Tried a shoulder length perm at Kimage. Here’s what my colleagues say about my new look!

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. 

> MUST-READ: How Kimage transformed my decade-long unchanged hairstyle (Part 1)

Kimage Tiong Bahru Digital Perm - 2 months
2018 Hair Transformation – First Digital Perm

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. 

Kimage Perm Before-After
2021 Hair Transformation – Shorter 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. 

Kimage Shoulder Length Perm


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!

Mid-length perm Singapore
Left: Immediately after perm | Right: 2 weeks later without styling

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.

Kimage Digital Perm
Here’s Chris Tan (Salon Manager of Tiong Bahru)


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. 

Shoulder length perm Kimage

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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