6 months ago, I went to Curi Hair Korean Hair Salon to have a Korean Digital Perm for Medium Hair – I wanted big, loose waves and straight ends.
I know I can create that look myself with my hair curler. But it takes me FOREVER to do it, because I have such thick hair.
I wanted permanent, everyday curls! I’m so lazy!
I took in these photos of blogger extraordinaire Nicole Warne and Aimee Song to show my hair stylist.
I wasn’t expecting the EXACT same style, as their hair styles were probably hand-styled for 3 hours to utter perfection. I just wanted something that looked similar.
I didn’t want any colour either, as I had some balayage lightening leftover from ages ago.
The digital perm took about 3 hours – although I had to go to the toilet twice because of all the tea I was sipping.
I was suuuuper pleased with the results!
They did such a fantastic job.
I took these photos in my car after having the perm done. I loved it!!!
So as I mentioned earlier, I had this perm done in October.
I wanted to wait 6 months before doing this review, because I wanted to share what a perm was like after a long time.
Yes you can step out of a salon looking amazing, but how is it on a day-to-day basis? How is it after 6 months? Do the curls fall out? Does it still look great? Is it high maintenance? Is it frizzy af? Is it really worth it?
A Week After the Perm
I was surprised by how dry and frizzy my hair felt. It was a bit of a shock to me. I needed to put 3-4 pumps of oil and rub it into the ends of my hair to make it look good.
Blow-drying my hair took practice. I blow-dried my hair in a random/haphazard way until it was 85% dry. Then I had to twirl locks of hair with my finger and lift it up to give the curls a nice shape and a smooth texture.
The perm was pretty tricky to manage at first. It was annoying. It was high maintenance. I was quite exasperated by all the blow-drying sometimes. My hair was like a pet haha. I had to look after it. I had to get to know it.
Experiment to find out what works. I had to experiment for a few weeks. Use more product. Use less product. More twirling. Less twirling. Blow-dry in the morning. Blow-dry at night. Hair in a pony tail. Hair left out. Use more conditioner. Use less conditioner.
But after a while, I got used to it and it’s pretty easy now!
6 Months After the Perm
Photo (Left): This is me with towel dried hair, left to air dry. With a bit of hair oil.
Photo (Right): This is me after blow drying my hair and twirling. Took me 10 minutes. This is how my hair looks most of the time.
I often do a beachy look, (which is really just my lazy hair look) where I just blow-dry my hair quickly and haphazardly. Then I just use some mousse, salt spray or hair wax to get rid of the frizz and help keep the curls in shape.
I still have to use about 3 pumps of hair oil. My hair is still dry and can get frizzy on humid days.
After 6 months, the curls have not fallen out.
My hair is still really curly! It just depends on how I blow-dry my hair.
These photos are of my hair after a more careful blow-dry to create bigger, softer curls. Again this took me about 10 minutes. I used a wet-look wax on the ends.
This is me after a very, very gentle blow-dry. The curls are much longer, smoother and sleeker. This look takes me 20 minutes to do – which I consider to be “forever” – and I hardly ever do this because I’m lazy haha. But it looks really good!
Having a digital perm is NOT EASIER or LESS MAINTENANCE than everyday hair. It’s a different kind of maintenance.
If you’re looking for a hairstyle that is super low maintenance, then this is probably not for you.
For me, I absolutely love it!! I like the fact that I can blow-dry my hair for 10 minutes and have lovely, everyday curls. It’s a bit messy, it’s a bit boofy, it doesn’t have to look perfect.
Everyday I channel the “messy hair, don’t care” vibe haha. I like it.
Blow-drying is much easier than using a hot curling wand. So for me, that’s a WIN.
It’s been 6 months and I think it has been totally worth it!
* By the way, this is the second time I’ve had a digital perm. The last time, I had really long hair and I wanted very tight curls. You can read my blog post about it here.