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.
The singer attended the 2012 Teen Nickelodeon HALO Awards with this carefree and confident hairstyle filled with honey-colored thick and bouncy curls.
At the world premiere of “Love & Other Drugs” last November 4, 2010, Michelle Monaghan attended with her thick and curly dark hair, tossed a little bit for extra volume and texture to match her black satin dress.
A glamorous Hailee Steinfeld arrives at the KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2018 last November 30th in a V-neck sequin dress paired with black boots. She had her locks in big, defined curls that bounce all the way her shoulders.
Hayden Panettiere looked gorgeous in a white lace dress paired with a stunning sapphire necklace. It was completed with a voluminous wavy hair that she wore at the VH1 Big in ’06 Awards on December 02, 2006.
The actress attended the 2009 Spike TV Guys Choice Awards last May 30, 2009, sporting a shoulder-length hair in beach wave curls. She finishes the look with charming earrings and a sequin dress with see-through sleeves.
Malin Akerman had a short and curly hairstyle that resulted to this gorgeous golden afro look during The Art of Elysium Ninth Annual Heaven Gala last January 9, 2016.
Malin Akerman’s colorful sheer dress was complemented by her tousled curly blond hair when she attended the Rampage film premiere last April 11, 2018 at the Cineworld, Leicester Square.
Nicole Scherzinger slayed a permed hairstyle showcasing her full black hair in defined curls at the National Television Awards 2013 last January 23rd. She paired it with a gorgeous black dress and layered gold necklaces.
The actress was looking fresh and casual with her tousled long curls at the 61st Annual Directors Guild of America DGA Awards, Los Angeles last January 31, 2009.
Freida Pinto’s dark hair was styled into this curly and loose sexy look at the ‘Miral’ Premiere last October 18, 2010, in Leicester Square London, England.
Demi Moore sported a center-parted permed hair with defined curls during the 2007/2008 Chanel Cruise Show Presented by Karl Lagerfeld last May 18, 2007. She complemented it with a classy chic outfit showcasing a white button-down topped with a plaid blazer and layered necklace.
The actress was seen at talk show appearance for The Late Show with David Letterman last March 24, 2019, wearing Tom Ford sunglasses and a gorgeous curly hairstyle that shines along her cheerful aura.
Rachel Bilson looked charming in a blue dress paired with Amrapali earrings that she wore during the 2008 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS on August 3, 2008. The look was completed with a permed hairstyle that’s center-parted.
Jessie J opted for a rocker chic look for the Q magazine Awards 2001 last October 24, 2011, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. She wore her black leather jacket paired with a voluminous curly shoulder-length hair parted at the side.
Jessie J’s stunning sheer red outfit is paired with this vintage curly hairstyle that exudes sophistication last February 21, 2012 for the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 arena in London.
Nikki Reed had her brunette locks permed during the Teen Vogue’s 10th Annual Young Hollywood Party at Private Location on September 27, 2012. The look was completed with a black top and white blazer paired with a layered necklace.
Charlize Theron looked charming in a floral dress paired with a permed hairstyle that’s side-parted. This look was worn during the Focus Features Luncheon And Studio Program Celebrating 15 Years held on March 29, 2017.
Kunis had loose big curls complemented with highlights that go well with her red dress that is simply glamorous at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards last January 30, 2011.
Last November 7, 2015, Actress Salma Hayek Pinault was at the 2015 LACMA Art+Film Gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She paired her thick curly hair with a bright bubble gum pink dress.
Salma Hayek was at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala last January 2, 2018, in Palm Springs. She channeled her quirky side with a sweet and fun green dress topped with loose and tousled curly hair.
Miranda Kerr portrays her sexy side with her sleek nightdress and bouncy curls during the photocall ‘CLEAR, NECHEGO SKRIVAT’ at the event of the Clear on June 15, 2015.
Paris Hilton looked stunning in a floral see-through dress that she wore during the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2018. She paired it with her short blonde tresses beautifully curled and side-parted.
Cameron Diaz paired her sexy red dress with a loosely curled hairstyle that was tousled for extra volume. She wore this look last January 10, 2011, for the “Green Hornet” Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
The talented singer Gwen Stefani was in attendance for the LAMB Fall/Winter 2010 Collection Fashion Show, MILK Studios in New York last February 11, 2010. She was edgy in her black leather outfit complemented by her highlighted curly hair.
Gwen Stefani attended ‘The Tree Of Life’ premiere during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals last May 16, 2011, in Cannes, France. She paired her gorgeous black sheer dress with a vintage curly blond hair.
Jennifer Aniston showing off her permed beach waves paired with a black printed dress during the 4th Annual Patron of the Artists Awards on November 7, 2019.
Alyssa Milano arrived at the Showtime Emmy Eve Nominee Party on September 16, 2018, with soft, defined curls complemented with natural-looking makeup and a ruffle dress.
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A long permed hair with a short bangs is not just unique, but stylish as well.View this post on Instagram
This hairstyle is very cool and classy.View this post on Instagram
This straight bangs with a long spiral perm looks very unique!
This bouncy spiral perm looks so chic! Added by bangs and it is so stylish!
During the 29Rooms West Coast Debut 2016, Gabrielle Union portrayed her playful side with these crazy curls.
Soft and sexy curls in copper. This medium-length hairstyle looks extra trendy with its simple cut that has no excessive volume.
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No doubt, curls create a playful volume to any hairstyle. Perming your thin hair will help you achieve that thicker and fuller look, just be sure to use essential and natural hair oils because thin hair is more prone to damage.
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 endpaper. 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 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 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.