The same exact thing happened to my mom. The worst thing you could do is to straighten your hair. So I advise you not to. Let your hair thicken up. Put hair growth cream in several times a day. Keep your hair moisturized. You can even add grease to make your hair stronger. If you don't feel like doing all that, get braids. Don't worry. Your hair will get back to normal in no time.
Go back to the salon and tell them you want it reversed. They can do it, and it won't hurt your hair if it's done properly. I have been through it with my daughter. This time when she got tired of her perm growing out, she uses a flat straightener on it, it's time consuming, but it works, and she hasn't had any breakage. Just keep it well-conditioned. (12/31/2008)
Seek Professional advice right now! Speak to a salon owner who does hair when making your inquiries, and I would even visit a different salon to get a second opinion.
I had a different problem. Once, I had a perm for eleven months and although it wasn't curly, it had body which I liked. I was visiting some friends and used their shampoo in the shower. Well, I was unaware that it was one of the straightener shampoos and what perm I had fell completely out! I believe there are shampoo straighteners you can buy. (01/03/2009)
I am a Cosmetology Instructor. The best thing you can do is condition. There is a product at Sally's Beauty supply, that is called bone marrow conditioner. Anyone can buy this product at Sally's. Shampoo, rinse, apply the conditioner and cover with plastic wrap, wear it around for as long as you have time. Do this three times a week. Please do not try to straighten it with a product such as a straightener. You will lose your hair. Good luck dear. (01/06/2009)
I am not a professional or anything and you have gotten some great advice. However, I do know a little about caring for hair. My mother was an obsessive permer. Her hair is thin so she liked the extra body, mine won't hold a curl so I don't even try. However, it is almost to my knees and very healthy.
If you can't find the marrow conditioner that the cosmetologist lady recommended this is what I use on my hair once a month. If I were you I would do this on my hair twice a week until it looked a little less, bushy. I had lots of friends in high school who did this just to prevent perm damage, and it worked pretty well.
Take a large avocado and throw it in the blender, with one cup of mayonnaise and blend till well mixed. Now get your hair wet with lukewarm water (hot will strip your hair of oil further). Slather the avocado mixture through your hair and work it in, all the way to the ends use all of it unless you have really short hair. Put a plastic shower cap over your head and let your hair sit like this for two hours.
Then using lukewarm water and a good shampoo like Nexus Humectent wash it out. Condition with matching conditioner and rinse in cold water to seal in the cuticle. Apply a curl enhancing product lightly, gently pick your hair and allow to air dry. Blow drying will cause it get drier and more bushy. Do this twice a week for a while, until your hair starts to feel soft and more normal and then I would cut it back to once a week. I would use a curl enhancing product every time I styled it. To prevent product buildup just rinse it in Cider vinegar. Take lots of Biotin and horsetail to help your hair grow out healthy and fast.
Also according to my grandma, who was a Sioux medicine woman, cutting your hair on the new moon makes it grow faster. I cut mine then and it seems to work, I guess its like the tides and stuff, vegetables, etc. Good luck and like everybody said it will grow out eventually. (01/07/2009)
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