Remedies for Hair Damaged by Perm

If you want curly or wavy hair, getting a perm is the best way to do it. However, getting a perm can leave your hair damaged if not done right. This is a guide about remedies for hair damaged by perm.
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This is a guide about having thinner hair after cutting off perm. Permanent chemicals are strong and can cause changes to your hair texture.

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December 27, 2015 Flag

I got a perm yesterday and my hair start falling out in clumps. When it's dry it doesn't fall out, but when it's wet it falls out. So what can I do, instead of cutting all of my hair off to help it grow back and stop from falling out? Please help.

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If you had your hair permed at a salon, you should immediately return to the salon and request (demand!?) their help to solve the problem that they created. A probable fix would be to cut off the severely damaged areas, improve the rest of your hair with appropriate treatment and provide a reasonable cut, etc., to ride out the regrowth period.

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February 23, 2011 Flag

How do I repair my badly damaged hair after a perm?

By Sarah

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Mine did the same. My hair was super long and blonde, down to my butt. It's currently brown and to my shoulders. I got my home perm almost a year ago, and I've cut off so much since.

My hair felt elastic and would fall out but not a lot. My hair also was really thick and now it's kind of thin. I use a keratin shampoo and conditioner, Moroccan deep conditioner, coconut oil, black tea rinse, everything. My hair has grown out about 7-8 inches since then. Still really frizzy.

I'm cutting off the perm inch by inch every month. My hair grows pretty fast too which is amazing. Everything will be fine, I still use heat on my hair but it's not often, probably 3 times a month which is way less than what I used to.

I promise that your hair will be back to normal in no time. I'm currently rocking the lob right now, and I love it, but I'm ready to have my long hair back.

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August 12, 2015 Flag

I just got a perm and it broke a lot of my hair off. How can I get my hair to grow quicker? I know stimulating the scalp works wonders, but why did my hair break off so badly? It has no color on it. I'm so confused on this. When I was younger I had color and a perm and now all the sudden I decided to get one and my hair breaks off all over my head. Please help I'm really embarrassed.

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If you had your hair perm at a salon, you should return there immediately and request they provide treatments to improve your hair now to help with the breakage, dryness and color loss. The salon and hair stylist are responsible to provide a good result! Do not back down if they refuse any better treatment!!! If they still refuse, tell the owner/manager that you will go to the Better Business Bureau to report your problem if they do not comply.

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February 13, 2014 Flag

How can I repair damage done to my hair by a home perm? It is falling out in clumps. I have had it cut.

By Mary

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February 17, 20140 found this helpful
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Is your hair falling out or breaking off? Falling out would probably be due to an allergy from the product; breaking off (most likely at the roots) would be from over processing or burning the hair at the scalp - this has happened to me three times. I will not get another perm; I was just meant to have straight hair. I had to let mine grow out - a time consuming and embarassing process, especially when the stubs are about 1/4 inch long and sticking out everywhere.

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July 30, 2013 Flag

Towards the end of May I dyed my hair black. It wasn't a permanent dye, but only a temporary one. Around a week later I got a perm because my mom said it would be okay to perm it after coloring. I believed her because she went to beauty school.

When she put the perm in my hair it turned a light brownish color and I thought it was just the color stripping out. However when I went to rinse out the perm my hair began to fall out in wads. Now the middle of my hair is gone. It fell out and all I have is little short stubs of hair in the middle of my head. I am still able to pull it into a bin but I am now losing hair around my edges. It also changed into a light brown which is not my natural color and falls out easily now. My hair is a little under my shoulders and I don't want to have to cut it. What can I do to get my hair to grow healthy again? My sister suggested getting braids, would that be a good choice? Please help me!

By jayycee23

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As a retired salon owner, I can tell you that it was the perm being over processed that has created your problem, if you are certain that you permed over a temporary color. The perm stripped the temporary color from your hair. Go to a salon or a beauty supply store and get protein treatments. That will not cure the problem, but, it should look better and stop falling out after several treatments. Above all, do NOT have your hair braided, as this process puts a lot of stress on hair strands and could cause you more hair loss. Best of luck.

