The best way for your new curls to shine is to let your hair air-dry most of the way, then use a diffuser, according to Cole. If you really want to enhance your waves, you can use a curling wand, too.
What about heat styling? You definitely can, but you need to be careful. If you want to use a flat iron, make sure to keep the heat lower, around 300ºF. If a flat iron is too hot, you could risk frying your perm. “If you’re using it at 450º, you’re blasting all of the hydration out of the hair,” says Cole. “It shocks the hair and you can lose the perm from heat damage.”
There are also some tricks that can make your perm look as good as possible for as long as possible. Now that your hair is curly, you need to start using products that are formulated specifically for curly or wavy hair. Cole suggests products that promote flexibility, hydration, and elasticity.