How to Wind a Spiral Perm Rod

Get sexy spiral curls at home with spiral perm rods.

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To create your own version of nature's perfect spiral curl, you've going to wrap hair around a rod to do it. With any kind of perm, the right wrapping technique is key to getting the gorgeous curls you crave. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to get into a groove and wrap each section of hair in a consistent manner so your end results will look like a pro job. Don't sweat it -- practice makes perfect and spiral perm wrapping is all about the repetition.


Grab an end paper and fold it in half, lengthwise. Take a small 1/2-inch by 1/2-inch section of hair and comb it out and down at a 45-degree angle from the head. Now sandwich the section of hair into the end paper and slide it down the section until the very ends are enveloped in the end paper. That super thin paper may look flimsy, but it's going to protect your ends from getting fried during the perming process.


Grab a spiral perm rod and hold it vertically. Wrap the first inch of your outstretched section of hair around the top of the spiral perm rod at a downward spiral angle. Now twist the section of hair around the rod again, overlapping the ends of the hair that are already wrapped. This overlapping technique will hold the end of the hair section onto the rod and prevent it from slipping off while you're wrapping.


Continue to wrap the section of hair, in a spiral pattern, down the length of the perm rod until all the hair in the section is wrapped and the bottom of the rod is sitting up against the scalp. Try and keep the spacing even and the hair smooth. The closer you get to perfection now, the more fab those curls will look.


Grasp both ends of the spiral perm rod and bend the rod so the two ends meet. Push the two ends of the rod together to join and secure the perm rod in place.


Move on to the hair right beside the perm rod, take another 1/2-inch by 1/2-inch section and repeat the process. Don't worry if you don't get it perfect the first few times, just unwrap the section and try again. Spiral perms take a lot of rods and wrapping -- so by the end of that perm you're going to be a wrap star, whether you like it or not.

Things You'll Need


1.Spiral perm rod

3.Tail comb

2.End papers

4.Water bottle


Tips & Tricks


You must keep the hair moist when wrapping. Dry hair tends to fall out of the end papers and make wrapping a nightmare.

Keep your tension even and firm when wrapping, but don't stress the hair too much. Even tension will ensure a uniform spiral curl, but if you pull the hair too tight, especially at the root, you risk breaking your hair when the perm solution goes on.


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