How to Take Care of and Maintain Digital Perm Hair
What Is a Digital Perm (aka Digi-Perm or Digiperm)
A digital perm is the process of curling your hair through the use of chemicals that break down the hair, which is then re-formed using heated rods.
The main difference between this kind of perm and the usual manual curling or perming is that digitally permed hair looks more natural and not kinky. The curl looks natural or like it was made with a curling iron.
Video: Digital Perm Demo
Where Can You Get a Digital Perm?
Korean-run salons were the first to introduce digital perming technology, but many salons have also started to provide digital perming services.
You can probably visit any salon or parlor near you to get a digital perm, but you should be aware that digital perming can be costly compared to an old fashioned perm.
How to Maintain Your Perm
Permed and curly hair can be hard to maintain. However, there are some simple steps you can take to keep the curls intact.
- Wash your hair and divide into sections: two if your hair is very thick, four if it's thinner. Twist the sections. This way, when your hair dries, it will follow the spiral shape you gave it by twisting and prolong the life of your curls.
- Ask your stylist for recommendations of shampoo and conditioner that will help maintain your curl as well as repair the damage caused by the perm chemicals.
- As much as possible, use your fingers to comb through your hair, or a wide-tooth comb if necessary. Avoid using a brush or rubbing your hair dry after you take a shower. Instead, pat it gently with a towel.
- Put your hair up in two buns on the side of your head while you sleep so your curls don't flatten at night.
Things to Avoid:
Depending on your habits, this might be bad news for some of you. After you get your hair permed, you should:
- Avoid the steam room, the sauna, and swimming (because of the chlorine), since these will cause your hair to lose its curl faster.
- Avoid brushing your hair. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb. If you must brush, use a detangler first.
- Don't use too much conditioner since that can weigh your hair down, and don't comb your hair in the shower while conditioning your hair.
- This might be hard, but try not to wash your hair everyday. Every other day is best.