Ask an Expert: What Can I Do to Make My Perm Last Longer?

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Sammy LaCombe is a licensed hairstylist that has been working in the industry for 7+ years. She has always had an eye for beautiful hair and its care. So we’re excited to apply her expertise to your crucial hair concerns. Remember, if you have questions for our experts you can submit them on our submissions page.



What can I do to make my perm last longer? Do you have advice for women who experience lots of new growth?

– Britney


Hi Britney,

Fortunately for you, your hair grows fast! But it can be costly and possibly damaging to relax hair before the six to eight weeks when you are usually due for a touch up. Try these tips:

  • Blow dry hair straight! Always use a heat protectant and blow dry roots smooth, followed by a flat iron. When done correctly, you can stretch out your relaxers even longer!
  • Instead of going straight, you can go curly! Try doing wet sets such as a roller sets or rod sets to blend the texture of the new growth and the texture of the relaxed hair.
  • Lastly, try a protective style to stretch out the last few weeks. You can opt for braids, twists, or even extensions!



Sammy is experienced with all hair types and textures, but specializes in natural curly hair, precision cuts and weaves/extensions. A master of her craft,  she is constantly working on her own innovative techniques and always pushing the boundaries of hair. She regularly styles hair for fashion shows and photo/video shoots and enjoys doing styles for weddings and other special occasions. Wearable glam that you can play up or play down is her approach to hair designs. Embracing, yet enhancing your natural beauty is her ultimate goal.

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