My stylist Brandi recently revealed to me that she now uses me as a cautionary tale for her clients when they ask for a perm. Brandi tells her clients about how she refused to perm my hair, how I spent a lovely afternoon being adventurous at an Asian salon and finally why I showed up at her salon a few days afterwards begging her to fix my broken hair. Oh, the shame … the shame. Thankfully, Brandi was nice enough not to sneak a picture or say “I told you so” that day.
Well, four months after getting my digital perm, I’m here to update you on how my hair has been treating me or rather, how I’ve been treating my hair. For those of you who haven’t read my initial blog post 7 Things You Need to Know before You Get a Digital Perm, I suggest you read that post first before you read this entry.
Overall, I want you to know that I have made peace with my permed hair and that I do genuinely like my hair curly. Would I ever perm my hair again, you ask? Um … I would perm my hair again but I’d make sure
that the salon only used big rollers in my hair and hot permed my hair for 30 minutes so that the curls wouldn’t be so tight. I would also have make sure Brandi is available a few days later to give me a keratin treatment (if she hasn’t disowned me yet for perming my hair again).
Anyway, there are 3 things that I’ve given up on since I’ve had my hair digitally permed and let me just tell you, I’ve never been happier.
1. My blow-dryer
Well, I have to be honest with you guys … I’ve given up on blow-drying my hair out of sheer laziness and because GENTLY blowing my hair every morning takes too long. I now just scrunch some Bumble Bumble product in my semi-wet hair and let it air dry. Of course my hair takes about an hour or two to actually dry but the end result is surprising better than when I blow-dry my hair. I’ve discovered that if I leave my hair to dry naturally, my curls come out more defined and stay intact longer (which means less frizz).
2. My twirling habit
I’ve cut my twirling habit down because I started losing too much hair. No more explanation needed.
3. My seemingly endless need for miracle hair products
As some of you may know, I’ve searched high and low for curly hair products that would give me back the luscious locks I had before my digital perm. I’m not even going to begin to tell you how much money I’ve wasted on products (it was probably enough to buy me a really nice pair of leather fall boots) but I eventually smelled the coconut oil and realized that I need to stick with what I know. And what I know is that Dove conditioner works well in my hair. Also, I gave up on most of the recommended cleansing products for curly hair (Yeah, I’m looking at you cleansing conditioners!) and now just buy Shea Moisture, a gentle shampoo with all natural ingredients at Target for about $10.
On a higher note, since I’ve been conditioning my hair non-stop since I got my perm, my hair is coming back around to the condition it used to be in. It’s not completely there yet but I no longer have to go running for cover when it starts to rain. Yay!