Can Getting A Perm Cause Hair Loss?

Can Getting A Perm Cause Hair Loss

Can Getting A Perm Cause Hair Loss?

Can Getting A Perm Cause Hair Loss
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.


Can your hairstyle be the cause of thinning hair? Do you know that if a perm is not applied correctly it can cause permanent hair loss?

Unfortunately, the strong chemicals used in a perm solution can cause your hair to thin and break. In extreme circumstances, an incorrectly applied perm solution can cause hair loss.

Can getting a perm make your hair fall out?

Yes. The problem is perm solutions contain ammonia to break the bonds of your hair. The keratin bonds make hair straight or curly and anything in between.

When you apply a perm solution to your hair to either straighten or create a permanent wave or curl, the ammonia solution breaks down the structural bonds in your hair.

This may seem harmless and is in most cases. But if the solution is strong or not applied correctly, you can experience dry, brittle hair that breaks very easily.

In severe instances, the unsuspecting person having their hair styled can get scalp burns that damage the hair follicles, preventing hair growth in that area.

How can I stop my hair from falling out after a perm?

If your hair has become overstressed from a strong perm solution or a perm solution left on your hair for too long, you will need to treat your hair carefully.

Use quality hair conditioners to try and introduce some moisture back into the hair. You could also try some natural oils such as Almond oil.

Regularly deep condition your hair. This will help prevent your hair from drying out further and stop some hair loss from breaking.

It may be beneficial to apply decent hair oil before sleeping and wrap your hair to prevent friction and further hair loss as you sleep through the night.

Use a wide-tooth comb or gentle brush to distribute the conditioner through your hair. It’s all about being gentle at this point and preventing your hair from breaking off.

When you dry your hair use a soft towel, do not rub your hair vigorously. Use a squeezing action to dry your hair. A blotting action will work equally as well to dry your hair,

Avoid using a hairdryer or anything else that will apply heat to your hair. Heat will only make the problem worse, so avoid it if possible.

When using a hairdryer, use a cool setting if you cannot let your hair dry naturally.

Use detangling sprays to ease any tangles that have occurred through the night. It is important not to tug on your hair. This will cause your hair to break. You will need to be extra patient and careful now you have brittle hair.

What are the side effects of getting a perm?


Your hair is wrapped tightly around the perm roller during the perm process, depending on the hairstyle you wish to achieve. The roller is tight against your scalp with a pulling sensation, combined with the possibility of a strong perm solution the scalp can burn at this point.

The pain experienced is quite intense during this process if things are going wrong.

Brittle hair

Perm solutions are notorious for drying your hair, causing brittle hair to break off.

If you are unlucky, you could experience significant hair fall due to brittle hair breaking. If this happens to you, your hair will need to be treated gently until regrowth.

Thinning hair

Perm solutions can cause your hair to be thin. Even when regrowth occurs, the hair tends to lose its structure, and in some circumstances, it is possible to have small bald patches where your hair will never regrow.

Hair and scalp damage

If your perm has been applied in a strong mixture, you can experience some scalp burning, causing redness from a chemical burn.

Your scalp then peels. In some cases, the burn can be sufficient to damage the hair follicles, permanently preventing hair regrowth.

Combined with dry, damaged, thinning hair, the look term outcome can be catastrophic and irreversible.

Hair texture changes

If your perm has been disastrous, it could be worse than you first thought. Many people report that the hair changes texture, even after regrowth.

If your hair has undergone a texture change, this is unlikely to be reversible. In some instances, this may be preferable and in other instances not so preferable!

Stunted hair regrowth

It’s true. Some of you may experience stunted hair regrowth, making your hair look patchy and uneven, forcing you to cut your hair in an attempt to regain a style you can live with.

It would be fair to say that professional hairdressers typically do not experience these problems and if they do, you would have some recourse.

Perm problems occur at home when trying to save a little cash, and who doesn’t want to save cash!

However, applying perm solutions is not as simple as you may think, and if it goes wrong, it can cause a lot of damage to your hair.

Are perms bad for thinning hair?

Yes. If you have thinning hair, you should think twice before getting a perm if you decide to go ahead and get a perm to use a reputable salon and not the local mobile hairdresser unless you know the person’s credentials.

The chemical used primarily in perm solutions is ammonium thioglycolate. It sounds industrial! It is. Ammonia is used as an aggressive chemical for many industrial applications and perm hair.

It is possible to receive nasty burns from the perm solution, and great care needs to be taken when applying the solution to your hair.

A wrongly applied perm solution could cause additional thinning and hair loss if you have thinning hair.

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1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people.

Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. 

Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. 

The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. 

Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. 

You just hop on the plane. A transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. 

If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. 

The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. 

I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! 

Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

Do you want to keep your hair without surgery? I get it … surgery can be expensive and frightening. Although it’s the most effective solution when things go bad and it helped me, you still experience some discomfort and have to take some time off from work.

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