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.
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.
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.