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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How do I repair my badly damaged hair after a perm?
Your hair is burnt. I've been here and I'm still here. There's some step you can take to improve this but its just going to take time.
1. Take eggs and crack them into a bowl. Stir together then put on your day hair let sit 30-40 minutes. Rise with cold water.
2. Go to Sally. You will need a reconstructing shampoo and conditioner. Also you will need; coconut milk or oil leave in conditioner and deep conditioning treatment. (There is a very good product called "Wen" Google it.) I would highly recommend it. If you do get all they offer make sure you still buy coconut oil still because this will keep the frizz down. If you dont get "Wen" then Read step 3)
3. Use Reconstructing shampoo and conditionar on your hair every day followed be the Leave in conditioner then the coconut oil. Deep condition it every other day.
Note: Do NOT use heat and if you can help it dont brush it. Maybe just run you finger throught it because the more you brush it the fuzzier your hair will get and the more it will fall out.
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I've had blonde highlights for 6 to 7 years and recently 6 months ago dyed my hair black. Then about 5 months later my mom gave me blonde highlights that damaged my hair so a week later I dyed it dark brown with a red tint. My question to you is that if in 6 months I get a perm will my hair be completely damaged?
This is a joke? If not the answer is yes, unless you shave your head and in 6 months perm only the new growth.
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.
If I am thinking you are saying what you are saying, then I know what you mean. I did this once by accident to my hair. I used the perm on only half of my hair and it practically dissolved the hair. There is no way to fix it if it is as bad as I think it is. Get a really short hair cut and start over again. You could check with the salon where you get your hair cut and make sure there is not a way to save it. Live and learn! :)
I permed my hair for the first time at home and then used a conditioner. I know you are supposed to wash it, but I thought conditioner? I was wrong. My hair immediately changed to straight in the water and when it dried, my hair was a total fuzz ball.
My hair comes down to my waist. What can I do to get the curl back? Cutting it is not an option.
By Sherie B
As a 35 year retired hairstyling veteran I can tell you with certainty that it's not the conditioner that made your hair fuzzy/frizzy; it's because you left the perm solution on too long and/or didn't wrap your hair on the perm rods correctly.
And the reason your hair went straight is because you're not supposed to wet, shampoo or condition your hair for at least 24 hours after a perm and better yet not for 48 hours.
You're only solution at this point is to not perm again and to make the damged hair look more smooth through trims, conditioning and styling products.
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 Dena R.03/11/2013
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.
How do I fix my hair? I got a perm done and it burned. I can't even brush it and it's so dry. I hate it, but don't want to cut it off. I feel so bad all I want is for it to be straight. What can I do? There has to be something.
By Espie from CA
I had a similar problem and the answer for me was to not wash your hair with any shampoo but use hair conditioner as shampoo. My hair still came out really nice and clean and not so horribly dry and much softer appearance. I have heard that some people with naturally, very curly hair use only conditioner for shampooing. It sure worked for me.
I got a straight perm/relaxer yesterday and I seriously hate it. My hair looks so damaged and dry. Even when I run my fingers through it it feels so nasty. My hair goes down to my waist and I truly regret getting this perm. The hair dresser said it will last about 6 months and I am not going to wait 6 months for this perm to wear off. So my question is this, if I cut my hair to a short bob will the perm go away faster? I mean I'm getting rid of most of the processed hair right? Please help!
By Tawny R
First check with your stylist to see if it was actually a chemical relaxer, or one of the newer treatments that gradually wears off over time. I can tell you from personal cosmetology experience (I was a hair stylist), a chemical relaxer is permanent, the only way to get rid of it is to cut it out, and the new treatments wear away slowly.
Second consult with your stylist about conditioning treatments or reconstructor treatments you can get to make your hair more healthy; if you can't afford to go in for treatments ask what the best ones are to use at home. Third, if you didn't have one get a trim of your ends, it makes a big difference in most cases.
