2022 hair trends, haircare tips and what you didn't know about the Korean perm

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New year, new hair. In a month's time, the new year will be upon us. So many of you are probably thinking of sprucing up your look, and what better way than getting your hair done?

Yahoo Life SEA spoke with top Korean hairstylist Joel Park – Pro-Trim’s current CEO and Chief Hair Stylist – who has 25 years of experience in hairstyling under his belt, about haircare and getting that gorgeous Korean perm we keep seeing on our favourite Korean celebrities.

Award-winning Korean hairstylist, Joel Park from Pro-Trim. PHOTO: Pro-Trim
Award-winning Korean hairstylist, Joel Park from Pro-Trim. PHOTO: Pro-Trim

Should we go long or short in 2022?

Joel: Long hair will be the choice of length as we move on to 2022. Just take a look at K-dramas, and you will find many of the leading ladies with long hair. Think our favourite K-drama stars Jun Ji-Hyun, Song Hye-Kyo and IU. They are almost always in long tresses. Also, long hair provides you with more opportunities to experiment with different styling methods.

What are the top hair trends for women and men in 2022?

For women, 2022 will see the soft version of the Hippie perm becoming increasingly popular. It is a feminine look that is flattering for most face shapes. 

The soft Hippie perm. PHOTO: Pro-Trim
The soft Hippie perm. PHOTO: Pro-Trim

As for men, the AS Perm (similar to shadow perm) adds a modern edge for confident men.

The AS Perm for men. PHOTO: Pro-Trim
The AS Perm for men. PHOTO: Pro-Trim

What hair colour treatment do you predict becoming popular for Asians? Why?

With Chinese New Year fast approaching and Spring in the air, the colour ash pink that’s reminiscent of cherry blossoms is sure to catch on quickly. The eye-catching colour also matches the festive mood. Plus, the colour palette suits the Asian skin tone.

Ash pink is set to become one of the most popular colours in 2022, as predicted by Joel Park. PHOTO: Pro-Trim
Ash pink is set to become one of the most popular colours in 2022, as predicted by Joel Park. PHOTO: Pro-Trim

How do we decide on a new hairstyle?

Face shape is the most important when deciding on a hairstyle. If you are clueless, seek advice from your hairstylist by sharing your lifestyle and personal preferences with them. Generally, we don’t recommend hairstyles that are too long for petite customers. The reason is that longer hair will make customers look even shorter. It’s all about striking a balance.

What sort of hairstyles would you propose for Asians, based on our hair types and weather?

We recommend root rebonding+ C or S curl at the end for those with frizzy hair. Asians typically have frizzy hair, and the humid weather makes it worse. Also, Asian hair is less resilient as compared to our western counterparts. So the challenge for hairstylists is to create a natural look with volume for Asians.

When it comes to perming for Asian hair, request a combination of C curl and S curl. The combination lends a more natural look than only using just one type of curl.

How different are Korean perms from other perms?

You can wash your hair the same day you did your Korean perm, unlike other types of perms where you need to wait 48 hours until your next wash. This is thanks to the premium ingredients used and hair treatment processes of Korean perms. You may notice that your hair becomes drier the more you wash and dry for non-Korean perms. But for Korean perms, hair does not feel damaged, and the hair looks voluminous with each wash and dry.

What are some hair care tips we should take note of after chemical treatments?

Always, always apply a leave-in mask before drying your hair. It leaves a protective coat on the hair that had been under stress.

Any other general hair care tips?

Limpid hair is a bane for those living in humid countries such as Southeast Asia. If you wish for more voluminous hair, try drying your hair in the opposite direction using hot air currents. Also, use hair rollers to keep your bangs in shape.

What are some ways we can dress up our hair in 2022?

After drying your hair, using hair clips and hair spray not only keep your hairstyle in place, it also elevates your look.

Pro-Trim is located at Takashimaya, #05-27A/28.

Pro-trim Hair Studio. PHOTO: Pro-Trim
Pro-trim Hair Studio. PHOTO: Pro-Trim

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