Things you need to know about Hair Perm
Have you ever noticed that a change in hairstyle can ultimately change a person’s look? If you’ve experienced it before, you’d know that it’s true and helps to brighten up your day. Besides, you’ve probably come across one particular caption – New Hair, Who Dis? – on social media sites, which clearly shows that a change in hairstyle will result in a different appearance.
Nowadays, when you want to up your hair game, you’ll probably try curling it with a heated rod or doing it the night before with foam rollers. But, the curls are only temporary unless you opt for permanent solutions which will require the use of chemicals. Ahead, we’re sharing what you need to know about hair perming.
Fun fact: Heat is used to break down the natural molecular structure of the hair during the perming process, resulting in the restructuring of the hair which mirrors the shape of the rods.
What is a hair perm
Hair perm has always been a trend since the 1980s. Back then, it’s known for permanent straightening or curling of the hair using chemical solutions, causing potential hair damage due to the harsh chemical properties. Today, hair perming solutions are altered (thanks to modern science) to create various forms of texture, without damaging your hair.
Besides, hair perms allow women to express themselves without affecting anyone around them. It’s also every women’s go-to hairstyle when they need to attend special occasions such as weddings, social gatherings, award night or any event that’ll require them to put in that extra effort. With so many hair perming ideas on the internet, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Types of hair perming
There are various ways to perm the hair which will result in different looks. Additionally, your hairstylist at Kimage will perm your hair based on your request and current hair texture. Before we dive deeper into hair perms, you need to know that there are two main types – hot and cold perms.
For a hot or digital perm, your hairstylist will apply an acidic solution to your hair before adding heat to break the disulphide bonds in your hair. The curlers will then be attached to a machine with a timer and temperature control, giving your hair the flexibility to be moulded.
Cold perm, on the other hand, will require the use of an alkaline solution to break the same disulphide bonds to change your hair’s protein structure. A neutralising solution will then be applied to restore your hair’s pH and lock in the curls.
Let’s now look at the types of hair perm and how it’ll benefit you.
Classic Perm – Before hot perms come around, classic perms were all the rage among elder women. As a typical cold perm, the hair is wrapped around the curlers along with some chemicals to create the curls, resulting in small, tight curls that’ll transport you back in time.
Digital Loose Waves Perm – With the rise of Korean influence in the entertainment industry, beauty and fashion trends are also affected as they’re closely linked to the culture. If you’re a fan of Korean culture as well as a beauty enthusiast, you’ll notice that the hair perms on Korean actresses are more defined and natural, giving rise to the popularity of S Curls, C Curls and Loose Waves.
S Curls are more spread out to create a natural and wavy-looking hair. An easy way to add volume and highly suitable for those looking for a hairstyle that’s easy to maintain.
C Curls are more common among Singaporeans as only the ends of the hair are curled inwards. A simply hairstyle which enhances the face shape.
Loose waves are more defined and wavy compared to S Curls. Best suited for those looking to achieve beach waves.
Digital Perm – A popular choice among Singaporeans as it gives them fuller and more natural-looking curls for months, without needing to return to the hair salon for frequent styling.
Benefits of Hair Perming
Regardless of your choice of hair perm, you’ll appear as a new person to others. That aside, hair perms are suitable for those looking to change their hairstyle. If you’ve had straight hair for years and want to change it up, getting your hair permed is the way to go. It’ll create more volume, especially if you have thin and straight hair. Even if you have thick hair, you need not worry about the volume as the perms will work better and last longer compared to thin hair.
Additionally, you’ll reduce the need to style your hair constantly. Imagine waking up with unruly hair in the morning and having to take the time to style it. You’ll be wasting your precious time on hair styling alone. Besides, you won’t have to worry about the extra damage caused by the regular use of hot styling tools.
Caring for your permed hair
So you’ve decided to get your hair permed and change up your look. Ahead, we’re sharing some tips to maintain your permed hair.
After washing your hair, twirl your hair to keep it in bundle to prevent the curls from straightening out
Use suitable shampoo and conditioner to keep your curls looking good
Keep your hair loose; otherwise, it’ll change the shape of the curls
Allow your hair to air-dry instead of using the hairdryer
Use wide-tooth combs to brush your curls
Perm your hair at Kimage Salon
Getting the right hair perm is crucial as it highlights your facial features whilst enhancing your overall appearance. The stylists at Kimage Salon will first assess your face shape and take the time to understand your needs and preferences. As the perming process requires the use of chemicals, and at times heat, it’s best to leave your hair to the professionals to achieve your desired look without compromising your hair condition.
Kimage Salon is a highly reputable name in Singapore with a reliable presence and many loyal returning clients. With ten locations around Singapore, we remain convenient and accessible for many people to meet their hair needs. We also have a hairdressing school that is certified by the Singapore Committee for Private Education with the EduTrust certificate to ensure that our staff is constantly updated with the latest trends and skills.
Kimage Salon specialises in expressing every customer’s unique individuality with their hair and hopes to be hair professionals that anyone can turn to. If you are looking for a mid-range hair salon that ensures excellent quality service and cuts without breaking your budget, book your next appointment with us to try it out yourself!