I'm @ivianathui, a full-time working mom who blogs during my free time. I don't believe that motherhood is an excuse to give up on personal grooming and looking good. On the contrary, I work even harder after motherhood to maintain myself because that gives me confidence and makes me feel good.
One of the things I care about is my hair. I used to have long black straight hair like this
Once I started colouring though, I cannot stop.
In fact I used to bleach thrice and even colour my hair monthly.
As you can see, this means my hair is not in the tip top condition.
In fact, I recently did a perm at a different salon. The curls were so small, they made me look like an auntie afterwards :(
Worse, the hair became so damaged, they made my hair look like a puppy's fur. Not the cute, silky soft type either.
When I shared my concerns with Agent G, she recommended me to try Focus Hairdressing. Apparently they just brought in a new perm lotion that can perm even bleached and very damaged hair and make it look good! There are 6 steps within the perm with a number of steps devoted to treatment alone to repair my hair.
I am a little hesitant because I'm afraid that more chemical treatments will make my hair even more frizzy... but at the same time, I can't stand my fur-like hair anymore!
Hence, I decided to make an appointment and get my hair done at Focus Hairdressing.
Focus Hairdressing is located at Cuppage Plaza and easy to get to via Somerset MRT. It is not the poshest salon I've been to but I've heard from Agent G that this salon is very good for perms and so here I am.
The stylist who attended to me is Sito, salon manager for Focus Hairdressing at Cuppage! I hear that she's very experienced and has accumulated quite a number of loyal customers over the years.
After talking to her, I understood why. She is not the most chatty stylist I've met but she is good at diagnosing my hair condition and what's best for me.
My hair is so damaged now that it was difficult even to comb through my hair.
Spraying some water on the hair showed that some curls were still present. However, she preferred for me to go for a hair wash before making a final recommendation.
The hair wash removes any product on my hair and allow her to see my hair condition as it is, raw.
It was only after thoroughly analyzing my hair texture that Sito recommended a perm in the end. She is confident that the new perm lotion they brought in is able to perm my current hair to achieve the type of princess curls I was looking for. This new perm lotion contains Argan oil and is jam-packed with Vitamin E, omega-3, omega-9 and many other antioxidants. There are also a lot of pre-treatments and post-treatments included within the 6 step process so I don't have to pay anything extra for the treatments.
Phew... relieved that my hair isn't hopeless!
Hope that Sito can save my hair!
The perm starts off with a trim of the damaged hair ends, and a cut that will affect how the curls will eventually fall.
As my hair is very damaged, this perm includes TWO pre-treatments that contain fibril keratin, collagen and ceramide. These ingredients restores my hair's hydrating ability, increase its endurance towards the perming process and support the hair's natural defence layers.
As you can see my hair definitely needed that!
She ran the treatment through the lengths of my hair and left it on for about 10 minutes for it to penetrate my hair.
Next, Sito applied the perm lotion onto my hair.
This step breaks the bonds within the hair so that she can re-sculpt it to the princess curls later. Unlike other perm lotions, this perm lotion is cysteine-based and so is not as damaging as the usual perms.
Although it took some time, I had my shows to occupy me, so no issues with that.
Soon enough, it was time to go for a rinse.
Before proceeding to the next step, Sito applied yet another treatments to protect my hair against further damage. One is the thermal protectant that helps to protect my hair against heat damage.
So many treatments... my hair looks and feel more healthy already.
No wonder this perm is different from the rest!
Next, Sito started curling my hair.
Small sections of my hair were rolled inwards onto the rollers to create the desired shape.
They were later connected to a machine to be heated.
The heating process took about another 15 minutes or so.
Once the curls are ready, Sito applied neutralizer to fix the newly formed curls.
Soon enough, it was time to remove the curlers
as I went for the final hair wash of the day.
At this step, Sito applied yet another treatment for me, this time made with amino acid to adjust my hair's pH balance and close up the cuticles for a smoother feel.
It was time to blow my hair dry... I was grateful that Sito didn't just blow it dry, she also showed me how to blowdry my hair to achieve these gorgeous curls.
Are you ready to see the transforation?
Here's how my hair looked like before:
And now after:
The curls are obvious but not so curly that it makes me look like an auntie.
In fact, feels that it looks a little princessy too... if only my hair was even longer!
I was honestly worried about whether my hair could withstand yet another perm given my very damaged hair condition. I was hence very glad that Focus Hairdressing has just the right lotion and the right stylist to make it happen.
Sito managed to give me a good cut and deftly permed my hair to give me the curls in just under 3 hours!
Beyond how good it looks, Sito also took the effort to dry and style my hair correctly to maintain my curl and even recommended me a styling cream that I can use to create the same curls myself. The perm was also personalised to my hair condition and face shape to tailor the right curls for me.
Overall, I had a good experience and would not hesitate to recommend Focus Hairdressing to anyone looking to change up their hair, especially if they're opting for a perm!
Thinking of going for the above perm at Focus Hairdressing?
They are running the following promotion:
$250/$300 for MUCOTA Algana Perm / Straightening + Haircut
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