What this does is to keep majority of the natural hair’s texture (the natural curl is not straightened) while adding a more distinct 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 blow dried, wrapped, twisted etc and if you decide not to retouch you can do so without experiencing breakage, unlike a relaxer.
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.
It’s not hard to imagine that you could probably get kinky curly results by using thinner perm rods than the stylist is using in the video (although it may defeat the purpose of loosening the curls?). Of course if the hair is straightened too often the curls will remain more wavy than curly until the next retouch.
This is a video of a woman who’s been going in for a Gina Curl for two years after growing out a relaxer.
It’s difficult to write off regular double processed curly perms when you see the impressive results of the lady on this thread on BHM. Her Fotki album can be found here if you would like to see her hair when she got her first curly perm.
The way I see it, curly perms are not a DIY at home technique unless you are very well versed in the chemistry behind it. You would have to find a stylist who knows what they are doing and be committed to increasing your protein treatments, as you would with any other chemical process.
In terms of growing hair long, I haven’t seen a great deal of success with curly perms in general because many ladies go for the double processed technique. The Gina Curl is still in it’s infancy so it will be a while before we are able to see if it actually helps with length retention when coupled with a good regimen.
Curly perms are certainly no substitute for natural hair (let’s be honest, the curls still look processed) 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 simply because they are gentler than relaxers.
Originally posted 2013-01-20 16:00:57.