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: Dynamic Irregular Perm Waves
Curls are anything but regular and symmetrical. In fact, the thing that makes curly hair so mesmerizing is that it’s never the same anytime you style it. A perm will give you permanent waves, and because of the irregularity of curls, you may enjoy completely new hairstyles everyday!
#2: Shoulder-Length Medium Perm Curls
These bouncy shoulder-length curls don’t look like the old perm hair at all. The mane is healthy and free of frizzies, and the subtle highlights add definition and texture, contributing to the overall sense of volume and thickness.
#3: Over 40 Perm Lob for Gray Hair
Loose curls are voluminous and flattering on most women. They frame the face and neck softly camouflaging imperfections that come with age. The side part and peek-a-boo bangs do an excellent job in this direction.
#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: Spiral Perm Style for Fine Hair
The modern perm is much more wearable, and it can be styled with a deep side part. This parting helps soften features and complement your appearance, plus it gives the illusion of a thinner face. Go for a spiral perm to get these classically curly tresses.
#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: Off-Center Curly Highlighted Hairstyle
There are many different types of perms, so you are not restricted solely to super kinky ringlets. You may opt for a wavy perm that sits nicely when kept at the shoulder length. Part your hair a little off center to let the loose curls fall where they may.
#9: Perm Bob with Large Curls
If you’re looking for a short hair perm with big curl, you can find it in the pretty, slightly messy chin-length bob. The shapely tendrils roam around the face and add a sassy edge to the feminine hairstyle.
#10: 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.
#11: Long Blonde Balayage Shag with Perm Waves
It’s every girl’s dream to have permanent waves that look very natural. So why not give the beach wave perm a try? Perms for long hair tend to ooze shaggy, 1970s vibes, perfect for hair with a bright blonde balayage. With this style, don’t be afraid to let your natural roots show.
#12: Highlighted Perm Bob Haircut
Perm hairstyles are versatile and appealing. Take, for instance, this style. This curly perm boasts bouncy curls with a bit of texture at the top. The dark roots are broken up by blonde highlights, which adds depth and allows the spirals to standout.
#13: Black Layered Perm Waves
Wavy perm can provide an exciting twist to ordinary straight hair because it adds extra body and life to otherwise flat and dull strands. The locks look natural and shiny and can be parted on the side or in the middle, depending on your mood. The hairstyle is also long enough to pull up into a bouncy ponytail or a loose curly updo.
#14: Large Loose Perm Curls
If you have a more classic vision and prefer big, loose permed styles, you’ll love the look of these large bouncy curls. Spiral perms aren’t for the faint-hearted, for you’ll have to wear this hairdo with all the confidence of an ‘80s pop star! To make the perm look a little bit more natural, run your fingers lightly through your locks to separate some of the curls.
#15: Shoulder-Length Ash Blonde Perm Hairstyle
A short hair perm is a great way to amp up the natural volume in your hair. Lovers of the tight curl are already flocking to hair salons to get this style. Finding the right length when dealing with perms can be tricky, but as a general rule of thumb, you should always anticipate about half an inch of shrinkage.
#16: Medium Layered Curls with Bangs
The medium perm creates cute shaggy ringlets that extend down to the clavicle, and the golden blonde highlights add definition to each tendril. Curly bangs frame the face. Tighter curls look best on medium layered hair.
#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: Beautiful Perm Lob for Gray Hair
This gorgeous gray permed hair retains a youthful appearance. The white combover frames the face and creates some flattering extra height to elongate and slim down the face. The lowlights add a natural touch of color and contribute to the sense of fullness and depth.
#20: Loose Wave Perm
Beach wave perm and spirals immediately make thin hair look more voluminous. If the final result you want to achieve is shorter hair — go for bouncy curls. Beach waves will be a better fit for those who like more casual and effortless looks.
#21: Short Bob with Body-Boosting Curls
The modern bob is rather waved and tousled than sleek and perfectly straight. Permed hair gives the much needed update to the classic cropped style. A body perm provides natural root lift that won’t fall throughout the day. Keep the layers simple with this style, for the curls will give you all the volume you need.
#22: Bob with Thin Roots-to-Ends Perm Curls
Not into huge, thick ringlets? Thin, abundant curls can provide you with the same amount of volume as the typical large chunky curls do. You can achieve this ‘do with a diffuser attachment or with a perm. The latter option is for low-maintenance girls.
#23: Long Dark Wavy Hairstyle with Highlights
In case you have naturally fine hair that needs a bit of lift, consider a body wave to provide extra texture and volume. If you’ve once had your straight hair in a tight spiral perm, you know you lose a lot of length in the process. Choose to perm your hair in looser, wider curls and gain all the length back with a decent level of bounce and visual interest added. The black curly hairstyle looks healthy and shiny.
#24: Tousled Wavy Perm Bob
A lob haircut is a great base for a perm. Whether you opt for a straight hair perm or loose perm curls, you’ll get a cute hairstyle that doesn’t need additional styling, unless you have a favorite product that makes your hair even more beautiful. Then apply a dab of your styling solution and be ready to shine through your day.
#25: Long Layered Perm Hairstyle
Do you look in the mirror at your long wavy hair and feel like it’s missing that extra “oomph”? That’s because styles for long hair usually focus on the length instead of emphasizing healthy shine and overall shape. A light perm enhances your natural curl pattern without sacrificing the length you’ve achieved. Your long brown hair appears luxurious and full of volume, and the bronze highlights add some lovely shimmer.
