For women with flat hair that doesn’t have much body, a service to build waves or curls transforms her look. A perm also called a permanent wave, uses heat and chemical to change your hair structure into waves and curls.
The style remains for a few months, hence the name “permanent.” With the right treatment and care for your new style, you will love your new look for months to come!
Welcome to our gallery featuring many perm hairstyles for women. Also check out our top shampoo picks for permed hair here.
A. 11 Types of Perms
When you look at women with natural curls, it is easy to see there are all kinds of curls. Hairdressers can mimic particular looks especially if you bring in a photo of the look you want to recreate for yourself.
Below are examples of different types of curls and waves that can be created with various types of perms. Not all photos below necessarily are of permed hair – but instead, serve as examples of what perms may achieve.
1. Natural-Looking Perm
The natural-looking perm is exactly what it sounds like. It is supposed to be a perm that looks as though your hair were naturally wavy. Katherine Langford achieves a simplistic elegance here with her voluptuous yet regal dark brown waves. A black lace bodice that is half see-through compliments her sultry look.
2. Body Wave Perm
Vanessa Hudgens stuns on the red carpet by showing off her body wave perm full of volume, texture, and luscious raven waves. She finishes the look with a pink low V-neck dress and ocean-inspired accessories.
3. Spiral Perm
Susie Castillio has a spiral perm, which has tight brown curls of different sizes and lengths. From root to tip, hair should be 8 inches long to pull off this look. She stuns in a simple black dress with thick silvery straps.
4. Pin Curl Perm
Lily Collins sports a pin curl perm here in her chocolate brown hair, which can be easily replicated by using plastic clips and end paper. You may also be able to achieve root lift with this type of perm. Lily executes this look by wearing a Roaring 20s-style dress with a black lace, partially see-through bodice and shiny silver hemming.
5. Spot Perm
Anne Hathaway exudes gracefulness with this auburn spot perm, which is meant to add bounce, curls, and body–not to mention increase fullness and give her a more predictable, even curl. Anne looks absolutely stunning in this off-white dress with sleeves and an off-white lace bodice.
6. Partial Perm
Daveigh Chase looks elegant in this black-hemmed, brown bohemian hobo-style shirt, sporting a light brown, partial perm–which curls only the ends of her hair.
7. Root Perm
Selena Gomez has a dark brown root perm, which is meant to lift the hair at the root only. She is wearing a black dress with a stylish yet simple gold chain and accompanying charm.
8. Volumizing Perm
Jessica Alba looks stunning with this light brown-cum-auburn perm that makes her hair look luscious and larger in size. She finishes the look with a white bandeau top, a light green skirt, and neon orange nails.
9. Multi-Textured Perm
Ashlee Simpson wears this multi-layered look well with a sleeveless black dress, the curls in her bleach blonde perm different sizes.
10. Stack Perm
Blake Lively looks simply ravishing in this sleeveless black dress with a golden blonde and auburn stack perm–which displays soft, layered curls for a natural look.
11. Beach Wave Perm
Aly Michalka looks absolutely stunning in this black and beige dress, framing her medium blonde beach wave perm–which allows soft, loose waves at the mid-lengths and at the ends of her hair.
B. Best Haircuts for Permed Hair
1. Voluminous Waves with Side-Swept Bangs
Stana Katic has a lovely light brown, mid-length cut here that not only has huge waves, but has her bangs combed off to the side. This look frames her face, while she stuns in a white, low V-neck patterned dress.
2. Carefree Curls
Tori Kelly has a bit of a root lift here with her shoulder-length, blonde flyaway curls, here–wearing a gray tee with a black, teal-sequined jacket–accessorizing with a black-and-gold necklace which says, “Love.”
Amanda Stenberg sports an effortlessly classic, raven, shoulder-length afro–while wearing a blue shirt with a red collar which is accompanied by a suede jacket of beige, light brown, auburn, and dark brown tones.
4. High Ponytail
Zendaya exudes beauty in this multi-colored jumpsuit, wearing dangling hoop earrings and a high ponytail that shows off her dark brown, wavy, waist-length hair.
5. Flattering Mob
Anne Hathaway’s brown “mob” (medium bob) haircut sports beautiful waves, as she stuns in this sleeveless black lace gown with a white flower attached.
6. Retro Look
Amber Heard wows in this bleached blonde, wavy, longer ‘do that is accentuated by her fire engine red lipstick and blue eyes. Wearing a white, sleeveless, collared top with a pocket on the left breast, Amber looks like she is having a throwback to the 1950s with this classic retro look. She also wears golden earrings.
7. Dyed Curls
Amanda Stenberg looks absolutely ravishing in this simply cut, sleeveless black dress with a golden decolletage accented by a flower made of one darker green stone surrounded by several light green stones. She sports a ‘do with long, dyed grayish curls.
Benefits of Getting a Permanent Wave
Getting this chemical application on your hair is a serious change you should consider seriously. This is because your style holds for months and in some cases, texturizes your hair for a longer period.
If you are thinking about this look, the benefits include:
- Giving you a boost of confidence and making your hair look better
- Adding volume to your hair
- Decreasing the amount of styling you need to do on a daily basis
- Enhancing the natural texture of your hair
- Letting your hair air dry rather than having to blow drying
Can Your Hair Be Permed?
Unfortunately, you cannot perm all hair. The chemicals do not work when your hair has been recently colored or chemically treated.
Damaged hair does not do well with this treatment because your hair needs to be in a good condition to come out well. Simply ask the stylist at your salon if this is a viable styling option for your specific hair texture, style, and condition.
Perms Are Making a Comeback
When you think of a perm, it isn’t like the style that was popular in the 80s. Thanks to better chemical processes and innovations in rollers, perms aren’t the Oliva Newton-John look you may have in your head.
Your hair does not require tight curls but may incorporate a wave, bend, or texture. The size of the rod used directly correlates with the curling result you get. Even the ‘beachy’ look can be obtained with this type of treatment.