We have some very specific memories stored when asked “What is a perm?” This is usually asked by a younger person who has not had a chance to experience permed bangs, big hair, and Aqua Net which are better to be left in the 80’s. Instead, let’s say ”hello” to the cool modern hairstyles for permed hair!
Perm Hair Update
Modern perm is not restricted to extra voluminous frizzy hair of the past. Now you can vary the size and tightness of your curls ending up with a personalized hairstyle that does not shout “Oh, yeah, it’s a perm!”
#1: The Traditional Perm 2.0
These days women with perms are showing off new ways to rock them, with the future in mind. These skinny curls snake around to give volume, depth, and body to the shoulder length hair. Bangs in front offer a glowy effect, as the whole face in accented by bright blonde curls.
#2: Curls-A-Plenty Perm
For a spiral curl that is reminiscent of a china doll, this permed hair has your name on it. Perfect ringlets blossom with a sophisticated edge, making this look great for the office (or the dance floor)! Worn with a suit or a mini, this hair is going to stand out, and everyone will love it!
#3: Mona Lisa Didn’t Have Those Curls
This natural looking perm creates a cascade of spiraled curls down your back for a more dramatic, full look. Closer to the ends this cute curl pattern resolves into a luscious set of waves that will be the talk of the night!
#4: Medium Perm Hair with Highlights
There are many curl pattern options for medium length hair because you have enough length to do tight or loose curls, and you don’t have to worry about them being too heavy around your face. Curly bangs can sometimes look childish, so pin them back to show off your face.
#5: Permed Bob
Don’t be afraid of too much volume or texture in short perm hairstyles. As long as you have layers throughout your cut, you don’t have to worry about it looking like a poodle or being too curly. This is a way to keep you cut looking current.
#6: Acid Perms
It can be scary to use harsh chemicals on your hair. If you are in search of less harmful perms for medium hair, then an acid perm is the best option for you. Those who are new to this procedure should try it first because it lets you achieve loose s-shaped waves with less damage to hair than with alkaline perm.
#7: Beachy Blonde Waves
Nothing says boho beach babe like long blonde waves! This wavy perm is perfect for someone wanting a low maintenance, natural-looking coif that’s full of volume and personality. TIP: Layers throughout will help cut down on the poof!
#8: A-Line Curls
If you like your perm with a modern flair, all you have to do is pair it with a trendy cut. Here, gorgeous jet black curls are updated by a popular a-line cut, and receive an even more laid back vibe thanks to the wet look of the curls.
#9: Loose Perm
It’s a common misconception that curls have to be tightly spiraled, and this stunning mane is the perfect example of an alternative. Giant, loose waves are great for long hair, resulting in tons of body and movement that’s striking, but doesn’t overwhelm.
#10: Tight High-Shine Curls
Some perm hairstyles are meant to standout, and this is one of them. Guaranteed to make a sexy statement, these tightly spiraled tendrils boast high-shine and feel as soft and delightfully squishy as they look.
#11: The Perfectly-Imperfect Perm
When you say “perm,” a lot of women picture giant ‘80s hairstyles and cringe. But that’s no longer the case. There are modern types of perms you’d never know were made in a salon. For example, the body perm. This variety includes loose, tousled waves curled in various sizes, which give a full, tousled effect that looks completely natural.
#12: Root Perm
In desperate need of volume? Ask your stylist about a root perm (and remember to always bring in pictures, like this one). This sort of perm increases height directly at the root, bringing life and body back to limp locks.
#13: Balayage Meets Perm
One of the best ways to play up your curls is through color. Here, highlights are strategically painted towards the front and at the ends of the hair, brightening the face while providing visual interest and a modern feel to this wavy perm.
#14: S-Shaped Curls
If you’re crazed for curls, consider this hair perm. The hair is wrapped around the rod creating a specific s-shape that is guaranteed to texturize your coif. The dark roots are broken up by blonde highlights, which add depth and allow the spiral curls to standout.
#15: Permed Pixie
Although generally thought of being paired with long hair, perms for short hair add a convenient texture that take you from shower to finished in practically no time – perfect for the no-nonsense gal who wants a quick, smart, sophisticated look.
#16: Partial Perm
If your hair is all one length, consider a partial perm, which is growing in popularity. Only the mid-to-end sections of your hair are curled, creating the illusion of layers, body, and fullness.
#17: Silver Fox Perm
Silver hair already makes a bold statement, but take it to greater heights (literally) with mountains of giant curls! This perm hair was achieved using a larger rod, resulting in big curls that gorgeously snake all around the head.
#18: Shrinking Curls
Great for medium hair, these spiraled curls start loose and get tighter towards the ends. The subtle blonde highlights create depth, which helps make it look like you have twice as much hair as you actually do…yes, please!
#19: Soft Perm
Need some body in your limp locks, but don’t want anyone, ok, now you’re getting a perm? Instead of obvious spiral curls, loose layered waves infuse some needed texture and movement into fine hair. Straight, side-swept bangs provide a polished appearance.
#20: Permed Bob
This coif has it all: a rich color, a great cut, and curls for days! Pairing a perm with a bob cut is pretty much guaranteed to result in a sweet and sassy coif that’s full of life and personality. The gorgeous deep maroon shade is just an added bonus.
