Permed Hairstyles – Back for the Twenty Tens

Everything retro is back in fashion and that includes the perm!

Back in the 1980’s the perm was the must-have hairstyle. Straighteners, pah! It was all about curlers, crimpers and perms. The bigger the hair the better, not just for the girls either, and we are set to see it all again.

Perms are a great way to add curls, waves, volume and life to your hair, and cut down the number of hours you spend labouring in front of the mirror with your curling tongs.

There are a number of different styles of perm to choose from, so do your research before leaping into the stylist’s chair, and that goes for researching your salon and stylist too. Perming is a chemical procedure, so make sure you are in safe, experienced hands to prevent your experience turning into a perm horror story or even a perm burns compensation claim.

Now you have found a recommended, reputable hairdresser you need to choose your style of perm. With new up to date perming methods it is not as simple as curly or straight, there is a choice of curl. Here are 5 of the best:

The Volumiser
You have probably guessed that the volumising perm adds volume. Tight, small curls are usually used to reach the desired effect, although a variety of different curls can be used.

The Spiral
Think cascading ringlets or corkscrews. The look for this perm is achieved using long perm rods.

The Stack
This style of perm works well when the hair is all one length. Curls are added to the middle and bottom of the hair to give a soft wavy look. Kate Middleton is famous for this look.

The Loose Wave
This style of perm is perfect for those that don’t want to commit to super curly hair. This works well on any length hair to give a soft tousled look. Picture Julia Roberts.

The Root Perm
True to its name this perm is only applied to the roots of your hair. It is great for lifting fine, limp hair with the slight curl on the root giving body to your style. This perm works really well on short hair too for a fashionable retro look.

After walking out of the salon with your new curly locks there are a number of things to do to look after your perm to keep it looking good for as long as possible, including using recommended permed hair products. But that is the subject for another post.

Are you considering having a perm? Did you find this article useful? If so, let us know in the comments.


  1. YES your suggestions and tips were very helpful. If I wash my hair within 24-36 hours will I lose all my perm I just want to relax it and take the frizz out.

    1. Hi Barbara
      Thank you for your comment and for sharing that our tips have been helpful for you.
      We recommend speaking to your hairdresser. Perhaps sharing the tension of the curls before the procedure, they can adjust the solution for you so that your perm is just right. We have also put together a mini guide on how to fix a perm gone wrong, that might be of help too 🙂

      Any other questions, do send them over.

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