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Fixing a bad perm

Last week I got a really bad perm... :[ I've been hoping it would 'settle' and look a bit better but not in the least. It's unevenly curly and just a big poofy mess. Before I go back to the salon to make them fix it, do any of you know a natural, less-chemically way to relax a perm? My hair's very fine, Caucasian, flyaway hair normally. Also I really don't want to shave it all off. :((( TIA y'all.

PS: Also, I'm a new mama who doesn't have time to spend an hour a day doing my hair with blowdrying, flatiron, what-have-you. Thanks again.



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May. 22nd, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
they might not be able to fix it right away - or if they offer to, i'd be wary. putting more chemicals on your hair at this point in time could severely damage it. one should go months and months between chemical treatments like perms and relaxers. I'm guessing if you go back, your hair might be able to be somewhat fixed, but it will be super brittle and you'll end up with a lot of frazzled, broken flyaway dry stripped yucky hairs.

have you had curly hair before? its possible that you are just not using the right shampoo and conditioners or styling products/styling methods to make it look good. If i were you, I'd invest in a good moisturizing shampoos and conditioners (including a nice deep treatment), and some products specifically for curly hair. Try www.ouidad.com - they're the best of the best.

May. 22nd, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Give your hair a hot oil treatment. Put some nice oil (coconut oil is always my favorite) in your hair and then heat it, by blow drying, sitting under a hot light, or something like that. Then wash it out. You can repeat this every day if you need to. If all that grease causes build-up, you can clarify your hair by adding a tiny bit of vinegar to your shampoo.
May. 22nd, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
What kind of products have you tried to tame the curls? I have naturally curly superfine hair and it doesn't really take a ton of effort to get it looking decent, just the right products.
May. 22nd, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
What cleansing and styling products are you using?
May. 23rd, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
I use aveda sap moss shampoo/conditioner and nexxus keraphix deep treatment once a week. Stying products usually just nexxus mousse and let it air dry.
May. 22nd, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
What did you try? Conditioner would probably do it. .. Or just put it back for a while, buy a few hats, that kind of thing.
May. 23rd, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
My hair's too short to pull back and look good... :(

It's looking a bit better, but i'm still unhappy with it.
May. 22nd, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
when I had a Very Very Bad Perm in the 80's I was able to tame it somewhat by slathering mayo on it (dry hair), wrapping it in a plastic bag, then a towel and sitting outside for a few hours. Basically, it ultra-moisturizes.

Then wash with your normal shampoo (you may have to do it 2 times), and condition.

Mayo washes out easier than most straight up oils because of the egg in it.

Good luck!
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May. 22nd, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
In addition to all the good advice above, I would also suggest trying one of those spray-on or leave-in conditioners. And don't blow dry it if you can manage to go without. Just try to comb it into ringlets with your fingers after washing and conditioning. Good luck!
May. 22nd, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
what kind of perm was it? it seems like it was over-processed, which means there isn't really anything you can do except get a good moisture shampoo and a good strength shampoo to take care of frizz and a hell of a lot of product to hold it down. putting a relaxer on that will make your hair fall out.
May. 23rd, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
I don't know what kind of perm it was, i think the kit the girl used was a Matrix something, didn't see it clearly. Yeah I am guessing it was overprocessed, boo. I am definitely shying away from the thought of putting more harsh chemicals on it.
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