Digital Perm in Hong Kong (#1)

Before: straight layered hair
This photo was taken a while ago back in Seattle (home of Starbucks). The things that make me happy about this picture (on a completely unrelated note) are 1. Wearing one of my favorite sheer white silk button-ups by Zoa 2. Good chats over coffee with a friend 3. The barista actually spelled my name right! That rare instance deserves to be captured. Everyone always says and spells it “Caroline”.
During: digital perm
Aka.. mutant octopus alien invading my brain. So every year I come to Hong Kong, I usually get my hair digitally permed. In the past since I used to have long hair, the curls were tighter, but this time with shoulder-length hair I wanted to try a more relaxed, beachy wave. The stylist used larger rollers for this effect.
After: soft natural curls
I like that this is a low maintenance hairstyle, since I favor sleep over most things doing my hair in the morning. A little product can give the nice curls a tousled bedhead look. If you have questions regarding perms or just anything at all, feel free to ask!


  1. September 7, 2010 / 5:39 pm

    lol, loving the alien all up in your hair (and the new do, of course)

  2. Yeji
    September 7, 2010 / 5:44 pm

    sooooo beautiful!!!! I absolutely love it! 😀

  3. September 10, 2010 / 5:36 am

    Love it!! I got my hair permed the last time I was in the Philippines! hahah where can you do that here?!

  4. September 13, 2010 / 7:31 am

    ohhh! the new hair do looks great! love it! <3

  5. September 18, 2010 / 6:46 am

    thanks everyone! 🙂

    @melissa: it's a lot more expensive to do it in the US, there's a salon at the end of the ave called ten patchi that i think would do a pretty good job. if i didn't get mine done here in hong kong i would have gone there. starts at around $125?

  6. Anonymous
    October 19, 2010 / 5:24 am

    where did you get it done in hong kong? i want a digital perm!! 😮
    🙂 thanks!

  7. Anonymous
    November 17, 2010 / 11:20 pm

    Hi! My hair is about 3 inches longer than shoulder length and I've been thinking about getting a digital perm for awhile now. Do you think it's better to get the tight or the loose curls for longer hair?

  8. November 18, 2010 / 1:00 am

    @anonymous #1: there are so many salons in hong kong and they're all pretty similar, i usually go to a different one every time!

    @anonymous #2: it depends on what style you like. do you like the tighter curls or a more smooth curls? when i had longer hair i used to get the tight curls but i'd only like the hair when it grew out a bit and the curls got looser. so personally i think longer hair looks better with bigger rollers = looser curls. however, looser curls requires hair product and probably blow drying it in the morning so it would depend on how much maintenance you're willing to upkeep.

  9. Anonymous
    December 9, 2010 / 7:15 pm

    Valuable info. Lucky me I found your site by accident, I bookmarked it.

  10. Anonymous
    May 5, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    How much did it cost?

  11. Anonymous
    December 14, 2011 / 2:34 am

    What size rod did you use?

  12. Anonymous
    August 23, 2012 / 6:26 pm

    Hi, I'm thinking of getting a digital perm, and am glad I stumbled across your page. What is the natural texture of your hair? Mine is wavy and comes down a little past my shoulders, similar to your before length. I'm on the fence whether to get one or not because I don't want to lose too much of my length.

  13. October 30, 2012 / 2:34 am

    Hello! What size rods did you use??

    Its been my dream to get a nice digiperm…I think its all in the rods.

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