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Ready to get a digital perm and look like a K-drama star? A digital perm is a technique that uses heat and chemicals to create bouncy curls or waves in the hair. These curls are usually loose, resembling natural waves akin to a Korean perm. You can choose how much of your hair to perm. However, perming uses heat, try not to get curls too close to the scalp.

The procedure takes about three hours and can range from P3,000 to P5,000. Since it's quite an investment, you should take care of your perm and make it last. Here are some maintenance tips for permed hair.

Prep Your Hair

Prep your hair for a digital perm by avoiding heat-styling at least a month before the treatment.

Make sure that your hair is in optimum condition before undergoing any chemical treatment. This way, you can prevent damage and achieve better results, whether you get a color treatment, hair straightening, or digital perm. Healthy and elastic hair is a good candidate for a digital perm. To prepare your tresses for curls, try to avoid heat-styling or any other heat or chemical treatments before the procedure. Use a deep conditioner regularly to strengthen your hair.

Condition Your Hair

Many people believe that a digital perm is easy to maintain and that you’ll wake up looking like a Korean celebrity. The truth is, permed hair requires a lot of work. First, your hair has been chemically treated, so it loses some moisture and has incurred damage. Part of maintaining it is making sure you condition it daily to replenish moisture and nutrients in the strands. It will also keep your curly hair from getting frizzy or unruly on humid days.

Condition with Cream Silk Hydra Fresh and Bouncy Conditioner, a light conditioner that won’t weigh down your curls. The formula employs Hydracollagen Technology, which makes it easy-rinse and non-greasy. 

Styling Is Key

Styling your curls is the key to making them look good. Since your hair is already permed, you’ll save a lot of time not having to use a curling iron. You will, however, need to add some product, such as a serum or styling mousse to minimize frizz and tame flyaways. This will also help define your curls and create bounce. 

Avoid Friction and Bending

Avoid pulling your hair into a ponytail to prevent dents on your curls.

Even though your curls are processed in place, it would still be best to treat them as if they were delicate. Avoid tying your hair into a ponytail and creating dents in your strands. Detangle your hair with your fingers while it’s still wet to keep the shape of your curls. Finally, avoid drying and rubbing your hair with a towel. The friction will make the hair cuticle swell, which leads to frizz and flyaways. 

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo tames rebellious curls and conditions hair 10 layers deep. It detangles, strengthens, and gets rid of frizz while boosting smoothness and shine.

A digital perm requires a lot of maintenance, but it’s definitely worth it if you want to keep your Korean curls soft and bouncy. Just keep in mind that getting a chemical treatment will alter your hair, and be prepared to be even more sedulous about your haircare routine.