Man Perm: 14 Best Perm Styles for Men in 2019

Perk up your look with the best man perm hairstyles this 2019!

For those guys who are looking to experiment with their hair and get in on the recent curly hair trends, this one’s for you. The man perm, which involves an up to two-hour procedure called a cold perm (a chemical treatment that adds texture to straight hair types) and set with perm curl rods to create curls, is making a comeback.

Before you roll your eyes and write us off completely, we’re here to convince you that it’s decidedly much less ’80s reminiscent than expected. This modern version of the man perm incorporates style and texture for a look that gives you perfectly on-trend curly results.

Are you one of the brave souls considering trying out the man perm? Read on, kind sir, for some major inspiration:

1. Wear it wild

Money Heist hairstyles: Caucasian man with messy curls wearing glasses and a white shirt at home
Letting your curls hang loose can be a statement on its own. Credit: Shutterstock

A medium-length, tightly coiled perm will result in a wild and adventurous-looking style. You can pair this look with a well-kept beard to avoid having your hair take over your entire face.

Editor’s tip: Rock your man perm together with a dandruff-free scalp by using CLEAR Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men daily. It helps protect your scalp against dandruff while leaving you with that presko shower feel. 

2. Side part

Caucasian man with a side part haircut wearing a jacket outdoors
Instantly change up your whole look with a deep side part. Credit:

Get yet another change of perspective by changing your part as you learn how to style your new perm. You’ll be surprised by how much of an impact your part can have on the overall angles and perspectives of your face.

3. Close beard

Man with short haircut for curly hair for men
Keep it light and cool with high and tight haircut. Credit: Shutterstock

Here’s another example of how a closely-shaven beard can balance out your perm. Some men are hesitant to jump on the curly hair trend because of all the texture, and we do admit that all this volume can be a little overwhelming. Streamlining your curls with a matt clay and a well-groomed beard will take the edge off such a dramatic style.

Editor’s tip: Use the VO5 Matt Clay to style your curls. Even with so little amount, you will be able to add texture and definition to your hair along with a matte finish.

4. Loose waves

wavy long hairstyles for men
Wavy and brushed back. Credit: iStock

It’s important to note that opting for a perm does not necessarily mean ending up with a head of coiled curls. Ask your stylist for loose waves for a more laid-back style.

5. Man bun

Man ponytail: Closeup shot of a man with beard and mustache and with curly hair in a ponytail
Go for this quick and easy hairstyle when you’re in for a busy day. Credit: Shutterstock

You can always tie your curls up into a man bun as an easy-to-create and on-trend style to fall back on.

6. Long tight curls

Curly hair main: Man carrying a backpack and wearing a white polo and eyeglasses with brown curly hair on an outdoor location
Score major pogi points with sleek and well-groomed curls. Credit: Shutterstock

Wear your curls long and defined. A healthy dose of styling gel will keep your curls tight and defined all day long.

Editor’s tip: Stay suave all day! Use the VO5 Mega Hold Styling Gel to give your curly hairstyle extra strong hold and control for 24 hours!

7. Overgrown fade

loose and long hairstyles for men with curly hair
Grow your curly hair out. Credit: Raquel Brust

Make your curls look more natural by going for a medium-sized man perm and ask your stylist for a slightly overgrown fade. This way, you get to nail two trends at once!

8. Highlighted curls

Hair highlights for men: caucasian man with bright blonde highlights on his brown curly hair
Highlights can add more illusion of texture on your tousled curls. Credit: Shutterstock

Get a full-on makeover by getting your hair highlighted too. Keep in mind that between the chemicals from your perm and the ones found in hair dyes and bleach, you’ll be putting your hair under a lot of stress. Have a nourishing hair care routine to hydrate your strands and keep them as healthy as possible.

Editor’s tip: Make Dove Men + Care Strengthening Shampoo a regular part of your hair care. It has caffeine and Trichazole Actives so you can bid goodbye to weak, brittle hair.

9. Curled in front

Asian man with tousled medium length hair for men wearing a polo and pantsoutdoors
A bit of mess is best when going for a tousled look. Credit: Hariono Halim

Start slow and consider keeping your ‘do closely cropped with just a little curl up front to start.

10. Short curly cut

Haircuts for men with wavy hair: Man sporting his wavy hair with a high fade
Curls take center stage with a fade haircut. Credit: Shutterstock

Cropped curls are a great way to show off your new texture without wearing your curls too long.

11. Combed up

Curly hair men: Man with brown skin and thick, brown curly hair wearing a blue polo and holding a cellphone in an outdoor location
Apply hair wax on your curls to keep them well-groomed all day. Credit: Shutterstock

Use your hairbrush to comb your hair upwards and wear your curls with a little bit of volume.

12. Brushed back

Side view shot of a man with brushed back curly hairstyle
Sweep your hair back for a neat and polished look. Credit: Shutterstock

Alternatively, you can brush your curls back to open up your face and keep your curls out of the way.

13. Curly bangs

bed head hairstyles for men with curly hair
Keep it cool with a textured bed head look and curly fringe.

As you’ve most likely already guessed, it can be a bit challenging to make a man perm work with bangs. This bowl cut-inspired look manages to incorporate both curly hair and bangs in a trendy and surprisingly endearing style.

14. Golden brown

Best hair color for men: Closeup shot of Hispanic man wearing nature-themed polo against a blurred background
Transform your hair from so-so to slammin’ with this golden brown shade. Credit: Shutterstock

Lighten up your man perm with golden brown curls and make two bold hair changes at once.

Let no one stop you from rocking curls and waves! Take cues from these man perm looks and see yourself become a dapper man.




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