When talking about fine hair and perms, we used to stop right there - but there is more. When you have fine hair (it does not matter if it is naturally curly or permed) you can "comb that curl - or wave - right out of your hair!"
While the outside of layer of fine hair may be "dense-packed" or "tightly packed" the small diameter and of the hair changes the structural characteristics significantly. To keep curl in permed hair you may need a diffuser to reduce the speed of the air flow from you blow dryer.
We think of hair as having two types of bonds involved inside the hair itself. The weaker of the 2 bonds is the cross-link bond, which you can change by having your hair permed. You see it is weaker but it is there permanently. Think of the cross link bonds as being like like the stars. (The stars only come out when it is dark. The stars are there all day but the light from the many distant stars is overpowered by the brighter light from the closer star, the sun.) It's the same with the cross link bonds in you hair. They are always there just hidden. The stronger of the hair bonds, is the water bond (or salt bond), which are re-set every time your hair goes from wet to dry. When you fine hair is wet the water bonds are gone, so you are just dealing with the "perm or natural" cross link bonds inside of your hair. When the hair dries the water bonds take over (to continue the metaphor, the sun comes out).
To maintain curl in fine hair first lift the hair up - to remove the weight from the hair , then scrunch the curl back into the hair. If you use a "soft styler" while scrunching your hair, you can actually dry the hair so the the water bonds reinforce the cross internal cross link bonds, while they are in the curly position.
As with all fine hair - there is only s much you can do to get your hair to help itself (get the right haircut, learn the right drying techniques) - then you need to start adding hair helpers (styling aids or styling products) to the the outside of your hair or do some Deep Conditioning to add Body and Volume from the inside and outside of your hair at the same time. Finally you can use styling tools (rollers, pin-curls, flat irons or curling irons) to do the rest.
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