Finally, hair grows about 1/2 inch per month so a bob at this point is still going to leave you with a lot of relaxed hair. To be able to cut it and be rid of most of the relaxer you have about a year ahead of you, unless you want to cut it very short all over after about 3-4 months. regular conditioning treatments and trims will do the most good to get your hair back into shape. Good luck!
I got a perm 24 hours ago and wanted to know of it was OK to use Guarnieri Furtis Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment on my hair? My ends are really damaged and dry. Is it OK to add to hair and leave in?
By Stella Bella05/02/2013
I did a quick search online and it looks like you would only want to use a hot oil treatment if you wanted to relax your perm or reverse it.
Here is some good feedback on Thriftyfun for another member that had a similar problem:
There might be more good information in the guide:
http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Beauty ... medies-for-Hair-Damaged-by-Perm.html
I hope this information helps. If all else fails, you could call a hair stylist and ask their opinion.
I have heavy highlighted hair and I just got a perm two days ago. Now my hair has no elasticity at all and it's so dry and unmanageable. I can't even comb it unless I put a bunch of oil in it; it literally feels like cotton. Is there anything I can do to repair my damaged hair without cutting it super short? I have had 2 perms before with my highlighted hair a year ago and it never was this bad so I'm not sure what went wrong.
By Julie from AZ
How long did you wait after coloring your hair to get the perm. My sister is a retired beauty operator, and she has often told me that every now and then you do have to let your hair rest, when you color, perm, and start over.
I originally had very curly healthy hair, but in the past 2 years I've been getting the keratin treatment to make it straight. It looks very healthy and full, but I want to go back to my curly hair. The only solution is to let the curly roots grow which would make my hair look awful. To make this process a bit easier I was thinking of getting a curly hair perm, would that work on my hair? Since it has already been chemically straightened?
Don't do it! If it was truly a keratin treatment your hair will gradually revert to its natural curl over a period of time. Just have patience and make sure to use moisturizing conditioners and shampoos, plus a moisturizing deep conditioner at least once a month. Most conditioners are either moisturizing or protein; try to avoid the protein ones until your curl is back, because you already have a layer of keratin protein bonded to your hair. Also make sure to get trims as needed to keep dry or split ends away. Patience is key!
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.
I suggest not doing any type of chemical treatment to your hair for a long time, preferably never again. If you want to dye it again, try using Henna as it is not only cheaper but not damaging to your hair.
Also, to repair the damage you have now, buy some coconut oil at a health food store, use about 1-2 tbsp on dry hair (comb it through), wrap it with a plastic bag, then a towel and leave it overnight. In the morning, wash your hair at least twice to get the oil out and condition lightly.
You may have to do this treatment once a month (maybe every two weeks). If you have fine hair, once a month would work. Also, do not wash your hair every day. Washing only once a week keeps the natural oils of your hair and it will restore it faster. Start by washing every second day, then after awhile work up to once a week. I've been washing my hair once a week now for 15 years!
Good luck :)
Okay in the beginning of last school year I colored my hair and it came out really good. I got a perm and everything was fine. My mom recolored my hair a few months after and about a month later, I got a perm and my hair fell out. I had to get a short cut and a couple weeks later my mom made me cut it again. It's a short cut, but I was wondering since the color's still there a little, is my hair okay or is there some product I should be using? I'm 18 and sadly I need help.
Personally, I think you are OK now. But you really have to pace any chemical treatments done to your hair, not too many too close together. Again, I think you can just let it grow out for awhile & you'll be fine!
I permed my hair, right after I rinsed it jet black by myself for the first time. I didn't know that I was supposed to rinse my hair until all of the jet black was completely washed out. I semi-rinsed it and left half of the chemicals in my hair. 2 months later my hair is super dry, itchy, and slowly, but surely it is breaking off. What should I do to repair my hair to stop the itching and breakage?
