Has anyone permed their curly (yes, curly) hair?

My hair is mostly 3a, and on some days a 2b. The problem is that the underside of my hair near the nape of my neck is STICK straight and it drives me nuts. Even on the best hair days my hair still looks bad because the straight hair fans out over my shoulders and looks ridiculous. I talked to my stylist about maybe getting only the straight part permed into a soft wave to try to even things out and he said it's been done before. Has anyone out there actually done it? I've been considering this for years but I'm nervous. If it matters, my hair falls about 5-6 inches from my shoulders.
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Years ago, in the 80's, I got a perm, maybe two. At the time, my hair was short, though, and I blow dried it to wavy. It was the days of feathering! I had no idea how curly my hair really was.

When I had the perm, I either let it dry curly and picked it out, or I would roll it on rollers to get feathered waves. When I rolled it, it was a lot more predictable and uniform (if that makes sense). It held the set better.

Don't know if my 80's flashback helps you since your hair is long.

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My hair wasn't as long as yours, but I did get perms about 5 years ago. At the time, my hair was really weird, a lot curlier, with several different textures, and just a pain to deal with. My stylist (also a curly) recommended it to loosen the curl and get a more uniform curl to deal with. She has lots of curly clients, and has done it for many of them.

It worked out really well for me. It made my hair so much easier to deal with. I had a baby just before my last perm, so not sure if it was hormones or the perming or something else, but my hair ended up being looser and seems easier to deal with than it was before the perming.

Not sure if that helps, but if you stylist has done it before with good results, I wouldn't be as nervous.
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My hair wasn't as long as yours, but I did get perms about 5 years ago. At the time, my hair was really weird, a lot curlier, with several different textures, and just a pain to deal with. My stylist (also a curly) recommended it to loosen the curl and get a more uniform curl to deal with. She has lots of curly clients, and has done it for many of them.

It worked out really well for me. It made my hair so much easier to deal with. I had a baby just before my last perm, so not sure if it was hormones or the perming or something else, but my hair ended up being looser and seems easier to deal with than it was before the perming.

Not sure if that helps, but if you stylist has done it before with good results, I wouldn't be as nervous.
3b/c normally, 3a/b in the winter

OMG, I have exactly the same problem, the hair at the nape of my neck is poker straight too.
It's about a one inch section, annoys the hell out of me because the rest of my hair springs up 3 inches and the straight bit is visible.

My stylist also recommended perming it but I haven't gone for it yet.

As a quick solution try damping it and braiding it before bed.
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I got a perm 16+ years ago. I think I still have it!
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Before you get a perm, maybe you should try a curl enhancer on the straight part. My underneath layer has almost no curl, but if I spray Jessicurl Gelebration on it, under my regular styler, it curls up so it blends with the rest of my hair. For me, it works amazingly well.
Years ago, in the 80's, I got a perm, maybe two. At the time, my hair was short, though, and I blow dried it to wavy. It was the days of feathering! I had no idea how curly my hair really was.
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Me, too. I always wanted curly hair. How ironic. I notice it will take a perm really well because curly hair is more porous. I did home perms and they always turned out more curly than I would have liked. I guess I'd recommend going to a professional.
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I have 2bc hair in the canopy and the underneath is stick straight as well. I have the remains of a perm from October 05 in the last 6 inches or so-I'm trying to keep myself talked out of another because I hate growing them out! I'm also pondering chopping off the permed ends, becuase I want to see how much curl I have on my own, but I'm chicken.

No answers, but plenty of sympathy! I would probably do it, myself, if my hair were reliably curly. I'm just restarting my curly journey so I hope it will come to life soon. My hair is about the same length as yours too, fwiw.
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Another idea might be to just cut the straighter part shorter. I usually have my stylist do this, as the very bottom layer is so much straighter than the rest, esp the sides. We just snip it off until it looks even, even though it's not. I don't know if you straighten but it shouldn't matter. That's the only way I've been able to deal with those rebellious straight strands!

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Pisces_Fish, I naturally have 2b hair. Before I permed my hair, my hair was a major pain in the you know what. During the dry Winter days, my hair would almost completely straighten out. On humid Summer days, my hair would sometimes be like a 3a, but with a lot of frizz. I got tired of not knowing what my hair would be like from day to day so I ended up getting a spiral perm. I have been perming my hair for the last three years or so, about once every eight months. However, I can remember being very nervous the first time I made an appointment to get my hair permed. I was so nervous I felt like I was going to the Guillotine instead of the hair salon to get a perm! A year before I permed my hair, I cut my hair short and I hated it, so I was really nervous about a perm destroying my hair, and then having to cut it out! Because I hate the way I look with short hair. Fortunately I love my hair with a perm, it is much more manageable! Plus, I seem to get a lot more compliments with a perm in my hair. Before I decided to perm my hair, I tried a curl enhancer. However, my hair is so thick that a curl enhancer only had a minimal effect on my hair. If you decided to perm your hair, I would definitely seek out a stylist who is experienced in perming wavy/curly hair. I would also recommend that you not be afraid to spend the extra money and get a perm at a nice salon, with experienced stylists. A home perm can be extremely risky if you don't really know what you are doing! The last thing you want is a perm that fries your hair. Let us know what you decided to do.
I just turned 35 on Valentine's day.) WHen I was in high school I permed my hair. That didnt last very long so I relaxed it. BIG mistake for me. My hair burnt off in the back and it never grew right again.To this day I have some balding back there.
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I have naturally 3a hair that I had straightened so I permed it to avoid having to cut off all of the straight hair. In the past I have permed it from time to time even without the straightening issue. Here is what I discovered...

When I get a perm, it really doesn't make much difference after a while. At first, I have a lot of curl at the roots which almost never happens naturally and then my natural hair pattern comes through. Apparently my natural curl pattern is stronger than the perm. Even a very tight spiral becomes my natural pattern after about 3 weeks. What I do get from the perm is more definition to the curls and an easier time getting them to curl versus frizz.

I don't have an issue with straight hair at my nape, so I can't tell you what it will do in your hair. Good luck should you decide to try it.

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