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March 12, 2015 Flag

I got a perm yesterday and the operator either used too small of a rod or left the solution on too long. My white hair is a frizzy mess. I don't color my hair, so it is pretty healthy. I wanted a wash and wear perm, but this isn't it.

By Sandra C.

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"Wash" your hair with only conditioner, no shampoo, it really works. A family member who has very curly natural hair always cleans her hair this way, and you will be amazed that it actually does leave you with "clean" hair and in a more manageable condition, after one of those "bad" perms.

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February 4, 2015 Flag

Early last year I put a perm in my hair. I didn't notice until after it was done that I had mixed two different strength perms in my hair (mild and super). The damage to my hair was devastating. When I washed it out my hair was like elastic and it was breaking off something terrible! After making the decision to just cut it off and hope for the best it has grown back it just hasn't been the same since. I'm using two perm repair deep conditioners in my hair, not using heat on my hair, and I've been taking vitamins such as biotin for the health of my hair.

I know it requires patience seeing as it was a botched perm job, but my question is, will my hair ever return to it's natural grade before I permed it? Is your hair ever the same after a perm?

By s.r

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February 5, 20150 found this helpful
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I agree with the other responder. As a former cosmetologist, I can verify that until all the damaged hair has been cut away, it will not be the same. Until your new growth has reached a length you are comfortable cutting to, conditioning does help, but be careful not to over condition.

A reconstructing conditioner once per month, a perm repair conditioner every 2 weeks, a regular moisturizing conditioner the rest of the time. There is actually such a thing as over conditioning. It won't make much difference one way or the other on the perm-burned ends, but could be why your new growth feels different to you. Taking the vitamins is always a good idea, damage or not.

Another good point was brought up-the difference you feel in the new growth is likely unrelated to the perm damage, as the hair that was unformed inside your scalp can suffer no lasting effect from what was applied to hair you already have. The only way the new growth would be affected from the perm is if you also suffered a chemical burn on your scalp, and I doubt you did, because you would have run to a doctor by now.

Another possibility is that the difference in the damaged hair and new growth is so great that the new growth feels odd. One more thing, until you have enough new growth to cut off all damaged ends, trim frequently: 1/8 inch a week, in other words just the very ends, will minimize damage traveling up the hair shaft without cutting off more than what grows out. So you won't see more length, but you will see a lot less damage than if you didn't trim frequently. Good luck!

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January 28, 2015 Flag

I permed my hair 2 weeks ago and it's falling out really badly. Is there anything to use on my hair so it won't all fall out? I've deep conditioned and used a hot oil treatment, but it just keeps shedding.

By Courtney

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January 29, 20150 found this helpful
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There is nothing you can do but wait for it to grow back. Apparently it broke either because you wound it to tight, or the rubber band broke it because your hair was either thin, weak, or already damaged from hair products such as some artificial color, or lots of sun damage.

So, what I am trying to say is that your hair is breaking and the loss isn't coming from the hair follicle. All you can do is wait for it to grow out, and don't put anything on your hair with chemicals. Conditioner and shampoo won't hurt your hair though.

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June 13, 2013 Flag

I had gone without a perm for 6 months. I went to the hairdresser I was using and she wanted to lighten my hair for the summer months. My natural hair is sandy red hair.

I've been dying my hair black for years now. Well, she put something on my hair to lift the black color off. She did this about 2 or 3 times. Then she bleached it and I didn't know she used bleach. Well, my hair was orange and I didn't like it; this was a Friday that she did this and on Monday I asked if she can darken it back black.

2 weeks later I was calling to see if it was perm time because my hair was unmanageable, she never responded so I let another stylist perm my hair. The perm didn't burn and I was shocked, but as soon as she started washing my hair it was coming out by the handfuls. It's been 6 weeks now and my hair is stringy around the edges. It broke off to the root through the middle and pretty much all around. If I cut my hair I'll be in a fro and I don't want this.

What do you suggest I do and how long should I expect my hair to grow back? It looks awful it's thin all over. I only have a few strands to slick it up in a bun. My sister suggested that I use this Alpha g treatment on it. Please help. I don't know what to do.

