It's a dilemma as old as time itself: can short bleached hair be permed and not come off looking obiang? This Author can recall many a time when the desire to do something drastic to my hair was overwhelming, but I restrained myself at the last minute every time that fear of looking more Kampong-Aunty crept into my veins(terminology?)
Now that these short beautiful curls are back, and chic-er than ever with the help of advanced perm lotions, I'm finally thinking of taking the plunge to get that perfect sassy ringlet.
Here's why I'm doing it and why you, too, should consider going for the chop and getting yourself a short sassy perm!
When you think of perms, the first images popping up in your mind's eye might probably be one of perfectly coiffed K-drama princess curls, or the more subtle Japanese C-curl style neatly styled and arranged.
As gorgeous as they look, this isn't a style that fits everyone. While some of us are undoubtedly feminine, there are others among us who identify more with being a Strong Sassy girl. Yes we like to indulge in our femininity once in a while but most of the time, we are someone you can't forget.
Not the type of girl to sit back and let you do the talking, we know what we want and will voice our opinions and actually go for it.
Guess what type of hairstyle suits the Sassy girl? Yes, the dynamic Sassy Ringlet of course.
This perm gives you the freedom to blend two styles or more to create a more unique and creative look. And while you might think two styles might feel like overkill, due to the short length of the hair, the end result will more likely come across natural, effortless, and chic.
Who hasn't at least once in their life dreamt of rocking that effervescent, stylish, cool rocker/biker chick look? You know, the one where it looks like she's literally rolled out of bed and just casually tousled it lightly on the way to grabbing her morning pour-over coffee, curls sweeping down over her Tom Ford aviator shades, seemingly taking no time and effort in prepping it at all?
Well, although we don't all have access to Hollywood makeup artists at our bedside at the ready to give us a touch up as we awaken, we can at least give ourselves a head start in the morning prep routine by already having our perms in, which means that instead of spending hours in the A.M. in front of a mirror struggling with a curling iron in our cramping arms, all we'd have to do is tousle the hair and gently finger curl the strands while blow-drying the head. And even if the style you had originally planned would require extra care and attention with the use of some other styling tools, it'll still be a much faster process in total because of the short hair length.
The other benefit of chopping the stale long locks would be to give your hair a little reboot with fresh, healthier tresses. This is the perfect perm for hair scarred from previous damage from bleaching or colouring; as long as the hair closer to the scalp remains healthy, this short perm would definitely work for you, and you'd already refresh your whole look after the initial chop. with this healthier crop of hair, it would also result in a better overall perm, with bouncier curls, longer lasting perm, and a better shape overall.
Three words for why This Author has refrained from perming as often as she would like: It. Is. Expensive.
If you are a chronic long-hair-wearer like myself, you’ll know that perms for longer hair can range from upwards of S$300, which is a hefty bomb to sink in one go especially if you’re not sure of the end result. With a shorter cut, depending on the salon, perms can run around S$200, which is a significant amount of savings especially if it is your first time giving perms a try!
Another benefit of starting the perm with short hair: without the extra weight of the hair (looking at you, Thick Haired Gals) the permed curls are likely to last longer and stay bouncier longer. This means longer intervals between touch ups to keep the perm looking lively, which – cha-ching – means more savings for you!
Let’s see how Agent K fared when she went for her Advante Perm Experience!
Heya, my name is Kyn! I’m currently 21 years old, a Year 2 Uni Student studying Business Management.
Since I was in Upper Secondary School, I started dyeing my naturally black hair a range of brown colours all by myself, but of course, I have to do it without getting caught by my school’s discipline master. As such, I was constantly touching up my hair as soon as my black roots became obvious to maintain my “bleached from chlorine” hair. After a while I stopped to give my hair a break when I realised my hair was getting drier and irreparably damaged.
Fast forward a couple years later, I started getting itchy fingers again when I was a third year in Poly. I really wanted to change up my appearance, and so I went blonde. I even experimented with Perming beforehand, again when I was a second year in Poly, but the curls and final product didn’t last very long either, only about 1-2 months.
At this point in my hair journey, I’m not really doing DIY hair dyeing at home anymore as I am able to save up some money to get my hair done properly at salons. I usually visit salons recommended by Beauty Undercover as I am really picky with who handles my hair, and I really appreciate the in-depth review by the team. I also do enjoy the deals under BU, helping me save quite a bit of money as I am still a student. The last few salons I visited were all from BU and I had great experiences with them. So when Beauty Undercover organised a giveaway on their IG, I was one of the first to participate.
Guess what, lucky me actually WON the Advante Perm giveaway!
