The moment I met Lois, my Korean Director Stylist, on my 3rd visit to Kenjo, I went on and on about how I wanted to neaten it by either straightening it out or volumizing it because I wanted to look nice in the photos that would be taken in Hong Kong – our first family of 4 holiday which was happening in 2 days.
Without me having to do much convincing, she said my hair was in good condition to do what she had in mind: a Volume C Curl Perm. “Really?” I gushed. I couldn’t contain my excitement. Not only did those Mucota treatments finally pay off in making my hair healthier, I was actually going to be able to have my hair permed!
And in case you’re wondering what’s the big deal about having permed hair, let’s just say after so many years of having straight, flat and limp looking hair which only makes me look more haggard on days I don’t bother to stand in front of the mirror to do full make-up (which is exhausting BTW, and who has the time when you have 2 kids who wants your attention constantly?), and watching too many Korean dramas; having permed hair with a C-curl (inwards) without needing to make a trip to the salon (like ’em Korean celebrities) on a daily basis, has been the goal since.
Besides, the husband and seemingly Liam too, have always been fans of me in curls whenever I go for a wash-and-blow at the salon for special occasions. After getting a really bad first perm on impulse over 2 years ago (just days prior to Ollie’s manyue) which left me in tears because I looked like Lulu’s twin that I had to gel my hair as straight as I could for the next 3 weeks until I could straighten it back out; I’ve also been extremely cautious when it comes to perming unless it’s a salon which can show me exactly what they will be doing (i.e.: Kenjo). Which was why hearing those words uttered by Lois, my Korean Director Stylist: “today I will do Volume C Curl Perm for you” was music to my ears!
We started with the usual hair wash and second assessment of the hair (which I like, just to double-check on the hair’s condition when it’s wet) and kick-started with the first step of the 3-step Mucota treatment to protect my healthy hair.
A coat of ‘Adel’ was applied for 10 minutes before I was whisked away for another wash & blow.
Next, Lois snipped and shape my hair in preparation for the Volume C-Curl perm and gave the hair another coat of Mucota Dyna goodness which was meant to aid my hair in staying soft and smooth and retain moisture prior to the perm.
And then on went the hair rollers, which got me excited! I was curious to know what the outcome would be!
Although when the hair rollers first came off, I got a tad bit nervous that it looked way different from Song Hye Kyo’s in Descendants of the Sun…
That even a smile couldn’t salvage it much…
And then it started looking promising again…
I was absolutely relieved to see the top portion of my hair being straightened, in lined with the Volume C-Curl Perm I had in mind…
I couldn’t believe that I used a box full of rollers for my perm that I had to pose with it 🙂
And before I knew it, my hair was rolled up with a different set of rollers again….
Followed by the final 2 steps of the 3-step Mucota treatment to repair and protect the hair while creating a lustrous hair base.
After a total of 4 hours, some butt cramps, slight hunger pangs (only because I refused to have a big meal prior or snack on the cookies offered) and tips on how I could just twist the curls loosely while blowdrying my hair later… I just kept going “wow, wow, wow”, in disbelief that Kenjo had achieved and surpassed what I had in mind. It was surprising to also know that maintaining this soft and natural look was not too much of a chore (trust me, I’ve been at it for near to a month and I’ve no complaints).
My hair had volume, looked smooth and shiny with a gorgeous C at the end alright. Friends who noticed something different about me in the photos posted on Instagram over the next few days started asking if I permed my hair and if I could show them more photos. Two of them couldn’t resist and mentioned that they wanted to book in appointments for a Volume C-Curl Perm pronto.
It’s been about a month since I’ve permed, yet I’ve been able to come up with a few “looks” with the new hair ranging from the usual day-to-day towel-drying and twisting of hair ends while blasting the hair dryer on my hair to “set” the shape for about 5 minutes…which I do on work days; to spending a little more time with a round brush and hair dryer on the weekends or special occasions. Considering I can get rather lazy and like my getting ready routine to be as fuss-free as possible, this perm has been relatively easy to maintain. Even on days when I can only be bothered to blow dry for less than 5 minutes, it looks fine too.
The husband has been all thumbs-up since the Volume C-Curl Perm, and he’s agreed wholeheartedly to install a hairdryer in our new bathroom when we shift next year (after seeing how much effort I was willing to put in to blow dry my hair nicely in our hotel’s bathroom in Hong Kong). I’m loving the touch of elegance and femininity the new hair gives me.
If you’re looking for some volume and movement in your hair, or if you’ve always been in awe of your favourite Korean actresses’ hair, or you’re just looking for a hair change, you have 3 more weeks to get it done and look awesome for your CNY 2017. Remember to look for Lois if you’re making an appointment with Kenjo (at least you know she did my hair and has lots experience in doing so – you can check out her portfolio on their Facebook page) and quote my name ‘Natasha’ to get 15% off your 1st visit.
68 Orchard Road, #04-72, Plaza Singapura (New Wing), Singapore 238839
Phone: 6238 8083
This post is brought to you in collaboration with Kenjo Korean Hair Salon. No monetary compensation was received, only hair services which was recommended by assigned Director Stylist. All opinions and photos are my own.