Wonky, haphazard perm rod placement results in a wonky, haphazard perm. If you want your perm to look good, you have to roll it right. Any monkey can squirt perm solution onto hair; that's not where skill is needed. It's needed from the moment you slice into the hair for your first parting until the moment you snap the perm rod securely into place. You must roll your hair smoothly and consistently. Don't crimp the ends or you'll end up looking like the Bride of Frankenstein!
Section your clean, damp hair off into seven sections. Start in your bang area. Carve out a vertical, rectangular section, using the middle of your eyebrow as a guide for each side, running from your front hairline to the high point at the crown of your head. Use the end of the rat-tail comb to get those lines precise! Pin it into place with a hair clip.
Create another vertical section of the same width directly below the first, running from the crown to that protruding bone in the back of your head. The third section goes directly under the second and should include the hair in the center of your nape area all the way to your bottom hairline. Again, line it up with the section above.
The sides are easy! Divide what's left on each side into two sections by creating a single, vertical line from the top center of your ear all the way to the line for the top, first section. Pin every section up and out of the way.
Remove the clip from the second section. Comb it straight down. Run the end of the rat tail comb through the section about 1/2 inch from the top line of the section, creating a 1/2-inch parting. Comb the parting straight up from your head.
Hold the parting between the first two fingers of your left hand. Pick up an end paper with your right hand and fold the end paper, book style, over the ends of the hair. Make sure the end paper extends beyond the ends of your hair. And whatever you do, keep holding that hair; don't let it go!
Place a perm rod under the parting, close to the ends. The connecting band of the rod should be hanging loosely to the right side. Smooth the end paper and your ends around the perm rod. Roll the rod down toward the scalp using even tension. Once the perm rod is snug against the scalp, grab the connecting band, stretch it across the top of the rod and connect on the opposite side of the rod.
Place another perm rod directly under the first. Keep placing perm rods until the section is finished. Move onto another section and keep rolling until all sections are wrapped up.
When carving out sections, use the length of a perm rod as your guide. If the section is thinner or wider than the length of the perm rod, you have some adjusting to do. The width of the perm rod will help you with your partings too! If the parting of hair is wider than the perm rod, split it in two and put two perm rods where you had only one.
Watch out for fish-hook ends! The ends of your hair must wrap around the rod smoothly with no crimps or folds.