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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January 10, 2017 Flag

This is a guide about having thinner hair after cutting off perm. Permanent chemicals are strong and can cause changes to your hair texture.

A brush full of hair from hair loss.

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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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December 29, 20151 found this helpful
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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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April 7, 20150 found this helpful
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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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November 19, 2013 Flag

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

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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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February 26, 2014 Flag

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

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

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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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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!

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July 30, 20130 found this helpful

Every hair stylist that I have ever spoken with has said you have to wait at least three weeks after coloring to perm your hair and this dates back to one stylist who went to beauty school back in the 60s, up to the modern ones.

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February 8, 2013 Flag

I let this chick perm my hair, something I don't ever do, and she used 2 of the chemicals that you are supposed to use just 1 per kit. And now my hair is slowly falling out. What can I do to stop the breakage? Every time I comb it I get wads of hair. Please help.

By Tylisha

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February 13, 20130 found this helpful

I would also stop using a comb or brush on your hair, especially when it's wet. Condition it in the shower, don't rub it to dry it. Apply a leave-in and try to just use your fingers.

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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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March 13, 20150 found this helpful

Return to the salon and request they repair the problem. They are responsible for providing good service, not problems. A repair should be free.

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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 4, 20150 found this helpful

There is not much you can do for your damaged hair now. Only your new growth hair that has not been altered in any way will be the same hair as before the damage.

Note, however, some people are suprized to have new hair growth after a perm or other chemical process that is not the same as before. The new hair coming in may have changed color, curl, etc., as a natural process that would have occurred with or without any chemical alteration.

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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

Stop using so much stuff on your hair. Conditioner alone will make your hair fall out. I used to do all the stuff you are doing and my hair had one problem after another. I went through a period of unemployment and left my hair alone, and gradually it returned to it's natural color, it's natural shine and it turned out I had a naturalslight wave. That was 1994.

I am now 70. Yes my hair is thinner but it's shiny, slightly longer than shoulder length and I like it more than I ever did during those tinkering years. I wash it every other time with a warm water rinse of water and a tablespoon of baking soda, followed by rinsing. I use inexpensive shampoos alternately with NO conditioner. If I want a curl or wave, I twist and pin it in a bun while barely damp, and let it loose after a couple of hours.

I do not wash my hair very often, maybe every 10 days. Just brushing it does it. I use a soft brush, a Fuller Brush.

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December 10, 2014 Flag

I have previously had my hair stripped, like 6 months ago, and had two perms done to my hair within the space of a month or so. It is now two months later and I have only just realised that I have hair that has broken off and left about an inch from my scalp. I am so worried and I am crying everyday :(. I have spoken to a trichologist and they have booked me into an appointment to get all the chemicals used in the perm out of my hair, as this may not have been washed out properly when it was done. Can someone please tell me whether you have experienced this, or whether you know if more of my hair will eventually fall out? Would this have happened straight after or will I be expecting more severe breakage?

By Victoria

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December 10, 20140 found this helpful

Basically you did too many chemical processes to your hair within a short time. I have a sister that is a retired beautician and she always told people how long to wait between various chemical treatments, especially the people that did "DIY" processes.

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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

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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August 12, 20150 found this helpful

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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May 24, 2014 Flag

I get my hair permed and colored at the same time. Sometimes it comes out extremely dry. Is that because of processing time or what? It's not falling out, but looks and feels very dry. What can I do to help it now?

By Jennifer from ID

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May 25, 20140 found this helpful

I'm 74 and have talked to a lot of hair stylists over the years and they all recommend waiting several weeks between coloring and perming. You should probably discuss this with the person that did your hair or did you do it yourself?

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March 30, 2014 Flag

I have lines or parts that I cannot get rid of since having the perm.
What to do?

By Elaine F

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March 31, 20140 found this helpful

I have had many perms in the past and I have found that they will relax after you wash your hair a few times. Don't worry. I would pin my hair up to hide the parts until my hair settled down. Good luck!

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