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The Japanese perm is gaining popularity as a revolutionary hair treatment that creates soft, natural-looking curls that can last for months. It certainly isn’t surprising; unlike traditional perms, which can be harsh and damaging, the Japanese perm uses gentle formulas that are kinder to your hair.

Interested in Japanese perms and are considering to requesting for it at your next hair appointment? Here’s an article that will guide you through everything you need to know about Japanese perms, including the different types available, the benefits of getting one, and the aftercare tips you need to follow to maintain your gorgeous curls.

Types of Japanese Perms

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There are three main types of Japanese perms available. Learn their names and what they’re like so you won’t be completely clueless when you speak to your hairstylist!

  • Digital perm: This type of perm uses heat to activate the perming solution, which results in tighter, more defined curls.
  • Cold perm: This type of perm uses a cold perming solution, which is gentler on your hair and creates looser, more natural-looking curls.
  • Air wave perm: This type of perm uses air to create curls, which is a good option for people with fine or damaged hair.

Benefits of Getting a Japanese Perm

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Why are people getting Japanese perms in 2024? The many benefits of the Japanese perm is probably why. Some of these benefits include:

  • Long-lasting curls: While traditional perms typically last for only about three months or even less, Japanese perms are known to last for up to six months. This means that you don’t have visit your hair salon as often for touch-ups, which doesn’t just save money but also save time!
  • Natural-looking curls: There are two things you want to avoid with curls – curls that are too harsh and curls that make your hair look messy and frizzy. Curls created by a Japanese perm are usually soft and defined, giving your hair a natural-looking wave, which makes it a popular option.
  • Minimal damage: We know that perms are a chemical treatment that can damage the hair – Japanese perms are no different. However, the gentle formulas used in Japanese perms are much less damaging than traditional perms.
  • Versatility: Compared to regular perms, Japanese perms can be customised to create a variety of looks, from loose waves to tight curls. This means that you can discuss with your hairstylist on a style that best complement your face shape and features.
  • Time-saving: Japanese perms are relatively easy to manage and style. What this means is that once you have your perm, you can spend less time styling your hair in the morning – and who doesn’t like sleeping in more in the morning!

Japanese Perm for Short Hair

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Do you have short hair? Here’s what to take note of when requesting for a Japanese perm:

  • Ideal for those who short hair that looks limp and flat, a Japanese perm can add volume and texture to your short hair. This helps you use less styling product in your hair – a win in our books!
  • You can opt for loose waves or tight curls, depending on your desired look. But note that curls will make your hair look even shorter than before, so it’s best that you discuss with your hairstylist to estimate how short your hair will look after the perm so you won’t be too surprised after it’s done.

Japanese Perm for Medium Hair

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If you have medium-length hair – congratulations! – it is the perfect canvas for a Japanese perm. Here are what to take note of when you go for a Japanese perm:

  • Since you have the perfect length for a Japanese perm, take the chance to experiment with different curl patterns and styles to find what looks best on you.
  • With a Japanese perm, you can achieve anything from beachy waves to cascading curls. Loose beach waves give a more effortless, laidback look that is suitable for exuding a free-spirited personality; on the other hand, cascading waves show off a more polished, elegant, and refined look that can be styled to look more sophisticated. Go for the one that aligns better with your personality and lifestyle.

Japanese Perm for Long Hair

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If you have long hair, a Japanese perm may be what you need to jazz things up a little and to reduce your time spent styling your hair every morning.

  • A Japanese perm adds volume and dimension to your hair so it looks thicker and fuller. Check with your hairstylist to manage the amount of volume you may want from the perm; for some people, a full head of long, voluminous hair can look overwhelming and be hard to manage.
  • Check with your hairstylist whether how your post-perm tresses will look when you want to put it up in a braid, ponytail or bun – these are hairstyles you might sport regularly when you want to keep your long hair out of the way when you work out or when the weather is too hot.

Aftercare Tips for Japanese Perm

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To maintain your gorgeous curls and keep your hair healthy, follow these aftercare tips:

  • Use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner: Sulfates can be harsh and strip your hair of its natural oils. Choose sulfate-free products specifically designed for permed hair.
  • Avoid heat styling: Heat styling can damage your hair and make your curls lose their shape. Limit your use of heat styling tools and use a heat protectant spray when you do use them.
  • Deep condition your hair regularly: Deep conditioning helps to restore moisture and prevent your hair from becoming dry and brittle. Deep condition your hair once a week, or as often as needed.
  • Get regular trims: Regular trims help to prevent split ends and keep your hair looking healthy. Get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks.
  • Be gentle with your hair: Avoid brushing your hair too often, as this can damage your curls. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair gently.
  • Protect your hair from the sun: The sun can damage your hair and make your curls fade. Wear a hat or use a UV protectant spray when you’re outdoors.

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