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A Perm Left Me With Thin Hair – What Can You Do?

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Name: Shamina

Question: I had my hair permed about couple of years ago and I had a lot of hair loss after that. My hair used to be really thick and after having my hair permed it’s now very thin and I was wondering if you have treatment to get my hair back to being thick again. Also, could you let me now about the free laser treatment? Thank you.

Perming and Hair LossAnswer: Despite the highest degree of care and attention, most hair styling techniques impart some degree of unavoidable damage. Hair loss in women is more common than you might think and many believe it’s a result of over-styling. While perming is very drying on the hair and can affect its quality, it will not usually cause hair loss. It can, however, result in bald patches if the chemicals and heat used for the perm burn the scalp. In this case the hair follicles would be damaged beyond repair, leave a scar and result in permanent hair loss, although this does not seem to be the case for you.

Perming may also lead to thinning hair as a result of breakage along the shaft rather than hair fall from the follicle. Because it is a drying treatment, perms can impair the strength of the hair shaft, leaving it weak, brittle and prone to breakage.

If hair is falling from the follicle, it simply may be coincidental that the timing of your perm coincided with the gradual onset of female pattern hair loss. It is a treatable genetic condition that can be instigated by a number of things, such as hair trauma.

Apart from the burn scenario, both of the above incidences will present themselves as thinning hair, particularly on the top of the scalp in the latter condition. It is the most common hair loss condition seen in women and The Belgravia Centre recommends a personalised hair loss treatment programme to address the condition. This may include, depending on the condition of the scalp among other things, the HairMax LaserComb.

This hand-held, personal, low-level laser light device is FDA-cleared for the treatment of hair loss and free with most Belgravia Centre treatment courses. Its patented mechanism penetrates the hair follicles in the scalp, opening up potassium channels for the deliverance of essential nutrients and helps speed up renewed hair growth by dividing the hair cells and enabling the storage of adenosine three phosphate (ATP). It’s essentially like the sun is to flowers for your hair and a supporting hair growth booster treatment which, when used alongside other proven hair loss treatments, can encourage new, thicker hair growth.

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


30th April, 2013 at 11:53 pm


Fine way of explaining, and nice post to obtain facts.

25th July, 2016 at 10:40 am


Do you treat women of color?

25th July, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Colette - of course! You can see many Belgravia clients who are women of colour with a range of hair loss conditions in our Success Stories, here

10th November, 2016 at 4:07 am


Do you treat men?

10th November, 2016 at 11:22 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi George - of course! You can see a range of our hair loss treatment Success Stories featuring male clients, here.

24th March, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Anelia Litova

Please,can you advise on a price range for treatments?

24th March, 2017 at 3:37 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Anelia, our treatment courses usually range from £600 per year up to £2,000 per year but other shorter periods can be arranged too. A treatment advisor will be able to run you through all the recommended options available to you following a free consultation with one of our hair loss specialists. This can take place in person at one of our Central London or City of London hair loss clinics or you can complete our online consultation form if you are outside London or abroad. I hope this helps.

8th February, 2018 at 1:36 am

Veronica K. Bisal

Hi, I was interested in learning more about this . I'm 28 years old and my hair is falling out drastically it was in chunks before but still I don't really notice bald spots however my ponytail is noticeably thinner. The same scrunchie I use to wrap around only twice I can do about 5 times now it's embarrassing. I live in New York USA do you only have locations in the UK?

8th February, 2018 at 10:06 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Veronica, our locations are in London UK but we have a lot of US clients. All you need to do in order to get started is to complete a free online consultation. Once you have done this one of our specialists will contact you with a diagnosis, information on your hair loss and personalised treatment recommendations. Should you decide to proceed with a treatment course, the products can be sent out to you in the USA.

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