Back at the beginning of the year, I decided to try and research some (Hawaii) salons again, haha. I found a Yelp review for the digi perms at Terra by Afloat from someone I actually casually knew! We're not good enough friends where I had her number and could just text her and ask all kinds of questions, but I do know that she's really trustworthy, and her review was very well written. Seems like she was really happy with her digi perm and even went to get another after 10 months! That was good enough for me, and I decided that I would get one at Terra by Afloat.
That was back in January....and I got really lazy and didn't want to dish out the money at the time so I put the idea on the side. However, last month, I was looking at my long hair and how gross the texture is when I don't do anything to style it.
|You can see the weird uneven waviness in the middle section but the bottom is stick straight|
He sat me down in one of the chairs and talked to me about the texture of my hair - whether I had colored it, had I ever gotten a straight perm before? Things like that. He said that it shouldn't be too much of a problem, and the perm should work, but we would have to take some length off the ends. I was totally fine with that because my ends are quite horrible anyway. I fight so hard to keep the long length, but I know that it doesn't look good if you have a million split ends lol. (Also I'm just generally lazy to keep getting hair cuts...and don't want to spend money on it.) Anyway, before I leave the salon after the quick consult, I make an appointment for the next weekend. The estimated time of the appointment was 3 hours.
The parking is a bit hard...I ended up being dropped off and picked up for both my consult and actual digi perm appointment, but if the front area is full (only a few spaces there anyway), it's hard to say where you should park. Whenever I went, it was quite full (the first time there was even a delivery truck for another store and it took up a LOT of space), and I was glad to have been dropped off.
I showed up 2 minutes late for my appointment (I know! So bad -__- but there was an accident on the freeway :| I would have been early if not for that), and Tomo took me right away when I walked in.
Next, he and another stylist who was available applied a smelly chemical (with gloves) that had to sit for about 7 minutes. (Glad that two people worked on this because it has to be very thorough, and it helped make it quicker!) This is the part that I think some people complain about, but it wasn't TOO bad for me because the AC in there circulates the hair pretty well. I'm not super sensitive to smell though. It didn't burn as far as I can tell, and I wasn't too bothered by it. Plus, I liked that Tomo told me about how long I'd have to sit with it on so I didn't have to guess or speculate about it.
After the 7 minutes, they rinsed the chemical out, and there might have been another shampoo?
My hair was towel dried, and then Tomo applied the curlers. I'm not sure what each of the things in this part of the process are, but I'll try to explain it based on what I saw. He sectioned off my hair and then used this thing that looked like oil-blotting paper (for your face?) and put that at the ends of the hair and rolled my hair up with the round curler. At the end, he placed another oil-blotter thing and then secured it with rubber bands. That happened for all of my hair. Then, he used these long plastic things and stuck them through the rubber bands on the curlers so they would line up. (See pictures below lol. Sorry that was a horrible explanation.) He also put larger curlers inside the hair, close to my face so that the curlers wouldn't sit flat and directly touch my skin.
Anyway, hopefully these pictures will help explain a little better what I was talking about. After he set everything up, he "plugged in" all the curlers. There's a little tiny machine with all these cords and stuff coming out of it. The plugs go directly into the curlers in my hair.
Then it's washed out! Another shampoo, and maybe conditioner as well. Hair is towel dried a bit and then the two other female stylists went to work at blow drying my hair. For like 10-15 minutes lol! It took a really long time. And blow driers are hot lol. Especially two at once. I guess it saved time but yeah that was definitely warm even with the AC on. They are very thorough with this part. Tomo came in at the end to check on it and dry a few pieces himself. He asked me "Do you blow dry your hair?" I said, "Uhhh sometimes lol". He said, "Please try." Lol. And briefly showed me how to twist the hair when blow drying to style it. I asked him if I should be applying any product before blow drying and he said hair oil/heat protection or leave in conditioner is fine, but DON'T use mousse. Also, don't get my hair wet for 24 hours.
And then the appointment was over! I paid and left.
So....after a few days, I gave up trying to use my blow dryer lol. My hair kept coming out super frizzy and DRY despite the heat protector I put on it. And I couldn't replicate the curls I had when I left the salon. Also, I don't have AC in my house so I can't possibly blow dry my hair for more than a few minutes at a time lol. And plus, blow drying is a little high maintenance for me...lol. I decided to just see how my hair would turn out if I just let it air dry while still trying to use the twisting technique. My hair routine after showering now includes no heat at all.
Thank you, Terra by Afloat! I visited the branch by Ala Moana, but they also have one now in Waialae on 10th Ave, and also (the original?) location in Japan! Apparently one in NY coming soon as well.
Terra by Afloat, Ala Moana
560 Pensacola St. #3,
Honolulu, HI 96814