I’d been so busy to care about my hair and it had grown long, straight, thick and boring. A few weeks ago, I forced myself to take time off for my hair and visited Kimage at Tiong Bahru. If you can recall, I’d a successful hair transformation in 2018 at the same salon. Unfortunately, the stylist who gave me a nice perm left shortly after I visited him.
That’s okay because Chris Tan from the same salon would give me a nice perm too. This time around, she recommended a shorter perm, or specifically a shoulder-length perm. Actually, I was quite wary but told myself to be open-minded. Never try, never know, right?
Read on to check out my before-after transformation by Chris from Kimage (Tiong Bahru).
Update (Jul 2021): This post was first published on 6 June. It is updated to share how the hair looks like after 6 weeks. Scroll down to view.
Before-After Hair Transformation (Shoulder Length Perm)
Now, check this out – a hair transformation from straight long hair into a shoulder length perm.
Quite a big change, isn’t it? I guess I’m embracing a lifestyle full of changes. LOL! In any case, the reason why Chris recommended a shorter perm was that, well, it would grow out mah! I prefer a longer perm, but do appreciate that a good part of my really dry and unhealthy mane was chopped off.
Actually, throughout the whole process, I was very concerned if my hair would be fried. Because the state of my hair then – after going through so many chemical jobs – was quite bad. I kept asking Chris if my hair could really go through another round of chemical job. She examined my hair and said it would be okay.
Dedicated and Dependable Hairstylist
I have to commend Chris, as I could see how she took the trouble to examine my hair at various stages of the process, to ensure my hair would come out in good form. Another thing I like about this experience was how, despite the fact that she had to attend to several walk-in customers, managed to complete the job within 3 hours.
This is no easy feat, as if you can read from the earlier account, this perm job went through multiple process including rebonding the new roots of my super-thick hair and perming the bottom half.
Since we are talking about stages, let me show you some of the photos I took during the perm job.
Stages of Digital Perm at Kimage, Tiong Bahru
Yes, you can imagine my fear when I first saw how short my hair was when the curls were first released. And the next fear was how “pong” (voluminous) the hair then became – like an inverted fan.
It was really a guessing game then about what I would eventually get towards the end of the service.
My Newly-Styled Hair went into Soft Lockdown
Coincidentally, Singapore went into Phase 2 Heightened Measures (soft lockdown) a week after and I didn’t have much chance to “showcase” my hair. LOL!
But the few colleagues who saw my new hairstyle in person said I looked great. One commended I looked like a doll – not quite sure what kind of doll he was referring to, though. :)
In any case, I could still “show off” my hair during zoom meetings. So the $260 is still well-spent!
For info, the image you see on the left was when I just stepped out of salon. The right image was taken a few weeks later with absolutely no styling. Not even blow-drying. Yes, I love low-maintenance hair. :)
I also love stylist who is diligent, upfront and transparent about pricing. Hope it would stay this way for Kimage, Tiong Bahru! :) Thanks, Chris! I will visit you again.
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Post-Update (After 6 Weeks)
I’m republishing this 6 weeks after the perm to show you how the hair looks like now. I love it even more! The curls is now more natural-looking and the length is just right at this point.
Want to join me in this crab feast at Jumbo, Singapore? The crab was huge and due to dine-in restriction, it was to be shared by only 2 pax. :) The chilli sauce was really good, and you get to enjoy the sea view when you dine! It was a lovely dinner! :)
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(This post was first published on 6 Jun and last updated to include latest hair images.)
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