How to Remove Perm Smell From Hair

Get rid of the perm smell without disturbing your perfect curls.

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You're in love with the super-cute perm you just paid mega bucks for, but you just can't take the rancid smell left in your hair. The chemicals used to perm your hair leave quite an unpleasant odor that may stick around even after several washings. Don't think you just have to suck it up and walk around smelling like a chemical plant for weeks. Try some quick home remedies so you can enjoy your new 'do without the funky smell that comes along with it.


Hold off for at least 24 hours after getting your hair permed before trying to remove the smell. Sure, the smell is annoying, but hitting the shower immediately after perming your hair will affect how well the perm sets. After the 24 hours it up, wash your hair well with gentle shampoo designed for chemically-treated hair. Lather on smell-good conditioner and leave it in your hair for 10 minutes before rinsing it out.


Break out the baking soda to get rid of the perm smell. Mix 4 tbsp. of baking soda with 1 cup of water. Massage it into your hair, then let your hair air-dry. After your hair is dry, wash it with shampoo, then apply leave-in conditioner to your hair.


If you're hair is any color other than blond, wash it with tomato juice to remove the perm stench. Pour tomato juice into your hair until all your strands are wet. Leave it in for 20 minutes, then shampoo and condition your hair. Blondes should use real tomatoes to remove the odor rather than bottled or canned tomato juice (some tomato juices contain dyes that can stain your hair). Grab two or three tomatoes and peel them. Put them in your blender to puree. Work the tomato puree into your hair, leave it on for 20 minutes, then shampoo and condition your hair.

Things You'll Need


1.Shampoo for chemically-treated hair

3.4 tbsp. baking soda

5.Canned or bottled tomato juice

2.Conditioner for chemically-treated hair

4.Leave-in conditioner

6.2 to 3 fresh tomatoes


Tips & Tricks


It may take a few applications of the baking soda and/or tomatoes to remove the perm smell. Be persistent and the smell will be gone.


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