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ABCs behind Korean Hairstyles (S-curls, C-curls)

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A Sociology major who just entered into the world of article writing and has enjoyed it ever since. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing frisbee and watching Youtube beauty gurus work their magic on blank faces.

25 March 2016

Ever wondered how Korean celebrities seem to have perfect hair in every K drama? How about Yoona’s gorgeous bouncy waves in ‘Prime Minister and I’? Well, many of you are probably dying to know what is the trick to this effortless yet elegant hairstyle. Lets get back to the basics with this popular hairstyle!

What is a Korean perm?


Photo credits to kpoptown

A Korean perm is a natural looking and feminine hairstyle with a focus on bounciness, volume, framing the face in a flattering manner. Instead of perming the whole head, a Korean perm is known for big natural curls. Based on the final look you desire, your hairstylist might use hot or cold perm methods. Korean perms require blow drying for daily maintenance. With proper care and maintenance, cold perms can last up to 2.5 months to 4 months for hot perms. Also, Korean perms generally do not last longer than the "maggi mee aunty perms" that we've seen - the bigger and looser the curls, the shorter they will last.

Why should I opt for a Korean Hairstyle?

The best part about a Korean Hairstyle is that it is perfect for those who are looking for more texture and volume in their hair. This could be an alternative to the normal rebonding we are used to! Do remember though, that Korean hairstyles require proper maintenance, and blow drying techniques that your hairstylist will teach you once you are done with your perm.

Another advantage of the Korean hairstyle is that it does not cause your hair to become frizzy after the perm due to the techniques, tools and difference in chemicals used to achieve those curls. For those who are looking for soft natural curls that are reminiscent of beachy effortless waves, the Korean hairstyle is definitely made for you! 

What are the differences between the types of Korean Hairstyles? 


Photo courtesy of Picasso Hair Studio

Different salons have their individual ways of creating various Korean perms. While we could give the generic rule of thumb, it's best to bring photos and/or reference to the salon's photos of previous customers.

Let us briefly introduce the various types of Curls and Perms!

Volume Rebonding

Comparatively more flattering and natural than Straight Rebonding, Volume Rebonding combines both perm and rebonding using a hot iron to add volume to specific areas of the hair. A low maintenance hairstyle, volume rebonding and can last from 6 months to 1 year depending on how natural the rebonding was. The more natural your volume rebonding, the shorter it will last. This technique is best suited for those with short bob to those with very long hair, so it can pretty much complement most lengths. For those with extremely damaged hair, an additional step of trimming will be required to prevent hair breakage after the chemical comes into contact with the damaged parts. 


Photo courtesy of Kenjo Korean Hair Salon

This technique is usually combined with various curls to fit what customers are looking for. 


C Curls

As the name suggests, C curls are often used at hair ends where the curls curl inwards, creating a gentle bob like effect that provides a contouring effect on the jawline, flattering most facial types and shapes. Using ceramic rods to create the curls, the hot perm usually involves volume rebonding to the roots of your hair and the “C” curl as the hair ends. Soft inward curls at the hair ends will be created by which the Korean setting perm gives volume and moisture while reducing frizz and damage.This hairstyle is best suited for those with relatively healthy and damage free hair as the need for blow drying will further strip away the moisture from the hair, resulting in those with frizzy hair to become frizzier. 


Credit to Cassandra's session at Kenjo Korean Hair Salon

In our previous article on the Mucota Therapy Perm at Kenjo Korean Hair Salon, her volume rebonding with C curl has been a very manageable look.

The best thing about C curls is that anyone can rock the look with its low maintenance nature and complements pretty much any type of hair cuts. Round or oval shaped faces should ask for side swept bangs and length on top to elongate the facial profile while those with a square jaw can opt for lush layers around the ears to soften the hard planes of your jawline. 

At Picasso Hair Studio, you can choose between two of their C curl looks. For single layered hair of any length, request for a C-curl Rebonding.

If you prefer a layered look, you can request for a Styling Perm, which is a combination of stronger C curls with Rebonding. 

S Curls

On the other hand, S curls vary in the sense that the curls are tighter and more spread out, distinguishing between soft or hard S curls. S curls involve a 1.5 twist of the ceramic rod to achieve the wavy silhouette and consist of more layers that add volume and playfulness to the whole look. S curls are more suitable for those with longer hair, preferably below the chest so that the curls can be maximised and elongated to create a more natural look.


Photo courtesy of Kenjo Hair Salon

As with C Curls, you can combine S Curls with Rebonding as well. For ladies who prefer more layers and dimension in the haircut, Picasso recommends a styling perm or S curve rebonding as these hairstyles are heavier at the bottom, creating a fuller silhouette.


Photo courtesy of Picasso Hair Studio

How can I maintain my perm?

By following your usual routine of shampooing and conditioning, use a oil-based leave in conditioner when the hair is wet to hold the curls and protect it from drying out when you are blow drying. Add a monthly deep conditioning treatment into the mix. Use a mousse and curl creams to add volume to your perm. During the day, use a protective serum to lock in the moisture especially to protect against the dryness exacerbated by the sunny weather in Singapore. 

Do hop over to our previous article on how to prevent having lifeless looking perms and maintenance.

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