Digital Perm in Hong Kong (#2)

A year ago I posted about my digital perm and every month it’s still the most visited and searched subject on my blog. I also get asked a lot of questions about it so I figured I’ll do an updated post. When I went to Hong Kong last month, I got my annual digital perm. This style works for me because it takes absolutely no maintenance and gives my flat straight hair wave and volume. Feel free to ask me any questions about it!


There are tons of hair salons in Hong Kong that are reasonably priced. There are high end salons too but I tend to stick to the ones on the streets, if I wanted to pay $300+, I would just get it done in the States. This year I went to Hair Code, and I usually get the package including haircut, treatment (to protect your hair), and digital perm that ends up being around $100. I always specify that I want loose beachy waves so I don’t end up looking like Shirley Temple. They permed my bangs this year too which is the first time I’ve ever had that and it gave them just the right lift.


Literally I woke up and my hair looked like this, it’s really like on TV when the girl wakes up with perfect hair and makeup (the latter unfortunately does not happen in real life). I usually shower in the morning and then blowdry my hair with a diffuser which gives the curls a more even wave and not so messy and kinked like in the photo. The best thing is I never have to use any product and my hair stays voluminous. If you deep condition your hair once in a while, a perm is really not too damaging, I’d say my hair is in fine health. It’s the best solution to those (like me) too lazy to do their hair daily. I’ll take the extra 30 minutes of sleep in the morning, thanks. Hope this helped!


  1. September 15, 2011 / 6:17 am

    I would to get a digital perm! My hair is naturally waved/curled/straight/fuffy! So Id like to get it tamed. ;]
    Your hair looks GORGEOUS! I am inspired.

  2. September 15, 2011 / 6:48 am

    Hi please share the name of the salon you had your hair done.. ill be going to hk soon.. btw my hair is thread like straight and no body =(

  3. September 15, 2011 / 6:56 am

    this is so cool!! its the 1st time ive heard of it actually and i was wondering if they still ut those stinky chemicals to keep the curls? i love the way it turned out <3

  4. September 15, 2011 / 11:57 am

    It looks really natural. Literally just got out of the bed look–in the movies! 😀 Pretty! Nice hair. ;D

  5. September 15, 2011 / 1:02 pm

    ooooh, that machine looks creepy, but the result is so beautiful! I absolutely love it! x

  6. September 15, 2011 / 3:23 pm

    Your hair looks beautiful! I love the beachy waves. I wish I could do this to my hair, but I fear that it will turn out a disaster. My hair is super flat and the strands are unbelievably thin so I can't really do much with it 🙁

  7. September 16, 2011 / 9:25 am

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  8. Anonymous
    September 17, 2011 / 6:27 am

    Hi carolyn! Love the hair! Would u please let me know the address of the salon and who your hair stylist was? I will be going to hk in oct. Thanks!


  9. September 17, 2011 / 2:27 pm

    Love your perm!! Btw, do you have the addy for this Hair code salon? I been thinking of perming my hair again lately.

    Question time:)

    How long does your perm last for? I've been told by stylists in the previous salons that i tried, if the waves are too loose they won't last as long? So for my past 3 experiences with perming my hair, i had to go for the tighter/small curl and almost made me look like a poodle. Then i would have to wait for 1.5 months for it to tame done in order to get that soft loose wave look i was looking for in the first place!! ARghh…so u get my frustration?hehe

    and i've never tried this digital perm thingie…it looks


  10. September 18, 2011 / 4:36 pm

    oh my word! this is fantastic!! i've never even heard of this! I need to find a local place that may, just may do this! i love it. and that morning disheveled look works for me every time.

    B So Chic!™

  11. September 19, 2011 / 6:59 am

    I love it! That picture is amazing – if I didn't recognize you in it I would have said it's wasn't real. Digital perm? I've never heard of it. It would make a great band name. I love the end result too!

  12. September 19, 2011 / 8:44 pm

    wow that machine looks pretty crazy! your hair turned out fab though!

  13. September 20, 2011 / 4:11 am

    OMG I have not been back to Asia in over 20 years and what an awesome treatment! A digital perm it is so futuristic, and I love the beachy waves! I need to book a trip soon!

  14. September 20, 2011 / 6:53 am

    Being a professional hairstylist I thought I had seen it all until I saw your "digital perm" … OMG it's gorgeous!

  15. September 21, 2011 / 3:28 am

    you look really pretty in the perm! love it! i will be visiting hk next month and want to do something with my hair too. do you still have the address for the hair salon??

  16. jennyfer.c
    October 3, 2011 / 1:26 pm

    Your hair looks amazing! I would really like the address of the salon as well.

  17. November 9, 2011 / 1:10 pm

    hi Caro . the hair is so gorgeous. i am also thinking to perm my hair in HK, would you be able to share the address and stylist who did ur hair ?thanks a zillion!

  18. Anonymous
    January 9, 2012 / 2:53 am

    Hi Carolyn, your hair look amazing! I'm traveling back to hk soon n would like to check out this salon. Can you tell me the name, address n stylist plssss… Thanks so much!

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  24. December 30, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    I read your blog (because I was also looking for a place to get a digital perm done in Hong Kong). I went to Hair Code as well! Had a very nice stylist, and the price was similar to yours. But holy moly, it took over 5 hours! I got the treatment, cut, and perm as well. I cannot believe it took so long, I was expecting 3 hours. I like the outcome, but so far it seems similar to a regular perm. I will have to see how the weeks pan out.

    • December 30, 2013 / 9:36 pm

      Hi Samantha! Yes, perms take forever! So exhausting. And I find that my perm doesn't start looking "beachy" until a few weeks in… the first few weeks are awkward when the curls are still so tight. 🙂

    • February 16, 2014 / 9:30 am

      Hi Samantha and Carolyn,

      I live in HK right now for a few months, but unfortunately do not speak any Cantonese or Mandarin 🙁 do the stylists speak English? And what was the exact price?


    • February 19, 2014 / 12:50 pm

      Hi Aditi! I find that most stylists speak enough English for you to get by and explain what you want. 🙂 Good luck!

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