A perm rod set on natural hair is a common style for African-American women. The natural hair community is raving about this style.
Black women adore hair styles that make natural hair appear thicker and longer. Short natural hair beauties wear rod sets for work and play.
However, medium and long natural hair are easier to manipulate to form these curly tresses. Women like styles that give curly hair some bounce and volume.
Shrinkage is something that women often discuss concerning their natural hair. The curling rods elongate the hair with limited or no heat depending upon the texture and length.
Heat is something curly hair women attempt to avoid. Direct heat can cause severe damage to Black hair.
Rod sets are an alternative to curling hair without the use of hot irons. Perm rods of various sizes can be used on natural, transitioning, and relaxed hair.
The beauty of installing perm rods is the appearance of healthy, voluptuous curls.
Perm Rod set on short natural hair
Perm rod sets on short natural hair can work with the proper installation of the rods. Natural hair enthusiasts with two to three inches should use blue or yellow perm rods.
Black women with curly hair are looking for versatile styles that last for at least a few days. This style will likely last for a week.
The biggest complaint about rod sets on short natural hair is shrinkage. A perm rod set on short natural hair will look similar to comb twists (aka coils).
The rod set is ideal for those trying to achieve some fun styles with a TWA. Mousse or curls defining creams are great to use for definition and volume.
Women sometimes wait until their hair grows out longer to play with perm rods styles for natural hair.
Perm Rod set on medium natural hair
A perm rod set works best on medium length hair. Medium length natural hair ranges between four and six inches.
Black women with medium size tresses have more styling alternatives. White, gray, or purple rods are recommended for this length of hair.
The rod set shows more definition and flavor with a mixture of white and gray rods. Curls can be pinned up, placed in a bun, or down with medium length hair.
The curly rod set will last for almost two weeks. The first week the hair will appear bouncy.
During the second week, the tresses will look like a curly afro. You will need to restyle the rod set by the end of the second week.
Perm rod sets on medium length hair are one the best styles to experiment and achieve desired hair goals.
Perm rod set on long natural hair
Perm rod set on long natural hair is amazingly beautiful and elegant. The curling rods offer so much flexibility for long natural hair beauties.
The natural hair community loves to see this style on Black woman. Curly hair on perm rods becomes springy and has a unique shape depending upon the cut.
The way to achieve this look is by using purple or orange rods on longer hair. The dry time for longer hair depends upon the choice of air drying either an overhead dryer or a hooded dryer or air dry which will take the most amount of time.
It is recommended to avoid direct heat. No heat is beneficial for dry, parched hair.
Perm rod sets for long hair allows you to have the freedom to have your hair off your neck. Perm rod set on long hair is a perfect style for work or leisure.
Perm rod set on wet natural hair
Perm rod set on wet natural hair depends upon your texture and length. Tightly coiled hair textures may notice increased shrinkage with perm rods installed on wet hair.
Women with a loose curl pattern can style their wet hair with curling rods. The truth is most Black women have several textures of hair.
Some women have straighter hair in the front and tightly coiled hair in the back or vice versa. It is recommended to use a few different types of rods depending upon the different textures.
Some women use gray and white to get their desired look. Gray and white perm rods on natural hair are most commonly used.
Please ensure that you detangle your hair and use leave in conditioner when working with wet hair. Wet hair can be hard to manipulate with the perm rods.
However, perm rod sets on wet natural hair can still be intriguing and fun.
Perm Rod set on dry natural hair
A perm rod set on dry natural hair is recommended for kinky or tightly coiled hair. African-American hair is typically dry and adding more heat does not help.
Use an old cotton t-shirt to dry your curly hair before applying the perm rods. The t-shirt will not strip your hair of moisture before the install.
A perm rod set on dry hair can be performed with any size perm rod. The results are similar to all types of hair.
You will get a defined curl without fuss. Perm rod set on dry natural hair takes a shorter time to dry.
You can look forward to rocking a beautiful full head of curls for close to ten days.
