Wash Day | White & Tan Perm Rod Set

After finishing up my second henna treatment this weekend, I finished up the festivities by doing a perm rod set with white perm rods (7/16″) and tan perm rods (11/16″). This was my second attempt at using perm rods on wet hair. My first attempt didn’t go so well (check out that fail here) but I’m super happy with my results this time around!

What I used & What I did

For leave-ins I used Entwine Couture Exotiquee Leave-In Hair Potion, sealed my leave-in with Organix Vitamin E Oil, and Entwine Couture Creme Jelle Styler for hold (my reviews are posted here). I worked in small sections (parting with just my fingers), starting a two strand twist before rolling my hair on the rod upwards (from ends to root). After setting my hair on the rods, I loosely wrapped my hair with my silk scarf and let my hair air dry.

Wrapped perm rods

Take Down + Day 1 Curls

My hair took forever to dry. I think I set my hair around 7 pm, Sunday, and took them out 6 am the next morning and my hair had the nerve to be damp in the front. I had to run and grab my blow dryer to quickly dry the damp sections for 15 minutes. I used the smaller white perm rods in the front and the larger tan perm rods in the back. I wish I could share how many rods I used but I forgot to count how many I used as I removed them.

White and tan perm rods Here’s my hair after I removed the perm rods.

Removed perm rodsAs mentioned above, before rolling my hair upwards on the perm rod, I started a two strand twist. Starting off with a two strand twist makes it SO easy to separate the curls afterwards without causing frizz.

Two strand twist perm rodsI didn’t like how my hair looked after dividing each section in two so I went back and separated my hair a bit more, winding the sections around my finger to reform the curl shape. End result: bouncy, shiny curls.

After separating perm rod curlsPinappling to preserve the curls

To maintain my curls, I pineappled my hair for bed, using a headband to gently hold my hair up.

Pineappling perm rods

Day 3 Curls + Work out style

I fully expected my curls to drop quite a bit by day 3 but they’ve held up nicely, even after working out.

Perm rod set day 3To protect my curls while working out, I wore my hair up in two high pig tail curly puffs.

Perm rod pig tailsSidenote: I was so happy to see the red tint in the photo below from my henna treatement. Whoop!Perm rod pig tails

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  1. So cute! AND thank you for showing the amount of Tim it lasted and especially your after workout hair. So many bloggers dont do that and I wish they would. Thanks im going to try this. 🙂

  2. So so awesome! You have perfected the perm rod set 🙂 How did you keep the two strand twist from unraveling though, since you curled from ends to the root?

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      Aww thank you! but I have a ways to go before I truly get the hang of perm rod sets. I really hate responding “I didn’t do anything” :/ but I really didn’t in this case. My natural texture kinda held the twist in place. I just twisted half way, let go, and grabbed a perm rod.

  3. Amazing results, and the henna colour is great, ]showing without being overpowering.
    I’m getting into curls over here as well, I tried the ‘twist n curl’ method with perm rods earlier in the month, but I didn’t feel like the time investment was worth it. So I did a corkscrew set (bantu knots/nubian knots) the second time around because in my mind the results would basically be the same, and I was RIGHT. So that’s going to be my go-to for a ‘curly’ look for now…until I fall prey to another technique that I just “have to try”, hahaha.

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      Thank you Josie! If I could hate one thing about this style is how long it to do… probably because I used so many perm rods. I must admit I’m intimidated by bantu knots so I think it’s awesome they’re your go-to curly look!

  4. Wow, this looks great! I have orange and blu(ish) colored perm rods and they are a pain to smoothly set around my hair. Maybe smaller rods are would work out better for me.

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      Thank you Ann! I have larger blue perm rods and I think it’s definitely harder to smooth hair around the larger perm rods (unless one is starting with straight hair, then it’s a little bit easier). You should totally give smaller perm rods a try!

  5. Is the perm rods hard for sleeping in? Thought about getting me some but not sure if my head would be comfortable if it is hard.

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      No they’re pretty comfortable to sleep in. I find it MUCH easier to sleep in perm rods than flexi rods or curl formers because of how the perm rods are arranged flat against the head.

  6. I legit went back and read what you used a few times because I did a flexi rod set this week and had the worst flakiness on the curls! I love that your curls came out tight and gradually fluffed and dropped AND lasted through your workout!

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      Noooooo flakes on the curls is the worst! I always feel betrayed when a product leaves flakes behind on a finished product. And thank you!

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      I couldn’t agree more! All the difference! And thank you lady!

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