Would You Get a Digital Perm?

Beauty & Style 17

Digital PermBack in junior high, I was the queen of the bad perm.

I would get up at 5 every morning just so that I could wash my permed hair and scrunch, scrunch, scrunch. By the time I was done, I had added a good five inches to my height with my hair alone!

Looking back, the pictures are horrifying. By tenth grade, my friends had staged a permavention and I'd agreed to never perm my hair again.

But now, there's something new in the world of permanent waves. It's called a digital perm and it has me rethinking my no-perm promise ...

The digital perm was developed in Japan and it's been a big hit in Asian countries, as well as in Asian salons here in the states.

Lately, though, its popularity is starting to spread. Unlike '80s perms, which created tight waves, digital waves create looser waves that mimic curls you'd get from hot rollers or a curling iron.

After a consultation to make sure your hair is healthy enough to go through the digital perming process, a solution is put on your hair to change its "chemical structure," according to a recent article on digital perms in the Daily Mail. Forty minutes later, your hair is set in curlers. You can opt for ringlets or loose waves -- it's up to you!

Digital PermNext, you're hooked up to this contraption and your curls are essentially steamed into permanence.

After that, if the job's been done right, you end up with beautiful, shiny curls or waves. And the perms aren't just for women like me with stick straight hair. They can also be used to relax naturally curly hair into softer, shinier waves.

Digital perms have a few major drawbacks: For one thing, they start at $200 and a good one at a top salon is probably going to cost much more than that. For another, you want to make sure your stylist has had plenty of training and practice with digital perms. Doing a search on digital perms, I turned up lots of reviews from women whose hair had been ruined by a stylist who botched the job.

But to be completely honest?

I WANT ONE!! I've always wanted curly hair and now's my chance! And I'd be willing to save up and spend on a good one -- digital perms are supposed to last until your hair grows out!

Would you get a digital perm?


Images via New Look Beauty Salon



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jalaz77 jalaz77

Yes yes yes!!!! Gimme gimme. I have always talked about some kind of a perm without the tight curls. Makes getting ready much quicker.

nonmember avatar Ana

I wish I would've heard about this BEFORE I permed my hair last year. Despite going to a reputable salon, their "chemical professional" hadn't done much work with perms and ended up frying my hair. I ended up having to cut most of it off and for the first time in my life am battling unhealthy hair. Those waves are perfect!

HypoH... HypoHeartBaby

AVP? great idea though probably a way better hold.

nonmember avatar Krista

NO! I would get an old fashioned perm if anything. And you can get big loose waves with old fashioned perm solution - it's called an alternating oblong. Your stylist will know what that means.

Why spend the extra money for something you can get from experienced stylists?

Also, a perm is called a perm because it's...permanent. If you take care of your hair, it'll last till it grows out too...

Linds... LindsayFerrier

No. Way. Alternating oblong doesn't work. I have NEVER seen a perm that looks anywhere near good, and I've seen a LOT of perms!

Pishyah Pishyah


nonmember avatar Betsy Madison

From one "stick-straight" sister to another, PLEASE check this out for us!!! I'd love to know where in Nashville to go. I'm dying for a wash and go style.

cosmi... cosmicnoodles

YES I would LOVE a digital perm!  I've done tons of research on it though, and I don't think it works for stick-straight -fine caucasian hair like mine.

Also, the 'sock bun' method is also questionable.  I tried it here and you can see the (disasterous) results: http://cosmicnoodles.blogspot.com/2010/09/sock-bun-substitute-not-digital-perm-by.html

toria... toriandgrace

Nope! My hair is so thin, I won't even color it for fear of what will happen to it.

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