Perm Rod set on relaxed hair
Black women are installing a perm rod set on relaxed hair too especially those who are contemplating becoming natural. A rod set on relaxed hair gives an appearance of textured curly hair.
This style is perfect for women that want a short look without cutting their hair. Women with relaxers are often looking for a style with no heat.
This is an excellent style for avoiding damage to chemically processed hair. A perm rod set on relaxed hair dries quicker than natural hair.
It is recommended to use purple or orange rods for relaxed hair. The curls will hold for up to two weeks.
Perm rod sets on relaxed hair are easy to install and manage.
Perm Rod set on Transitioning Hair
More and more African- American women are transitioning their hair and are wearing the perm rod set. The two textures are consistently fighting each other.
The competing textures can become difficult to style. Black women love that the fact that the rod set gives the appearance of one texture.
Transitioning is a process and a journey of patience. Perm rod sets can last a week on transitioning hair.
Transitional hair can get very tangled. The use of white or purple rods is recommended for transitioning hair.
The curls will not be too tight or too loose. A perm rod set on transitioning hair is perfect for growing out a relaxer to the final stages of the natural hair journey.
How to use perm rods on natural hair
The common question is how to use perm rods on natural hair. The process is simple if you have patience.
It is recommended that you access your hair. Do you have loose curls, tighter coils, or a combination of textures?
Please touch your hair and determine your texture, length, and density. Look for pictures of your desired hair style.
Purchase quality perm rods that will give you an ultimate look. Please remember there are arrays of colors of perm rods.
Here is a list of the most commonly used rods:
- Yellow or blue perm rods: Tight curls
- Gray or White: Medium Curls
- Purple or Orange perm rods: Large curls
All styles require clean and fully moisturized hair. After the completion of the shampoo and condition; spray leave in. Detangle your curly hair after conditioning.
Please ensure that you never detangle your natural hair dry. This is a good way to cause damage.
- Take one small piece of hair at a time
- Part your hair with a rat tail or wide tooth comb
- Take a small section and apply your favorite mousse or curl defining cream
- Roll the hair tightly on a rod
- Repeat the same steps until the entire head is completed
- Place a bonnet or large silk scarf over your luxurious tresses
- Most people want to avoid heat
- However, some curly women want to ensure the curls are dry in time for work or an event
- Use an overhead dryer for thirty minutes to an hour depending upon length and texture
- Check your hair for dryness
- Do not take perm rods out if any of your hair is still damp
- Dampness will cause the curls not to form or drop quicker
The steps are simple for a perfect perm rod set.
How to maintain a perm rod set
Maintaining a perm rod set can be hard or simple. Curling rods are easy to use and install.
- The maintenance for this style is low in comparison to many natural styles
- Purchase natural oil such as avocado, coconut, or olive oil
- Apply a quarter size of oil daily and use a bonnet
- You want to avoid crushing your curls
- It is best to use a bonnet instead of a silk scarf depending upon your length or texture
- Do not get your curls wet
- Use a shower cap for showers or baths
- You can pineapple the curls if your hair is extremely long
Maintenance is easy as you make it with a perm rod set.
Best products for perm rod sets
The best products for perm rod set for Black hair are hair creams and professional mousses. Some products in the local stores have a lot of alcohol and chemicals.
Paraben, mineral oil and sulfate free products are loved by the natural hair community. You want to use products that are water based.
Curly hair needs moisture and proper care. Products for perm rod sets should not dry your hair.
Read ingredients and use products with the least amount of additives. Our hair grows best with limited or no heat.
Perm rod sets work well again on curly, relaxed, or transitioning hair. Perm rod sets are perfect for Queens looking for comfortable hair alternatives and variety.
Hey Curl Friend, I’m Patrina Haupt the creator and author of Natural Hair Queen. I hope you find my healthy hair care tips helpful in your hair journey. Healthy hair care practices are definitely, what helped me to achieve waist length hair.