Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wash Day | Perm Rod Set: Epic Fail?

Hey everyone!

I hope you've had a great weekend. The weather here was gorgeous day, which meant a beach day with the hubby and an unexpected encounter. But more on that later. First, let's look at Friday's wash day. I recently bought perm rods from Sally's and thought it would be a great time to try it out. Here's how I prepped my hair before putting in the perm rods:

1] Exfoliated my scalp with Lisa's Hair Elixir Fortifying Spray. I left it in for 5 minutes and then rinsed it out with warm water.
[2] Hot Oil Treatment with Lisa's Hair Elixir Restoring Oil. Using the pointed tip I applied the oil to my scalp.  After massaging the oil into my hair and scalp, I let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then I rinsed it out using warm water.
[3] Shampooed with  Alikay Natural's Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo
[4] Protein Treatment with ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor. 
[5] Deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque for 30 minutes.
[6] T-shirt dried my hair for about 15-20 minutes
[7] Applied Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner. I picked this up during the BOGO Shea Moisture sale at Walgreen's. I worked the conditioner in my hair and used my fingers to detangle.
** I would just like to say that single strand knots are evil. The hubby had to help me cut a few. 

Bye bye knots!

[8] Next, I put my hair in sections and applied Shea Moisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk-another BOGO item.

My SheaMoisture haul from Walgreen's

[9] Installed the perm rods- Now, I watched a few tutorials awhile back but I didn't this time. I figured, why not just go for it? I got the main idea and figure it wouldn't be so bad...

Everything was going well until I got to the front of my hair and ran out of perm rods! So, because it was around 11 pm, I put on my bonnet and went to bed. On Saturday, I ran to Sally's and picked up 3 more packs of perm rods (2 pink and a blue one).

 Luckily we were relaxing during the day and I was able to wear the perm rods around the house. I took them out in the evening before heading to a bonfire. So, without further ado, here is the result:


Well, I obviously did something wrong. Lol. It looks a little better today. I'm going to wear hairbands the next couple of days and wash day will be a pain. At least this weekend wasn't a total hair failure. At the beach today  I saw this beautiful woman rocking her fro. I decided to ask her if she lived in the area and if she knew a good stylist. Turns out she is a hair stylist. The funny thing is I saw her cutting someone's hair at a salon down the street from us last week. I'm super excited and will share the details once I schedule an appointment.

Anyone have suggestions/tips/advice on perm rods? What should I do differently next time? Please feel free to comment below.

              How was your #WashDayExperience? Did you have any epic fails?

                                 The Wash Day Experience

Until next time!

~Adventures of a Nappy Chica


  1. You just have to keep tweaking the products till you get the desired results

  2. It's hard to believe that you didn't end up with the perfect rod set when looking at your "before" picture with the rollers in. It looks like you did everything right. Maybe try LottaBody or another firm/smoothing setting lotion next time?

    1. Hi Ebony,

      Thanks for the suggestion. I never thought about trying that. I'll give that a try next time.

      Thanks for stopping by :).

  3. I can totally relate. My first perm rod set looked a lot like this one. Smoother ends but really frizzy roots. You can check it out here: I realized that it was better for me to use square sized sections instead of rectangular then then also start rolling from my roots down instead of from the ends up.

    I hope that made sense! LOL

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience chica!

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands

    1. KLP,

      It's good to hear that this has happened to someone else. That totally makes sense! I will check out your post to read more about it.

      Thanks so much for sharing that :)!