Repairing Hair Damaged by Perm and Straightening?

I need some hair advice. Back at the end of February, the 27th, to be exact I went and had a body wave done professionally. I kept repeating to the girl that I did not want a spiral perm or the poodle look. I even showed her pics of what I had in mind, which was like a nice beachy wave. She said yes we could do that and I even asked her to show me the size of the curlers and I was very hesitant with her choice as she picked a light peach color and a darker peach color and said since my hair was so thick that she picked those sizes so it would hold curl.


Well needless to say I turned out with poodle/spiral perm. I hated it instantly and even told her I did not like it and that it was not what I had in mind she told me it would relax and give it some time.

I even washed my hair the very next day in hopes that it would relax it a little. It did not. I took it upon myself to try and straighten it. I went to buy a perm and was just going to comb thru the perm solution to my desired wave when the gal at the store talked me into using an ethnic relaxer and said it would be less damaging. I did this and ended up damaging my hair. It lost elasticity, my hair was breaking, and falling out. I looked like I had crimped my hair. I ended up having to chop my hair off! I couldn't even get a brush or my fingers through it.

It was a little past my shoulders and ended up with the super short Marilyn Monroe type haircut. Now that the relaxer has worked its way out, the curl is back but only on one side of my head. So I have one side that still has the ugly crimped look and the other side that has curl.

I don't know if I should reperm the parts that are not curly, or if I should get it relaxed, or just get it straightened? All of which will be done professionally! It has been about 25 weeks since the perm and maybe 24 since the relaxer. I have also had my hair colored back at the beginning of May.

I have also been doing deep conditioning treatments at various salons and even do treatments at home a few times a week.

Any advice would be helpful, as I am also going to let the person know all of this and take what advice they tell me, but any insight before my appointment will help set me up for what to expect.
Thank you!

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September 1, 20152 found this helpful
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I'm sorry it took so long to answer your question but I didn't remember the name of the product I wanted to recommend until I could get to the store to look for it. I've had the same problem you have -twice - and this product saved my hair both times. Infusium. You can find it in the hair section at Walmart or probably other places. It's almost almost found on the bottom shelf in a small bunch - mostly gray bottles.


Follow the instructions and you'll soon have your hair back - may take a few applications but you'll notice the difference the very first time - marvelous product that's been around many, many years. Good for all kinds of hair damage, not just perm damage. Good luck!

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June 15, 20160 found this helpful

Can You Find It In Ride Aid Or Walgreens As Well ?

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April 28, 20190 found this helpful

I know these comments are almost 4 years old; but I'm wondering about the Infusium you spoke of. Is it Infusium 23?


Is it a leave in conditioner, or do you wash it out? Or is it a shampoo, or some type of hair treatment?

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April 28, 20191 found this helpful
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I don't know if Linda is still active on the site but I'm pretty sure it is the Infusium 23 she is talking about.

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April 4, 20200 found this helpful

There are so many variations of Infusium, which one do you use to help straighten out a perm?

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August 16, 20210 found this helpful

When you say infusium are you speaking of the conditioner?

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April 17, 20160 found this helpful

Your story is the same as mine except I haven't used the ogilive straightner yet. I'm devastated and hate my hair also. Here are some tips as I really know what I'm talking about. Do your deep conditions at home for free. Apply conditioner and leave in for awhile.


Always rinse out with cold water. Wash hair with sulfate free shampoo every three days and just use conditioner. Blot hair with towel and apply creams and leave in conditioners in when wet. Shea butter is magic to use in wet hair.

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July 19, 20160 found this helpful

Very helpful information. ..pray it works. ..stay tuned..

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