#26: Asymmetrical Messy Perm Bob
Women with thick, unruly hair should go with the flow and embrace their independent nature. Perm hairstyles are the perfect solution. Let your wild curly ringlets crown the head and tumble in the front in a peek-a-boo fashion. The ash brown color is enhanced by the beautiful white-blonde highlights that run through each loopy curl.
#27: Side-Parted Lob with Tousled Curls
A messy curly perm is a carefree style you can choose when looking for a new hairdo. Part your hair deeply to the side and let some curls fall into your face for a sassy peek-a-boo effect. Don’t worry about your curls being perfectly shaped, because the messier, the better!
#28: Natural Looking Mid Perm Hair
This perm is closer to a natural appearance than other styles, so if you’re a fan of naturally curly hair, you are free to go for it. Although many people dread the frizziness, natural perm hair is easy to manage and maintain. Plus, it suits all face shapes.
#29: Gray Perm Bob with Blonde Highlights
If you’re old enough to have some gray hairs, you’re probably also old enough to remember the time when getting perms meant a head full of super-tight curls. Things have changed over the years. Now it’s possible to try a perm that leaves your hair with textured loose waves and none of the unwanted kinks.
#30: Blonde Perm Hair with Thin Defined Curls
It’s no question why perm hair is particularly common among those with naturally curly hair. The treatment calms frizz, allowing your hair’s texture and natural definition to really shine through. Opting for small, thin curls gives you the wet hair look without ever touching water.
#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: Bob with Thin Perm Curls
Not into huge, thick ringlets? Thin, abundant curls can provide you with the same amount of volume as large chunky curls do. The style is quite low maintenance: just dry your perm with a diffuser attachment for a sassy wash and go style.
#33: Short Messy Perm Bob with Side Bangs
A short bob is effortlessly cute by itself, but it has to be carefully styled so that it won’t look like a downright mess. Use this idea as an inspiration for your own style, and stun everyone with your beautiful perm hair. The hairstyle will suit all hair types and lengths!
#34: Wavy Perm with Deep Side Part
A good makeover can change your appearance for the best and even make you look younger. Have doubts? Then check out this gorgeous side-parted bob with a natural curl pattern! It is stunning how permed hair and the mahogany color revived this porous, fine hair. The curling process will make your locks look shorter than it is, so you’d better not cut them before getting a perm.
#35: Curly Perm Pixie Bob
Traditional perm perfectly matches with blonde highlights or balayage. However, we highly recommend you be careful with bleached short permed hairstyles, as they may cause hair woes if done the wrong way. Ask your hairstylist to repeat this beautiful curly pixie bob without damaging your locks.
#36: Short Rounded Perm Bob
Here’s another fabulous perm hairstyle for adding volume to thin hair! With the spiral starting at the roots, this neck-length round bob looks extremely voluminous. Besides, defined ringlets always look sexier than loose waves.
#37: Spiral Perm Hairstyle with Bangs
Perming hair is all about making the hair look full and voluminous while also highlighting hair texture. This style is an ideal example of classy, flattering perm hair for thin tresses. Also, it’s a great proof that curly bangs rock.
#38: Medium Cut with Tousled Perm Curls
For medium hair, you don’t want to go with too tight curls when choosing a good permed style for your texture. With hair of this length, it’s best to opt for a loose wave rather than coiled curls. Your hair will be easier to manage on a daily basis.
#39: Copper Wavy Hair with Blunt Ends
Looking for a way to add gloss and dimension to your copper locks? Try this modern perm and a gorgeous golden copper hue. If you feel tired of using a curling iron to create loose waves and bring extra volume and shine to your lob, wave perm can be a great solution.
#40: Medium Shaggy Perm with Bangs
Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s a perm… This style enhanced with a warm copper tone could pass for natural. Soft spiral curls that go from root to tip provide a delicate, natural impression. Warning: people will ask to touch!
#41: Short Partial Perm Hairstyle
At the core, perm hairstyles help create more defined locks, and this doesn’t always mean coiled curls. Here, we have a naturally wavy hair texture that has been enhanced with a perm half-length down. The ’do looks relaxed yet stylish and elegant.
#42: Loose Curls for Straight Hair
If you are not a fan of a straight perm but don’t want curly hair either, consider loose natural-looking waves, like in the photo. It’s a great way to add texture and body to thin hair. You’ll walk away with perfect beach waves without the use of a sea salt spray.
#43: Short Red Stacked Perm Bob
These curls look gorgeous and natural, so no one would be able to take one’s eyes off you! Make your style even more zealous by adding red highlights to your dark strands. This could be a perfect hair idea for thick hair.
#44: Medium Bronde Curly Hairstyle
The tight curl style is very popular among those with thicker, coarser textures. The perm technique lets you keep the texture of your hair under control and avoid problems with styling, so you aren’t fighting with those unruly ringlets anymore. If you’re also looking to spice up your color, opt for blonde highlights and let some of your roots show through.
#45: Perm Waves for Long Hair
If you’re crazy about curls, consider this hair perm. The hair is wrapped around the rod, creating a specific s-shape that is guaranteed to texturize your coif. For black hair with chocolate balayage, this style is a beautiful way to show off the dimension of your color.
#46: 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!
#47: 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.
#48: 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.
#49: 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.
#50: Short Soft Permed Bob
Perms may also produce modern disheveled curls. If you want something on the softer side, choose well-blended, subtle ringlets that work great with a bob. Opt for long side bangs that flow beautifully into the rest of your hair.
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!