Digital perms are one of the hottest hair innovations to come in the recent years.
Said to be a safer, less damaging option – and more natural looking – than traditional perms, it’s no wonder it’s so popular now!
Unfortunately for me, it did not work at all.
How It All Started
I decided on a digital perm because they sounded so good – and as I mentioned before, I once had a traditional perm, and it was the best thing in helping my hair to get more volume.
However, while it was good at giving me volume – it was still that “old-school” perm, and before long, it end up being a big frizzy mess. Plus, the grow out was awful, since my hair is naturally very straight. Digital perms seemed like the answer. It was a long process, but I was so excited, so I didn’t mind.
5 hours later
I sat in the chair of my salon, listening to bad pop songs (that I secretly enjoyed, not gonna lie) for almost 5 hours, and when everything was done, I got up to check, and I saw minor waves… MINOR.
This was my first red flag, so I told the stylist about it, and he 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 did indeed get big, fluffy waves, and I adored it. And surprisingly, my hair didn’t feel damaged or dry at all – I was super pleased.
And then it all went wrong…
However, less than half an hour later, the waves were completely gone. I immediately 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 – you know, the normal curling irons you have at home – to curl my hair. At that point I got a bit mad, 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, sorry but they have a no refund policy, and that was that.
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 that’s enough concern to say that perhaps digital perms are not guaranteed to work.
So I hope this post can help someone else, and make you aware and cautious before you spend your time and money on a digital perm. I’ve also done a lot of research since then (basically, I typed “my digital perm isn’t curly and I’m mad!” into Google), and found I wasn’t the only one.
I wrote a follow up post to my digital perm review, How to Get A Proper Digital Perm, about what I learnt, and also advice from my friends who have had successful digital perms.