I’ve heard good things about Korean digital or setting perms but there are no salons in Salt Lake City that offer them. So when I was up in WA I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and get one.
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Crazy looking, right? This machine is imported from Korea and uses heat and ceramic rollers to set the curls.
My mom took me to the Korean stylist she frequents. I was scared of ending up with an ajumma hair style, worries that were not assuaged when the stylist was sporting a very ajumma-ish hairstyle herself and didn’t speak much English.
But I showed her photos of what I wanted and she said that a setting perm and a cut with lots of layers would give me the style I wanted. I think she could tell I was a little nervous so she admonished me to trust her, so I did. Don’t mess with an ajumma!
I’m really happy with how it turned out.
The curls/waves are supposed to last for 6-12 months and are really low maintenance. My stylist said if I want more pronounced curls to twist my hair into ringlets as I blow-dry it or that I could just towel-dry my hair for looser waves which is what I usually do (and what I did in the photo above). If I feel like getting fancy I’ll put my hair up in two buns overnight and in the morning I have a ton of curls.
This is the first time I’ve done anything major to my hair and happy (and relived!) with how it turned out.
The whole process (cut-perm-style) took about 3 hours. I don’t remember all the different steps but Karen Cheng, an Australian blogger I follow, has a good post about her experience getting a similar perm.