My Digital Perm Experience

Ever since high school, I’ve always wanted to get a digital perm after learning about them from the Soompi forums. (I spent a lot of time on Soompi back in high school.) But as a non-working high schooler, it was way out of my budget and when college rolled around, I completely forgot about it.

Then a few months ago, I was watching Alice Gao’s Instagram stories and I saw that she had been getting a digital perm with short hair. In the past, I had always assumed that a digital perm would only look good with long hair, and at this point in my life, I’ve come to terms that I do not like dealing with long hair.

I really loved how Alice’s hair looked, especially since the curls add so much volume. I really love having my hair on the shorter end, but one thing I’ve always had an issue with is how flat and thin it is. I’ve had super thin, straight hair my entire life and sometimes hair stylists ask me if I’m balding because my hair is so thin and lacks volume 🙁

After doing some research on salons in New York City, I made an appointment with Haruka at Hayato Salon in Flatiron. Since Haruka is at the director level, the price of the digital perm at the time of writing this blog post is $240 + tax and gratuity. I also got a haircut, which was included in the price.

The heat process of the digital perm!

Getting a digital perm is a very involved process and long process! I arrived at 11am and we didn’t finish until 1:30pm. The first step was getting my hair washed and cut. Then a chemical was applied to my hair and I had to wait a little bit before getting my hair washed again. Then a heat protectant was added and my hair stylist and her assistant wrapped my hair in the rollers.

Haruka did warn me that it would be a little heavy because of all the things they were putting on my head and it was definitely a noticeable amount of weight. They let the machine turn on and heat for 20 minutes and it was really hot. There was steam coming from my head, but Haruka and her assistant did a good job with adding cushion so that it wasn’t too uncomfortable. Fortunately the 20 minutes passed by quickly and after they unrolled my hair, they then sprayed down my curls with another liquid. After one more washing and blow drying, the perm was done!

A view from the front
A view from the side.
Yes I know, I have a lot of white hair.

I am in love with my hair and how the digital perm turned out! I love that my hair is short and now also has volume and texture. I can’t wash my hair for two days, so I’m currently not sure how time consuming or how much effort the maintenance and care will be, but I’ll put together another blog post for that.

Hayato New York
125 East 23rd Street, 2F
New York, NY 10010


  • ivana split
    January 20, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    I haven’t even heard of digital perm before but it sounds like a healthier option than the standard chemical one. I like how it looks on your hair. It does add volume and it reminds of vintage hairdos, the kind that were popular in the roaring twenties.

  • Rowena @ rolala loves
    January 21, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve heard of digital perms but didn’t know how they work. That’s a pretty interesting process and the lovely volume and texture added to your hair certainly looks worth it 🙂

  • ivana split
    January 22, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    have a lovely week ahead!

  • Panty Buns
    March 9, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Experiencing all the weight on your head and the twenty minutes of high heat while getting the digital perm sounds unnerving, but your hair came out looking very pretty!!!

  • Nahid Akhter
    March 30, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Really appreciate you sharing this blog post. Thank you! Keep writing. Cheers!

    Nahid |

  • Mica
    August 16, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Your hair looks so good! I had no idea you could get a perm with short hair either! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Hope that your week has been a good one and you have a nice weekend ahead of you 🙂

  • Nahid Akhter
    April 21, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post. Thank you for providing these details.

    Nahid |


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