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Help For a Bad Hair Perm

When a hair perm goes bad

A client recently asked: “I just recently got a hair perm and now it is severely fried, I cut a bunch of it off, but still no good. I can’t cut any more off because I have a big tattoo on the back of my neck and due to work I need to keep it covered. Please can you help me, how can I fix my dry damaged, severely fried hair perm????

The primary culprit in protein loss is chemical services. Protein damage almost never occurs without moisture loss.

I recommend:

Nexxus’s Therappe Luxury Moisturizing Shampoo

Encapsulated Lipids, Nourishing botanical and hydrating emollients help restore and maintain vital moisture needed for dry, brittle hair to be naturally soft, pliable and radiantly healthy.

Nexxus’s Keraphix Restorative Protein Creme Reconstructor

This intensive reconstructor is blended with strengthening keratin Amino acids, Time released Nutrients and Nucleic Acids to restore health, elasticity and shine to dry, weak, damaged hair perm. Returns hair to its natural emollients, for a shiny, silky look and feel. Ideal for chemically treated hair.

Nexxus’s Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner

The ultimate conditioner for dry, brittle hair perms. Contains deep hydrating Emollients to dramatically improve elasticity, pliability and luster. Preserves the vital moisture balance necessary for hair to be smooth, soft and radiant.

I recommend you use Sebastian Penetraitt treatments once a month or, Nexxus’s Emergencee Strengthening Polymeric Reconstructor. If your hair perm is badly damaged do a treatment a week for the first month until your hair feels good again then go once a month after that.




  1. Also you may want to be careful when perming you hair after it has been colored. Always tell you stylist…even though they should be able to tell

    Comment by Highlighted Hair — September 18, 2019 @ 9:20 am

  2. Traditional perms are severely damaging to hair. This should have been discussed with you before the perm. Your stylist should have analyzed your hair before starting the process.

    Comment by maggie — March 19, 2019 @ 9:48 am

  3. i recently about a month ago got a perm for the first time in 17 years, i am 24. The lady at the salon had to have done something wrong as my hair was 20 inches long and she cut about 6 inches off of it which i was not happy with but am to nice to open my mouth and ask if she messed it up. it took her over 4 hours to perm and wash and all of those type things. As i do understand that it takes time to do a perm, i didnt think it took that long and she cut my hair short without asking if she could cut it. My hair is now about 12 inches long and is super fried and is breaking off. I use the right shampoo and conditioner it is tresemme flawless curls. but when i left the salon she only charged me 35 because im almost positive she messed my hair up horribly bad. I have been trying to grow my hair out for ten years and i have had a tremendous struggle with it. I refuse to cut my hair off any shorter where as i do not feel confident with short hair. I have tried everything under the sun you can think of that will repair my hair and nothing is repairing it. PLEASE HELP ME! I am in desperate need..

    Comment by Miranda — July 2, 2017 @ 8:13 pm

  4. I got a perm on Oct. 10th – I waited two days to wash my hair so the perm would hold then washed it again after 2 more days and 75% of the perm is gone.

    Of course, I was upset! My stylist recommended the Shielo Intensive Hair Mask – its a deep conditioning treatment because my hair was dry. My hair looks 100 times better! It made the perm come back a little more, it’s not perfect but it looks a whole lot better and I feel a lot better too. I will always have this Shielo product around next time i get a perm – its a saver!

    Comment by brooke tempest — April 26, 2016 @ 8:06 pm

  5. Hi Peggy,
    If you want a consistant curl throughout for your wedding day and you are doing it yourself, try pin curls. I suggest practicing a few of times to get the curl the size you want. The amount of curl you get will depend on how damp your hair is when rolling and the size you roll the curl (one, two or three fingers.)

    Comment by Barb Quinn — April 25, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

  6. I’m getting married May the 1st. So I decided to get a perm I asked for loose curls that I’d be able to fix myself before the wedding. When my hair was wet and I left the solan it looked cute but then it started drying!! Some of the hair was wavy some was straight and the bangs was thew only part that had any curl! My hair is medium in length so it is hard for me to roll it. How do I keep the curls when my hair is dry?

    Comment by Peggy Johnson — April 23, 2011 @ 8:13 am

  7. I need to know how to fix my hair with a perm in cause i have a perm but i get tired of wearing my hair down so if you would will you email me so good tips

    Comment by Brittney — November 10, 2008 @ 9:40 am

  8. Is Nexxus alright to use on chemically fried hair from having a perm done on highlighted and lowlighted hair and then i had a major chemical reaction from Nioxin SHampoo….because my hair took the perm great and I went in got my ends trimmed due to normal burned ends from the perm and hightlights but two weeks later I washed my hair with this Nioxin because my head was itching and it literally fried my hair all over? The company of Nioxin denies it would do it but I am living proof so I would like to know if this product would help me with this problem I have. Right now all the hair dressers want to do is cut my hair and I do not want to do that…..I want it long for my wedding in August….any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Comment by Marion — January 24, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

  9. To Lina with red & black hair,
    You are right to be afraid of damaging your hair more by trying to fix this! Stop! You are not alone with this dilemma. Go to my most read articles, click “Getting back to your natural hair color,” and also read “related articles” at the end of the post.
    Good Luck!

    Comment by Barb — January 17, 2006 @ 3:28 pm

  10. hello i dyed my hair black like a month ago but i didnt dye it right so there were parts that werent black anyways i tried to lighten it putting red dye on top pf my black, but the results werent good only my roots are red and the parts i didnt dye properly. what should i do? should i bleach it? but my hair is too thin and weak and im scare to damage it too much. what should i do? i wanna lighten my hair

    Comment by Lina — January 13, 2006 @ 8:38 pm

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