I’m getting a perm!

No really, I am!

This is what most people think of when I say perm. I’ve had many a friend laugh in my face when I told them I was planning getting a perm for the wedding.

What I’m actually getting is a Digital Perm. Digital perms were started in Korea and are very popular among Korean and Japanese girls. According to Wikipedia “A digital perm is a perm which uses hot rods with the temperature regulated by a machine, which has a digital display, hence the name.” The biggest difference between a regular perm and a digital perm is the texture and shape of the wave. Digital perms create lovely big curls/waves as if you’ve used a curling iron or curlers.

If you recall, this is the look I’m going for on my wedding day.

Here are pictures of what a digital perm produces.

Pretty darn close right? The reason why I’m not just going to rely on a curling iron is because my hair is so thick that it just doesn’t hold curl well. My hairstylist was the one who suggested the perm.

This is the crazy contraption that I will be sitting under for 4+ hours!

I will be going to Ten Pachi salon, they are the only salon that I could find in Seattle that offers digital perms. I think because it’s such a new thing for the US and because it’s much more expensive (I was quoted $90-$500!) than regular perms, not many salons offer this yet.

Right now I have super straight hair as I got the Japanese straightening perm done awhile back. I’m excited to get my new curly hair. My appointment is next week so I’ll do a follow up post when it’s done!

image 1,3,4,5 from google images (click on pictures to be linked to their respective sites)
image 2
The Superficial
image 6 Ten Pachi

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  • Morgan
    July 15, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    that machine looks freaking terrifying, but the end result is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see!

  • Jenna
    July 15, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Morgan is right. That machine is the freakiest thing ever. But if it gives you curls like those other girls then it is the awesomest thing ever. I am tempted to give it a try myself….But post-wedding.

  • Kate
    July 15, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Ooh! I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Do we get before and after photos?

  • Guilty Secret
    July 16, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    That is so cool… I want one too!

  • budgetsavvybride
    July 16, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I have never heard of that before! Sounds pretty cool, but I agree with the posters above- that machine looks like some kind of ancient torture device!! I am definitely interested to see how it turns out!! Good luck! 🙂

  • Dana
    July 16, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Sometimes I get the same reaction when I say perm. When I say perm, for African-Americans it is a straightening product. I do not want my hair curly, I want it as straight as I can get, but I do not need to sit under a machine like that to get it. I love the end product of what you are getting, it is really pretty.

  • tiffany2stylish
    July 16, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks all! Wish me luck that it doesn’t turn out horrific!

    I agree, that machine does scare me a bit.

    Kate – I will try to take before, during and after photos!

    Dana – that is funny. I’ve actually done a straightening perm before too.

  • Diabolina
    July 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    ugh. i’m super nervous.

    killing for your straight hair,

  • Lyndsy
    July 17, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    The machine looks frightening but the results look well worth it! So pretty! Good luck!!

  • Fabulously Lizy
    July 18, 2008 at 8:39 am

    I am anxious to see how it turns out! Those big bouncy curls are hot though, but I’m scared of perms. I had a scarey one when I was 13, never again. I prefer a big fat curling iron =)

  • tiffany2stylish
    July 27, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Diabolina – always how it works. us girls with straight hair always want the curly hair. You have fab hair!

    Thanks Lyndsy!

    Lizy – I had a couple of perms when I was like 8-10 years old and they were horrible! But luckily time and technology has changed! OH and hairstyles too. hehe.

  • Anonymous
    August 12, 2008 at 6:22 am

    i live in vancouver, bc and there are quite a few salons that do the digital perm her. the cheapest i’ve sourced out is $200 for hair that is just past mid back.

  • Stace
    August 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    who was your stylist at ten pachi?

    i am going to go there and want exactly what you got!

  • tiffany2stylish
    August 3, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Stace – to be honest it was so long ago that I completely forget her name but it sounds like they are all trained well on the digital perm there so I would feel comfortable with using any of the stylists.