Tamar Braxton recalls botched perm that left her ‘bald as a rat’

As the host of VH1’s “To Catch a Beautician,” Tamar Braxton helps seek justice for victims of salon disasters, with help from celebrity hairstylist Johnny Wright.

And Braxton, 43, says she’s suffered her own fair share of hair catastrophes.

“I remember one time [with] my sister Traci … there was a perm kit called New Era. It was three steps: the application, the neutralizer and the conditioning part,” the star told Page Six Style. “Well, Traci left out the neutralizing part. She forgot to put the neutralizer in my hair and I was bald as a rat.”

Continued Braxton, “I was like 13 or 14 at the time and my hair hasn’t been the same ever since, to be honest. I feel like once you go through a chemical process like that, your hair never goes back to the way it was.”

Of course, it was her decision to shave her head in 2018 that really made headlines. “My family did get on me,” she recalled. “It was a natural reaction with my sisters and girlfriends. They were like, ‘Girl, what you are you going through? Are you all right? Do I need to come see you? Do you need some help? When was the last time you ate?’ I got all of that.”

But Braxton says her big chop wasn’t meant as a cry for help, but rather the opposite. “When someone cuts their hair, it is not always [because of] a negative mental issue,” she said.

“Sometimes you’ve got to build yourself up to get ready to fight the world. I used to feel pressured to look a certain way in Hollywood, but I don’t anymore. I think you can rely on your talent and work ethic to speak for yourself; that’s what I do now.”

“To Catch a Beautician” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on VH1.

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