What Home Remedy Can You Use on a Perm That Is Way Too Curly & Dry?

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The chemicals used to permanently curl your locks actually change the physical structure of your hair. At-home and salon perms aren’t foolproof, meaning you can wind up with hair that’s far too curly. On top of this, the perm chemicals can lead to dry, unmanageable and frizzy hair. Use safe, natural homemade remedies to add moisture to your hair and loosen your tight, dry curls.

Olive Oil

The chemicals used to permanently curl hair can give it a rough, dry texture. Extra virgin olive oil features several beneficial antioxidants, including vitamins A and E. If you use extra virgin olive oil alone, work about half a teaspoon directly into your hair, concentrating on your ends. Allow it to remain for 10 to 20 minutes before washing it out with lukewarm water. Repeat this process after shampooing your hair every day for at least one week to reap the benefits of this inexpensive, natural product.

Egg and Avocado

A protein-rich egg can help repair the damage caused by chemical perms. To combat your dry hair, create a combination of equal parts egg and avocado. The natural oils found in avocado help replenish your dry, damaged locks. Allow the mixture to remain for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing it out with lukewarm water. Apply the mixture after shampooing your hair each day for at least three to four days, or until you begin to notice an improvement.

Hair Rinses

Both permed hair and naturally curly locks suffer from a common issue: frizz. Frizzy hair is dry and unmanageable, but easily remedied with a hair rinse. According to NaturallyCurly.com rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar or carbonated water helps replenish your dry, frizzy locks. If you find the smell of apple cider vinegar overwhelming, create a diluted mixture of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Use either product as a rinse whenever you suffer from frizzy, unmanageable hair.

Loosening Your Permed Curls

Perming changes each hair strand’s structure. It’s impossible to completely reverse this chemical effect on your hair. However, applying a deep conditioning treatment within days of receiving the perm might help loosen the tight curls. Begin by working canola or vegetable oil into your locks. Allow the oil to remain for five to 10 minutes before rinsing it away with water. Apply a thick layer of a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment to your damp hair. Allow it to penetrate for two to three minutes. Rinse the hair and repeat the deep conditioner application. It might take several applications of deep conditioning treatments before you notice any change. However, this might not be effective. If this is the case, consider allowing the curls to loosen naturally over time.

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