Q&A: What’s the deal with perms?

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My mom has been getting perms most of her life (she’s 61) and she’s never had a problem. Her hair Is long and pretty. Her usual hairstyle is a tie on ponytail. But me….my hair never grows perms tend to mess it up, and it’s too nappy for flat ironing. I have to wear weaves and braids to get it to grow faster and I’m so jealous my mom doesn’t have that problem! Right now I’m trying to wear it natural and I do twist outs at night and put coconut oil in it. But no matter how much product I put in or how often I put it in my hair stays dry and course. I’m so tired of it I’ve never had nice hair and need a change.

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Answer by Sur La Mer
I’ve been getting perms since 2nd grade. When I was playing with chemicals (hair dyed in the 80’s & 90’s PLUS perms) I had frequent migraines, the 1st one lasted 14 hours. I hardly get headaches! I’m 60. Mom had frequent bloody noses for 75 years, she too, used chemicals, she was diagnosed of breast cancer by age 89. She died before her 91st birthday! Not everyone who smokes, or dye their hair or permed their hair get cancer! Just saying. I got my hair: silky, shiny, soft, smooth hair from my dad’s side of the family!

“my hair never grows perms tend to mess it up, and it’s too nappy for flat ironing. ”

Shampoo & condition the hair as usual, every 4-7 days, but continue to trim off the damaged hair, allowing new growth to take over. Use GENTLE shampoo. Applying a small drop amount of oil to wet hair can also act as a leave-in conditioner and provides excellent conditioning in preparation for the next shampooing.

I’m assuming your hair is Afri-Amer.
Your hair is the most fragile of all hair types. They snap & break easily. So you need more TLCs than thin hair. No chemicals. No relaxers specially! No heating styling tools. Finger comb is best or use a wide tooth comb. Do what Oprah & Michelle Obama have been, going natural, using plastic curlers to set their hair. Use oil or conditioner to keep them moisturized. Heat & chemicals are your hair’s worst enemies.

The hair of many black women is very fragile and studies have demonstrated that normal brushing and combing the hair can result in breakage. Brushing your hair 100-times a day is a no-no for your hair. Only comb and brush your hair to style it. Also avoid rubber bands or other implements that can physically cut into and break the hair shaft.

Google: Hair Styling and Hair Care NOT THE SAME. 4-8-13.

She talks exactly like I preach! She’s got good natural hair savvy! Oprah have been natural for 20 years. I’ve been for 30 years!

Example from YA member! “I saw your answer you gave to someone and it made a lot of sense. I just went natural Sept 2012 and I need advice and/or help. Having too much info can never be too much. My mother told me the same thing, African American products have harsh chemicals in them…etc”

Google: “Foods for Healthy Hair” http://www.foodforhealthyhair.com/ http://sg.news.yahoo.com/food-for-health… – or 10 Best Foods for Your Hair.
NO MATTER which link you picked, they all suggest the same foods. Your hair may be the fastest-growing tissue in the body but, unlike the skin, it cannot repair itself. That is why getting the right balance of vitamins and proteins is imperative. Don’t expect to look like you’ve stepped out of a hair commercial the day after you’ve changed your diet. It is likely to take at least three months before you actually see tangible results. Hair is dead, but hair also has electrical energy; the negative charge of damaged hair can lead to flyways and unruly hair.

Growing healthy hair doesn’t come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you’re in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you’re eating healthy foods. But when hair isn’t growing as fast, it’s because they’ve been tampered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . .

“You find people oiling hair every single day, the hair sweats and it doesn’t get washed. What do you think happens? It goes limp and becomes thin because it is not breathing,” Shamillah Mohammed, a hairstylist at SUQA, says.


“Old wives’ tales and ineffective products that claim to treat or rehabilitate hair often have a placebo effect because people want them to work,” says Davis-Sivasothy, author of “Hair Care Rehab,” (www.haircarerehab.com). “But many of these ideas and products actually do the opposite of what’s intended, and they delay the user from seeking out real solutions.”
Davis-Sivasothy debunks the following common hair-care myths:
• Myth: There’s a magic pill (or oil, serum or balm) to grow our hair faster, stronger or thicker. Unfortunately, no. Hair growth is genetically predetermined and controlled by our hormones. Unless the magic pill affects our genes or hormones, there’s no hope that it might make our hair grow. (This includes prenatal vitamins. Credit the upsurge in hormone levels during pregnancy for those vibrant tresses!) Basic vitamin supplements can offer slight improvements in hair quality, but only if our body truly lacks the particular vitamin or mineral being taken.

Best answer comes from people with Avatars, showing their healthy shiny, soft, silky, smooth hair.

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