Digital perms are one of the hottest hair innovations to come in the recent years, and are said to be a safer, less damaging option for getting wavy hair than traditional perms.
Unfortunately for me, it did not work at all.
In the past I’ve had disastrous perms, which end up being a big frizzy mess. But I still loved wavy hair on me, so when I heard about digital perms some years back and my friend got one (which turned out fantastic), I wanted one too.
It was a long process. I sat there for almost 5 hours, and when everything was done, I saw minor waves. MINOR. The stylist told me to go home and put some products in, because apparently a digital perm needs products to help bring out the curls. When I got home, I did what he said and I got big, fluffy waves, and I adored it. However, less than half an hour later, the waves were completely gone. I called the stylist to ask what happened, and he asked me to come back to the salon and for him to look at it.
I went back to the salon, where the stylist looked a little puzzled, and then proceeded to take out a curling iron to curl my hair. At that point I was angry, because what is the point in getting a perm is a curling iron is needed?!
Afterward they said they can’t do anything about it, they have a no refund policy, and that was that. I was so mad. (You wanna hear a joke, too? A friend later asked me if I straightened my hair recently.)
I’m not sure what went wrong – my hair used to be able to take perms perfectly, and the steps he was doing seemed to be correct. But if everything was going “right” and it came out like it did, then thats enough concern to say that perhaps digital perms are not guaranteed to work, and I hope this post can help someone else.
I did a lot of research after (basically, typing “my digital perm isn’t curly and I’m pissed” into Google), and found I wasn’t the only one. I’ve learnt a lot about hair, perms and salons since then, so here are some suggestions:
- Try to find a Japanese or Korean salon. Digital perms originated there and are extremely popular, so they should know what they are doing.
- Do your research. Seriously, do not miss this step! Research about the hair salon and look for reviews on their digital perms online.
- The price is a giveaway. Digital perms are expensive. If a salon is saying they can do a digital perm under US$200, it probably isn’t a real digital perm.