As a girl who’s born with stick-straight hair, I have grown envious of those who have luscious waves and curls. I find wavy/curly hair sexy, don’t you? I’d have my hair curled during events like prom and our yearbook photoshoot, but the curls would last less than a day. I wanted something more permanent.
Every time I watch Gossip Girl, I lust over Serena’s (Blake Lively’s) hair. Her sexy beach waves are always unkempt, giving off an effortless kind of sultriness. I love that.
Over the summer, I was contemplating about getting my hair permed since I wanted to make a drastic change before school started. I was asking my friend I-ann about digital perms because she’s had her hair permed a few times before. I was concerned about curls being difficult to take care of and being the lazy and low-maintenance person that I am, I simply did not have the time to apply product on my hair. I-ann told me that digitally permed hair is very easy to maintain. You just have to condition it regularly and leave it to air dry. No blow-dryer and numerous hair products necessary.
Digital perms are expensive, being priced at around P 5,000. The cost seemed very steep for me. Lucky for me, there was a Groupon on http://www.beeconomic.com.ph/ for Digiperm + Treatment at Azure Salon for only P 1,499 (regular price is P 5,050). Azure Salon is this quaint salon along Katipunan Avenue, beside Cravings. It’s just 2 minutes away from where I lived. I considered it a sign to have my hair permed at last.
Before the stylist will perm your hair, he/she will ask you about previous treatments or procedures done to your hair, whether it be dying or rebonding. This is to check your hair’s condition prior to the digital perm. My hair just came from a trim and a home dying procedure. This’ll be my hair’s first major chemical treatment. My hair was a chemical treatment virgin.
I was in the salon for at least five hours. That’s the longest I’ve spent seated on a salon chair ever. Anyway, the entire procedure lasted for almost five hours. From what I remember, the stylist put a solution on my hair and kept checking up on me every five minutes, twirling a few strands of hair on a stick and checking if it’d stay in place or not. When it didn’t he said, “Five minutes pa, ma’am.” I felt embarrassed for my hair’s stubbornness.
Sidebar: I found my stylist interesting. He had dreadlocks tied with rasta ponytail (red, green, yellow) and arms covered in tattoos. He had two very interesting tattoos: Bob Marley’s face and one of a marijuana leaf. Rastafarian hair stylist! Hahaha! Completely badass, in my opinion.
What I was excited about was the part wherein he started segmenting my hair and rolled each grouped strand to the curler and secured each roll with a rubber band. He then put multiple heat protection pads on my hair then connected the curlers to the hot rods of the perming machine. Longest… wait… ever.
When the curling process was done, he applied a “neutralizer” to my hair. He said that it was for the curls to stay. He then washed my hair, applied the treatment, blow-dried it a bit and applied styling cream. I was advised to only use a wide-toothed comb (showing me the one they used on me) and scrunch or twirl my hair. My hair was looking good, all curly and styled. I felt pretty. Finally, no more stick-straight hair for me!
The head stylist approached me and told me that I could wash my hair Thursday morning (I was there Monday afternoon). That was a good 60 hours.
It felt weird not being able to wash my hair for a few days. On the last 8 hours, my head started to itch but I stuck to their instructions because I didn’t want my first perm to be a failure. My paranoia made me even think that my strands would lay flat after the first wash! But, that didn’t happen. Whew. My curls just became softer as to compared to the first few hours of perming. I felt so good when I finally got the chance to wash my hair. Clean hair at last!
I was aware of the chances of my hair becoming dry after the procedure and the necessary actions to be undertaken for maintenance. Yes, I did a lot of research because I’d be devastated if I ended up with a head of damaged and frizzy hair. I’ve heard of a lot of horror stories about digital perm mishaps. I’m glad my hair came out well.
My hair after its first wash
I conditioned my curled locks with Human ♥ Nature 100% Natural Moisturizing Conditioner in Lush Vanilla. My mom swears by this brand (we have the Strengthening variants, as well) and I’ve read other reviews that suggest this for permed hair. Permed strands end up being dry and “crunchy” and will be prone to frizz. Conditioning pampers your strands as well as strengthens them. I bought Monea Curl Defining Milk Hair Lotion from Watsons. I’ve read good reviews about it and it’s very affordable, being just P 99. It doesn’t make my hair feel heavy and it makes my curls look good. A little goes a long way so I don’t feel the need to try out other curl defining products that cost a lot more than this.
It’s been almost two weeks since I had my hair permed and so far, it’s looking good. I am loving my new hair and I’ve received a couple of compliments for it. :”>
I have noticed though that the curls have loosened quickly. Some of the curls have disappeared. I don’t mind having big curls, because that’s what I really wanted but I’m worried that my curls won’t last 6-9 months. I don’t know if it’s just my hair being stubborn when it comes to styling (as always). Hopefully, they’ll last for a couple of months. I’m browsing through online aftercare tips to help make my curls last longer.
If you have any digital perm aftercare tips, feel free to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you. 🙂