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How to Make Your Perm or Curly Hair Last Longer

Updated on September 21, 2015

Although permanent wave (or normally called the Perm) in these days is no longer as popular as it was in the 80’s, it is still a major type of hairstyle in even the most fashioned salons that many women are relying on. What’s more, today’s perm techniques have been vastly improved to be much smoother and require less effort to render beautiful, wavy and shiny results that ladies would love to have.

However, one problem is, the perm could last barely two months if it was not taken appropriate care, so then you have to run into hair salon at least every quarter or even more frequently. What’s worse, the unique chemical smell could linger around your freshly permed hair for an entire week. I can still remember one afternoon after I finished the perm I rushed to a Target store nearby for grocery shopping, and a lady came upon to me suddenly and shouted, “Oh, did you just do a perm, I can smell that …” I believe she didn't mean to do this on purpose, but everybody all in one moment just turned around to look at me...

That was a dreadful memory. Since then, I’ve been researching and testing for years various products as well as taking advice from my stylists so that I could not only keep the beautiful curly hair style longer, but also find a way to get rid of that smell fast and safely. Finally and fortunately, I found exactly the right product that keeps my perms healthy, rich, and curly and equally importantly it smells so pleasant that it mitigated the chemical smell of freshly permed hair so well that I can hardly trace it. I would like to share the product here with those who might have similar uncomfortable experience with perms before and encourage you to try it and see if that gets improved.

Here it is: The product name is Redken Curvaceous, which is composed of a collection of 7 curly and wavy hair styling products. But you don’t have to use all of them because the price of the products are not inexpensive. The three main products that I use is the Redken Curvaceous Cream Shampoo, followed by Redken Curvaceous Conditioner, which is then finished by Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl.

Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl is my favorite, which is 2 in 1 cream for curly or wavy hairs. If your budget is tight, then you could simply skip both the shampoo and conditioner, but purchase this Full Swirl cream only, for it is the right one that helps get rid of the chemical smell from your fresh perm, and in the meanwhile helps your hair stay moisture and free from frizz.

In addition, I also love the beautiful slender design of the bottle. Look at the picture I’m attaching here from Amazon, do you see how beautiful swirl the cream inside forms? Do not assume it is merely a package label pictured like a swirl shape, as I did the first time when I get the bottle. I didn’t notice the bottle itself is transparent until I used all the cream inside, and from that moment I only noticed the swirl is formed by the cream inside which was probably artfully molded and filled to the bottle. Look at the image that I uploaded from which I put together a new and used bottle for comparison, and you will understand what I mean. How amazing it is!

Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl is my favorite, which is 2 in 1 cream for curly or wavy hairs. If your budget is tight, then you could simply skip both the shampoo and conditioner, but purchase this Full Swirl cream only, for it is the right one that helps get rid of the chemical smell from your fresh perm, and in the meanwhile helps your hair stay moisture and free from frizz.

In addition, I also love the beautiful slender design of the bottle. Look at the picture I’m attaching here from Amazon, do you see how beautiful swirl the cream inside forms? Do not assume it is merely a package label pictured like a swirl shape, as I did the first time when I get the bottle. I didn’t notice the bottle itself is transparent until I used all the cream inside, and from that moment I only noticed the swirl is formed by the cream inside which was probably artfully molded and filled to the bottle. Look at the image that I uploaded from which I put together a new and used bottle for comparison, and you will understand what I mean. How amazing it is!

The original or list price of the product would cost you $25 for 5 oz, but you could actually find lucky bargains in primarily two ways: The first is through your local salon, which is the main distribution channel of the brand. And if you visit Hair Cuttery frequently as I do, sometimes they will offer Buy-One-Get-One promotion especially to loyal customers. Based on my experience, the 5 oz bottle could last very long, at least for six months; so I would use that offer to get both the shampoo and the conditioner, because otherwise each of them would cost me $25 for 8.5 oz bottle. And if I have stock at home, I would take advantage of the offer to get two bottles of shampoo, as it could be used up pretty soon.

The second way to save your beauty care budget is certainly purchasing the products from Amazon.com. After comparing the prices between Google and Amazon, I noticed that either could be cost-effective channel to purchase the product (compared to its original price), as shown in the price comparison chart below, though prices may vary depending on different search term and item ranking. You might want to do a little bit of your own research on both Google and Amazon to see if there’s anything below that before you decide to make the purchase.

Price Comparison Based on Random Search

Product Names
Retail Price
Google Shopping Price
Amazon Price
Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl (5 oz)
$25.00
$16.75
$12.50
Redken Curvaceous Cream Shampoo & Conditioner Liter (33.8 oz)
$70.00
$59.48
$52.45

The last thing I'd like to point it out is that this Shampoo is completely different from any other products that you’ve been using. Whatever other brands you use, regular shampoo will generate hundreds or thousands of bubbles on your head, but this Redken Curvaceous cream shampoo would just do the opposite. You would feel few or none bubbles on your head, for the product was exclusively designed in this type of low-lathering formula to allow you to gently cleanse your hair. You might not get used to it at the beginning, but you will once you reap the benefits of its fresh, pleasant scent and your longer-maintained beautiful, wavy and curly hair.

If you're still not sure whether this is the right product for you, take a look at the video:

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