In addition to the traditional perm, known as a cold perm, digital perms are becoming more common these days. When trying to get a perm, the choice between the two will depend on the quality of your hair and the styling you are aiming for. Let’s take a look at how to choose, including the advantages and disadvantages.
Difference between the two perms
Common perms, also called cold perms, create waves in the hair by the action of chemicals without the application of heat. In contrast, a digital perm uses chemicals and heat to create strong waves and curls. Cold perms lose their waves in about one to two months.
However, a digital perm lasts from three months to six months in some cases. The price for a digital perm is considerably higher, but it may be more economical considering that it lasts longer.
Perm according to hair quality
Since hair quality varies from person to person, there are differences in suitable perms. Cold perms are good for people whose hair easily gets wavy even with a hair dryer and whose perms usually do not come off easily. On the other hand, if you have hard hair and need more time to get a perm, you may want to go for a digital perm.
Which perm you choose should be decided after consulting with your hair stylist about your hair quality and styling.
Perm selected by styling
People with short hair cannot have a digital perm. The device itself, which acts as a lot to curl the hair, generates heat, so short hair may cause scalp burns. Also, with digital perms, curls are generally applied to the ends of long hair.
Cold perms, however, have no restrictions on hair length. As long as the hair is at least 3 cm long, perms can be applied. The nuance of the curl will be clear and distinct with a digital perm.
Cold perms will give both curls and waves a fluffy look. Cold perm is recommended for a feminine look.
We have described the characteristics of digital perms and cold perms, and you can see that each perm has different ease of application and atmosphere. Please refer to this page if you are planning to have a perm in the future.