Just like most 20-something girls out there, I’ve always treasured my long hair and promised myself I’ll never make the same mistake I made back in high school when Riri’s lob was in style. What I didn’t know then was that my semi-wavy, easily-frizzed hair was just never meant for a short style like that. I was also never a fan of chemically-straightening my hair because I knew once my hair grew out, the half straight/smooth-half wavy/frizzy look just wouldn’t stick and it would be too much of a commitment to keep straightening my hair. PLUS i had finally come to terms with my waves which sometimes turn into sexy beach hair or date-night ready hair in an instance, I knew big hair was me and it’s something all my friends identify me with -my long, naturally wavy hair.
But by the start of 2016, I was starting to get bored of my hair. Over the past few years, I’ve tried everything from layers to no-layers until I exhausted every style I could with my long hair. Being someone who dreads getting trims (in fear of the hairstylist chopping off more than expected), you can simply imagine how damaged and dry my ends were after multiple times of dyeing my hair, soaking up the sun and chlorine in swimming pools. Being the busy bee that I am as well, I hardly have time to properly moisturize my hair or put on a hair mask once every 2 weeks, so yes, imagine that.
After a couple months of deliberating and consultation (by friends, colleagues and my mom), I decided on The Big Chop. Nothing too drastic (by that I mean Halle Berry) of course, more like just a shoulder length Kim K/Ciara kinda do’. So I braved myself for the day and did it and boy, did it feel good. However, I knew I needed to improvise it (no thanks to my confused wavy/frizzy hair).
That is when I decided to get a perm. Yes, a PERM! For all 23 years of my life I had never considered a chemical process upon my tresses but after seeing the effects of short hair on me (although I was incredibly pleased with how it looked on non-humid days), but I knew getting a perm meant I didn’t have to keep blow-drying my hair and loading it up with serums and sprays just so it stays put during my partying nights. To end this horror, I turned to Centro W Salon at The Gardens Mall. I was then assigned to Han, a Senior Stylist who guided me throughout deciding what I wanted and how I was going to achieve it.
I explained to him how much I loved my natural waves but hated how it reacted to humidity. He then explained to me that because my hair was shorter and lighter now, it made my waves frizz easier (ahha!). He suggested that I get a body wave, basically an improved and tighter version of my natural waves, so that I wouldn’t even have to spend time taming my hair after washes (I told him how lazy I was, of course). He also said it would be good for me so that as my hair grows the perm will grow out into my natural waves (win-win). I loved the idea and without a doubt, trusted my hair into his hands!
I was given a trim before the process started as he told me that my hair wasn’t of the same length and how certain parts had to be shorter so that the waves get some volume at the bottom. Han and his assistant started out the processes, I do wish they explained a little more about each step as I was pretty clueless (being a chemical/heat treatment newbie). But they did handle my hair with utmost care, checking up on it every minute of every step. It really helped that the ambience was calming with free-flowing green tea and music that wasn’t too loud nor too soft, I managed to read through the whole process without the annoying buzz of noise-drowning hair-dryers and such.
After 4 gentle hair washes, 4 different steps and almost 4 hours of waiting, the process was finally complete. Han taught me a few tricks to drying my hair and having the waves stay for a longer time after a wash and so on. It’s been more than a week now, and I must say his tips and tricks have saved the days for me. I now only have to wait for my hair to dry naturally, add a little cream/serum and voila! I get my waves minus the frizz no matter where I’m at. I also love it because it complements me really well, just like how my natural hair would. Of course, when I do have the time, I spend it on blow-drying my hair a little to give it an extra oomph, just like how Han said it would be. Overall, it’s a job well done by Han and the team at Centro W Salon. And I might just keep the short do’ for a while before growing out my hair again!
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