Chemical Treatment

Here are some things to be aware of when getting chemical treatments


  • Perms take straight hair and make it curly. The risks are similar to those associated with relaxers.


  • There are two types of colour:
  • Permanent (which means the colour stays in your hair until it grows out) and,
  • Semi-permanent (the colour washes out after a while). Some semi-permanent colouring treatments, like henna, are fairly safe and easy to use at home. Some people get a condition called contact dermatitis (an allergic reaction with a rash) from henna and other "natural" products, so be sure to test a small area first.


  • Relaxers (straighteners) work by breaking chemical bonds in curly hair.
  • Relaxers containing lye can cause skin irritation and hair breakage.
  • Although "no lye" relaxers may cause less irritation, both types of relaxers can cause problems if they are used in the wrong way (for example, if they're mixed incorrectly or left on the hair for too long).
  • Scratching, brushing, or combing your hair right before a chemical relaxing treatment can increase these risks. And don't use relaxers — or any hair treatment — if your scalp is irritated.

Other colour treatments:

  • Permanent treatments can cause hair loss, burning, redness, and irritation.
  • Few types of colouring treatments can cause allergic reactions in certain people, and in rare cases these can be very serious.
  • And never use hair dyes on your eyelashes or eyebrows.
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