By Deedee C
Hair stylists will tell you to never perm your hair for a few weeks after coloring it. I can't remember, exactly how many weeks, but I know it is between three to six weeks. I used to color my own hair, but always went to a styling salon for my perms. Now I don't do either, because I have developed psoriasis on my scalp. You should probably consult a professional hair stylist, and you might have to get your hair cut really short in order to get rid of the damaged hair. Most of what I learned about things like this is from my sister who is a retired hair stylist and every now and then I question other hair stylists when I am getting a hair cut. Also if a person is on certain medications that could change the effects of chemical hair processes. The same right before or after having a baby or surgery can affect things like that too. My sister was really fussy about things like that and whenever a new lady went to her salon and wanted a chemical process she questioned the lady about things like that. I found out all about this about a month before I had my second baby, I wanted her to put a perm in my hair and she wouldn't, explaining that I didn't know what, if any type of drugs I would have to have and she told me after delivery I should wait at least a month.
My hair is so damaged from years of perms. I want to start all over, but I'm scared I'll look terrible with a really short cut. What do I do to get my hair more healthy? Do I have to keep getting perms? What do I do?
Sadly, you'll have to either grow out or cut off the damaged hair.
The only other option you might want to try is to do weekly (or more often) *deep* conditioning treatments. Walmart has good prices on trustworthy brands. (Sally Beauty Supply might also be able to suggest good treatments.)
They might help soften the hair's cuticle & leave behind some shine ~ making you hair appear healthier while it grows out.
Hope that helps! Best of luck
I did a really stupid thing about 3 months ago and bleached my fringe and put crazy colour on and a week later I had a perm. I knew it would dry my hair out a little bit, but I then did the stupid thing of putting a Nice and Easy dark box colour on and burned my scalp at the front and my hair went like chewing gum. The colour obviously didn't take as I only left it on for ten minutes before I couldn't leave it on anymore. Anyway needless to say I was mortified. I have conditioned it everyday since then and had to use a temporary colour so it matched the rest of my hair, but what I need to know is can I use a dark hair dye (permanent) on my hair now as it's been 3 months.
Wait at least another 3 months. I am a hair dresser and I would not touch it for at least that long-keep getting it trimmed to cut off the damage and then be very select in the product you choose.
I just got a perm. It damaged my hair and it is really curly instead of just a body perm. What can I do?
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 Carole S.08/01/2013
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.
On March 30th of this year I permed my hair. I left a perm on too long so when I washed it out it was falling out. Now I'm trying to wear weave and braids so my hair can grow back, but the glue just messed up my hair more so now I don't really know what to do. Is there anyway it can grow back faster or could I use a hairstyle to grow it back? Please help. (p.s. I am black)
By Chanese A. from Phoenix, AZ
By Louise B.08/14/2013
Hair grows about 1/2 an inch a month. There is nothing you can do to make it grow faster. I would get a good cut on the hair that you have, and just be patient.
A month ago I got a perm and one day I touched my nape area to find that I was bald. I lost hair in the middle, back, sides, and some edges. I have some of the top of my hair left. Since then I noticed that my hair was shedding very badly so I started using Apogee damaged hair shampoo and 2 minute reconstruction. I cut the perm part out of the back, but not on the top. I want to grow the perm out of the longer part so it can come to the natural curl and let the short part grow a little more before I cut it. What can I do to help my the perm leave and what products can I use for the short hair before transitioning to natural hair? I want to cut it in December if possible. Please help.
By the way, I forgot: Hair grows about 1/2 inch per month, so you will have nearly 2 inches of new growth when you cut it in December. To see the full 2 inches stretch the curl, it will look shorter in its natural state.
I had bleached my hair and a week later I put in a perm. My hair is falling out every time I touch it. It feels slimy and nasty. How do I fix it without having to cut all my hair off?
I got a perm to get it straight, I got one in December and then in March. I haven't had one since. I love my perm very much, except when I come out of the shower my hair turns very, very dry. It will only go silky and smooth if I straighten it, but sometimes I just leave it wavy and dry like when I come out of the shower. Are there any solutions I can use for my dry hair? I'm getting it permed again next Monday.
After washing, put your conditioner on, but don't rinse it out. When you towel dry your hair, most of it will be removed, but enough will be left on your hair to condition it and able to comb.
