How Do You Remove Perms or Chemicals From Your Hair?

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Perms and other chemical treatments can only be removed by cutting, but the smell and damaging effects can be minimized while growing the hair out. To remove a perm, treat it with tomato juice to get rid of the smell, deep condition the hair and get regular trims. Removing a chemical process from the hair takes several months and requires tomatoes, deep conditioners and heavy moisturizers.

  1. Make a tomato juice treatment

    Remove the skins from several tomatoes. Puree them in a food processor until smooth.

  2. Treat the hair with a tomato mask

    Apply the pureed tomatoes to the hair evenly. Leave the mask in the hair for 20 minutes. Rinse out with cool water. The acidity in the tomatoes evens out the pH of the hair, which cuts down on the chemical smell.

  3. Use a deep conditioner

    At least once a week, apply a deep conditioning treatment to the hair. Leave it on for a minimum of five minutes. If hair is brittle and showing signs of breakage, choose a deep conditioner with protein in it. If hair is dry and flyaway, choose a deep moisturizer.

  4. Get regular trims

    Unless choosing to get all of the chemically-treated hair cut off at once, get regular trims during the growing-out phase. Get a minimum of 1/4 of an inch cut off every four to six weeks.