Posted by: loveandsplendor | September 2, 2008

fab finds for permed hair!

i did it! i actually subjected my unsullied, undefiled hair to the world of chemicals and processing. and you know what? i may be spoiled for life. last week i went to a popular koreatown salon to get a digital perm. although i was pretty terrified before, during, and the first 2 days after the process, i have no regrets and am very pleased with the results. the goal was to obtain luscious wavy curls that a) had staying power and b) were easy to maintain. so far, the digital perm has met both objectives!

one of my dear friends works in a salon and recommended the halo line of products specifically formulated for curly (natural & permed) hair. gotta protect the investment, right? it meets all of my needs in a hair product: smells delicious, is adorably packaged and it works! at $16-$18 per item, the price is not bad for professional hair care products.

shampoo, conditioner, and curl enhancing crème

best of all, the system is such a breeze to use! i wake up, use the shampoo & conditioner, and then towel dry my hair. after 10-15 mins or so, i rub a small amount of product all over my hair, from roots to tips. then, i twist my hair into sections. that’s it! i let it air dry and the look lasts all day. if i was one to spend time doing my hair, i’m sure a blow-drying with a diffuser would make the look even more polished. too bad i can’t bear to spend more than 15 minutes doing hair or makeup!

ok, ok… i’ll share a pic because i know the blog police won’t let me get away without one. πŸ˜‰

ta-da! this is me on saturday at a lovely wedding at the kellogg house. (such a charming venue, btw!) i’ll note that this is after 11 hours in 90 deg temps, so the hair is a bit wilted with sweat. πŸ˜‰ haha but i love it! easy, beachy hair without rollers or a curling iron.

and just for fun, here’s a pic with my darling asSIStant anna. she’s always asking why she doesn’t get enough press time on the blog… haha! i will do a fun interview with her soon so you can all get to know her a bit better. she’s a crucial part of the execution of each and every wedding i do and i’m so lucky to work with my little sis. ❀

me and my stunning sis!

hope you all had a fabulous labor day! xoxo, angel



  1. OMG! I love it. I’ve been dying to get a digital perm too! Where in Koreatown did you go?

  2. The hair looks amazing! Yes, yes, please do a special interview of your sis! πŸ™‚

  3. I am sooo jealous of your curls! I’ll admit I get a little freaked out when perms are mentioned (bad experience with a spiral perm at a young age), but yours is so natural. Lovely.

  4. Angel, you look fabulous! I love it! Love the pic you and your sis πŸ™‚ so cute!

  5. it turned out beautiful! love it! πŸ™‚

    I’m going to look into the halo products. I’m always up for products that will make my hair look nicer!

  6. Loooooove the hair! You look amazing.

  7. that is an adorable pic of you and anna. you’re both so gorgeous! love the curls.

  8. did you go to the kim sun young salon in ktown or somewhere else? i got a rainbow perm there a few years ago and it so didn’t look like that! now i’m tempted to try the digital perm! can you email me more info?

    btw: you and your lil sis are SO CUTE!

  9. looks great! i am totally growing my bleh-er wavy hair out for that low maintenance thing again.

    yes, please publish an interview of anna! πŸ™‚

  10. OH MY GOSH. I love it!!! I’ve been wanting a digital perm for almost a year now but seeing how I’m not Asian–with thick and luscious hair–I worry I’ll look like a wet cocker spaniel. You look fab and are rockin’ that look amazingly well! Perhaps I’ll sneak away to Koreatown soon! πŸ˜‰

  11. Can’t wait to hear all about your awesome sister! πŸ™‚


  12. suuupperr cute! πŸ™‚ love the beach blown curls look!

  13. i have naturally wavy hair and tried to get a straight perm once and let’s just say it was beautiful for about 2 weeks until my root grew out. wavy hair is soo casual, sexy and elegant.

  14. Stylish. Great look for you.

  15. I LOVE it Angel. Sooo jealous. I want hair like that. This is why I grew my hair long!! You have officially convinced me that a perm can be sooo 2000s and not stuck in the 90s!

  16. Angel, It looks FABULOUS!!! I can’t wait to see it in person! I’m convinced that I need to get another digital perm! You’ll have to tell me where you went since the salon where I got my first digi-perm is a few thousand miles away! πŸ˜‰

  17. Your hair looks amazing! I love halo products! Your sister was awesome at my wedding! Definitely can’t wait for the interview. πŸ˜€

  18. ADORABLE!!

    And that dress is forever right???? tried it on last week but i am too chunk for it. LOOKS WONDERUL ON YOU!

    Thanks so much for your kind comments last month about my mom. Really appreciate the support. Would love to get the name of your dad’s doctors if you don’t mind. When you get a moment email me.

    with a kiss,

  19. You look gorgeous!!!!! Can’t wait to read the interview with Anna– she is the sweetest πŸ™‚

  20. Angel,
    your hair looks great! I got a digital last year and it so didn’t look like this! πŸ™‚

  21. Lovely…funny how you always want what you dont have….i have wavy sometimes curly hair…and somedays i wish my hair was straight πŸ™‚

  22. hi! your hair looks good, just asking, where did you get your hair done…I want it too… Thanks!!

  23. […] coordinator told me about the digital perm a few months ago. She had hers done at a salon in LA and it turned out beautifully. I’ve wanted to try it since I saw how great her hair looks but I was totally scared. […]

  24. […] has advanced significantly since I was in sixth grade. I found out about the digital perm from Angel Swanson, wedding planner extraordinaire. Instead of the tight, uniform curls of 1988, the digiperm can give […]

  25. You guys are beautiful! I’ve been wavering on whether or not I should get a digital perm. I’ve been looking over this digital perm blog and found a lot of useful information. Mostly I’m scared of the damage, but your hair looks perfect!

  26. hi!
    would you mind telling me where you got your digital perm? i’m near koreatown for a few days and have been trying to find a good place for a digital perm. Yours looks great!!
    thanks much!!

    • Hi Jo! I got mine at Hair Day in KTown and would highly recommend! The girl who did mine doesn’t work there anymore, but I’m sure there are many stylists who can do them. πŸ™‚

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