The Impossible Perm Made Possible: Agent JK FINALLY Tamed Her Crazy Hair at Picasso Hair Studio

Published on Jun 30, 2017

Do you find your hair particularly hard to deal with because it is fine and frizzy?

Well, you're not the only one.

Agent JK has been trying to tame it for years without success... until she tried the new perm from Picasso Hair Studio.

See how much she transformed below!

Hello! I'm Agent JK, a Marketing Executive at an MNC.

Fine and Frizzy Hair Before Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

All my life, I've been battling with fine, thin and curly hair. As evident from the picture above, every day is a struggle for me. People who meet me for the first time often ask if I - 

  1. had a bad perm (this is my natural hair)
  2. forgot to condition my hair (I condition and use treatment every day)
Fine and Frizzy Hair Before Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

It looks pretty decent when traveling overseas but whenever I'm back, my hair will act up and make me look like a crazy woman. I'm not a vain woman but I suspect that my hairstyle often affects people's first impression of me. Well-meaning friends and hairstylists have suggested rebonding or keratin treatment. However, I just can't risk looking like a lady with thinning hair because my hair volume is already very low. The natural frizziness is the reason why I still look marginally OK. 

My hair caught Agent G's vision the first time I met her. She was sympathetic to the struggles I went through and asked if I would like to get my hair fixed at one of the local salons best known for perms - Picasso Hair Studio. Apparently, they had just created a new low-damage perm for ladies like me!  I really didn't dare expect much because the stylists I go to always gently reject me and say the same thing. Perhaps, this time might be different?

May 2017


I made the appointment on a weeknight after work. It was really tough to secure an available slot as Picasso Hair Studio is hugely popular!  It took a little bit of time to find the place but I eventually made it in time.

I must say the aesthetics of the place is very interesting. I felt as if I stepped into an art gallery instead of a salon. Picasso Hair Artists, I'm ready to be your canvas!

Light Refreshments at Picasso Hair Studio

I was escorted to the second floor where the stylist directed me to a seat and offered me drinks and a hot towel. I was surprised that like a cafe, there was even a menu for me to choose the type of drinks I wanted.

Hair Consultation by Jesly at Picasso Hair Studio

The stylist attending to me was the Salon Director, Jesly. You could tell that she's a very zai stylist when you chat with her. I half expected her to reject perming my hair when she saw how frizzy it was. but fortunately for me, she did not. 

Hair Consultation by Jesly at Picasso Hair Studio

Instead of asking me what I wanted to do, Jesly took the time to ask me what I was unhappy with and what I would like to change. Clearly, my hair is very frizzy and thin so I wanted more volume. My skin is also very sensitive so the chemicals used can't be too harsh. 

Hair Consultation by Jesly at Picasso Hair Studio

She proceeded to check my hair condition, my hair history and even my skin tone for a thorough consultation. (This is the first time I got my skin tone checked!)

Hair Consultation by Jesly at Picasso Hair Studio

After much analysis, Jesly confidently said that she would be able to perm my hair. Well, that's a first for me! No one has ever suggested perming my hair before because it's just too thin. Apparently, Picasso Hair Studio recently created a revolutionary perm technique designed to give the hair more volume while making it less frizzy and easier to maintain.

Hair Consultation by Jesly at Picasso Hair Studio

Jesly showed me various images to get an idea of the type of curls I like ... can't wait to see the final result after hearing what the perm can do, so here we go!

Step 1: Haircut


Hair Trimming at Picasso Hair Studio

A good perm starts with a good haircut, according to Jesly. This is because the cut will determine the overall shape of the perm as well as the areas where the perm can start and end.

Hair Trimming at Picasso Hair Studio

Unfortunately, my previous hairdresser layered my hair too much. Therefore, I was unable to get the ideal Victoria Secrets' type of curls. Jesly tried to rectify it by reducing the layers. Although it definitely looks better after the cut, my final look will still be affected. 

Hair Trimming at Picasso Hair Studio

Jesly avoided cutting too much, preferring to keep the length for a more flowy perm. 

Hair Wash at Picasso Hair Studio

She gave me a hair wash after she was done with the haircut.

Step 2: Checking Hair Condition


Checking Hair Condition with a Special Machine at Picasso Hair Studio

Back at the seat, Jesly did something intriguing. She took one strand of my hair and checked it for its level of damage with a special machine. Jesly says that experience has taught her a lot about the duration of the perm and selection of the right perm lotion for each type of hair. However, she hopes to make the process more systematic with the use of latest technology, which is how the machine comes in. This special machine can actually test the hair's elasticity so that she knows for certain which type of perm lotion to use. 

As she expected, my hair was rather damaged but the level of damage is just below what is impossible for a perm. Whew!Jesly, therefore, chooses the mildest perm lotion. This was the first time I experienced such a test. I like how Picasso Hair Studio does things so systematically and how Jesly involved me in each step by explaining what she was doing.

Step 3: Apply Perm Lotion


Application of Perm Lotion at Picasso Hair Studio

Although this step looks similar to all other salons, those who've gotten their hair permed will know that Picasso Hair Studio uses a different technique to apply the perm lotion. A special liquid is sprayed onto the hair and massaged to make sure that the perm lotion is properly absorbed, something no other stylists/salons have done. 

Application of Perm Lotion at Picasso Hair Studio

The perm lotion used is Arimino, one of the mildest Japanese perm lotions that exert minimal damage to the hair. Given that my hair is already so frizzy, I needed something like that. The perm lotion is left on for about 15 minutes to penetrate into the hair.

