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How to Repair Damaged Hair: 5 Tips to Remove Perm Chemicals from Your Hair

William Brown

William Brown


William is a professional hair stylist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about creating personalized, trendy looks for his clients and specializes in hair treatments and updos. He is now a certified hair adviser for Mic Hair Company. His articles are always filled with advice, pro tips, and latest hair research results.

Fashion Blog

Tue Mar 15 2022

Hair is one of the important parts a human being can have. Hair is one of the features that play a significant role in building the confidence of many. Most people, especially ladies, go beyond the ordinary and try different hairstyles to increase their confidence. They do rebond, colored hair, bleaching, and perm. These are done under exposure to heat and chemicals, eventually leading to damaged hair.

Without further ado, here are the things you need to know about the importance of taking care of your hair after being damaged by perm chemicals.

What is Perm Hairstyle?

A perm is a hairstyle that consists of waves and curls that will permanently set to your hair. It uses chemical treatments to change your hair's natural texture and for it to last for several months. Take your straight hair and add your permanent waves and curls.  

As it takes a lot of heat exposures and chemical treatments, it is a common situation that our hair will get damaged.

What happens when our hair is damaged?

With honesty, there is no way we can heal our hair. The hair consists of two structures incapable of healing the damaged hair caused by excessive heat and strong chemicals. Our hair doesn't have a living tissue that can regenerate and heal on its own when damaged. 

What does damaged hair look like?

There are several signs that are visible when a hair is not in good condition. Find out if your hair is damaged. Evaluate it by the signs below.

Dry and Dull Hair

The hair has three layers, of which the cuticle is a part. Its' role is to protect the inner layers from damage. It is usually moist and smooth. But when chemical input and heating are prolonged, it could shed the natural oils and moisture that causes it to lose the shine. 

Split ends

Split ends are another sign of hair damage. It can make your hair look straggly and cause them to look dull and flat. This hair condition is also known as trichoptilosis, where the hair fiber is split into two or more strands. 


Frizzy hair usually occurs when the hair fibers are running in all different directions, causing a disheveled texture that does not align with the main body of the hair. It makes your hair look challenging to manage and messy. 

Weak hair

Weak hair usually happens when the volume of your hair becomes lifeless after a lot of heavy chemical treatments. Chemicals build up and add weight to the hair strand that causes it to weigh down.

The absence of shine

The hair has its natural and healthy shine, a sign that it is in good condition. The loss of gloss in the hair indicates that it is experiencing dehydration. And that your hair could be prone to breakage and unmanageable frizz.

There could be a lot of signs other than those listed above. We have to be more cautious; prevention is always better than cure.

Talking about restoring damaged hair making it more lifeful, here are some tips on bringing back the shine. 

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Five ways to restore damaged hair from perm chemicals

Restoring your damaged hair is a bit complex. But with proper products and extra care, your hair may bring back its gloss. Here are some ways to restore your damaged hair.

1. Hair mask treatment

You may need some hair mask treatments after the hair cuticle is severely damaged and loses its moisture. The therapy has ingredients that will moisturize, nourish and condition your hair.

2. Heat protection

Overexposing your hair from the sun’s heat is the primary reason why your hair is dry, damaged hair. The sunlight can damage the protein and the bond strength of the fiber. Heat protection is a must, especially for those girls who spend more time under the sun or those girls who love coloring and styling their hair.

3. Hair Vitamins

The everyday person can invent things that we did not imagine are essential to our lives. Vitamins for the hair are one of these essential things. Proper hair nutrition can prevent your hair from total damage. You may go to the nearest store as most hair vitamins are available everywhere.

4. Go natural

When you style your hair, choose to have a heatless hairstyle to ease the damage on your hair. Many options are offered on famous social media platforms nowadays, giving us many alternative ideas. It is natural, and at the same time, it helps you restore the damage.

5. Visit a professional

Just like all other body parts, your hair also needs extra care. Regular trims and cuts are also necessary to eliminate the damages that might cause further dull hair. It might be costly, at least you are in good hands. 

Hair-care tips for maintaining a healthy hair

1. Apply shampoo to your scalp.

This hair-care tip might be a little bit odd. But it is advisable to dissolve the shampoo into the water first before applying it to your hair and scalp. This trick will minimize the chances of you getting shampoo build-up.

If you are not comfortable dissolving the shampoo first, you may need a thorough tracing onto your scalp to see if the shampoo still hasn't been washed. Otherwise, you might get dandruff.

2. Be keen on products.

Though there are several hair-care products in the market, you must check the label to see if the products you are about to use suit your hair type and condition. It is important to find the right products exactly for your hair needs.

3. Hair Conditioner

If you think a shampoo is enough, you are wrong. Your hair also needs a conditioner. But that doesn’t mean that you will overdo it. Just apply enough conditioner to your hair and make sure to wash them thoroughly. 

4. Silk pillowcase

Most people are not aware of this, but sometimes hair damage comes from what we talk less about. This includes your pillowcase. Having a silk pillowcase can prevent hair loss and total hair breakage. 


It is fun styling when you have all the tools, knowledge, and ideas. But remember to rest when it needs careful treatment since overexposure to heat is not a healthy habit. 



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