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How does a "perm" affect my hair follicles?

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: It usually doesn't.

Perms are strong chemicals designed to change the physical characteristics of the hair shaft without damaging the follicle itself.
It wouldn't make sense to cause damage to the hair-forming part, and most of these products have been extensively tested for safety. But they are cosmetics, not drugs, and allergic or hypersensitivity responses are possible. Try and see; otherwise, don't worry!

In brief: It usually doesn't.

Perms are strong chemicals designed to change the physical characteristics of the hair shaft without damaging the follicle itself.
It wouldn't make sense to cause damage to the hair-forming part, and most of these products have been extensively tested for safety. But they are cosmetics, not drugs, and allergic or hypersensitivity responses are possible. Try and see; otherwise, don't worry!
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