Top Korean Stylist Shares 3 Tips On How You Should Blowdry Your Perm For Maximum Volume

Published on Sep 11, 2019

Living in a country like Singapore with such humid weather has its pros and cons. While we love having the sun almost every day and being able to walk around in comfortable clothes, it can be difficult too.

Makeup melts as we sweat, we feel tired because of the heat, and our hair can get really flat because of the sweat or oil! Though many Asians have thick hair, there are also many of us who have fine hair. In fact, it is very common to have a thick head of fine hair, which means we have a lot of hair but the individual strands are thin. Fine hair often lies flat and the lack of volume is unflattering, making our face look larger and more lethargic.

There are many tips and tricks to add volume to hair, including hair sprays, backcombing and dry shampoos. However, all these require lots of work and the constant use of products can damage your hair and leave a residue on the scalp.

A perm is possibly the best and most hassle-free option. It adds shape and style to hair while increasing volume without requiring too much styling. It doesn't mean that you won't need any styling, just a lot less. For a perm to look good, you still have blowdry o maximize volume and minimize frizz. 

Top Korean Stylist Catherine from LeeKaJa Korean Salon shares 3 essential tips on doing that right.

Here's a quick recap: 

  1. Section your hair and twist it outwards for more defined curls. For more natural waves, use your fingers and to gently twist the mid section of your hair 
  2. Use a roller to give your fringe some extra volume
  3. Apply serum to keep the curls frizz-free 

Read about Agent R's experience below. 

FYI, the photos were taken in Walking on Sunshine before Catherine moved to LeeKaJa Korean Salon

Hi, I'm Agent R, currently working in a global Japanese beauty company as a Demand Planner.

Limp and Dry Hair Before Perm at Walking on Sunshine

Though my hair looks okay from the front, I really dislike the way it looks from behind - limp and dry. Having had this hairstyle for a long time, I was ready for a change.

Limp and Dry Hair Before Perm at Walking on Sunshine

Through word-of-mouth recommendations from colleagues, I heard that Catherine from Walking on Sunshine/LeeKaJa Korean Hair Salon was a great stylist. So when Beauty Undercover contacted me to ask if I wanted to get a perm by her, of course I agreed! 

Step 1: Consultation


I walked into the warm green salon and was greeted by Catherine. All the reviewers on Beauty Undercover who have had Catherine as their hairstylist rave about how gorgeous she is. She really is beautiful and that put me at ease since she clearly knows how to take care of herself! 

The interior design of the salon also made the place welcoming and cosy. There was even complimentary food and drinks. The menu was quite impressive. So more brownie points for this salon!

Hair Consultation at Walking on Sunshine

We started the consultation by discussing ways to make my hair look more lively and voluminous. 

Hair Consultation at Walking on Sunshine

Step 2: Wash


Before we began, she gave my hair a wash so that the perm lotion could be applied to clean hair.

The chair at Walking on Sunshine reclines automatically. How cool is that?

Hair Wash at Walking on Sunshine

Then came the wash.

Hair Wash at Walking on Sunshine

I loved that they provided a face cover not just for washing, but for the whole the perming process, too. It prevented my hair from poking my eyes and water from splashing onto my face. Not all salons are this thoughtful. I really appreciated this extra touch.

Tokio 0 Treatment Before Perm at Walking on Sunshine

Catherine then sprayed Tokio 0, a pre-treatment to protect my hair from the impending damage. 

Tokio 0 Treatment Before Perm at Walking on Sunshine

Tokio 0 is part of Tokio Inkarami, which is apparently one of the most popular treatments in LeeKaJa Korean Salon and Walking on Sunshine. 

Tokio 0 Treatment Before Perm at Walking on Sunshine

Step 3: Root Perm


Then, it was time to begin!

Knowing that I was very concerned about the flatness at the top of my hair, she started with a root perm.

Root Perm Process at Walking on Sunshine

Working in sections, Catherine carefully used small rollers to create tighter curls at the crown of my head. 

Root Perm Process at Walking on Sunshine

Don't worry that this will make my roots curly. It did not! 

Root Perm Process at Walking on Sunshine

It simply added texture to create the additional volume at the top.

Root Perm Process at Walking on Sunshine

Next, she applied a perm lotion and wrapped a plastic sheet over my hair to help speed up the developing process of the perm lotion.

Root Perm Process at Walking on Sunshine

This is actually a cold perm but to help the perm lotion better penetrate my hair and cut down my waiting time, she also used a circular heater to add a little bit of heat to accelerate the process.

Root Perm Process at Walking on Sunshine

Step 4: Setting Perm


The perm lotion was then applied to the rest of my hair so that part could be permed as well. The two-part process was because this portion of my hair couldn't be treated for as long as the healthier top section.

Setting Perm at Walking on Sunshine

It took a longer time but she was willing to go the extra mile which I was very grateful for.

Setting Perm at Walking on Sunshine

The lotion was applied right to the very tips of my hair. So meticulous!

Setting Perm at Walking on Sunshine

Another few minutes of waiting and then off for a rinse. 

Setting Perm at Walking on Sunshine

My hair was then blow-dried to prepare for part 2 of the perm.

Setting Perm at Walking on Sunshine

Using bigger rollers this time,

Curling Process at Walking on Sunshine

Catherine carefully rolled sections of my hair.

Curling Process at Walking on Sunshine

In no time, my whole head was done. She hooked me up to this machine that looked like something from Alien. It turned out to be another heater to warm up the rollers that would quicken the process. 

Curling Process at Walking on Sunshine

It looks like some kind of torture but it was really comfortable because the machine lifted the rollers to prevent me from feeling any of the heat.

Curling Process at Walking on Sunshine

Once the timer rang, which took only a few minutes, the rollers were removed to reveal ...

Curling Process at Walking on Sunshine

Crazy, right?

Not to worry, it was temporary. Catherine used a flat iron to tame the curls to make them look more natural.

Curling Process at Walking on Sunshine

Using clips to hold my hair while it set,

Curling Process at Walking on Sunshine

she applied some neutraliser to lock the style in place.

Curling Process at Walking on Sunshine

My last wait!

Curling Process at Walking on Sunshine

And the final wash.

Final Hair Wash After Perm at Walking on Sunshine

Step 5: Drying and styling


The last step of this lengthy process - blow-drying my hair.

Blow Dry and Styling at Walking on Sunshine

Catherine didn't just blow my hair dry, she gave me lots of tips on how I could better style my hair. 

Blow Dry and Styling at Walking on Sunshine

She was especially in depth about showing me how to twirl my hair with my hands while blow-drying it to keep the perm's shape.

Doesn't it look so much better now?

Blow Dry and Styling at Walking on Sunshine

Time for the great reveal!

Limp and Dry Hair Before Perm at Walking on Sunshine
How I Look After Getting Perm at Walking on Sunshine
How I Look After Getting Perm at Walking on Sunshine
How I Look After Getting Perm at Walking on Sunshine

The perm framed my round face so it appears slimmer, unlike my last perm which only made my face look rounder.

How I Look After Getting Perm at Walking on Sunshine

It looks sexy and well curled and is so easy to maintain.

How I Look After Getting Perm at Walking on Sunshine

Months into having this hairstyle, I still only have to twirl my hair around my fingers when drying it. Super simple!

How I Look After Getting Perm at Walking on Sunshine

As a bonus, my hair feels soft to the touch and still frizz-free thanks to the low-damage nature of this perm. 

I would definitely highly recommend the very skillful Catherine who is sure to give you the glam curls you're looking for!

Thank you once again Catherine from LeeKaJa Korean Hair Salon for the beautiful hair!

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