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Digital Perm VS Ceramic Perm, Cold Perm VS Hot Perm - What are the Differences?

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05 December 2015

Curly vs straight hair? Is this the question you’ve been asking yourself lately? Curly hair have taken the position of being the preferred hairstyle given the popularity of Korean and Japanese perms which exude the feminine and confident allure capable of enhancing one’s look. They say hairstyles do change a person’s outlook on life, taking the plunge to curl your hair may just be the next step to something greater. We have specially answered your questions so that you can take finally take the leap of faith.

What are the main differences between Digital Perms and Ceramic Perms?

Digital and ceramic perms are not that different from one another, simply because they are both hot perms and the only difference is the technique used to achieve specific types of curls.

Digital perm are in many ways similar to traditional perms, for which the technique involves using a hot rod to produce dry looking curls. Looser curls at the hair ends are achieved with softer overall curls nearer to the top of the head, which creates a natural looking finish S curls.

Digital (Long)

Digital (Short)

Ceramic perms produce wet looking hair where the curls produce tighter ringlets and more well defined curls. The perming technique involves using higher temperature rods as compared to the ones used in digital perm, allowing the curls to last longer and thus more voluminous than the ones produced by digital perms.

Ceramic (Long)

Ceramic (Short)

What is the difference in terms of procedures? And what's Hot Perm and Cold Perm?

Both digital and ceramic perms are types of hot perms.

Hot perms involve the usage of acidic solution to break down disulphide bonds in your hair. Since it achieves the best curling level when it is dry, it requires less maintenance and is more manageable in terms of the flexibility of hair style and look.

The initial process involves a relaxing treatment that prepares the hair for the subsequent chemicals to work their magic. Heated curling rods, with varying sizes, depending on your choice of the curls, will be applied to your hair. Then, the hair is placed in several rollers hooked onto an electronic perming apparatus that regulates temperature and sets your perms in place.

Another type of perm is the cold perm which do not require heat but involve the application of ammonium thioglycolate on the hair while it is being wrapped with plastic curlers. After which, oxidation lotion is applied to allow the setting process to take place, amounting to nearly six to eight hours. Cold perms are generally more high maintenance given the need to apply curling gels or creams to maintain the same level of waviness as when you first got it done.

How long will the process take?

Both processes will take approximately 3­ to 4 hours depending on your hair condition, length and density. Additional time may be needed to discuss with your hairstylist the types of permed look that will best suit your needs.

What type of perm should you go for?

Individuals with coarse hair will usually be recommended to go for digital perms though the healthier and coarser your hair is, the less likely the digital perm will stay in your hair for very long. In the case where you hair is coarse yet healthy due to the lack of chemical treatments, they might have to be processed for a longer period of time so that the hair cuticles can be made more permeable and thus produce a more defined curl. Individuals with straight and brittle hair, especially those who have rebonded their manes before, should think twice before getting a perm as the hair will be especially sensitive to the chemical processes rendering it more prone to damage.

Ceramic perms are also suited for those with coarse hair that are usually longer since ceramic perms tend to shorten original hair length as the curls are tighter and more defined. Coarse hair is preferred as they are better able to withstand the heat and the subsequent damage that comes along with it.

Well for those who have healthy, virgin hair, you may opt for both digital or ceramic perms as your hair will be very malleable to the heat given the lack of chemical treatments done before.

Overall, there are no hard and fast rules in terms of the type of perms you should go for, but they are some general guidelines which may help you in making a decision. Do make sure you get a consultation with your experienced hairstylist to get a better understanding of your hair condition and type before considering if perming is really for you.

How long will my permed hair last?

Ceramic perms will typically last longer than digital perms given that the curls produced are tighter and more defined. Well maintained perms generally lasts up to 6 months and you will have to wait for it to grow out since perms do not wash out unlike dyed hair. The tighter the curls, the longer it will last and the more natural it will look over time as the curls will tend to loose after awhile. Though volume of your curls will start to decrease, the overall shape of the curls will still remain after 6 months.

Also, do make sure that you inform your hair stylist if you have permed your hair before as there might be chemical residues left in your hair from the previous perm. This will allow the hairstylist to determine the amount of chemical to you and to tweak the procedure to suit the needs of your hair.

How can I maintain my permed look?

The more care and effort you put into maintaining your curls, the longer it will last. We previously wrote about lifeless perms and how to maintain them too.

Switch your shampoo and conditioner to those specially formulated for curly hair. This will ensure that your curls are not damaged by the formulations of the products you use, which could potentially result in the loss of curls. Since permed hair will lack moisture due to the usage of intense heat, regular conditioning will ensure that your hair receives the moisture that it needs to remain shiny and healthy looking.

After washing your hair 2 to­ 3 days after perming, let your hair dry naturally to prevent additional frizz or damage done from external heat from hairdryers. Do not towel dry or rub your hair between the towel but gently scrunch your hair as it air dries to maintain the curls after wash.

Apply anti frizz treatment meant for permed hair into your damp hair, then twirl your hair into a few curls before letting them dry completely. You may want to spray your hair with an optional curl spray which would give your hair the extra boost of moisture it needs.

Permed hair are generally more brittle and requires more care due to the chemical process which often places much pressure on them, thus it is important to be gentle with it especially when it comes to combing and drying them.

Where can I go to get my hair permed?

 at Shaw Towers

Prices start from $150 for a cold perm for short hair, $320 for a digital perm. Available for online booking

Kenjo Korean Hair Salon at Plaza Singapura

Kenjo Salon is available for online booking as well! They have a few packages for Perm + Treatment, and the recent rave about the Mucota Argan Oil Perm.

Zinc Korean Hair Salon
 at Millenia Walk

Zinc Hair Salon is one of the most popular Korean Hair Salons in Singapore, and are also available for online booking :)

Cleo Hair and Make at The Central

Picasso Hair Studio at Haji Lane

Known for their perms, Picasso Hair Studio's main maestro Jesly is also famous for her colouring works. 20% off all ala carte services if you book through Wellnessly <3 

Backstage Hair Salon at Somerset Winsland House

Short Hair

Long Hair

The Ceramic Perm process by Jaden at Backstage. His services start from $185 depending on your hair length, online booking available!

Jean Pierre Hair Salon at Orchard Central

Founded by reknowned celebrity Korean hair stylist Jean Pierre at Orchard Central.

Aqua Hair Korean Salon
 at Delfi Orchard

We hope this article helped you decide what kind of perm job to go for next time :) If you did a perm recently, tag us @wellnessly on Facebook or Instagram and we would love to check out your new hair!

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