Hello everyone! Though I have been lurking around for a while and reading all of the amazing information this forum has to offer, I finally decided that I need to ask you knowledgeable curly girls a question: what do you think of perms for people who already have curly hair? Do they work to tighten curls and make them more uniform?

I ask because I am having troubles with my curls. According to this website, I would say that I have 3A curls. I really love curly hair, but to be honest, mine just isn't doing it for me. It clumps in big, chunky waves on the bottom,yet, on the top I am left with really stringy, wanna-be ringletts. (which really look terrible with the chunky waves underneath them).

I have tried everything. Plopping. Every drugstore product under the sun (my mother isn't willing to pay for salon products, so they aren't an option). Blowdrying with a diffuser, without, and air drying. I have been experimenting for months, but nothing seems to be really making a difference.

In the morning, my curls generally look good, but even with product in them, they are puffy before noon everyday (almost guaranteed). I would like to get a spiral perm because I have always adored tight curls.

So, in your opinion, is this a good or bad idea and why? Do you know anyone who has done this? Is it even POSSIBLE to perm hair that is already curly?

Thanks in advacne for your help, nat