Wash Day | Easiest Perm Rod Updo

Wash Day | Easiest Perm Rod Updo

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Aside from a crown twist, this super easy perm rod updo is becoming my go to style.  I’ve done a variation of this style many times yet this is my first time sharing, shame on me!  When I say this hairstyle is easy…it’s extremely easy, fast and best of all foolproof.  Even those of you who *say* you aren’t good at styling can get this look down pat…trust me.

Perm Rod Updo, Perm Rod Set on 4c Natural Hair, Perm Rods on Short Hair, Best Way to Perm Rod Set Hair (6)

So for starters, let’s go over the steps and what I used during this week’s wash day.

  1. Shampoo – Kinky Curly Come Clean with my shampoo brush
  2. Oil Rinse – Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (more on oil rinses soon)
  3. Deep Condition – Bee Mine Bee-U-ti-FuL Deep Conditioner
  4. Detangle – Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush
  5. Leave In – Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk + Luscious Cream for my ends
  6. Oil – Grapeseed to seal
  7. Cream Styler – Curls Goddess Curls Botanical Gelee
  8. Perm Rods – White & Pink

After last week’s styling fail I decided to go back to all of my trusted, tried and true products.  I have incorporated oil rinsing into my wash day routine for the past two weeks and am loving it!  Anyway, after step 6 (sealing my leave-in conditioner in with grapeseed oil) I parted my hair on the side until I reached the middle of my head then parted down to my opposite ear.  This leaves a somewhat triangular section of hair out in the front which is tied away for the time being.  I then braid the side and back into one large cornrow.  My hair is usually still pretty damp when I braid it and I simply add a bit of edge control, brush the perimeter and take my time creating a neat braid that curves from the side of my head all the way around back and pin the end.  Seems like it would be difficult to do considering the thickness of my hair, but believe it or not it is fairly easy because of how well the Felicia Leatherwood brush detangles my hair.

Perm Rod Updo, Perm Rod Set on 4c Natural Hair, Perm Rods on Short Hair, Best Way to Perm Rod Set Hair (1)

The braid is never perfect and that’s okay, its not the star of the style,  If you can’t cornrow or french braid well, just do one large jumbo flat twist.  With the triangular area of hair in the front, I use my fingers to separate small sections and add a bit of the Curls Botanical Gelee, which gives great results especially with perm rod sets.  Then I two strand twist the roots of my hair before rolling the section onto the perm rod.  I picked up this tip from Jeni of Just Grow Already when she shared it makes separating the resulting curls much easier and she is absolutely correct!  I used mostly white perm rods and only alternated with a few pink near the top for a bit of variety in the curls.

Perm Rod Updo, Perm Rod Set on 4c Natural Hair, Perm Rods on Short Hair, Best Way to Perm Rod Set Hair (2)

I allowed my hair to dry overnight and removed the rods the next morning I really don’t want to add any more product to the hair so I only dip my fingers with the tiniest amount of grapeseed oil to prevent frizz while separating the curls.  The results were lovely!

Perm Rod Updo, Perm Rod Set on 4c Natural Hair, Perm Rods on Short Hair, Best Way to Perm Rod Set Hair (5)

I love the definition the white and pink rods give plus the Curls Botanical gelee always gives great results – no flaky white residue this week!  Plus my hair has a bit of shine, which I always appreciate.

Perm Rod Updo, Perm Rod Set on 4c Natural Hair, Perm Rods on Short Hair, Best Way to Perm Rod Set Hair

I love this style for SO many reasons:

  • You can create different looks with the front area of hair – perm rods, flexi rods, bantu knots, twist outs, braid outs, whatever your go-to technique you can do it with this look.
  • It doesn’t require the hair to be stretched or dry before styling which makes wash day go much faster.
  • It doesn’t require any heat, direct or indirect so it is very healthy for the hair.
  • The braid allows you to sleep soundly while keeping your curls on the opposite side perfectly in tact.
  • It is a semi-protective style, only a portion of your hair is loose.
  • It looks great on short hair but works for any length, short, medium or long

Perm Rod Updo, Perm Rod Set on 4c Natural Hair, Perm Rods on Short Hair, Best Way to Perm Rod Set Hair (3)

If you are looking for a fast and easy go-to style, this may be your new favorite.  My wash day was about two hours start to set, which may sound long but if you were to have this same style done at the salon it would take longer – especially since you wouldn’t have the luxury of allowing your hair to dry overnight.

Perm Rod Updo, Perm Rod Set on 4c Natural Hair, Perm Rods on Short Hair, Best Way to Perm Rod Set Hair (4)

Thanks for reading & happy hair growing!

  • LOVEEEE this look! And that braid in the back is super chic. Do you think that the shine is from the grapeseed oil or the Curls Gelee?

    Thanks for sharing!
    http://www.savingourstrands.com

    • Thank you girl! I think it is a combo of the both, the Gelee gives good shine but of course so does the GS oil!

  • Love it!
    I’m partial to up-dos with the front out, as I can accomplish them with my short hair, and they don’t look like I’m fighting to create a style. ahha.
    I’m gonna pin this one to my style board for future reference (I don’t think the back could make 1 large braid/twist just yet)

    • Thank you Josie! Exactly it doesn’t matter what length you are to do half-updos! Good luck, can’t wait to see your version 🙂

  • I love this updo! One of my goals is to start being more adventurous when it comes it style so I’m definitely bookmarking this one.

    • Thanks Jen, and thanks for the two strand twist tip too – that really made it alot easier to remove the rods without frizz just like you said!

  • Kizuwanda Raines

    Your hair looks so beautiful and shiny??????! I’m trying a perm rod set for next week’s wash day experience, and I’m definitely going to refer to this post and Jeni of JGA’s post!

  • I never thought to put a braid in the back. Clever!! I like it.

    • Girl, that’s the key to keeping it fast and making it last all week!

  • I wonder how the Curls Goddess Curls Gelee compares to the new Blueberry Bliss gel. I love the BB but have never tried the Gelee. Your hair looks really soft

    • I wonder the same exact thing! I may try the new BB gel whenever I run out of this one, but I can say this one feels really silky and leaves my hair with a soft, moisturized hold and the curls last really well. Hope that helps a little bit to compare!

  • longnigerianhair

    Your results are so nice! Those curls are popping. Please what do you add to your hair for this shine?

    • Thank you very much! I think it was just the Curls Gelee and grapeseed oil!

  • Blessed Tresses (Robin)

    Your curls are beautiful and this style looks great on you!!!