14 Loose Perm Looks That Will Persuade You To Try The Trend

Been dreaming of curls your whole life? Then it's time to make them a reality with one of these lovely loose perm hairstyles!

A loose perm is a chemical treatment that sets the hair in a permanent wave. Depending on your desired finish, your hairstylist will pick from various sized rollers and apply them to your hair, along with a perming solution to help set the wave or curl pattern. Permed hair tends to go in and out of fashion with big curly perms being hugely popular in the 1980s. However, recently, we’re now seeing people opt for a more casual loose perm that offers more versatility. If cared for, a perm can last approx 6 months and are a great option for those looking to add a distinctive curl pattern to straight or wavy hair.

So, to help inspire and showcase perms in all their glory, we’ve curated 14 fashion-focused looks that spotlight the loose-curl perm…

Poison Ivy perm

Loose perm: Close up shot of a woman with
Drew Barrymore would be proud. Credit: Instagram.com/iam_dytto

If there’s anything we’re learning from the red carpet and catwalks this season, it’s that ’90s looks are back for good. The best way to get in on the trend? With a Poison Ivy-inspired perm!

If you haven’t watched this cult classic film starring Drew Barrymore, seeing how this beauty pulls off Drew’s hairstyle from the movie, will seriously make you want the style. Credit: @iam_dytto

Big loose curls

woman with big loose perm curl and blonde hair posing
Carrie Bradshaw is that you? Credit: Instagram.com/eivilocs

This voluminous permed look is a great way to wear your hair down with some extra oomph, especially if your hair tends to fall on the finer side.

Whether you’re heading to the office or spending a night out on the town, this loose-curl perm will help you channel Carrie Bradshaw vibes down to a T. Credit: @eivilocs

Editor’s tip: To really make your curls pop, try using the Bed Head Rockaholic Amped Up Volumizing Mousse. Work a generous amount of the product throughout your damp lengths, blow dry with a diffuser and watch as your volumised waves come to life.

Body wave perm

woman with body loose perm curl hairstyle with bangs at a salon, wearing a grey shirt
It’s all about body language. Credit: Instagram.com/mai.doan.beauty

You can easily have beachy waves on and off the beach with this surf-inspired perm.

In our opinion, this cool-girl style will totally make everyone think you’ve been vacationing in St. Tropez. Credit: @mai.doan.beauty

Soft Loose Curl

Loose perm: Close up shot of a woman with long golden blonde loosely curled hair
A softer curl perm is great for those wanting to keep things subtle. Credit: Instagram.com/meredithmickelson

Keep things simple and still give your mane a noticeable refresh, try getting a softer loose-curl perm done. Credit: @meredithmickelson

Shag Haircut

shot of woman with loose perm curly short shag hairstyle wearing stripes
Perms and a shag cut go perfectly together. Credit: Instagram.com/tashimrod

If you’re after something a little more ‘rock chick’, look no further. This loose perm puts a totally original spin on the classic shag haircut, making it stand out with lush curls.

Don’t be afraid to work curly bangs with this hairstyle for extra style points. Credit: @tashimrod

Pixie cut

Loose perm: Close up shot of woman with a loosely permed dirty blonde pixie cut
What’s not to love about this pretty pixie? Credit: Instagram.com/chloenbrown

You don’t need to have Rapunzel-length locks to get in on the loose perm hair trend. And as proof, please turn your attention to this stunning picture, above.

This loosely permed, pixie style brings the all focus to the crown of your head, making it feel high-fashion and on-trend. Credit: @chloenbrown

Wet-look loose perm

Loose perm: Close up shot of woman with a medium dark brown, wet-look perm hairstyle
Move over, Ariel! Credit: Instagram.com/danidiamondphotography

Breeze through your fave festival like a sea Goddess with this wet-look, loose-curl perm hairstyle, that’s all kinds of chic. Plus, it’s perfect for short and long-haired ladies – bonus! Credit: @danidiamondphotography

Editor’s tip: Work a small amount of the TONI&GUY Curl Sculpting Spray throughout your mane for a seriously high-impact, frizz-free finish!

Short loose-curl perm

woman with loosely permed short bob hairstyle smiling
Channel Marilyn Monroe vibes with this curly ‘do! Credit: Instagram.com/beautybyrachelrenaepaz

If you’re looking to soften an angular face shape getting a Marilyn Monroe-inspired chin-length hairstyle is your best option.

Adding voluminous curls in the right places can have a slimming effect on angular lines, which is exactly what this sexy and sophisticated hairstyle does! Credit: @beautybyrachelrenaepaz

Loose spot-perm

shot of woman with soft loose perm curl hairstyle street shot
Instant volume? Yes, please! Credit: Instagram.com/yu_ya_hair

Perms don’t always have to be done all over, don’t you know? If you’re looking for more volume in certain areas, it’s possible to only perm those sections.

As you can see, this Intagrammer has chosen to have the mid lengths of her mane loosely permed, creating a tonne of natural-looking volume. Credit: @yu_ya_hair

Vintage perm

Loose perm: Close up shot of a woman with loosely permed short chin length bob hairstyle
Vintage queens will love this style. Credit: Instagram.com/sailens_hair

This short loose perm is great for the retro-devotee who wants to keep their hairstyle looking vintage and modern all at the same time. Just don’t blame us if Hollywood starts calling! Credit:@sailens_hair

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Sun-kissed loose perm

back shot of women with highlighted loose curl perm hairstyle
Sun-kissed curls never go out of style. Credit: Instagram.com/nathaliebarros

Give a brightening boost to your overall appearance by pairing your loose perm with some sun-kissed blonde highlights. This will keep your ‘do feeling intentionally stylish and bring a playful vibe to your look, making it the perfect style for year-round wear. Credit: @nathaliebarros

Editor’s tip: If you’re tempted to work some highlights in your perm just remember to use a wash and care system specifically formulated for dyed hair. We love the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner, which will help maintain your hue’s vibrancy and keep your tresses in tip-top shape!

Multi-textured perm

Loose perm: Close up shot of a woman with long dark brown layered loose perm hairstyle
You can wake up like this, too. Credit: Instagram.com/thedays_dean

If you’re worried about your perm looking a bit too uniform and unnatural on your long hair, a multi-textured perm (AKA a perm with varying curl sizes) could be perfect for you.

The best thing about this sort of perm? You can get it done all over or just on your ends, for a cool-girl ‘do that’s full of laid-back allure. Credit: @thedays_dean

Boho perm

Loose perm: Close up shot of a woman with dark brown hair with medium layered loose wavy hair styled to the side
Boho waves can be yours. Credit: Instagram.com/fran_says

Has stalking Vanessa Hudgens mane left you feeling envious? You can make your hair look as good as hers by getting a boho perm hairstyle, like this.

The mix of layers, loose waves and curls will make feel like a true boho queen. Credit: @fran_says

Loosely permed graduated bob

backshot of woman with graduated bob with loose perm hairstyle at salon
To bob or not to bob?Credit: Instagram.com/hair_fink

Think you’re too ‘old’ to get a loose curl perm hairstyle? Well, this gorgeous, graduated bob hairstyle will make you think again.

Not only will it give you enviable volume and bounce, but with a dash of colour, you’ll be instantly able to take your mane game from drab to fab! Credit: @hair_fink