By Yoshi

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Hair grows at the rate of half an inch a month. There's a limit to how much dyeing and perming hair can stand and it looks like you've reached it.

To grow healthy hair you need a healthy diet including vegetables, protein and good oils like nuts, seeds, avocado, tuna and salmon.

You can try moisturizing your hair with liquid vegetable oil or mayonnaise. It sounds very damaged, you may have to cut the ends off eventually.

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November 6, 2014 Flag

I got my perm in August and now the ends of my hair are fluffy. My hair used to be fine, but now the ends are coarse, what do I do? Please help!

By Isabella

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November 7, 20140 found this helpful
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I have very dry damaged hair. These tricks seem to help manage the frizz:

After shampooing, use a good conditioner and massage it into the ends of your hair; leave on for 3-5 min. Rinse with cool water

When towel drying your hair, squeeze out as much water as possible, then use a towel to squeeze more water out, do not 'rustle' your hair through the towel

Use a good leave in conditioner and massage gently into the ends of your hair.

You can braid it or put it in a low bun to wind the hair together, which will help it lay flat.

If you really want your hair to look beautiful and sleek, use a flat iron or curling iron. Using heat is not ideal on damaged hair but is good when you really need it. Use a heat protector or argan oil etc, and massage through the ends of your dry hair. Gently straighten or softly curl the ends. Voila!

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August 11, 2015 Flag

In the period of four months, I had a perm, colored it a dark brown color, then changed my mind, had bleach and put in it to give me blonde highlights. I just recently went back to brown all over color. I am sticking with the all over brown color. From the perm and stripping of the color for the blonde highlights, my hair feels super fried. Imagine teasing your hair and having to brush the tease out, that's how my hair feels after I get out of the shower. I curl my hair on a constant basis. How do I reverse the damage? What kind of conditioning treatment can I use to gain my healthy hair back?

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Former cosmetologist, here. At this point, nothing you do is going to roll back the damage. Too much has been done. Go to a stylist, get most of the damaged hair cut off, get a reconstruction treatment on what is left to buy time as it grows out. Get regular trims until all the damage has been cut off. Then, you can consider growing it back out.

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December 30, 2013 Flag

I permed my hair once and it has been a couple years and it hasn't gone back to the way it was. I used to have curly hair and then I put in a perm that straightened my hair. It was called One n Only. My hair goes to like 5 inches lower than my shoulders and I want my hair longer also. Now I want my natural hair back. Should I get a curly perm? And how do I get my hair to be longer.

By Abbigail C.

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In the case of perms, perm is short for "permanent", whether it is permanent wave (curly perm) or perm as short for relaxer (permanent straightener). If you look closely at your hair after you shampoo, you will likely see 2 distinct textures; the ends will be straight or mostly straight, and the new growth will be closer to your natural texture. You may have to lift some of the hair in your hand to see the difference more easily, since length makes hair heavier and may be stretching your new growth.

That being said, you will want to do one of two things: either cut off all the hair up to the new growth (on average hair grows about 1/2 inch per month, so multiply how many months it has been since the perm times 1/2 inch to determine where new growth ends), or get a really good trim, and regular trims until all or most of the perm is gone, then less frequent trims after that to maintain your ends. Putting a curly perm on your hair will be ok for the new growth, but not for the hair that has a straight perm-those ends will become "fried", or severely damaged.

I suspect as you get rid of the permed ends you will start to see your curls more defined without additional chemicals. But whatever you choose to do, don't put a curly perm anywhere near those permed ends. A good deep conditioner will help from time to time as well. Good Luck!

Source: 10 years of cosmetology experience

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March 31, 2015 Flag

I got my hair permed about a year and a half ago or more, it turned out great, and was very healthy. I have never put any chemicals or dyes in it, but over the last few months it gets completely dry, where it feels crackly, and it frizzes so much that even if I straighten it, it looks as if I have been struck by lightening. The perm is out on the top, but it still has small frizzy curls down the rest of the way. The whole bottom continually gets dead ends and snaps off. Is there anything I can do about it? Is there anyway the perm will come out? Should I cut it off?

