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

Amra | 24 February 2019

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

Whether they’re wavy or curly, let’s be honest: perms have had a bit of a bad rep, but perm hairstyles can be versatile and stylish. So, to help inspire and showcase perms in all their glory, we’ve been taking the time to look at the contemporary updates on them.

Rather than thinking of them as a style that’s done and dusted, we’ve curated 14 fashion-focused looks that spotlight the loose-curl perm. And let’s just say that once you see them all, we’re pretty sure we’ll have changed your mind about perms


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

1. Poison Ivy perm

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

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

2. Big loose curls

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

Bed Head Rockaholic Amped Up Volumizing Mousse

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.

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

3. Body wave perm

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

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

4. Soft loose-curl perm

Nobody has to know your secret (unless you want them to know, ofc!). If you want to keep things simple and still give your mane a noticeable refresh, try getting a softer loose-curl perm done. Credit:@meredithmickelson

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

5. Shag cut with bangs

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.

Psst! Don’t be afraid to work curly bangs with this hairstyle (just like this mega-babe has done) for extra style points. Credit: @tashimrod 

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

6. Pixie cut

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

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

7. Wet-look loose perm

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

TONI&GUY Curl Sculpting Spray

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!

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

8. Short loose-curl perm

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

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

9. Loose spot-perm

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

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

10. Vintage perm

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

Recommended: 15 authentic vintage hairstyles for curly hair.

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

11. Sun-kissed loose perm

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

Dove Colour Care Shampoo

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!

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

12. Multi-textured perm

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

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

13. Boho perm

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

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

14. Loosely permed graduated bob

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