How To Blow Dry Permed Hair (Expert Tips & Ticks)

Want to learn how to blow dry permed hair like a pro? Now that you have permanently curly hair, taking care of your perms is important!

woman with gorgeous curly hair

That means taking some time to style your hair [1] with a blow dryer after taking a shower.

Blow drying your hair after washing ensures that your tresses look sexy and bouncy! Read more!

Things You Need to Blow Dry Permed Hair

The products and tools that you will need to blow dry your permed hair are listed below.

  • Blow dryer: Get a good-quality hairdryer if you wish to minimize heat damage and keep your hair healthy.
  • Leave-in conditioner: You don’t want your scalp to be riddled with frizzy hair [2], do you? The best way to fight frizz is with a leave-in conditioner.
  • Hair clips: You’ll need a few hair clips to section your hair, making it easier to get your hair dry.

READ MORE: How to Blow Dry Thin Hair for Volume

How to Blow Dry Permed Hair

There are different curvatures for permed hair, here you will get different tips for each one!

woman with gorgeous natural curls but how to remove rebonded hair to get back natural curls?


How to Blow Dry Loose Permed Hair

1. Blow dry wet hair until damp

Don’t start styling while there’s still extra moisture in your hair cuticles. Wipe off the excess first with a towel. Spray some heat protectant and dry the hair until 50% damp.

2. Apply leave-in conditioner

Moisturizing the hair and deep conditioning is critical if you wish to take good care of your curls.

You can instantly add shine and some moisture to your hair strands by applying a leave-in conditioner that does the trick for you.

3. Section your hair

Separate your mane into four or more sections of hair depending on how thick your hair is.

4. Work on hair sections

Remove the clip from one section and start working on it. Blow-dry your roots first and use your fingers to lift the roots and create some volume on the hair.

Shaking the hair while drying can add some spring to your perms.

Constantly twist your hair strands with fingers while drying the hair such that you can create uniform curls on the hair. Lock the natural waves with cold air.

Work on other sections until the entire hair is dry. 

Here’s a step-by-step on drying loose perms for extra volume and shine.

How to Blow Dry Spiral Permed Hair

Blow drying spiral perm is actually easier than loose perms because the curls are already more defined.

lady with permed hair

However, to blow-dry the hair, you will need a blow dryer with a diffuser.

Thankfully, there are several options on the market that provide diffusers along with their standard nozzles. If you have curls, diffusers are your best friend.

Here’s how to get started.

1. Apply heat protectant and leave-in conditioner

Use a wide-tooth comb to brush out hair strands and apply leave-in treatments to prepare for the heat styling.

2. Blow dry your hair upside down

Start drying your wet strands with a blow dryer until damp.

Flip your hair and dry it upside down to create voluminous curls. Dry your roots while shaking the strands with your fingers to get them dry.

3. Use a diffuser

A diffuser helps create beautiful curls by mimicking a scrunchy movement of the fingers. In absence of a diffuser, you can always use your hands but a diffuser has more ridges and creates prettier curls.

lady holding blow dryers with comb at the salon

Start from the hair tips and push the dryer towards the roots to create a scrunching movement. Repeat the movement until completely dry.

Set your style with a blast of cool air to lock the style.

Here’s a video showing you how to do it.

Getting perms are a hassle-free method of adding shape and style to your natural hair without the requirement of everyday styling.

Every day, you wake up to beautiful hair. However, the chemical process can be harsh on your hair health.

Make sure to use a mild shampoo and use deep conditioning treatments at least once a week to take care of your damaged hair.


Should you blow-dry or air dry permed hair?

lady blow drying the hair of a man with an afro hair

It is always best to steer clear of heat styling if you wish to take better care of your beautiful hair. Heat damage can cause split ends and dry hair that looks and feels unhealthy. Air dry your hair when you can.

How do you dry a perm without a diffuser?

Simply hold the wet hair in your palms and scrunch the hair strand as you are blow-drying it. Your fingers will act as the diffuser and add texture and beautiful curls to your damp hair.

How to dry permed hair after a shower?

lady towel-drying hair

To dry permed hair after a shower, remove excess water with a towel. Apply a leave-in conditioner. Set your blow dryer with a diffuser on medium heat and start drying the roots first and moving over to the hair tips. Set with cool air.


It is easy to get a perfect blow-dry on your permed hair! Don’t forget to use your leave-in conditioner, so you don’t get dry hair. And of course, use a heat protectant.

With these tips on How To Blow Dry Permed Hair, you will easily get effortless curls that are beautiful!

model with gorgeous permed hair


  • 1. Grossman, K. and MD (n.d.). Expert Answers to Your Frizzy Hair Questions. [online] WebMD. Available at: [Accessed 9 Mar. 2022].
  • 2. WebMD. (n.d.). Help for Hair Loss. [online] Available at: