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Rainie wrote on 20 June 2007 - 06:21 AM:
I got a digital perm last year in the summer, and it's lasted a year...it may not be curlier than before, but my hair is more wavy now.
This was a pic 2 months after my perm:
Recently 8 months:
So my curls are still holding...I just do a lot of scrunching after a shower, no products...and I haven't brushed my hair in a year, except for my bangs O.o. Now my hair has grown down to my lower back. I would say a digital perm is well worth it if you go to a really good place. I got mine done at a Koreantown salon in China, and it was around $70 CAD.
Chinesexgirlxmongolia wrote on 28 July 2010 - 06:37 PM:
Youre hair is super nice! MY hair is sort of like yours..I have hair about the same length as yours (maybe a bit longer... but im due for a cut soon) and my hair is thin as well..... but the damage and split ends are from dying my hair.. i dont really curl it.. I like the curly hair look.. but im not sure... how much was your perm??? i hope to see pics of the re-perm
AsianBamboo wrote on 31 July 2010 - 12:40 AM:
Will getting a digital perm help disguise the fact that my hair has no volume? My hair tends to lie flat against my head, which is super unattractive since my face/head is large to begin with. I noticed that most of the volume gained is near the bottom end/back of the hair, since that's where the curls form the most. Will I gain more volume overall?
xindi wrote on 26 July 2010 - 12:06 AM:
Hi Soompi! I've been in and out of this digiperm thread for so long, and now I can actually contribute
HOWEVER, this is only part 1 of my experience. The upper half of my hair didn't take to the perm so only the bottom has curled correctly lol. My re-perm is this Saturday (for free! yay), so expect me again in a while~
First of all, ANYONE WHO IS GROWING OUT THEIR HAIR FOR A DIGIPERM… you should get a consultation first. If your hair is too thin like mine, they're just going to cut a bunch off anyway because it will be too heavy to hold up big curls. Just a heads up
Day 1, before + right after perm:
Day 2 (you can see in the front that some parts loosened up a lot, mostly cuz of how I slept.. so don't panic if that happens lol, it will curl after you wash!)
Day 4, after wash:
2 weeks ( you can see in the side view that the top half isn't curled)
Damage: The first 4 days (after wash), my hair didn't feel any different, though the ends were a bit fried. It barely compared to the damage I wreaked on my hair when I began learning how to curl with a flat iron haha! 2 weeks later, with my usual routine of Neutrogena Triple Moisture hair mask (once a week) + Aussie Moist Conditioner (everyday otherwise), my hair is still soft and healthy! It's SO NICE having curls that feel soft rather than stiff from products/hair spray. Keep in mind my hair is thin and susceptible to damage, so I'm really happy with that!!
Also for anyone wondering about smell, mines had a weak chemical smell that faded after the first day Depends on your stylist though!
Styling: I never blow dry or towel dry my hair the way I used to. I flip my hair upside down and scrunch with a towel so that the water is only blotted, NOT rubbed out. After that, I twirl each section into a curly rope and leave it to air dry. When it's fully dry, I just shake it out with my fingers to loosen up the curls. I never comb it, maybe some finger combing in the shower during conditioner but that's it lol~ I don't use any products either, but I'm thinking about testing out some curling mousses
Results: I used the second to biggest curlers, and the part of my hair that DID curl I am happy with! And again, it's really nice to have soft curls without any heat or products I really don't have full results since I'm getting my re-perm this Saturday. The only thing I'm UNHAPPY with, is that I had to switch to morning showers T___T My perm completely flattens when I sleep lol ;_;
Time/Cost: My digiperm took 3 hours, which wasn't so bad since I brought a book haha~ I got a package deal of $150 for cut/wash/perm without tip, which I guess is a moderate price… prices really depend on where you go. It tends to be more expensive outside of Asia :X
Advice: (1) Digital perm is not accommodating to all hair types. If you are thinking about a digiperm, go in for a consultation before hand!! While there are a lot of beautiful styles that can be achieved with a digital perm, there are certain hair types that may not even be able to take to it. For instance, thinner hair can't have huge curls OR super long hair, and anyone with a Japanese straightening perm may have trouble getting a digiperm. For me, besides the fact that I had thin hair, I also had problems due to my hair being completely virgin to chemical treatments. My stylist said the second time around, the perm would come out much better. Anyone who has thick hair will probably have the best experience lol, you guys are so lucky T__T
(2) Go to a good stylist!! If you live in U.S., use yelp.com and search "digital perm" in your area… read the reviews and make sure you get a good job! Reading through this entire thread, I found that a bad stylist can definitely mess up your hair. Oh, and make sure your stylist cuts your hair AFTER the perm… idk why some (mines included) did it before the perm, this method just leaves you with fried ends anyway
(3) To make your perm last longer, don't expose it to heated styling products (including blow dryer), don't towel dry by rubbing, and let your hair air dry as much as possible. Always scrunch your hair after a shower. I really don't know any other tips, but I'm sure there are more haha
OMG SO LONGGG sorry about that, I hope this was helpful to someone XD
If you have any questions, I'll try my best to help!
..this is probably the longest I've ever gone without using a curling iron since I learned how to curl hair LOL
babiikukno wrote on 31 July 2010 - 01:16 PM:
i lovee your perm!! (:
i was wondering where you got it donee?
StellarEffect wrote on 22 May 2010 - 04:41 PM:
blush - I have loose/wavy curls. I actually got the spiral perm done with BIG curlers which I'm not sure is available in most salons, but I did a little research and found that this was available at an American salon in DC. I'm able to loosen/tighten the curls depending on how much product I use, and I guess it kind of looks like I came back from the beach when it's wet, heh.
This is what it looks like right now:
d o l c e vita wrote on 05 September 2010 - 01:54 AM:
do you guys style it in any particular way? or do you guys just let it air dry?