This Updated Perm Is Making Waves—Literally



We're a bit hypocritical when it comes to our morning beauty routines: We find applying makeup cathartic and satisfying, especially when we swipe on a bold lipstick, but when it comes to hair during a hurried morning—fuhgeddaboudit. Once our makeup is done, a bun, ponytail, or heavily dry-shampooed, three-day mane will do.  So if you came to us and told us that there was a treatment that would practically do our hair for us every day, we'd ask you where the sign-up sheet is. Well—turns out there's a treatment that actually puts permanent, loose, beachy waves in your hair for up to five months—the catch is, stateside, you can only get it NYC (we're sorry!). It's a really cool technique, though, so keep scrolling to see how it's done!

Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in NYC says that his is the first to bring the digital wave hair treatment to the United States. Instead of your typical perm, this process involves a special low-heat curling iron that rotates the hair around a pipe-like apparatus while it heats the hair evenly. The result? Soft, natural looking waves. Check out the process below:

We caught up with Saviano to answer our burning questions about the treatment.

BYRDIE: How long does the process take?

Nunzio Saviano: The process can take anywhere between two and two and a half hours depending on the length and thickness of hair.

BYRDIE: Are the chemicals damaging to the hair?

NS: The chemicals are not damaging as many protectants are used as part of the process to reduce damage.

BYRDIE: Can clients who get the treatment straighten their hair afterwards?

NS: Clients are able to straighten their hair afterwards but I do not recommend they do it often because it can decrease the life of wave. The wave typically lasts between three to five months.

BYRDIE: How should clients maintain the waves?

NS: Use a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and I recommend using a diffuser rather than rough drying.

BYRDIE: Does this technique work on all hair types?

NS: The technique works on all hair types but does not work as well on double-processed hair. The ideal hair type is straight hair with no body.   

BYRDIE: What should people who are contemplating getting the treatment know before getting it?

NS: Customers should know that the process is not damaging but they should take into consideration the length in which the waves can last.

We're pretty intrigued by this treatment and love the idea of not having to reach for the curling iron. However, if you're skeptical about committing to five months of permanent waves, we recommend spritzing Sachajuan Ocean Mist ($31) on damp hair for a similar look while you mull it over.

So what's the verdict—would you ever get this treatment? Tell us below!

Ed note: Quotes have been edited for content.