Is This Treatment the Secret to Perfect, Long-Lasting Waves?

Victoria Moorhouse
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Thanks to countless tutorials, hair hacks, and expert how-tos, getting perfect waves can be a piece of cake. Making them last? Yeah, that’s an entirely different story, and there’s nothing more frustrating than having a good hair day for 30 minutes tops. However, there might just be hope for all of us yearning for waves that last. A new salon treatment from Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City has formulated a hair treatment which promises to give your hair body and frizz-free waves for at least a whopping three months. Interesting.

So how does it work? According to Nunzio Saviano, stylist and founder of Nunzio Saviano Salon, the idea behind the 2-step, chemical treatment is to change the texture of your hair so you can achieve body and keep frizz-free curls.

First, a stylist applies a lotion treatment to your roots and then through the ends of your hair. Next, the stylist will take a Japanese digital curling iron heated somewhere between 120 and 160 degrees and create the customized curls you desire.

That’s a whole lot lower than the heat you use to curl your own hair, right? Apparently this low heat setting is all that’s needed for the solution to work, and it’s actually a lot healthier for your locks, according to Saviano. “It varies from 120-160 degrees because it’s gentle and better to have low heat for a longer period of time than high heat for a short amount time,” he says.

The reported result is gorgeous waves that last for three to six months. As that time ticks on and your hair grows out, Saviano tells us that your hair will gradually “become less wavy and lose body.”

And you don’t have to wear it wavy during that entire time, Saviano says you’re more than welcome to straighten it as you wish, but the results will last longer the less you blow it out.

Sounds a little like an updated version of a perm, no? While you still have to follow similar rules like no washing until at least 48 hours after the treatment, Saviano tells us the difference is in the technique and the solution used on the hair. “A protein base protection is applied to the hair, and the solution is very conditioning,” he says. A definite bonus if you’re worried about damage! “Also, the waves come out differently than if you had a perm.”

It’s recommended for hair types that have trouble achieving body—think straight or limp—and it doesn’t come without a cost. You’d need to book a trip to the city, and the entire treatment rings up to about $350 without gratuity. That’s a lot of cash for what claims to give you perfect waves, but for those who have given up on their curling wand, it might be worth a shot.

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