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.

December 27, 2015 Flag
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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.

October 24, 20160 found this helpful

Got ma hair perm and cut.... Then she didn't perm ma hair properly so she cut it same ma hair get a lot of burns now it fall out have lot of patches what can do for ma hair stop breaking out and I need it to go back

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October 24, 20160 found this helpful

February 26, 2016 Flag
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I got a perm about a week ago. After a few hours the curls dropped. I went back the next day and she said I probably slept on it funny. She noted she used a waving solution to try keep my hair soft. And, I felt like she was rushing through the rollers.


I have had my hair permed before and usually get nice curls. My hair was always longer and more processed than it is now. Half of the hair is wavy some of it is curly and the curly parts are too tight. I showed her a picture and she said because my hair wasn't layered it would not look like that. So 3 days later I got a cut to make sure it wasn't heavy. And the curls still don't stay.

I called her to re-perm and she said I need a cut and it will be fine. She will book me and charge me for cut only. When I told her I got one already and I am scared my hair will burn she said I should wait longer. She said she could re-do only the back because that's the part where half the shaft isn't curled.
I told her 1 side of my head is wavy. The other side is kinda curly. The curls are too tight and the back is half wavy half straight. She apologized and said she was an expert and was not sure why this happened. I told her I didn't think it was enough solution and she said no. It's short hair there was enough.

I feel like she is giving me too many excuses. I want her to fix it, which she will for free, but I am questioning her competence.

Should I trust her to re-do it or fight her for a refund to get it done elsewhere? I hate waiting because I am a doctor and need to look processional. But, I also don't want to be bald.

June 25, 20160 found this helpful

Hello. I had a curly perm but my problem is excessive shedding. ( i wish my problem was a curl drop. ) are my hair follicles permanently damaged? Will this continue until it all falls? Ive been so stressed! Regreting every day that i did this. Any expert advice from hair stylist appreciated

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September 1, 20160 found this helpful

February 13, 2014 Flag
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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

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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August 31, 20160 found this helpful

February 23, 2011 Flag
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How do I repair my badly damaged hair after a perm?

By Sarah

August 15, 20150 found this helpful

I have a bad perm. Frizzy. I go back to work Monday. After a summer off. I will try these methods tomorrow. Thank You, Vickie

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February 26, 2015 Flag
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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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February 13, 20160 found this helpful

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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July 28, 20160 found this helpful

August 12, 2015 Flag
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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.

August 18, 20150 found this helpful

I agree with Dinah, go back to the salon and firmly request help. If this was a home perm, you might also go to a salon as they may have some remedies for you to help you deal with the damage. And as for making your hair grow faster, there is NOTHING you can do to make your hair grow faster. It grows about a 1/2 inch per month for most people. Massage your scalp if it feels good, but it will not result in faster hair growth any more than rubbing your feet will make you grow taller.

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October 29, 20150 found this helpful

November 19, 2013 Flag
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I had my first perm in September 2013 and loved it! However recently my hair has been falling out a lot more. I have noticed a lot of short hair where it has broken. This is like an inch long from my scalp and is along my parting so really sticks up! I hardly straighten my hair and try to leave it dry naturally as much as possible. I also try not to wash it too often, as this is when it usually falls out. I haven't coloured my hair for about 6 weeks so can't think what could be causing this.

Please help!

By Sophie

November 20, 20130 found this helpful

I think it was the combination of hair coloring and perming. It probably had some breakage along the place where the rubber band crossed the perm rod. Colored hair is fragile to begin with. If it had peroxide in it, the color was permanent. A strand of hair just can't take both even when the color and perm solution are done weeks apart. Some hair can tolerate it better than other though. Perhaps yours just couldn't take all of that damage. Coloring and perming always damage hair. Don't worry, it will all grow back.

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January 24, 20150 found this helpful

February 26, 2014 Flag
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I got my hair permed curly about two weeks ago and now my hair keeps falling out. What can I do to stop it from falling? I desperately need help!

By Melissa from Ottawa, ON

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February 27, 20141 found this helpful
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The first thing you should do is go back to the hairdresser. It sounds as if your hair has been burned by the perming solution. Is it falling out roots and all or is it just breaking off at the scalp? If the hairdresser is no help get a second opinion and also see your doctor.

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August 13, 2014 Flag
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I bleached my hair 3 months ago and then dyed it 4 times after that, as my hair was looking yellow and I didn't like it at all. Then today I asked my aunt who is a hair dresser to perm my hair to make it curly, but after the 10 minutes that perm was left on my head, my long hair burnt. My hair didn't get dry after 6 hours so I had to use a dryer and straightener to make it look better as it totally looks like wool on my head.
It's horrible and I am so worried that my hair will start falling out and I will get bald. My hair is burnt in 0.4mm from my head. I can't even cut it short as then I can't even tie my hair and it would be more obvious and noticeable.

Please help me, I don't know what I can do. The only way I found was to cut my hair a little and use straightener to straighten my hair a little bit and tie it back. Is my hair going to fall out later?

By Sasha

August 14, 20140 found this helpful

Wow, that was way too much chemical exposure in a very short time. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but your hair is over-processed, and there's not much you can do to turn back from that kind of damage.

The only things you can do for now is have a keratin conditioning treatment, and keep moisture in your hair, with a moisturizing conditioner. Keep getting it trimmed frequently to get rid of the bad ends. Treat it gently, wear it in styles which won't use much tension or heat, such as a slightly loose ponytail or some sort of bun.

Even a tiny amount of a liquid hair oil will help as a styling aid. Minimize brushing, and no brushing while wet. Comb gently with a comb with fairly large teeth, and minimize combing while wet; finger detangle as much as possible. All that being said, even though your hair won't fall out from your scalp, it will likely break off between the new growth and the processed hair as it grows out.

Once there is enough breakage to make it look bad, go ahead and get a nice haircut to get rid of the damaged hair. All the tips I gave you will just help to keep your length on your head as long as possible, so you have time to accumulate some new growth, so your new cut won't have to be so short.

Next time you bleach your hair, if you plan to perm it, have the same stylist do both, as the stylist should know how far apart to space the chemical services. Alternately if you decide to just bleach your hair on your own and not get a perm, if it is too yellow go to a beauty supply and ask for a violet-based toner and tips how to use it: a violet-based toner will neutralize the yellow in one or two applications, without further damaging your hair-toners are meant to be used with bleached hair to alter the undertones without completely changing the color away from blonde. Good luck!

Information sources: 10 years of cosmetology career.

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November 11, 20160 found this helpful

February 14, 2015 Flag
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I had a perm about 6 months ago and the stylist left the lotion on too long. My scalp has been very very sore and as I have white hair my scalp looks very pink. Although my hair is not falling out it has gone very thin. Please help.

By H

February 15, 20150 found this helpful

If your scalp is still hurting 6 months after the perm, it is time to see a doctor. Although the perm may have started this condition, something else is continuing it. It may have been that the perm was merely a co-incidence.

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February 15, 20150 found this helpful
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