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.

Sophia Bush with beachy waves is charming enough to slay the 2012 Genesis Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA.

Sophia Bush with beachy waves is charming enough to slay the 2012 Genesis Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA.

The singer showed her youthful side with her thick and playful curls. She attended the Nickelodeon 2017 Kids' Choice Awards with this carefree hairstyle that exhibited a positive aura.

The singer showed her youthful side with her thick and playful curls. She attended the Nickelodeon 2017 Kids' Choice Awards with this carefree hairstyle that exhibited a positive aura.

Mariah Carey in an elegant dress, with a pair of sunglasses and an effortless, loose hairstyle might not be the best thing to hear but believe it or not, she nailed this look. This was taken last August 5, 2015 at the Hollywood Boulevard where she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mariah Carey in an elegant dress, with a pair of sunglasses and an effortless, loose hairstyle might not be the best thing to hear but believe it or not, she nailed this look. This was taken last August 5, 2015 at the Hollywood Boulevard where she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The singer has never looked this carefree and confident during an event.  This hairstyle, with her thick and bouncy curls all flaunted, is worn for the  2012 TeenNick HALO Awards.

The singer has never looked this carefree and confident during an event. This hairstyle, with her thick and bouncy curls all flaunted, is worn for the 2012 TeenNick HALO Awards.

Last January 23, 2010, the American singer/songwriter exhibited nothing but elegance for the 16th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.

Last January 23, 2010, the American singer/songwriter exhibited nothing but elegance with these side-swept locks she wore for the 16th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.

The singer unleased her bubbly and youthful side at the 2010 People's Choice Awards with these bouncy curls and side-swept bangs.

The singer unleased her bubbly and youthful side at the 2010 People's Choice Awards with these bouncy curls and side-swept bangs.

Be loud and proud of your gray hair and flaunt it in the most gorgeous way possible. The woman styled her medium-length granny hair with trendy curls and a touch of blue lowlights at the bottom part.

Voluminous hair will forever be a trend. During the world premiere of "Love & Other Drugs"  last November 4, 2010, the actress attended with her thick and curly hair, tossed a little bit for extra volume and texture.

Voluminous hair will forever be a trend. During the world premiere of "Love & Other Drugs" last November 4, 2010, the actress attended with her thick and curly hair, tossed a little bit for extra volume and texture.

Hairstyles should be taken seriously, but it's better if you can come up with an effortless yet gorgeous look. This hairstyle in blonde ombre has the perfect bouncy curls that can enhance any outfit you wear, may it be casual or formal.

The English actress looked extra stylish and expensive with this medium-length curly hairstyle she wore for the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Gala last May 04, 2015.

The English actress looked extra stylish and expensive with this medium-length curly hairstyle she wore for the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Gala last May 04, 2015.

For a low-maintenance and stylish look, go for a simple, no-fuss hairdo with a blend of painted highlights. This one has blonde highlights, totally gorgeous!

Have the best of both worlds by blending in together the blonde and brunette shades. The overall finish is to die for! It looks really good on bouncy, heated curls but leaving it on a straight style is also a fantastic choice.


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.

Some of the most popular types of perms include:

  • Natural looking curls are featuring curls of different sizes. This style is also called multi-textured because it uses rods of different size.
  • Body wave gives a slight wave with loose curls. This look gives curls and volume.
  • Spirals are tight, twisted curls that are springy and bouncy.
  • Pin curls involve curling sections of hair with lovely, loose curls.
  • Spot perms only involve one section of hair for tight or loose curls.
  • Partial is another option that you apply to several parts of the hair you wish to curl or wave.
  • Root curls add volume, height, and life to the root of the curls. It is suitable for women with flat and limp hair.
  • Volumizing waves add texture and volume for hair of different lengths.

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.