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Old 07-31-2001, 03:57 PM   #1
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Horrible Perm Smell Will Not Come Out Of My Hair

I got a perm about two months ago and the smell will not go away. I have had perms before from the same person and this has never happened. It is the worst smelling perm so the smell is pretty bad. I've tried tomatoe juice, vinegar and lemon juice. The women who did it said she cannot help me. Does anyone have any ideas or experience with this? I am desparate. I scrub my hair everyday with soap and leave tomatoe juice in it for 10 minutes everyday in the shower. This helps a lot but the smell is still there. Also, if I don't let it air dry, the smell comes back 100 times worse. Help!!!

 
Old 08-01-2001, 07:51 AM   #2
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Re: Horrible Perm Smell Will Not Come Out Of My Hair

The 'smell' in your hair is due to residual amounts of the perm solution. If the solution is not rinsed out of your hair according to the manufacturers instruction, and the neutralizer applied, it will 'seal' the residual perm solution deep into the hair shaft. Most manufacturers recommend rinsing for a minimum of 5 minutes after curl formation and before applying the neutralizer. The only way you can 'remove' the smell permanently, is to have perm solution applied to open the hair shaft. Then, rinse for a FULL 5 minutes, making absolutely sure that every strand is well rinsed - including the hair at the nape of your neck as this is the hardest spot to rinse because your head is resting on the shampoo bowl. Then, apply the neutralizer when you can no longer 'smell' anything in your hair. Of course, this means that the hairdresser must bend over and sniff your hair <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> I always 'smelled' my clients hair to assure that no solution remained in their hair when I applied the neutralizer. Even if you sweat, the smell will come out, and it can be really gross to yourself and to others. Go back and see your hairdresser!

 
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Old 08-02-2001, 10:55 AM   #3
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Re: Horrible Perm Smell Will Not Come Out Of My Hair

Thank you so much!!!!!!
I have been agonizing over this and asking everyone I know. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your answering me. I have another question in case you ever do look at this again and that is, will putting the solution in my hair without having it re-wrapped or in curlers ruin the perm? (I'm only asking because I do not trust the hairdresser because I talked to her several times and she couldn't help me) Thanks again!!!!

 
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Re: Horrible Perm Smell Will Not Come Out Of My Hair

Yes, it will remove the existing perm, however; it is the ONLY way to completely get the 'stink' out. In all honesty, I would ask for at least half of my money back for the inconvenience.

 
Old 08-30-2001, 05:50 PM   #5
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Re: Horrible Perm Smell Will Not Come Out Of My Hair

Well I went to the hairdresser and she said that all my hair would fall out if she re-applied the perm. I think she might be telling the truth about that because she bleached it at the same time (which I have done before) but this time it is in pretty bad shape because I can't wash it everyday because it takes so long to dry and because of that I cannot put my vitamin serum in because it makes it greasy. Anyway, my question is is there anything else I can do? I am at the end of my rope. I have really thick hair and quite a lot of it and I do not see this growing out any time soon. In the mean time, I am seriously miserable. I wash my hair only 2-3 times per week because during the time it drys, the smell is unbearable and that takes a few hours. Do you have any other suggestions? I will try anything. Thank you so much for your kind help. I really appreciate it.

 
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Re: Horrible Perm Smell Will Not Come Out Of My Hair

You can try mixing 1/2 oz of conditioner with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and applying it to your damp hair, then wrap in a plastic cap and cover with a towel. Leave on for at least 30 minutes, then rinse well. The vinegar should help remove some of the 'worst' of the smell.

I never would have colored and permed in the same day - this is VERY damaging to your hair. I always recommended at least 2 weeks between chemical services. The smell will stay in your hair until it is either re-permed, or it grows out. Once the hair shaft is 'sealed' with the neutralizer, the remaining chemicals are 'trapped' and cannot get out. They can get 'in', but not 'out'.

 
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