When I started styling my hair in curls again (with more gusto than usual) back in 2009 (folks who’ve been around this blog long enough would know that I’ve been semi-obsessed with it since 2008, LOL), I had toyed with the idea of making them permanent last year. However, my primary concern (the main reason which held me back, actually) was if it was really possible to get the sort of curls I had wanted done. If yes, I had no clue where to go. I’ve talked to a few hairdressers but I’d often leave with doubts. Sure, they were fantastic at what they do but if I get this feeling that they have reservations (must be a look they get when I ask the question) about truly knowing what to do.
Another reason was a traumatic first experience with perm. Zigzags (don’t look at me, twas all the rage back then, HAHA) and a 3rd Grade teacher caused me to be skittish about the idea of getting that done on my hair again. But aren’t we all glad we’re able to grow out of these fears, er, mainly due to knowing better than to take the word of a bad school teacher and a child who had no clear idea on the basic hair upkeep.
When I got restless with my hair last year, I had chickened out at the last minute and chose an easier route, rebond. It didn’t stop me from pushing my sister to give it a go tho, haha. I’ve heard great things about the place, Beauty Brick Hair Art Studio, and of Gijin Shin’s masterful hands in hair art, esp since my bestie (who told me about the place) did get a digi perm there, too. Anyway, so when I styled my hair in curls for the guesting thing last Tuesday, the photo I took of it sealed my decision to finally take the plunge.
I’m not a huge fan of LONG trips to the salon. I’m sure there are folks who feel that way too. So might be good to note that the entire process (at least in my case!) took less than 3 hours. This involved prep stage: shampoo/condition; trim/cut/shape; 1st solution; marinate time then rinse; curler things (and very Matrix-like as you’re attached to a machine, haha); 2nd solution; marinate time then rinse; blow-dry; then finishing touches. As to how they concocted the entire digi perm process, I really don’t know. We’ll save that up to the experts, haha.
Left: Half damp | Right: Perfect dry
Truth? I was scared sh*tless of the outcome. I was worried that I’ll regret getting the perm — that I’d find myself crying over what I had done with my long locks and, yes, the money I wasted. It’s been over a couple of decades since my last perm, so I couldn’t help think, “what the hell was I thinking of coming here and doing this to my hair?!” It didn’t help that I was really concerned about the present state of my hair; having come from having it rebonded and twas extremely dry and damaged.
BB folks reassured me that my hair looked better than my last visit and that it didn’t react adversely to the chemical. It was at a good length and my choice curl size suits me well, at least that’s what Gijin Shin said, as how the translator told me. So, I had put on a brave smile and thought, “let it rip!”
So should I be disappointed? Goodness, no. I couldn’t even help but feel ashamed for the tiny bouts of doubt I had entertained during our hair discussion during prep. My hair ended up looking more than I had hoped for, haha! It helped that I was able to show them the photo I took of my hair in curls the previous day, which gave them a clear picture (no pun intended) of what I wanted. The result had me wanting to take photos of myself all night but I knew I had to leave the salon so that they can close up. LOL.
Women with straight hair like to curl ‘em. And ones with curls like the straighten ‘em. Crazy, eh? What is it about curls that makes one feel a tad bit feistier and so girl-y? Then again, it might just be me. Oh, god. I’m so pa-cute now, haha!
Call me a pessimist but I knew just had to take as much photos as I can while my hair looked the way it did that night because I know that it won’t be the same again. Ever. Most remarkable things in life happen in singular great moments — the rest are mere faint, often unsatisfying echoes — so I knew well enough that I may have looked utterly vain at that time but I didn’t want let my self-consciousness stop me from doing what I wanted to do, haha.
And since I know it won’t stay that way, I need to know how to take care of it. Reminders on maintenance were given as things progressed. It’s great that I don’t have to switch shampoos and conditioners since I was informed I can use whatever I’m using now. I just need to know how to dry my hair properly. To maximise it, I can apply a styling product, e.g. mousse, on a half-damp hair then do the twist and scrunch thing as I continue to blow dry my hair. Or apply hair wax on a perfect dry hair.
So, what do you folks think? Do you think I’ll rock the curls? Maybe you can share your own maintenance tips on a newbie. I’d appreciate the help!
Beauty Brick Hair Art Studio
Unit 103 DoÃ±a Consolacion Bldg.
122 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, 1227
(02) 473-5108 | (02) 408-3398 | 0917-520-0044
Monday to Saturday
10:00 am – 8:00 pm