The staff here at BU work really fast... they arranged a visit for me at Act Point Salon @ Midpoint Orchard a few days after informing me about the win. Legit the littest thing to happen in 2020!
As Agent G mentioned, coming here felt strangely like home.
Even though it was a complimentary giveaway, I was glad to find that the service here was no less warm.
From the first moment I entered, the stylists welcomed and treated me like a long lost friend.
No hardselling, upselling or judgment during diagnosis of my hair condition.
Without even mentioning anything, my stylist could tell that my hair ends had been bleached twice in the past!
Most other salons will have rejected my hair for a perm but not Act Point Salon. They had recently adopted a new perm that would enable them to perm even hair that is bleached multiple times, the miraculous Advante Perm. This is the whole point of the giveaway actually. As stated in the article, "the Advante Perm is so low damage that it can perm even bleached hair. In fact, it is so revolutionary simply because it does not require the cuticles to open in the first place". To give you an idea of how unique Advante is, Shiseido, L'Oreal Extenso, Arimino Cosme and other well-known perm lotions can only work at high pH of above 7.5 to 9 to open the cuticle. Advante, on the other hand, works at only pH 4-6. This means that it can modify the hair structure WITHOUT opening the hair cuticles, resulting in less damage and softer perms that will NOT become frizzy over time.
OK, enough of the technical details. Point is that it CAN perm bleached hair!
It is then the stylist asked if I had any style I had in mind. Truth be told, I'm not really sure what I really want.
You know, I just wanted to do SOMETHING to make my hair look better. I casually suggested if I should get the tips of my hair permed. The stylist advised me against it as it would give my head a very triangular shape.
I must have come across pretty daring and cheeky because he suggested something out of the ordinary for me: the Sassy Ringlet.
This isn't suitable for everyone but I think you are one of the few who can pull off the cute, cheeky and sassy short perm!
As I have an oblong shaped face, the tighter curls will balance and make my face look more oval-shaped. Tighter curls are also more ideal and value-for-money as these curls can last for a longer period of time.
I’m not sure what others would feel hearing your stylist suggesting tight curls as its usually associated with ‘ajuma hair’, but I trusted the process.
The first thing we did was a haircut. Even though my hair is pretty short already, the stylist had to trim a little more to create the layered curls he was envisioning in his mind.
Once the cut is complete, he lowered the chair and began the wash.
I didn't even need to move from my seat!!
Let me tell you, this is no ordinary recliner seat.
The cushions at the back of my head was just so comfy and fluffy... its like WOW!
The stylist gave my hair a thorough cleanse and pre-treatment before getting me back upright and embarking on the next step: Wet cut.
After the cut, was time to apply the special Advante Perm Lotion.
We started by applying it to only the bottom half of my head.
After we let the bottom half start the process, we then moved on to the Upper Section of my hair – and even then only applying it to the middle section first, actively avoiding any super dry or bleached and damaged portions.
Now for this first round of perm lotion to heat for 10 mins with the Dyson hairdryer.
Then we reapplied a second round of the Advante Mixture, now including the bleached sections of my hair.
A second round of heating for 10 mins with hairdryer! Followed by a rinse off.
Thank you for the visor!
I love how every detail is well taken care of here.
Time for the rollers! We tested a tiny portion of my hair to make everything was going right.
Success! Time to get the rest of the hair in order!
The stylist started by using bigger rods on the lower sections of my hair especially closer to the scalp.
And for the upper section that was closer to my fringe area he chose smaller rods.
This may look scary but I assure you it’s just a perfectly typical Digital perm setting!
As a result of the Advante Perm Lotion, we set the hair at 40 degrees for 20mins.
YES 40 DEGREES CELSIUS... barely hotter than your room temperature water.
Just in case you didn't know, traditional perms would be setting my hair at 100-200 degrees.
40 degrees meant that my hair will now have a lot less damage!
After the time was up they let my hair cool down and set for about 10 mins!
Time to remove the rollers…we’re getting close to the finish line!
The stylist applied some Neutraliser, so that the curls are secured and set nicely.
A last rinse off with cool water, and an Express Hair Treatment which was left in for 5 mins.
It looks curly when its wet but here's a peek of the final result:
Thank you Act Point Salon and Beauty Undercover for this gorgeous hair.
Loving the final result!
I'm getting used to the look and feel and I'm also learning new ways of styling the look to suit my everyday routine!
I was taught to style it at home by flipping my hair upwards, blow drying up, or to use a roller and lift it at my parting to create more volume.
What do you think? Does it suit me?
Keen to try the above perm? Act Point Salon is having the following promotion:
28% off Advante Perm + Homecare Treatment NOW $250 (U.P. $350)