Megan is a SAHM who juggles three little ones, a husband getting his Masters’ degree, an active life with her Church community, AND a few days a month of work. Wow! it’s no wonder her hair often ends up in a ponytail. But her husband, like many, likes her hair long, so she wrote in to ask for suggestions on how to manage it.
Is that your natural color?? It’s beautiful! If it’s not, keep up whatever you’re doing!
The perm looks very natural, too, and if it’s in your budget (both time and money) to do it every 6-9 months, it would be nice to maintain it. But, if it’s feeling too thick and tough to control, you might be better off letting it grow out. This can be a challenge, but you are already on the right track with the headband idea. The current style is definitely smoother at the roots and wavy/curly at the ends, so you’re in luck! Headbands, clips, and simple half-up styles will do double duty by keeping hair out of your face, while masking the change in texture.
You’ll want to trim it to keep it healthy, adding long layers for shape, but avoid cutting too much too soon. You don’t want the top to have layers that fall flat and straight, while the ends are full and curly!
Lots of moisture in your shampoo and conditioner, and a good control cream is essential to defining curls, whether natural or permed. Shampoo as little as possible; aim for twice a week. On the other days, refresh your style with damp hands and/or rinse and condition. Especially as the perm grows out, concentrate on the ends when using the deep conditioner. It will strengthen and soften your permed hair, but could be too heavy on your natural roots.
I hope this helps! Please let us know what you decide to do! Maybe even send a pic…
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