Digital Perm (You MUST see this if you have never heard of it before!) -
AKA: Spiral Perm, Japanese Perm, Korean Perm, or Hot Perm.
The process - Digital Perms thermally recondition your hair. A chemical solution is put onto the hair to relax and soften hair and then your hair is wrapped around infrared heat emanating hot rods with the temperature regulated by a machine that has a digital display. It creates shape memory curls. After sitting with your hair attached to a crazy looking machine another chemical solution is applied to finish the process and you hair is washed about 10 mins later. You should not wash your hair again for 48 hr’s.
Cold Perm vs. Digital Perm - Unlike a traditional cold perm where curls form while wet and then loosen as they dry, the curls with a digital perm will be loose when wet and then appear as the hair dries which gives it the effect of a curling iron or roller look. You can get curls that are large and bouncy or small ringlets in this process. Only the lower portion of hair is permed to give it a natural appearance. Because of the heat used in the process you could burn your scalp if the rollers are too close to your skin. To style you just have to use a blowdryer with a diffuser to genteelly dry your hair. The curl will last until you wash your hair again.
What Chemicals are used? - I can’t find a good answer to this yet… I have read the asbestos is used?! That’s a little scary if true. The chemicals are supposed to be very similar to those in a normal perm.
How long doe sit last? - I think it’s supposed to last until your hair grows out completely, but from what I have read so far the curls loosen after 6month - 1year depending on your hair type. It’s also worth noting that as you hair grows the curl will start lower and lower on your hair line.
Where can you get this done? - Most Korean or Japanese hair salon’s do digital perms and your best bet is to start looking there if this is something you want to do. This kind of perm can be expensive.
More info - http://digitalperms.blogspot.com/
Any thought on this??? I think it's absolutely brilliant, but I would never have the guts to actually do it.. Plus, I don't think there's a place in my entire state that would do it. I would have to go to Boston.. lol