One of my most popular posts on this blog is My (Disaster) Digital Perm Review, and as disastrous as it was… I am actually contemplating getting another one, perhaps later on in the year.
Because while my initial experience was nothing but a waste of time and money, when done right, digital perms are incredible! I’ve since learnt A LOT since my experience a few years ago, and spoken to all my friends who’ve gotten successful ones, so here are my tips on how to get a proper digital perm and avoid a disaster one like I did…
Try to find a Japanese or Korean owned salon.
Digital perms originated in that part of the world, and done extremely well there, so they should know what they are doing. Double check with the owners to be extra sure, ’cause there are many salons and shops now that claim to be “Japan beauty” and “K beauty” due to their growing presence around the world – and a lot of them are just cashing in on this trend.
Do your research.
Seriously, do not miss this step. Research about the hair salon and look for reviews on their digital perms online, blog reviews, or even ask friends if they know about this salon.
Treat your hair right before.
Even though it’s “digital”, a digital perm is still a perm and will damage and dry the hair out. The best is to make sure your hair is in tip top condition beforehand, to take on the perm well. I recommend doing a weekly at-home deep conditioning hair treatment a few weeks leading up to your perm.
Consider the price and duration.
The price and duration of the digital perm procedure is a huge giveaway.
Digital perms are expensive. If a salon is saying they can do a digital perm under S$200, it probably isn’t a real digital perm, and you’ll get an awful experience like my own. The digital perm machine is expensive for the salon, so the service itself should be more than your usual perm.
The duration of the digital perm is another sign. If a salon says they can do a digital perm in less than 2 hours, that is a dead giveaway it’s not a real digital perm as well. Digital perms take up at least 3-4 hours.
Speak with the stylist.
This is vital, and definitely have a talk with the stylist before you start your digital perm. Tell them what you are looking for with your digital perm, and mention how you’ve read that some digital hair perms don’t come out at all. Check out How to talk to your hairdresser for my tips on showcasing exactly what style you would like so you won’t have a misunderstanding.
If you want waves without all this trouble…
You can always style your hair to get waves. There’s even a super easy way to get cool waves like a digital perm, and you can even do it without with heat! You might also be interested in How to Get Boho Waves Without Heat.