3. Sheamoisture Strengthen And Restore Shampoo

(Best for hair restoration)

While getting a perm, your hair is infused with a barrage of chemicals. This puts your hair at a greater risk of undergoing damage. Adding a restoring shampoo and conditioner can work wonders to ensure that your hair structure stays nourished. 

This duo is designed to rejuvenate your hair structure, particularly curls that undergo treatments on the regular. 

Concocted with Jamaican castor oil and shea butter, this product is sure to ensure a speedy recovery of your hair from its very roots.


  • Helps your hair quickly recover
  • It is compatible with all hair types


  • Might not be the best bet if your scalp is oily

4. Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine

(Best for adding shine to your hair)

Concocted with Sweet Clover Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice and Shea Butter, this duo is sure to add long-lasting moisture and shine to your hair. It also carries a rich vanilla fragrance, which stays on throughout the day.

Completely devoid of cheap, low-quality chemicals – this duo adds a premium glossy look to your curls, making them stand out in the crowd. 


  • A long-lasting refreshing fragrance
  • High-grade ingredients
  • Free of low-quality ingredients


  • Bulky packaging

5. Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner

(Best for long-lasting fragrance)

If your idea of a good hair day consists of fragrant, smooth tresses, then this duo is the one for you.

The Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo is a gentle cleansing, moisturizing sulphate and paraben-free formula that infuses dehydrated hair with antioxidant argan oil and replenishing nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A and Red Algae to combat free radicals, it helps retain moisture and slows down hair ageing. 

The Moroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner boasts a similar hydrating formula that locks in the moisture while leaving your hair with an irresistible, long-lasting fragrance.

After frequent shampooing, the signature scent begins to spread evenly to all your hair strands, leaving a mesmerizing aroma. This iconic whiff owes itself a harmonious blend of distinct amber and sweet flowers.


  • The best natural ingredients
  • A sweet long-lasting fragrance


  • The fragrance might be overwhelming if you’re sensitive to strong aromas.

The Bottom Line

The most common problems you’re likely to face if you have permed hair are dehydration and frizz. With the right hair care solutions, you can keep both of these at bay. Religiously following a haircare routine that moisturizes your tresses is a great start to maintaining this chic hairdo.

Rashi Girdher