As you guys know, my hair was LONG. Like it was too heavy for my face and body long. But I liiiike it! It's my hair cape. My security blanket. But last month, I cut 4"+ off and never felt more liberated. At that point I also made an appointment to get my hair...permed!! I was nervous because the salon only had one "perm specialist," but my appointment was more than a month out. My hair was really starting to get on my nerves. It wasn't holding any curls, it wasn't doing anything. 4" shorter and it was just as stick straight and heavy as it was before.
So I waited for my appointment...and waited. And you know the more you have to wait for something the more you want it? So I started getting impatient and would call the salon to see if this perm specialist had any openings. Nope. And nope. So finally my appointment came on Saturday and I was so excited. I printed out pictures of digi perms that I liked and was all ready to tell this perm specialist that I liked this type of perm, except I wanted my perm to start higher (MOAR VOLUME).
When I asked if he was able to do digital perms, he said no. Then I died a little inside. So when I showed him said printed pictures, he replied, "These perms aren't perms at all, they're styled that way." And while I understood that perms don't actually create "barrel" curls, I just wanted my hair to someway, some how STAY curled. I mean, how ironic is that my hair is "too healthy" that it doesn't hold curls? CURSE YOU SILKY HAIR!
So he recommended a body perm. SOUNDS SO 90's!! But I trusted him. He said that my hair was SO straight that it needed to be "processed" and "broken down" in order to create and hold volume and curls. Of course I documented the process:
BEFORE: Straight and blah:
Step 1 & 2: First he "detoxed" my hair by putting a solution on it that stripped away any residual conditioner, products, etc. Then the process began. Usually when people think of perms, they think of spiral perms with those rubber wormy things that create those tight, springy curls. For a body perm, he used a bigger rolls (similar sized to the ones I use to hot roll my hair); since my hair was so long, he had to piggy-back two rollers for each section of hair.
In Vegas, my curls were a lot more defined and definitely stayed longer, so I was impressed:
I'm going to keep trying - I'm going to buy a diffuser and the correct products to see if that makes an impact on my hair. I'll keep you guys updated! Today I curled my hair with a curling iron (1" barrel) and it seemed to hold much better (don't mind the horrible lighting):
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P.S. Today is my birthday so here's an awesome picture of me...YOU'RE WELCOME.