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How to Perm Hair Without Rods

Are you someone who has always gone to the hair salon to get a perm? If you hit a snag in your finances, it is time to save some money by avoiding the hair salon and getting a perm done at home.

If you don’t have any rods available, you can learn how to perm hair without rods by reading our article below.


What Are Perms?

permed hair

First, it’s a good idea to understand what a perm is. The official definition of a perm is a chemical treatment that changes the texture of your hair, according to the publication Prose. Perms have been around for more than a century.

Perms involve taking straight hair and making it curly. There are two different types of perms: the cold perm and the digital perm.

In a cold perm, the hair is wrapped around rods or rollers, and a solution is added to the locks.

A digital perm has other chemicals applied after the perm solution. In addition, the rods the hair is wrapped around are heated to stimulate the perm and change the texture of your hair.

A perm works best on hair that has not been chemically treated or dyed in any way. If your hair has already been through a fair amount of chemical treatments, a perm may not be the right choice for you.


What Are Perm Rods?

perm rods

Perm rods are rectangular hair-curling devices. They are also called spiral perm rods. The rods were first developed to curl hair after a chemical perm treatment. Today, they are a part of typical hair accessories found at home.

Perm rods are small and compact, which makes them ideal for short and medium hair. However,  perm rods do come in various sizes and bigger and different colors. The rods are made of plastic and have clasps to hold your strands of hair in place.

Rods are similar to curl rollers since both entail wrapping hair around them. This curling tool is often used in a salon to complete a perm. However, there are ways to get a perm without having to use perm rods. Keep reading to learn all about at-home perming kits.

Difference Between Perm Rods and Flexi Rods


At-Home Kits for Perming Hair

at-home kits for perming hair

There are multiple at-home kits for perming hair that you might want to take a look at. Some of the best perming kits include:

  • Ogilvie Home Perm
  • One ‘n Only Exothermic Perm with Argan Oil
  • Zotos Quantum Extra Body Acid Perm
  • Zotos Warm & Gentle Perm for Normal Hair

While it may cost anywhere from $40 to $200 to get a perm from a hair salon, at-home kits are a much more affordable way to perm your locks. You will likely spend less than $10 on a perm kit that is easily done in the comfort of your home.

These kits are available in grocery stores, pharmacies, or shops that sell beauty supplies. Choose the right type of kit for your hair, depending on whether it is soft, rough, wispy,  or relatively healthy. You will also get to choose whether to create a perm with tight curls or loose, wavy locks.


Follow These Steps to Perm Your Hair

twist and curl technique

There are specific steps you will need to follow to perm your hair effectively. First, you need to wash your hair with shampoo to remove oil and debris. Next, you will need to apply caps and towels to your skin to protect it from the perm solution. Then, let your hair dry.

Take sections of your hair and secure them in place using clips. You can try the twist and curl technique, which does not require any rollers or perm rods. However, you will need to moisturize your hair and apply a styling cream.

Don’t forget to add the hair perm solution to each section of your hair. Now you can start twisting your hair sections.

After you finish twisting:

  1. Put your finger in the middle of the strand and wrap the hair around your finger.
  2. Start wrapping the hair upward on itself.
  3. Once it is complete, you can remove your finger and pull it down.
  4. Repeat these steps for all remaining sections of your hair.

Once you are done, you’ll need to let your hair dry completely. At this point, you can take the ends of your hair strands and pull out the twist. You’ll have nice curls to enjoy for days to come.


Watch the Following Tutorial about the Twist and Curl Technique 


How to Perm Hair without Rods

tips to perm hair without rods

If you are looking to learn more ways on how to perm hair without rods, we have another solution for you. First, you’ll need a sheet that you can cut into 2-inch by 6-inch strips. However, if your hair is extra-long, cut the sheet into long strips.

Dampen your hair with a spray of water. Apply gel or your favorite holding product to your hair. Next, add some permanent solution to your hair. Part your locks into separate 1-inch sections. Put the end of your hair strands in the middle of the strip. Roll the strips upward until you reach the roots of your hair.

Tie the strip to hold it in place. Repeat these steps for the other sections of your hair until your hair is completely full of rods. Let your hair dry. Now, slowly take the strips out of your hair. You can gently comb your curls if you need to but use a hair pick for best results. Otherwise, you’re done, and you can wear those curls out on the town!



If you want to straighten your permed hair, you can always reverse perm. Now you should have a great idea about how to perm your hair at home without using perm rods. You should know all about perm rods as well as how to perm hair without rods. Choose an at-home kit to get those curls, or you can choose the twist and curl technique for tighter curls.

Instead of using perm rods, you can also use strips from a sheet to curl your hair and form a perm. Once you have a beautiful head of wavy hair, you can show it off to your friends and family! They will definitely love it!