Application of Perm Lotion at Picasso Hair Studio

 While the perm lotion was being applied, I tucked into the fish soup I bought before reaching the salon.

Checking Hair Condition with a Special Machine at Picasso Hair Studio

Jesly comes back to check again with the machine to make sure that my hair is ready for the next step ...

Hair Wash at Picasso Hair Studio

Another hair wash before we proceed ...

Hair Wash at Picasso Hair Studio

After rinsing off the perming lotion, Jesly soaked my hair in warm water mixed with hair treatment for about 5 to 10 minutes. The warm water helps to thoroughly wash off all the unwanted perming lotion while the treatment repaired some of the damage from the previous softening procedure. 

Step 4: Creating the Curls


Perming at Picasso Hair Studio

Now that the bonds are broken, it's time to recreate the curls. Jesly chose medium sized curlers for me. This will make sure that the eventual curls last longer and turn out more defined. This is especially crucial as I'm not sure how well my thin hair will take to the curls. 

Perming at Picasso Hair Studio

The curling part was especially innovative for me. They actually created their own curler wrapped with a special type of material that would ensure the heat is being distributed evenly. This allows body heat and moisture to be trapped inside the curler more consistently, resulting in bouncy curls. 

Perming at Picasso Hair Studio

Jesly then attached a digital perm machine to heat up the rods that took 20 minutes. The timing was very important as if it is too long or too short, my hair may not be curled or worse, fried! Another important thing to note is that salons usually use temperatures as high as 180 degrees to heat up the hair and create the curl. However, the use of this special material allows heat to be regulated. Therefore, the heat they use can be reduce by about 30% to 40%. Lower temperatures mean lower damage so the hair will not look as dry after the perm. 

During the 20 minutes, Jesly constantly came back to check if my hair was okay.

Perming at Picasso Hair Studio

To make the hair near the roots are more manageable without reducing the volume too much, Jesly began to straighten the roots. This also helps to remove any rubber band marks during the heating process. It looks simple but there is actually a lot of technique in this because she has to make sure that my hair doesn't look overly flat.

Step 5. Applying Neutralizer


Application of Neutralizer After Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

Doesn't my hair look a lot better after the curls are created and roots straightened?  Jesly then applies the neutralizer over the newly formed curls to make it permanent.

Application of Neutralizer After Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

After neutralizer is applied, I had to wait for about 10 minutes for it to do its magic.

Application of Neutralizer After Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

Step 6. Hair Wash + Treatment


Application of Neutralizer After Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

I'm back at the wash area where Jesly took the effort to carefully wash the neutralizer from the hair thoroughly. She also applies an express hair treatment at this point to repair any damage that my hair might have sustained earlier.

Hair Wash at Picasso Hair Studio

Step 7: Blowdry


Blow Dry and Styling at Picasso Hair Studio

This is how my hair looks like after the wash ...

Blow Dry and Styling at Picasso Hair Studio

The final shape shows up more and more as Jesly dries the hair. Can't wait till the final reveal! 

Blow Dry and Styling at Picasso Hair Studio

After the blow dry, Jesly took the effort to share some styling tips with me. It is essential to blow your hair dry after a perm to minimize frizziness and achieve the designated shape. That is not a problem for me as I already blowdry my hair every night. However, Jesly shared some additional tips on how I can blowdry to make it look like I just stepped out from a salon.

First, I need to apply some serum to protect my hair before blowdrying. Then I need to section my hair into four sections. I will then have to blowdry my hair with an outward curl to make the curls look prettier. 

Blow Dry and Styling at Picasso Hair Studio

As you can see, I'm struggling a little because it is not intuitive for one of my hands. Nevertheless, I got it after a few tries. As my hair is naturally thin, it tends to frizz more easily than other people, Hence Jesly also advised me to apply serum on the flyaways.

Blow Dry and Styling at Picasso Hair Studio

Before I show you the final result, a quick reminder of how my hair looked before ...

Fine and Frizzy Hair Before Perm at Picasso Hair Studio
Fine and Frizzy Hair Before Perm at Picasso Hair Studio
Fine and Frizzy Hair Before Perm at Picasso Hair Studio
Luscious and Voluminous Smooth Hair After Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

Here's the final look!

Luscious and Voluminous Smooth Hair After Perm at Picasso Hair Studio
Luscious and Voluminous Smooth Hair After Perm at Picasso Hair Studio
Luscious and Voluminous Smooth Hair After Perm at Picasso Hair Studio
Blow Dry and Styling at Picasso Hair Studio
Luscious and Voluminous Smooth Hair After Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

My hair feel so soft and smooth that tt doesn't really feel like my usual hair. The most amazing thing is that my hair looked healthy, neat, and luscious with volume even though my top is straightened.

Luscious and Voluminous Smooth Hair After Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

Final Thoughts


I'm thoroughly impressed!

I've been to so many hairstylists in the last 20+ years but none was able to tame my hair the way Jesly did. Super knowledgeable, Jesly was able to very accurately identify the problems and share the scientific explanation behind her proposed solution. Even though I don't fully understand hair science, she made it easy for me to comprehend what she was doing so I knew that my hair is in good hands. It has been a month and I must say that I'm very happy with my new curls that is super easy to maintain! It has also loosened slightly so it looks even more natural than it did previously. 

Luscious and Voluminous Smooth Hair After Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

Here's a photo of me (and my hair) on a recent trip to Hong Kong. My hair is probably one of the most challenging hair textures that my friends and colleagues have seen so when it goes through such a huge transformation, they began asking where I did my hair even before I said anything. This is a testament to Jesly's great skill and I look forward to going back to Picasso Hair Studio in a few months to see what new magic she can do to my hair!

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