#21: Chocolate Waves
A great perm choice for thick hair, we can’t stop swooning over this full and luscious mane! Mounds of long, cascading waves in dark-to-milk chocolate ombre look as rich and delicious as chocolate tastes.
#22: Shaggy Perm
This barely-there perm paired with eye-skimming bangs has a shaggy, modern feel that’s cool-girl approved. Great for fine and medium length hair, it guarantees texture and visual interest to otherwise straight strands.
#23: Spirals on Spirals
Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s a spiral perm…here’s another style that could pass for natural. Soft spiral curls that go from root to tip provide a delicate, natural impression. Warning: people will ask to touch!
#24: Shoulder-Length Perm
Sometimes fine, shoulder-length hair requires some man-made pizazz, and a light, wavy perm is a great way to achieve this. Ask your stylist for a few layers to avoid too much weight at the bottom, and to keep the look current. TIP: It’s is a great option for camouflaging thinning hair.
#25: Permed Pixie Cut
What’s always the best way to incorporate a feminine touch to your coif? Curls, of course! Case in point: the edgy Mohawk that’s shaved on the sides, but still retains a girlish feel thanks to soft, tousled waves.
#26: Loose Ombre Perm
Beachy texture meets beachy color. This combo of fading warm blonde shades with loose permed waves creates a boho babe appeal that you don’t need to spend hours in the sun or salty water to achieve.
#27: Curly Perm with Cornrows
The great thing about perm hairstyles is that you can create a totally different texture than your own. If you want thick natural-looking curly hair, it can be achieved with smaller rods. Accent your new look with stylish symmetrical braids.
#28: Soft Ombre Perm
Probably the most desirable of permed hairstyles, a plain curl look is natural and suits many face shapes as well as different hair colors. By letting the curls float around the bottom, you can create volume that doesn’t overpower.
#29: Prom Perm
Perms were popular back in the day as a prom hairstyle—and many wish to forget that time in their lives! But, you don’t have to shun the look altogether, it’s just about how you wear it and what size your rods are. A loose perm will work well with long hair that needs a soft style.
#30: Light and Loose Perm
You don’t have to use chemicals all over your head to create texture. A spot perm will allow you to create a curl pattern in the specific areas that you desire. Loose layers can be achieved in permed hairstyles by just leaving the chemicals on for a shorter time period.
#31: Short Curly Perm
Short styles are super cute when they are curly. Since you get to choose your curl pattern, be sure to opt for large curls so they don’t look too wiry or immature. Also, don’t forget to incorporate layers—especially around the nape of the neck—to provide definition.
#32: Bouncy Brown Perm
Perms are created with a solution that breaks down the bonds of keratin in your hair and restructures your locks once they are placed on a rod. To achieve these sexy spirals you will need to have your locks wrapped around large rods to make sure that the curls aren’t too tight.
#33: Loose Waves for Medium Bob
This medium-length black hair stands out with a loose set of permed strands which frame the face. The side part gives rise to the sexy peek-a-boo bangs, while the stacked layers provide the magnificent volume.
#34: 1920’s Flapper Perm
Cute, short permed hairstyles are not poodle-like anymore. Here is a great version of a style we have seen for ages. Being a bit messier, this short hair style is easier to keep up with and great for warmer climates. It keeps your neck free, while the small V-shaped section at the nape lengthens it to create a more dramatic silhouette of the cut.
#35: Bobbing for Apples Perm
This take on the classic stacked bob gives a bit more length in the front, creating a frame for your face and drawing the eye up the wedge in the back to the nest of curls. The stacked layers offer you an easy-to-manage yet elegant style that will work with a dress or your favorite tank and jeans.
#36: Windswept Mamma!
Having medium length hair gives you tons of options, so how do you choose? Perm hairstyles today are much more fun than the original perm look. Check this “I just got off the motorcycle” style: the delicate curls build upon one another with just the right pizazz.
#37: Elegant Wavy Curls
Wavy shoulder length hair shapes well into this very elegant style! The short side part gives structure to the front, while the top gets some lift as it is combed straight back. A more flamboyant bang swept up and to the side creates a strong impression not be forgotten!
#38: Modern Natural Bob
Black hair takes shape so well, and there are many types of perms that look fantastic with shorter African-American hair. This look, accented with copper highlights, is bold, fresh, and ready for a day on the boat or a night at the club.
#39:”Gimmie Just a Little Bit” Gentle Curls
These curls are barely there, and that’s exactly how they are meant to be. The “almost waves” are good for shoulder length hair that you’d rather wear a little bit textured, not too voluminous. Rock this versatile ‘do with any style, in any setting!
#40: Bed Head Style
Wavy hair is somewhat elusive, and the perm achieves just that. This different level perm has a great texture throughout, with bangs stacked up front and several layers creating the bulk of the hair in the back. Highlighted ends create a brighter finish as the eye moves downward.
Perm hairstyles of shorter length are no longer your only option! Is your mind racing with ideas? Then, grab the phone, and make an appointment with your hairstyling expert today! Get ready for compliments from everyone who is brave enough to approach you!