Two names we often hear as types of perms are “digital perm” and “air wave. People often say things like, “Because it’s a digital perm, it lasts longer,” or “Because it’s an air wave, it’s gentler on the hair,” but what is the actual difference between the two? Here we will introduce the difference between air wave and digital perm, which many people often hear but do not know.
Digital perms use heat to create a firm style.
Advantages of digital perm
Disadvantages of Digital Perm
Air wave uses wind to create a loose style
Merits of Air Wave
Demerits of Air Wave
Digi-perm creates a firm style with heat.
Both are an evolution of the traditional perm, but digital perms have a longer history. A digital perm is a perm in which the hair is shaped by curling it with heated lots. The chemicals used are stronger than those used in conventional perms, and the temperature applied to the hair is higher, at about 100°C (100°F). This is why some people feel hot while having a perm.
Advantages of Digital Perm
- Firm curls can be created.
Stronger chemicals and high temperatures make it possible to create firm curls, making it easy to style even for people with hair types that are difficult to perm.
- Long-lasting perms
The perm does not easily fall off when shaped with heat, so the style lasts longer.
Disadvantages of Digital Perm
- Styling requires some tricks.
Digital perms have a tendency to curl strongly when dry and grow slack when wet. Therefore, it is necessary to dry the hair thoroughly when styling, and to wrap the hair around the fingers or lift the hair to make the curls come out easily.
- Cannot be applied to the roots.
Because of the high temperature applied to the hair, it cannot be applied to the roots.
Air waves create a loose style in the wind.
Next is Air Wave, a further evolution of the digital perm, which, as the name implies, is a perm that uses the force of wind to fix and shape the curls. The chemicals used are weaker than those used in conventional perms, and the temperature applied to the hair is as low as 50°C, so it is difficult to feel the heat during the treatment, but some people are bothered by the sound of the wind.
Advantages of Airwave
- Less damage
The chemicals are weak and the heat applied to the hair is low.
- Can be applied from the root
Because the heat applied to the hair is low, unlike digital perms, it is possible to raise the roots of the hair.
Since the appearance of the perm does not change whether the hair is wet or dry, the style can be easily recreated by simply drying the hair.
Disadvantages of Airwave
- Not good at creating firm curls
Air Wave is characterized by a loose finish, so it is not good at creating firm curls. People who have difficulty getting perms may have difficulty getting curls.
- Perm does not last long
Compared to digital perms, perms are said to last longer.
These are the differences between digital perm and air wave. Comparing them, both have their merits and demerits. Consult with the style you want to have and the quality of your hair, and choose the perm that suits you best!