Beauty and fashion are intrinsically linked with pop culture, and trends in hairstyles are no exception. At Hairloom, while we’re all about celebrating individuality, it’s still part of our ethos to constantly keep up with current techniques and looks to offer our customers our full versatility and expertise – especially when we receive specific requests regarding trends. And red-hot right now is the Korean perm: we’re seeing an uptick in the number of people requesting it. Are you interested to find out whether it’s for you? Here are some FAQs that can help you understand the Korean Perm trend! What is Korean Perm and how is it different from the usual perm?
- What people think of as the Korean Perm is usually achieved through techniques that result in a softer look – the Korean Perm is more natural-looking and feminine, whereas traditional perm techniques would result in curls that look stiff, hard and less ‘natural’ – you’d never mistake those as natural curls or waves. In extreme cases, think: ‘Maggi mee’ hair of the 80s and 90s, while Japanese perm techniques can also result in hair that tends to be dry and frizzy when applied imperfectly. So Korean perm is really all about the technique, and the difference in chemicals and tools used – and best of all, it doesn’t leave your hair dry or frizzy in the process.
Korean perm also has a focus on bounciness, volume and framing the face in a flattering manner (i.e. make it look smaller, also achieved through colouring techniques).
- Perming isn’t all about curls, too. Koreans have even revolutionized rebonding – it’s now known as body rebonding – the hair is still straight, but retains its volume or body. It’s not flat or plastered onto your scalp like what people still tend to think of when they think of rebonding.
- Another key difference is in its maintenance. Korean perms are famously low-to-no maintenance. There’s virtually no need for after perm care, and lasts really long – up to 6 months or more.