Straight Perm Frizz?

Growing up I had gotten perms several times throughout the years. Simple home perm my mom would do it would seriously last for months! I have thicker by strand and density, courser hair that is straight- to easily obtained soft body with styling. All I wanted is more permanent body for a more mussy look.


I don't use a lot of product at all. I use leave in conditioner even when I condition in the shower. I take 14,000 mcg of biotin with keratin daily to help growth and it does make a difference. All I use for styling is a large barrel brush and a blow dryer. My style is long soft natural looking layers. I use salon products nexxus therrape line has been best response so far-

Well during covid, I decided to do a perm for the mussy look. It would be a nice change. No! It turned out horrible, a half permed frizzed mess! I suffered through, waited weeks before trying to fix with a straight perm to reverse the effects. I have straight permed before and never had any issues. This time it took out the horrible half curled mess but left a lot of areasstraight frizzed?

I get my hair trimmed often as I"m trying to grow out a stacked shoulder length bob. I really really miss my long hair!! Well last trim, I explained what we did to the stylist and she said it's weird because my hair, considering all the major stress and chemicals, is shockingly very healthy!

She said when doing a straight perm always use a wider toothed comb and comb it straight never pull it straight. Pulling is like stretching a rubber band you overextended it and when released ,it bounces back misshaped aka frizzed having damaged the shaft. So I over extended the elasticity in other words. But I didn'tpulland used a wide tooth comb.

Now, when I wash and condition even use a leave in, when it dries, it'sstraight frizz! So frustrating! The only thing that takes the frizz out now is a flat iron used on low heat. I hate all that heat all the time. I do use a heat protectant before I flat iron. It has been like 3-4 months since I straight permed. Would doing another straight perm fix it? More trims? Both? Please tell me how to get rid of this frizz. Here's the thing, it doesn't feel fried or dry, it's like the stylist said, surprisingly healthy. It feels healthy, it's soft and shiny. I just want the frizz gone.


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December 6, 20200 found this helpful
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It appears that the home perms are not working very well on your hair and I would not really recommend that you try and do another one yourself. I think maybe they have changed the chemicals in these perms and they are not giving the same results as before. If you can wait just a bit and make an appointment with a hairstylist I think you will be much happier.

My granddaughter uses straightening gels in her hair and she applies these to her hair and just combs them in and allow them to dry. I would try a few of these for now and get rid of the heat you are using in your hair. This can't be good to use this all the time and it can dry out and damage your hair. Try to find some good straightening gels to use instead of the heat for now.

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Use a mild shampoo, a leave in conditioner, and get frequent trims. If you do need to use a flat iron or curling iron, use a hair protectant before you apply heat. Every time you use high alkaline products on your hair, it opens up the hair cuticle, which can eventually damage your hair, so I would give your hair a rest for awhile.

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You need a professional Stylist , that works with reconditioning . They will examine your hair , and advise you. There are to many things that could go further wrong with you /yourself doing this work.


Do your research when choosing someone to correct this. also check reviews of there work.

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Try not to use any heat on your hair. I would use a curling cream on it and let it air dry.

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December 7, 20200 found this helpful

This is certainly not my area of expertise but it sure seems like your hair needs a rest more than anything. Although you have frizzy hair it does not seem that anything you have tried has reduced the frizz so why not think about the condition of your hair - I think it's dead and needs a rest to grow out until you have trimmed off all the dead.


I know some people that use hair straighteners but they never use the ones that require heat. Maybe you could investigate some of these until your hair has a chance to rejuvenate.

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That sounds like exactly what happened to me, once, when I gave myself a home perm. Only my experience was worse. I rolled my hair only half-way up and did it that way. I will never forget my hair breaking off, when I took the rollers out.

This was a long time ago, but I wanted to share my experience. Home perms can be very tricky.

Have a blessed day!

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