I am a 20 year old black male who has worn an S curl perm since I was 16/17. In February '12 I had my barber style it into an S curl Mohawk and had that up until May '13 when I retired the look and had it chopped off.
The hair on the top of my head is noticeably thinner than the rest and at first, I thought the solution was to "retrain" my hair to lie down flat again. I have been using the system 6 Nioxin treatment and as of September '13, my hair has gotten "slightly" better but is still growing thin.
I want to assert that I am "not" thinning or balding, the hair is just a little thinner. The sides and back of my head look just fine and I even have nice waves coming in, but the top just won't match! Are there any solutions to this? Any hair proteins I can take? Does Sally's have anything to help this? I look forward to hearing back from someone :/
By Louise B.10/06/2013
If you mean that that there is less hair there, than I think that you are going bald. Sorry, but it does happen early with some guys. If you mean that the texture of your hair has changed, it just may have done. My son's hair was fairly straight as a child, but became very curly when he was about 17. Sometimes this happens, or hair goes straight when it was curly as a child. Medications can change the texture of your hair as well.
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.
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.
I had really long hair and I've always used a perm, but did it the right way and took care of it so it didn't stop my hair growth. I tried a new perm that had even more chemicals in it and ever since I've had chunks of hair that are kinda long, and other chunks that are cut really really short. I need help to bring back my hair.
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.
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. I good deep conditioner will help from time to time as well. Good Luck!
Source: 10 years of cosmetology experience
How can I repair damage done to my hair by a home perm? It is falling out in clumps. I have had it cut.
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.
What can I do to get healthy and smooth hair back after having it permed 1 month ago and before that I also had highlights done with blond? 2 years back I had rebonding done as well. Now it's totally damaged and too rough. How can I get it smooth and healthy? Please help.
By Latika from India
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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My hair has been over processed. I got a perm and it didn't take. About three weeks later, I got another one. Now my hair is over processed and it's like cotton candy. What can I do (other than getting it all cut off) to bring some life back into it? Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Renee from St. Louis, MO
Now, try using the best conditioner you can afford or half a cup of really good olive oil and half a cup of mayonnaise mixed together. Slather all over DRY hair and leave on for as long as possible, I leave mine in all night covered with a shower cap and a towel on my pillow. Not conducive to romance, but wash out and condition in the morning and your hair will immediately show improvement. Use the mildest shampoo you can, like baby shampoo. Continue to do this treatment as often as possible and you will notice that it does regain its condition. Try and have a small regular trim, as no doubt your ends are split.
Also, try asking the manager of the salon who did this if they will provide you with free conditioning treatments. Bad experiences spread by one woman can do immense damage to a good salon, and they might like the opportunity to rectify this problem for you. Best of luck. (04/03/2006)
By Leslie M.
Please do nothing but TLC to your hair from now on. (04/06/2006)
By Mary Pallister
I keep my hair colored blonde, have natural curl; but, once I decided to give myself a perm after letting it grow out some. I had one spot that was frizzy afterward. After using numerous what I believed to be very good conditioners, I still had a frizzy spot. I picked up a bottle of Pure Care conditioner, a very mild conditioner that you can use on your skin and hair. I shave my legs using it. This cheap conditioner worked great and took out the frizz, didn't rinse it out after shampooing and it didn't look oily. And baby shampoo isn't the mildest shampoo you can use. Look for a good beauty shop shampoo that has a lower pH level. This would be one especially formulated for permed or color treated hair. Best of luck! (05/22/2008)
Don't let this scare you, be careful not to try and bend the hair, it will break. Then you rinse it 4 times to remove the renew and shampoo and condition with the other product line. It's the most amazing thing ever, it has keratin in it, which is what your hair is made of. If you go on ebay you will see some videos of how it's done. Or go to You tube and type it in. A lost of stars use this of course by their hairdresser, like Heidi Klum etc. Good luck, it's amazing and a miracle. (11/18/2008)
By Barb L.
I went for a permanent and they forgot to put the neutralizer on my hair at the end. My hair is straight and very frizzy and dry.