Perming hair has been around since 1905. That means women, though able to beautify themselves, have also subjected themselves to the harm that comes with perming. They’ve been doing it for over a century. Hair perming involves the use of chemicals or heat applied to hair. Basically, perm works when the hair is rolled and then heat or chemicals are applied. Yes, it may be a good way of getting fuller or lush curls, but perming can also severely damage hair. The use of hydrogen peroxide can also result to serious burns.
Moreover, badly done perms can have hair lose its normal elasticity, making it brittle, fragile, and prone to breakage. Other side effects of perm include scalp damage, which can include redness, itching, burning, and peeling. Perm can also stop hair from regrowing, which means some chemicals inhibit new hair growth. Perm can also alter hair’s texture, making it frizzy. Baldness can also result as hair is pulled and wrapped onto curlers, which can tear the hair from its roots.
Other bad effects of perm include:
- Scalp irritation or hypersensitivity
- Dull and lifeless hair
- Lightening / oxidation of hair
- Weak hair
- Uneven hair structure
- Poor health of hair
Despite the risks, a lot of women still consider perming as one method of upgrading or changing their looks. After getting a perm, women should intensify care for their hair. There are treatments and conditioners available to properly care for perm treated hair. Safe products include L’Oreal Premier Perm, Garnier Fructis Fortifying Cream Hair Conditioner, and Neutrogena Conditioner Revitalizing Formula for Permed or Color Treated Hair.