Sentences I never thought I’d say ever again: “I’ve had a perm”.
Don’t worry, this isn’t the perm I’ve just had, this is the perm I had in 1988. It’ll become clear why it’s here shortly, I promise.
Sometimes you just get an idea into your head and it will NOT go away. Since I first read about digital perming a few months ago, the idea of getting one has seeped into my brain, and I HAD to have one. But do you know what’s an horrific idea? Getting a major change to your hair in the final weeks before your wedding, that’s what.
Regardless, I did it anyway. Thanks to the wonderful team headed up by Nathan Walker at Trevor Sorbie in Covent Garden, I haven’t regretted it, and I’m now the proud posessor of a head full of the curls of my dreams. Look:
This was taken just a couple of hours after processing, but it still looks nice and natural. Actually, what it looks like is what I always think my hair should look like after air-drying, but never does. My hair is naturally about as curly as this, but only in certain sections, the rest is either just a bit wavy, or not quite straight, and all of it is fuzzy. I’ve never been a wash and go kind of a girl, even though I’m lazy enough … if I couldn’t be bothered styling my hair, I’d just tie it up. However this is what my hair should look like all the time, even when I don’t do a thing to it from now on. That I can live with!
I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a loooooong process (I was in the chair for around four hours, all told), your hair is clarified with various shampoos, then treated with various potions to protect any damaged areas, and only then is your hair chemically softened, all this before your hair even sees a roller!
Once your hair is soft enough, your hair is rolled up onto the rods (completely different to rods of old, I think they used about 16 in my hair, of which there is LOTS), and then finally it gets digital. Essentially, the rollers used have an electrical core, and once they’re all connected to the base unit, they heat up to around 190 degrees, which means that your hair essentially “steams” the curls in. Once your rollers have cooled a little, the neutralising solution is used, and your curls are left to set. Then you’re essentially ready to go! We used a little mousse on my hair (talk about a blast from the past!), then finger dried it into ringlets and diffused it slightly.
I’ve left it to airdry since then, and went to a wedding with the resultant beachy-waves. I’m delighted. Now I can wash and go, and if I want to style my hair with straighteners or whatever, I still can. My hair isn’t crispy, crunchy or processed-feeling, and it feels right, like my hair should. The team spend a lot of time in consultation with you to make sure you’re prepared for what you will get, and will advise on both the correct haircut for your new curls, and new products too. They really do know what they’re talking about.
Of course, now I get to spend a couple of months playing with new styling products! How do you look after your curly hair?
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