Friday, 27 September 2013
Making waves: Digital perms vs. Curling irons
Let me tell you a bit about my hair story. I’ve always had super straight, black, virgin hair. Two years back though, I finally decided to change my look, and that is where my love affair with digitally permed hair started. I’ve had digitally permed hair for almost two years now. Prior to that, I used curling irons to get my desired locks.
For those of you that are not aware, a digital perm (also called ‘hot perm’) is a perm that uses hot rods with the temperature regulated by a machine. The other one, which is pretty self-explanatory, is getting curls with the use of curling irons. So how do you know which method works for you?
What kind of girl are you (consider your hair type, too!)
Different hair types call for different styling methods. People with fine hair generally cannot be candidates for digital perming. This goes the same to people who have had multiple bleaching and hair coloring. Curling with irons, then, becomes a safer option, though not so if it is done on an everyday basis. In the context of lifestyle, if you’re a slasher like me who has more important things to think about other than her hair for the day, digital perming is for you. The best part of this I think is that you never have to comb again (or not as usual as you did before).
Time and Styling
Digital perming has saved me countless hours that would have been used on hair styling alone. After showering, all you have to do is to part your hair into sections, form twists and let it air dry. I also found that putting your hair up in a bun for at least two hours will enhance your curls. Since I have my hair up in a bun all day for school, I do not have to worry about styling it for say, an event I have to attend after. Curling with an iron, on the other hand, presents you with a whole variety of hairstyle choices, because you have control on how you want the curls to look like.
Price and longevity
Curling irons are definitely cheaper (in the short run) because all you need is your equipment. This does not include the price you pay for electricity and other hair products though! Prior to my perm, curls made using curling irons will usually last for a maximum of three hours, which won’t really be a problem if you only need styled hair occasionally. I got my first digiperm from AZTA Urban Salon in Katipunan and the second one from Soiree Salon and Spa, also located in Katipunan. I was so lucky that both digiperm sessions were sponsored. Digital perming usually costs around P3500 and up, depending on the salon. During the two sessions, my hair falls mid-length, in between my shoulders and my waist. Note that the curls will last for at least four to six months, depending on how you maintain it.
Now as you remember, I have pretty low maintenance hair, and I don’t really use tons of products but since we’re on the topic, here are some of the few I use personally:
TRESemme Salon Finish extra hold hairspray
I love using TRESemme’s Hairspray especially back when my hair still wasn’t permed because unlike other hairsprays that will leave you with card stiff hair, TRESemme’s special formulation leaves hair tidy but still flexible. Not to mention the way it holds is amazing.
TRESemme Salon Finish extra control mousse
I rarely style my hair anymore after getting a digiperm but when I do, I always make sure to add in a dollop or two of TRESemme’s extra control mousse. This doesn’t add only volume but also tames stray hair. The best part? You won’t feel any sticky residue after.
Whether you choose the curling iron or the hot seat of the digital perm, what matters is that you’re happy with whatever the end result may be. They say the cheapest accessory is a smile, after all!
All products mentioned are available in Watsons and SM Stores.
Link to the article on Beauty Book PH here.