Hello, I'm Agent YY.
I recently graduated from NTU and is now a PE trainee teacher at a primary school.
As a sporty type of gal, I was never too concerned about looking glamorous and all that. It is more important to me that I look presentable and my hair easily manageable. Hence, I have been rebonding my hair since secondary school/JC. My hair isn't curly but I felt that rebonding will make my hair even neater, so that's what I did for the past 8 years and why my hair look like this now.
I didn't go to any specific salon but just random ones around the neighbourhood.
To be honest, it has served me well thus far just that I find it a little flat and boring sometimes.
Seeing Korean actresses pull off light perms and reading perm articles on Beauty Undercover however got me curious.
I don't want it to be too curly but a slight perm seems rather manageable. So I went into a random salon and got a perm.
Who knew that the perm did not last and the curls were all gone in less than a month!
Could you tell that I permed my hair?
The negative experience got me a little bummed. Was my frequently rebonded hair doomed to be straight?
I chatted with a friend about it and was recommended to try Picasso Hair Studio. Picasso is not only THE salon to go to for perms, they also recently started using Paimore GRATS Perm Lotion. I saw that they were looking for hair models for Paimore GRATS - its this new low-damage Japanese perm that could perm even hair that has been bleached 3-4 times. Given that my hair has been rebonded so many times, I thought that it would probably fit in that category. I shared my hair problems with them and was ecstatic when they asked me to come over to perm my hair!
So there I was on a weekday evening at their new outlet in Tanjong Pagar at Robinson Rd.
The stylist who attended to me is Ziwei. He looks relatively young but is already a Creative Director at Picasso Hair Studio!
And I can totally understand why. Instead of telling me I should do this or that, he made the effort to find out what I liked, whether I prefer to keep my fringe or cut it, and then came up with a style for me based on my preference.
I definitely want my hair to be manageable as I am not the most hardworking person with regards to styling.
As a PE teacher, I always have to tie my hair up in a ponytail anyway. This is why it is very important for me to have hair that is healthy and not frizzy so that I can easily tie my hair up even without combing it.
This is how my hair looks like before the service began.
Ziwei assured me that this perm has very low damage and will definitely not cause my hair to be frizzy. To make sure that it is easily manageable since I haven't really permed my hair before, he recommended for me to get a perm only on the second half of my hair to see if it is alright for me. He would not make it very curly to avoid problems with maintenance but encouraged me to go more curly for my future perms.
With his detailed explanation, I am all hyped up and excited to go ahead!
He started the hair service with a wash.
Back at the seat, he confirmed the hair length again with me to avoid any mistakes.
I wanted to keep my length so he snipped off only the damaged parts and trimmed a little to create the desired shape.
Once the haircut was done, Ziwei began the perm by applying the pre-treatment on my hair.
He made sure to apply generous amount of it and rubbed it to improve penetration.
He then applied heat to speed up absorption.
Once ready, he applied the perm lotion directly onto the hair.
Unlike normal perm lotions that open the cuticles with the alkaline solution, the perm lotion is acidic and yet is able to penetrate to the cortex of the hair and break the bonds WITHOUT even opening the cuticles - thanks to that, the hair suffers much less damage than usual.
Hearing how excited he is makes it clear how impressed Ziwei is with this new lotion!
Ziwei however shared that this perm is pretty revolutionary so the way he perms hair has to be different as well.
Unlike the old method of checking if the hair is ready for the next step, this Paimore GRATS requires stylists to curl a small section of the hair.
And unroll it after some time to see if the curls still stay.
Pretty interesting, isn't it?
Once he determined that my hair is ready, he brought me for yet another wash.
The next important part of the perm begins with Ziwei curling my hair.
In bigger sections this time, Ziwei rolled my hair halfway and clipped it up because he wanted to create looser curls on the second half of the hair instead of tight ones going up to my scalp.
With the help of another stylist, he curled the rest of my hair and hooked me up to this cheery Yellow machine.
Apparently this yellow machine is part of the perm. When used together with the Paimore GRATS lotion, it can perm hair at temperatures as low as 45 degrees celsius, which I thought was pretty low. Ziwei says normal perm machines heat the hair up to 120 degrees but this one uses special technology together with the lotion to achieve the same effect without that high a temperature.
I had to wait about 15-20 minutes though.
After it was removed, my hair looked a tad bit strange and definitely very curly. Would this turn out to be a perm disaster?
Well, it isn't the end product after all.
Ziwei loosened the curls and applied the neutralizer that will lock the curls in place.
I love how Ziwei took the effort to tell me what he was doing at every step so I didn't feel lost at all.
These small details made me very comfortable throughout the process.
One final wash and I'm almost done!
I could see that my hair was curly at this point but still don't know what the end result would be like.
Ziwei didn't just blow my hair dry, he took the effort to teach me how I can blow my hair back at home to achieve the same salon-worthy hair.
It took me a while to get the hang of it but he was patient in explaining the steps to me. That's not all. Ziwei even gave me a sheet of paper explaining how to take care of my hair after that... very thoughtful of Picasso, don't you think?
Before I show you my final hair outcome, here's a brief recap of how my hair looked before:
And now after:
As Ziwei promised, my hair wasn't too curly but had just a hint of volume and curls at the end for a more feminine vibe without affecting my daily life.
What do you think?
YES, I can finally got my hair permed successfully!
With the last disastrous no-curl perm, I thought my hair was doomed to be straight forever. I must really thank my lucky stars to find Picasso Hair Studio, which also miraculously had the right perm lotion for my hair.
Ziwei is not the most chatty stylist but he is a very skilled one, who takes the effort to explain what he does from the beginning till the end... and the result was just awesome! He thought about my lifestyle before designing the perm for me and the result: a loose perm I was hoping for on the second half of my hair that added volume and femininity!
I'm happy to say here that my curls are still holding strong after 2 months! (unlike my last perm, which disappeared in less than 1 month)
I love how this perm is super easy to manage and did not worsen my hair condition. My hair remains super smooth and not frizzy.
This is surprising to me, since my hair was not as smooth the last time I permed my hair and also because I thought that perm will damage my hair. Not this perm apparently!
Also, really grateful for Ziwei who taught me how to blow the curls. While it takes a little practice to get used to it, the blowdrying wasn't hard at all and doesn't take up too much time.
Overall, A Big THANK YOU to Ziwei and to Picasso Hair Studio! Thank you for such an enjoyable experience and giving me the curls I have always wanted to have!
Want to give Paimore GRATS a try?
The good news is that Picasso Hair Studio is one of the few salons that offer Paimore GRATS Perm as a complimentary upgrade!
For customers who want to opt for the superior perm, just let the stylists know. They will assess your hair to see if it is suitable and use Paimore GRATS accordingly!