By Elise. V.H

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Perms eventually grow out, continue to trim off fried and frizzy ends a bit at a time. Seems like you need to either get the perm done professionally or avoid perms until your hair is extra healthy.

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March 16, 2015 Flag

I'm 54 years old and box color my hair about every six weeks. I went to a salon and told them I wanted a spiral perm. My hair was down to the middle of my back at that time. The perm did not turn out good, the hairstylist put mouse and hairspray on it while it was wet and said it would curl up when it dried.

After getting home my hair dried and there was no curl, just fizz and matted ends. The next day I went back and showed the manager my hair. She said let's wash it and cut 2 inches off and that should give you more wave because the rods that were used were too big. So again they sent me home with wet hair, again when it dried no curl, just fizz and matted ends. Now I'm going back tomorrow and get my 95 dollars back. So what can I do to fix this mess on my head ?

By Sharon from Batavia, OH

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Tell the stylist that you want the perm process reversed. Spiral perms should be outlawed. My daughter had one done when she was 13. She had beautiful long hair with a natural curl. After the spiral perm we couldn't even get a brush through the mess. She ended up having to get her hair cut short and let it grow out. Good luck

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January 13, 2015 Flag

I just went to a beauty school to get a "loose perm" and I showed them a picture of what I wanted. They said the curls would be a tiny bit tighter than those, but they would loosen up after 2 or 3 washes. So I said okay. And they did it and once it was done it looked horrible. It was all matted up and my blonde streaks looked horribly damaged. I attempted to brush it out a tad bit and it just got even more frizzy. When I got home I decided to wash it out and it looks fine when it's wet, but once it dried the curls go away and my hair is left as a frizzy mess. I don't know what to do. The perm didn't even turn out at first and my hair is beyond damaged. I pretty much paid $40 for damaged hair that makes me look like a poodle. What can I do to make my hair healthier?

By Kasey

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You should return to the school, ask to speak with a supervisor or trainer, describe your problem (and include the picture) and request they improve your hair's current condition to it's former state.

Then, if you prefer, they should provide a new perm with good results.

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February 26, 2015 Flag

My hair was permanently straightened and I used to go for touch ups after every 3-4 inches of new hair growth. I continued this process for almost 3 and a half years, from early 2010 till late 2012, as straightening gave shine and softness to my naturally dry, rough, and wavy hair. In between these 3 years I even colored my hair magenta red from root to tip in streaks. The color has now taken the shade of honey brown and is still there for about 40% of my hair from the tip.

Since the year 2013 I did not do anything to my hair chemically; only some cuts twice or thrice. Now that the straightening and color have grown out half the way down and my natural hair had reached half the way from the root towards the tip, it has a shabby look. So I decided to perm my hair.

I permed my hair on February 16, 2015. After this perm my hair has become utterly rough, dry, frizzy, and messy and the colored tips are burnt. The perm has also gotten washed out from around 30% of my straightened hair with just the first wash. Though I am not experiencing any hair fall right now; I feel very embarrassed to go to work with such a state of my hair and I am not really liking this perm on my hair.

Please help me. It would be really kind if you can suggest something with which I can get my normal hair back as soon as possible or at least I can nourish my hair and restore some softness.

What I thought could be a possible remedy is that I iron my hair with a straightener just as a temporary setting and leave it for a day or two and then wash it. Will this help me to get rid of the perm? Or if you can suggest something to reverse the perm effect without damaging my hair any further.

Please help!

By Shabana

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Usually, hair straidgners are one of the most strongest chemicals for hair. When you go to a hair salon and they start consulting they ask you and warning you about possible side effects of doing so much chemicals on your hair. Get a good haircut, cut a good 5to 10"of the lenght and Keep trimming your ha

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March 8, 2013 Flag

My hair was bleached 2 months ago, and I had it permed last day, but the result made me sad. I have got brittle, dry, damaged hair. It's like I can't comb my hair, for it's damaged too much. I don't want to cut my hair, what should I do? I really need help.

By Nancy

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Hairstylists use a conditioning product called "balsam" to repair damaged hair. I have seen it sold at "dollar" and other discount stores. It's a really thick conditioner that works amazingly well.

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