7 unbelievably gorgeous ways you can rock short permed hair

Short permed hair is making a stylish comeback! Get on board the trend stat, with these pretty permed short hairstyles!  

You heard it here first: short permed hair is back in vogue. But before you write off getting a short hair perm, let us just say that they’ve been given a stylish, modern upgrade, having been spotted on the runways and red carpet. And honestly, the updated styles we’ve seen have seriously tempted us to test out short permed hairstyles for ourselves!

We can see that you need a little more persuading on the matter, so just take a look at the fresh and modern perms for short hair in our gallery, above. Or for more info on each trend, and to see perms for very short hair (they do exist!), keep scrolling!

7 permed short hairstyles to consider


models backstage at topshop unique with short permed hair
Side-swept short perms. Credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Side-swept short perm

Listen up, girls: you don’t need to have Rapunzel-length locks to get in on the side-swept hair trend. Don’t believe us? Then please turn your attention to the stunning picture, above! Both models’ loose short permed hair have been swept to the side, for a refined and sexy effect.

perms for very short hair: model with a cropped and rounded pixie cut hairstyle wearing black backstage
Short permed round pixie. Credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Pixie perm

When it comes to modern perms for very short hair, the root permed pixie cut always manages to surface at the top. Wondering why? Well, a cropped perm hairstyle – when done correctly – will dreamily make curls appear more defined and bouncy, as demonstrated by this lovely model! Honestly, what more could a girl want?

Editor’s tip: To make your curls pop, work a small amount of the VO5 Frizz Free Cream throughout your mane, for a seriously high-impact finish!

perms for very short hair: woman with permed pixie cut wearing blue streetstyle shot
Vintage perm. Credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

3. Vintage perm

Looking for permed short hairstyles with a fashion-forward, vintage flair? Then, take a leaf out of this fashionista’s book and try a 50s-approved look on for size. So, if you’re obsessed with retro hairstyles and want your short mane to follow suit, know that this flirty and feminine look has totally got your back!

Editor’s tip: Try styling your crop into a stunning pompadour or textured quiff using the VO5 Soft Moulding Wax, for an ultra on-trend look.

permed short hairstyles: woman with permed bob wearing stripy shirt and blue jacket street style shot
Chin length bob. Credit: Dvora

4. Chin-length perm

Want to revive your chin-length hairstyle ASAP? Consider getting this stunning loose short hair perm, which we spotted on this fashionista.

And can we just take a moment to appreciate how light, feathery and tousled this hairstyle is? Honestly, it’s the stuff hair dreams are made of!

short hair perm: karlie kloss with short hair perm with middle part backstage
Short permed hair with a middle part. Credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Spiral perm lob cut

Tempted to amp up your straight, long mane? Afraid of going too short? Then get the best of both worlds with an on-trend lob haircut, instead. But to take your mane up a few more notches, consider opting for a spiral perm.

What sets this voluminous hairstyle apart from all the rest, is that it looks really natural, hitting just below the collar bone, and pairs perfectly with face-framing layers and long split bangs.

perms for short hair: model with 80s short perm hairstyle
Big corkscrew curls. Credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Blonde corkscrew curls

We can’t talk about permed short hairstyles without mentioning Flashdance-esque corkscrew curls! And ever since we saw Mandy Moore rocking them, other stars like Bella Hadid and Chrissy Teigen were also quick to try out the look.

The best thing about perms for short hair is that you can experiment with a range of hues! From solid blonde shades to rainbow hair, and everything between, whatever you choose, rest assured you’ll turn heads.

Editor’s tip: If you do decide get a dye job with your perm, be sure to switch up your regular wash and care set for one specifically for coloured hair, like the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner!

permed short hairstyles: model with permed shag haircut wearing red, backstage at akris
Short permed shag haircut. Credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Shag cut curls

We’re totally in love with short shag haircuts at the moment, and we have good reason to be! With so many members of the fashion crowd coveting the look, you might feel tempted to follow suit. But if you want this dreamy look to last longer, getting short permed hair might be the answer.

The great thing about the shag haircut is that it works with a broad range of face types, and looks incredible with a full fringe, too. Ah, who knew perms for short hair could be so trendy?


All these short permed hairstyles got you lusting for more hot-to-trot looks for your cropped mane? We thought so. For endless #shorthairinspo, styling tips and tricks, just head on over to our Short Hairstyles page!

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