Those who know me will know I’m not exactly a girlie-girl. But once in a while, I’ll curl my hair and “put on my face” — usually if I’m going somewhere fancy or if it’s for a wedding. Unfortunately, because I so rarely do my hair, I’m not that good at it and usually after five minutes, I get bored of holding a curling iron and I end up doing a half-assed job at curling my hair.
When I heard about digital perms, my interest was piqued. I’ve always had stick-straight, thick hair, which is great and all, but gets really heavy and flat the longer I grow it. Since I’m letting my hair grow out, I figured it might be nice to have a change of texture for once and get some curl into my hair.
After asking around on the Twitterverse about digital perms, I was pointed in the direction of Kim Sun Young salon in k-town. After getting over the sticker-shock of how much it’d cost (about $160 for my shoulder-length hair) I made an appointment for the weekend.
In total, it took about 2-3 hours. I’m still not exactly sure what a digital perm entails. All I remember is that my stylist cut my hair first, then squirt some stinky stuff in, and then put already-hot curlers all over my hair. We had decided beforehand what type of curls I wanted: big and loose. After, I was plopped down in a chair with one of those big heating elements you stick your head in and waited for about half an hour. After that, they washed the goop out of my hair, showed me how to style it, and was done.
Although I sometimes use hotter water than I should to wash my hair, the curls are still there. After the initial week, they loosened up a lot and now it’s perfect. My stylist had told me to towel dry my hair, then scrunch some mousse in it and just let it air-dry. I don’t think I’m a fan of mousse because it made my curls crunchy.
Now, I just wash and condition my hair (I had to resort to using conditioner because the digital perm made my hair really dry), towel dry, twirl my hair in 4 sections around my finger, and let it air-dry. The pictures above are a few hours after air-drying. Don’t mind my crooked glasses.
The upside is that I do practically nothing other than wash my hair and it still looks like I styled it. The downside is that the chemicals really dried out my hair so now I have to use conditioner on it when I never did before. The BF also claims my hair smells like buttered popcorn now, but that’s not a bad thing, is it?