How to Get Rid of Perm Smell

Written by kathryn milner
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Women who get perms often rant and rave about the endless body and shine their hair achieves after a perm. However, the chemical solution used to perm the hair can have a lingering chemical-formulated odour that seems to never fade. If you find you cannot tolerate the after-smell of your perm, a tomato juice hair session will be required.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • Clarifying shampoo

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    Perm Odor Tomato Takedown

  1. 1

    Apply 3 cups tomato juice to your hair. Scrub the scalp and your hair with the tomato juice as you would with shampoo. Perm solutions are highly alkaline, their main component being ammonia, and must be treated with a product or substance that is acidic. Tomato juice contains high levels of acids that can eliminate a perm's lingering odour.

  2. 2

    Allow the tomato juice to soak on the hair for 10 to 20 minutes. Shampoo your hair as you normally would and rinse with warm water.

  3. 3

    Allow your hair to dry naturally, then check once more for the perm odour. If the odour persists after tomato juice application, repeat the tomato juice treatment the following morning.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are allergic to tomatoes, do not use this treatment.
  • If your permed hair is blond, do not use tomato juice to remove the odour. Tomato juice may contain artificial colouring that can dye light-coloured hair. Instead use two raw tomatoes, wash and peel completely, and pulp in a blender or food processor. Apply the pulped tomatoes to your hair and follow steps 2 and 3.

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