Some hairstyles never die. The perm is one of them.

The grass is always greener on the other side.Women with curly hair will want it straight and women with straight hair will want it curly. Let’s face it, curly hair has been, is and always will be adorable, sexy and prized.Whether you are looking to change your look out of boredom or simply because you always want to stay in trend, a perm is always a good option. Plus, it gives you a variety in the kind of curls you want too.

Permed Hairstyles Based On The Final Look:

1. Body Perm:

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The end result of this type of a perm is the addition of a slight wave and large curls from the root to tip. It adds a lot of volume to your hair giving it the body and movement needed to kill the flat hair look.

This makes it highly suitable for women with a square face looking to soften their features. Added bonus is that it easy to style with a blow dryer!

2. Plain Curl Perm:

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This type of a perm is what most women opt for.  The result is the addition of soft natural waves that gives it body and volume.  And that makes it suitable for all hairstyles and face types too.

3. Root Perm:

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The result of this perm is the addition of height and lift at the very roots of the hair. If the aim is to add life to your otherwise limp and dead hair, this is type of perm is meant just for you. This looks even better on short hair when compared to medium or long hair.

If you have a heart shaped face in addition to limp hair, this perm is a life saver!

4. Spiral Perm:

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Are you looking to sport a very African look with tight and bouncy curls? Then this is the type of curl you should go for. They look like tiny and twisted cork screws that have lovely cascading effect.

If you have an oval face, this perm will bring out the best in you. But as fair warning to the all the ladies with a round face shape, pick your hairstyle carefully before getting this perm done. It tends to add to the roundness in your features.

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5. Stacked Perm:

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Are you looking to add volume without perming your hair from root to tip? Then this perm is what you need. Stack perm adds curls only lower length of your hair. This works better if you have a simple hair cut that has just one length to it instead of layers. As a matter of fact you can use this perm to give it your style an illusion of layers.

Good news is that this suits absolutely everyone irrespective of their face type.

6. Multi-textured Perm:

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Do you have long hair that you want to pair with a more natural looking perm? Then a multi-textured perm is the way to go. Since it uses curling rods of two sizes, the result is a less defined look.

7. Spot Perm:

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Are looking at styling a specific look that needs only a certain section of the hair to be curly? Then a spot perm is just what you need.

8. Pin Curl Perm:

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When you use a pin and styling gel to get the final curly look, then a pin curl perm is what you have treated yourself to. You don’t necessarily need to use chemicals for this. And the result is just as amazing.

9. Volumizing Perm:

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When you want a more relaxed look that adds volume and texture to fine limp hair, this is the right pick. It completely avoids the tight and springy curls and gives your hairstyles a thicker and lush look. Face shape is again not a worry here. Just makesure you pick the right kind of a hairstyle!

Permed Hairstyles Based On Formulation Used:

10. Acid Perm:

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Have you been subjecting your hair to chemical treatments for a while? Then you hair needs a gentler touch while perming. The acid perm is meant just for you.

This type of a perm is more time consuming but it subjects the hair to a lot less damage. And the end result of this look is also more relaxed with loose curls.

11. Alkaline Perm:

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Do think you have perm resistant hair? Then go get an alkaline perm. Coarse hair can stand this stronger and 20 min long treatment that results in tight and springy curls.

Perm Hairstyles in Vogue:

12. The Classic Perm:

Classic Perm hairstyle Perm hair looks best when they are left open! This permed hair style is the most popular amongst all age groups. No matter what the length of your hair, if it is permed, it can be left open. Just apply a smoothing serum on your hair before you step out and you are done. It is simple yet classic.

13. The Gypsy Style:

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Lightly permed hair can also be left open on both the shoulders. Tie a bandana or a thick hair band to keep your hair at place. This gives a gypsy look and adds a funky touch to your hair style. You can play with the colours of the bandana according to your mood.

14. The Retro Style:

Retro hairstyle have tight curls or loose waves, this hairstyle is always a good option. Just tie your hair into a low pony tail keeping a few rolls of hair on either side framing your face. You can also add some accessories like a flower or coloured clips according to your taste. This adds a romantic touch to it.

[ Read: Perm Celebrity Hairstyles ]

15. The Girly Look:

yellow dress The perm hair is pulled back to sit on both the sides of the face! This cute and girly hair style is suitable for women with short hair. Loose waves as well as tight curls look good with this hairstyle.

16. Elaborate Style:

Elaborate Style This hair style needs a bit of time and effort to get it right. The front section of the hair is side parted into bangs while the remainder is permed. This is suitable for people with shoulder length hair as it is easy to maintain. This hair style goes well for a party or a dinner date. For a party look, you can add hair accessories like a hair brooch, head gear or a flower pin.

17. The Mature Style:

Naturally Curly Hairstyle With Bangs Short permed hair with little bags in the front looks perfect on mature women! You should keep your bangs covering at least half your fore head. This works well for people with short and medium length hair.

18. The Tied Back Look:

new hair perm hair can be tied back into a pony tail. You can either go for a low ponytail or a high pony tail. This hair style gives a neat and a casual look and can be worn whenever you step outside.

19. The Evening Party Look:

With this simple perm, you can just brush back your hair and secure it with bobby pins. You can tie your hair either on one side or pull them back. This creates a stylish and neat look for a party.

Things To Consider Before Getting A Perm:

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There are some simple facts you should keep in mind before getting a perm.

First off, a perm just like straightening is all about changing the molecular structure of the hair. The perming solution breaks the bonds that make hair straight so that it can then be set into the curly structure. Chemicals will always equal hair damage which means it will require great care.

Secondly, decide on the texture of your hair and the hairstyle along with the face shape that you have been blessed with.

All types of hair can be permed but the above factors will help you decide what kind of a perm will look the best on you!

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Here are some products that will help you take better care of your perm.

  • Pantene curly hairspraysatin hold: This spray defines curls, keeps them soft, frizz free and doesn’t get sticky.
  • Tresemme flawless curls spray gel: It does everything it claims. Defines curls, prevents frizz and lasts all day.

With this you can now choose a hair perm that suits your hair type and shape of your face along with making it last all day.All you need to do is find the closest salon with a trust worthy stylist and the curly hair look can be yours! But always remember, since you are using rather harsh chemicals in the perming process, make sure you go to a salon which uses quality products and also has an experienced set of stylists.

Hope you like this article highlighting types of hairstyles for permed hair. Do leave us a comment!


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  • Ujjwal

    likes the 5th one no qualm i’ll try it out thanks ankita :)

  • Ankita Biswas

    Happy that you liked it… :) :)

  • melyssa levis

    the 1st and 2nd me loved it!!!

    • Ankita Biswas

      happy to know that melyssa.. :) :)

  • Revathi

    Hey thanks a lot. Was planning for a perming treatment. I dint know that we had so many choices. I guess now i am spoiled for choices!

  • NickelMath

    WARNING!!!! NONE OF THESE PHOTOS ARE PERMS!!! I’m a professional stylist that has been doing hair for 9 years and NOT A SINGLE one of these is a perm!! They are all curling iron styles or (in the case of the ethnic hair) a set. You will never get your hair to look liker this with perms!!! As a stylist this article really saddens me. I have no idea where the author got her information but it is made up! Please do not bring any of these photos to your hairstylist! You will not receive the results that you’re wanting!