How to Get Rid of a Dry Scalp on Permed Hair When Nothing Works

by M.T. Wroblewski

No doubt you were looking forward to your perm for the low-maintenance style it provides. But the chemicals that left you with full, thick curls may have left your scalp feeling dry and irritated. Try not to panic, for this pesky condition is only temporary. Reach for a few common household products and try one or two remedies that will soothe your scalp in no time.

Items you will need

  • Cotton balls
  • Olive oil
  • Plastic cap
  • Towel
  • Aloe vera juice
  • Aloe vera gel

Olive Oil

Step 1

Soak some cotton balls in olive oil. Rub the cotton balls along your scalp.

Step 2

Wrap your head in a plastic cap and leave the olive on your head for one hour.

Step 3

Rinse out the oil with warm water, and then shampoo your hair.

Step 4

Follow up with a more intensive treatment by letting your hair dry naturally, liberally applying the oil and wrapping your head in the plastic cap overnight. Rinse and shampoo your hair in the morning.

Aloe Vera

Step 1

Soak some cotton balls with aloe vera juice. Rub the cotton balls along your scalp.

Step 2

Wrap your head in a plastic cap or towel and leave it on your head for one hour.

Step 3

Rinse out the aloe vera with warm water, and then shampoo your hair.

Step 4

Follow up with a more intensive aloe vera treatment by letting your hair dry, liberally applying aloe vera gel and wrapping your head in a plastic cap overnight. The thicker gel will drip not as you sleep.

Tips

  • Use a shampoo made especially for permed hair. But instead of a store-bought conditioner, mix ½ cup aloe vera gel and a few drops of olive oil. Apply the mixture to your hair, leave it on as you shower and then rinse it out.

    Limit the use of hot rollers and curling irons – always a good idea after a perm and especially if your scalp is irritated.

    Give yourself a light scalp massage if it doesn’t hurt too much. A massage will slowly release the natural oils in your skin, providing relief to your scalp.

    Find aloe vera juice at department stores; aloe vera gel can found in department stores or at pharmacies. At the time of publication, a gallon of aloe vera juice costs about $8; expect to pay about $4 for 6 ounces of gel.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

With education, health care and small business marketing as her core interests, M.T. Wroblewski has penned pieces for Woman's Day, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal and many newspapers and magazines. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University.