Gold Member Badge


  • You're all caught up!

How to Best Treat Dry, Damaged and Thin Permed Hair

author image Celeigh O'Neil
Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.
How to Best Treat Dry, Damaged and Thin Permed Hair
A young woman runs her fingers through her blonde hair. Photo Credit: Eyecandy Images/Eyecandy Images/Getty Images

While perms can give flat hair body and movement, they also may leave it in need of some extra attention. Perms use chemicals to alter the shape of your hair; it might start with a smooth appearance, but will start to show signs of damage as your hair grows out. The process can also lead to excess breakage and thinning in hair that is already fine. Permed hair needs a healthy dose of moisture and protein to keep it strong and manageable. Add a weekly treatment to your haircare routine, and switch up your daily styling tools to keep your permed hair in check.

Video of the Day

Step 1

Place 2 tablespoons of canola oil into a blender. Add half of a banana and one egg. The canola oil will deeply condition your hair, while the banana and egg coat it in protein to strengthen the follicle. Turn the blender on and allow it to run until blended but still thick.

Step 2

Coat your hair from roots to tips with the mixture. Cover with a plastic shower cap.

Step 3

Place a hair towel in the dryer until it's hot, and wrap it around the shower cap. The heat from the towel will help the mask absorb into your hair thoroughly.

Step 4

Allow the mask to sit in your hair for an hour and rinse it out using warm water. Work a dime-size amount of sulfate-free shampoo into your roots. Sulfate-free shampoos will keep your hair's natural oils intact to prevent frizz, and should be used every time you wash permed hair.

Step 5

Coat the bottom 2 inches of your hair in a silicone-based conditioner and allow it to sink in for 3 minutes before rinsing completely. Silicone based conditioners coat the hair shaft to add shine, while sealing split ends. Use this every time you wash.

Step 6

Gently squeeze the ends of your hair dry with a microfiber towel. Microfiber towels are less abrasive than regular towels, and will prevent split ends.

Step 7

Pull through a dime-size amount of hair oil through the ends of your hair. Comb your hair from root to tip using a wide-toothed comb to distribute the product and detangle. Use a natural hair oil, such as Argan or Coconut oil. Choose a light formula if you have fine hair. Oils seal the cuticle and protect it from humidity without the need for heat.

Step 8

Allow your hair to air-dry and reapply the oil as necessary. Hot styling tools will remove moisture from your hair and damage it further, so avoid the blow-dryer whenever possible.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great! Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
  • Female
  • Male
ft. in.



Demand Media