Some girls have dream wardrobes, some have dream boyfriends, I, on the other hand, have my dream hair. Those luscious, curly locks I see on every billboard and magazine – yes, I want those too.
I finally decided to get my hair permed after mulling over such a life changing (how overly dramatic) decision for a year. Some people say permed hair is low-maintenance since it doesn’t have to be combed but I’ve been thinking quite the opposite. I know how much care is needed to keep the curls pretty and the hair healthy and I guess the responsibility frightened me to finally go for it for the longest time. But, I’ve been growing my hair long for over a year now and it doesn’t really make a lot of sense to suddenly decide against it so what the heck – I bought an Ensogo voucher giving me 50% discount of the digiperm and ionic keratin treatment services and went to Azta Urban Salon last 29th of June. As recommended by I-ann, the Azta Salon brand ambassadress herself, I chose to go to Mr. Jo of the Eastwood branch.
Upon inspection, Mr. Jo said my hair is too long for a perm. Also, it’s thick and lacks layers. Apparently, you don’t have to grow your hair too long because the heaviness will weigh the curls down loosening it up in the process.
A number of salon staff pooled over our area as Mr. Jo was meticulously attaching the rods to my head. It turned out he’s the one training the staff so it’s cool to have my hair done by the master himself.
These are the products that were recommended by the salon (shampoo, conditioner, mousse). I didn’t buy anything because each item costs more than a thousand bucks and since I have previously researched on cheaper alternatives, I’ll stick with the cheap ones.
Photo above shows what I looked like when I left the salon. I was advised to not wash my hair for two days. I’ve been warned that it might straighten up a bit within the couple of days but was told that after shower the curls will be seen again. It did straighten up – which frightened me despite the warning. I was nervous that the treatment didn’t work because I seem to possess hair that rejects curls – what I discovered when I use curling iron or rollers at home.
Fortunately, it did return after wash. Whew, how paranoid of me.
These are some of the products I decided to test out first. I’ve been reading too many blog posts about maintaining curls and I went for (1) Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Shampoo (2) Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Conditioner (3) Monea Curl Defining Milk Lotion (4) Finesse Curl Defining Mousse. For the past week, I’ve been conditioning everyday, shampooing every other day and applying Finesse Mousse for the hold and Monea Milk Lotion for the shine.
So far so good. Photo above shows DAY FIVE of my hair. One taken in the morning, one at night, a little comparison to show how it looked after a very long day. I’ve been monitoring how my hair is behaving for the past few days, also how well it is responding to the products. I can tell that the way it was dried after wash determines how it looks majority of the day. Also, curls loosen up a lot after sleep so it’s best to shower in the morning than before bed.
It has only been a week since I got the perm so I can’t share tips and hair-care just yet. I’m still adjusting to tell you honestly (overly dramatic yet again) and still determining the best way to style it after wash so it’ll look its best the whole day. Best post I have read regarding post- digital perm hair care guide is here – just in case you just permed your hair like me and need advice.
If you have some tips and thoughts to share, drop a comment below! I’d love to hear from you.
P.S. What do you think about my new look? Yay or Nay?