A perm hairstyle might not be the first idea to pop into your head if you want to upgrade your appearance. As lingering memories of spiral manes and luscious Afros from the 1980s challenge its reputation to remain fashionable in the 21st Century, updated alternatives could be a perfect choice.
What is a Perm Hairstyle?
Perms are a process where a hairstylist applies a chemical treatment to change the natural structure of straight hair into curls or waves. The two most common methods are a hot perm that contains an acidic solution with heat and a cold perm that uses an alkaline solution and neutralizing agent. Depending on the type of rollers they use, the resulting curls come in a variety of twists and sizes.
How to Style a Perm Hairstyle?
Treat the first two days after you get a perm with caution. Your hair requires significant time to lock into place. Avoid brushing, washing, or styling your hair for at least 48 hours. Afterward, you can return to your normal hair regimen. To style your perm, pomade will accentuate a wet look, while texturizing spray enhances curls. The amount of product you use can make your look light and airy or heavy and wet – it all depends on what you’re hoping to achieve.
How to Maintain a Perm Hairstyle?
As your straight hair adjusts to its curly transformation, you can prepare to keep your perm on the right track. Maintaining perm hair is simple but will add a few changes to your grooming routine.
- Treat your hair like it’s naturally curly. Switch your regular shampoo and conditioner with a brand that hydrates curls and restores moisture.
- Change hair brushes. The brushes you use for straight hair can tangle and weaken your perm. Use a wide-tooth comb after a shower, and follow-up with a paddle brush to remove stubborn knots.
- Stay out of the heat. Use a heat protectant if you’re going to spend time outside. Additionally, wait until your hair is mostly dry after a shower to use a diffuser or a blow-dryer on a low setting.
#1 Curly Perm with Shadow Fade
Perms typically blend the curls so well you can’t tell them apart. Take a bold risk with a dense perm and shadow fade that makes these prominent curly q’s stand out.
#2 Undercut with Wavy Fringe
Want a look that’s equally soft and edgy? The perm exudes relaxation while an undercut adds militant precision. A sharp tram line around the side acts as a barrier between both styles with the low fade underneath.
#3 Medium Length Spiral Perm
If you don’t want a volume, a spiral perm offers the right amount of bulk. The subtle curls emanate from the middle for equal length in all directions rather than forcing you to choose a side to part your hair.
#4 Faux Hawk Perm
Faux hawks are a captivating excuse to experiment with a perm. The wave of hair acts as a base on the crown of the head as more details like an ombre dye and a row of tram lines infuse more rebelliousness.
#5 Caesar Cut with Low Waves
A Caesar cut with a casual perm makes for a dynamic pairing of traditional and modern styles. The former camouflages the narrow row of tresses into the taper, while the latter produces controlled yet laidback waves.
#6 Highlighted Bowl Cut Perm
Divert expectations from a traditional bowl cut by mixing it with a perm hairstyle. A range of thin and thick curls cascade from the hairline to flow freely.
#7 Short Perm with High Fade
Short and messy ringlets that match the length of your beard are confident and easy-going. Add in shaved sides instead of a fade or taper to generate a subtle focal point towards the perm.
#8 Front Perm Taper Fade
Perm hairstyles can smoothly draw attention to your handsome features, disguise a high forehead, or create bangs. This look accomplishes all three with the curls setting close to the face and a taper fade.
#9 Comb Over Perm
Ginger coloring on its own adds personality to any look. Here, the coloring with an asymmetrical comb-over and springy curls are the life of every party.
#10 Slick Undercut with Curls
Medium length perms cover the crown of the head but won’t hang in your face. The pomade comes into play here to slick the curls upward and offer a noticeable shine.
#11 Perm with Undercut
#12 Side Swept Perm
#13 Slicked Perm Hairstyle
#14 Line Up Curly Undercut
#15 Disconnected Undercut
#16 Skin Fade Perm
#17 Curly Hair with Side Design
#18 Simple Perm Hairstyle
#19 Deep Parted Perm
#20 Loose Hairstyle
#21 Low Fade Hair
#22 Perm Hair with Drop Fade
#23 Fringe with Mid Fade
#24 Short Perm Hair
#25 Side Parted Perm
#26 Loose Fringe with Undercut
How long do perms last for guys?
Short-length perms last for at least two or three months, while longer styles can hold up for several months. The key to ensuring longevity is to maintain touch-ups and a balanced grooming routine.
Do perms ruin your hair men?
It depends on your hair type, the chemicals used to create the perm, and if the perm is set correctly. Some men’s hair is naturally more sensitive, while others adapt easily without any issues. Discuss your options and concerns with your stylist before you decide.
How do you sleep with a perm?
To avoid waking up with tangled and matted tresses or frizz, sleep with a silk scarf around your head or on a silk pillowcase. The fabric minimizes friction and protects the curls as much as possible.
How often should I wash my perm?
The recommended regime for washing a perm is at least two times a week. Taking care of your perm hairstyle includes washing it as well as choosing to use perm-treated products to prevent damage.
Will my perm get curlier after I wash it?
Shampoo and conditioner designed for perm hair will maintain a perm’s overall shape. However, washing your hair won’t make it curlier as the hair bonds after the initial perm sets.