Her method helps to keep majority of the natural hair’s texture, the natural curl is not straightened fully, while adding a more distinct new curl pattern to the hair. In other words it turns very tightly coiled hair into a looser texture. The style lasts about 4 months while your new growth comes in. Unlike wave noveau the hair can be wrapped or twisted and if you decide not to retouch immediately you can do so without experiencing breakage.
In this video Gina shows how the curl looks on natural 4ab hair. The same girl in the video below came back for a perm retouch after a year or so in this video here. She is also active in the BHM forum and really seems to like this curly perm method.
You can get different sized curls depending on the size of the perm rods* used. Thinner rods will produce tighter curls and larger rods will produce looser ones. Of course the hair cannot be flat ironed without risking the curls not returning but you can certainly straighten the hair without the use of heat, large rollers being the best option.
This is a video of a woman who’s been going in for a Gina Curl for two years after growing out a relaxer.
Some people have also had success growing their hair long using regular double processed curly perms when you see the impressive results of the lady on this thread on BHM.
It is clear that curly perms are not a DIY at home technique unless you are very well versed in the chemistry behind it and even then, you are unlikely to get as good results as you would from a professional. You would have to find a stylist who knows what they are doing and be committed to following the right regimen as well using the right products for the style.
In terms of growing hair long, I haven’t seen a great deal of success with curly perms in general because many ladies tend to go for the original double processed technique. The Gina Curl would have to become more widespread before we can make a determination on whether it could help with length retention when coupled with a good regimen of course. And just in case you are wondering, we are not associated with Gina Curl or indeed sponsored by her. We just thought it was an interesting topic to discuss.
As a final thought, curly perms are certainly no substitute for natural hair but if you are considering a relaxer or texturizer for manageability, I would say that curly perms look like they could be a genuine contender.
Originally posted 2013-01-20 16:00:57.