Summer Hair – Digital Perm in Seattle (Part 2 of 3)

Last week, I chopped my hair into a long bob (Part 1 here). Since my hair is naturally straight, I wanted to add texture and volume without spending any time on it in the morning, which is why I got a digital perm.

This is my fifth perm, so I’m going to answer the top five questions I’ve received!

1. Why do you choose digital vs. texture perm?
My mom always got texture perms, so I associate more mature, wavy hair with that style. Digital perm applies heat to your hair, and creates softer, beachy curls, which is the look I’m going for.

2. How long does a perm take?
3-5 hours depending on hair length, attentiveness of hairstylist, and additional services. This time, I had my hair cut at an earlier appointment, collar-length hair, and a diligent stylist, so the appointment was about 3 hours.

3. Does a perm damage your hair?
Any chemical service will damage your hair, and a perm definitely does. I get my hair trimmed every few months to eliminate split ends. Then I use deep conditioner (Coco de Soleil), hair oil (Caudalíe), and leave-in conditioner (Acure) obsessively. I’m always looking for moisturizing products, so I’d love your recommendations!

4. Where do you get your perm done?
In Seattle, I’ve gone to Ten Pachi twice (Stella and Saori are both fantastic) and been pleased with the service and results. I’ve had three perms in Hong Kong at various “street” salons, and while it’s about half the price, the stylists are definitely not as detail-oriented and chemical solutions seem to be lower quality.

5. How long does your perm last?
The results are ideal for about six months. Waves will last for almost year, but the volume will be limp by then. I get a perm done once a year.

If you have any more questions about perms, feel free to ask me in the comments! Tune in for Part 3 of my summer hair next week.

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  1. May 28, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    love this look!
    definitely a nice, fresh cut for the summer!


  2. May 28, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    I used to get my hair permed all the time but eventually had to take a break from all the damage it was doing. Your perm looks so great though, it makes me miss it!

    xo, alison*elle

  3. May 28, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    Love this look on you! I also absolutely adore your before pic…its so cute! 🙂
    Great tips on perming!

    Love Priya


  4. Patricia
    May 28, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    hi! who was the hair stylist that permed your hair at ten pachi?

    • May 29, 2014 / 12:29 am

      I've had Saori and Stella perm my hair, and they're both awesome!

    • Patricia
      May 29, 2014 / 2:37 pm

      thank you!

  5. May 29, 2014 / 5:33 am

    I've always been terrified of perms!!!! Do you see any lasting effects? How many perms have you had? Does you hair have trouble holding curl naturally? I'm so curious… haha sorry!

    Jessie at

    • May 30, 2014 / 12:16 am

      I've had five perms. My hair is naturally straight but curls well. I do see hair damage, but new hair growth is still healthy and strong!

  6. May 29, 2014 / 3:31 pm

    your hair looks great! i have been putting oils in my hair too for a few months now. my hair is so damaged that i now i try to find more ways to take care of it!

  7. May 29, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    So pretty, love it!! I just got my hair permed as well but I have so much hair and the length is super long so it took 6+ hours! I was going nuts. LOL. I've been to TenPachi for two of my perms and love them. I tried out New Look in Wallingford this time and Emily, the owner there is fantastic. She's super detailed and did not book any other clients that day to solely focus on me which I thought was so nice.

    • May 30, 2014 / 12:18 am

      Wow 6 hours! I'd start getting cabin fever too… Your hair is so long now and the curls are gorgeous!

  8. May 30, 2014 / 12:11 am

    Love it! I'm planning to get a textured bob too 🙂 I had digital perms before but that was with long hair. Looks like they used the large curlers on you. Very nice~ i like 🙂

  9. May 30, 2014 / 12:21 am

    Love the texture it gave you!

  10. May 30, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    Haha, love that first curler shot and, of course, the result! Super fresh. 🙂

  11. June 3, 2014 / 3:15 am

    Love the hair, so cute. But love the top even more, where from?

  12. June 10, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    What about the products used for perming? are they natural or unnatural??

    • June 10, 2014 / 4:54 pm

      Definitely chemical!

  13. June 12, 2014 / 5:55 am

    Does hair perming causes cancer? it is rumor or fact?

  14. June 13, 2014 / 10:55 am

    Thanks for the reply, but which type of chemical?

    • June 13, 2014 / 2:56 pm

      Google or a hairstylist would be able to tell you more about that and your cancer question above 🙂

  15. June 18, 2014 / 6:17 am

    Oh..Actually I searched on Google but still I am confused.

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