20 Modern Ways to Wear a Spiral Perm in 2019

Nail this blast from the past!

Spiral perms were the trendiest style in the ’80s. I’m sure you’re familiar with the shoulder-length, larger-than-life poofy curls that women often sported during this time. If you’re feeling a little lost, don’t worry, we’re here to help you out! A spiral perm is when shoulder-length or longer hair is rolled onto the perm rod vertically. This creates a spiral shape, which can also be used to create the crazy curls we saw in the past.

If this style of perm makes you think about older generations, you’re definitely not alone. The spiral perm can often feel slightly outdated today, but with the popularity of texturized and curly hair, this retro style is coming back in a whole new way. We’re giving you 24 modern way you can show off the spiral perm today! Do you think you have what it takes? Read on for some major inspiration:

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Curls that are all one length will give you extra volume all over.

1. Straight Edge Spiral Perm

Pair your spiral perm with a straight edge haircut that steers you away from around style and allows you all-over volume.

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Get in on the frizzy hair trend.

2. Yes to Frizz

Alternatively, consider going in on the layers for a rounder look and embrace the frizz that often comes with curly hair. Believe it or not, you’ll be getting in on one of this season’s biggest trends.

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Consider a looser spiral.

3. Long and Loose Spiral Perm

Not all perms were created equally! This style, in particular, shows you a very 2017 on-trend way to wear a spiral perm. Consider a looser spiral that will feel much more relevant.

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Consider curls that make a statement.

4. Red Bob

Short bob-length curls will help you make a beautiful and eye-catching statement.

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Mix color with texture.

5. Ombré Volume

Mix color and texture by bleaching your curls for a very slight ombré effect.

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Combed-out spirals look natural and windswept.

6. Windblown

Comb out your spiral perm curls for a soft and easy windswept look.

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Get this Old Hollywood wave with this simple hack.

7. Brushed-Through

The absolute easiest way to achieve a glam Old Hollywood look is by brushing through tighter large curls. Use your hair brush to gently brush through your perm to give your hair this wave effect.

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Grow them out.

8. Long Spirals

Grow your curls out and keep them nice and long. Switch out your usual shampoo and conditioner for a strengthening duo like Suave Professionals Honey Infusion Strengthening Shampoo and Suave Professionals Honey Infusion Strengthening Conditioner to keep your strands healthy and strong.

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Highlight your gorgeous color.

9. Loose Red Curls

Highlight your striking color by opting for long loose curls.

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Soft curls are a super natural-looking option.

10. Soft and Easy

Soft curls that start immediately at the root of your strands are a great natural-looking option.

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Mismatch different sized curls.

11. Alternate Sizes

Mismatch slightly different sized curls for all-over texture and interest. This results in a truly one-of-a-kind look.

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A super loose messy spiral.

12. Messy Curls

Embrace the messy and ask your stylist for a super loose messy spiral.

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Subtle color will draw attention to your strands.

13. Eye-Catching Curls

Add a touch of glimmering highlights to your curls that are just a few shades lighter than your natural color. This will make your curls even more eye-catching and bold.

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The bigger the better.

14. Extra-Large Curls

You may also want to consider an extra-large spiral for an even more dramatic look.

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Threads of lighter brown make these curls pop.

15. Understated Highlights

Subtle thicker highlights will make your curls pop even more.

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Grow them out.

16. Curls for Days

Grow your hair out until your tresses graze your elbows, and then get your spiral perm. These extra-long curls are beautiful and bold.

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A barely-there spiral will add some extra texture.

17. The Loosest Spiral Perm

A super loose spiral will give a very natural boost of extra texture in your strands.

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Short and sweet.

18. Permed Bob

Keep your curls short and sweet by choosing a permed bob.

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Rooted color adds extra dimension to large curls.

19. Rooted Large Curls

Large curls paired with rooted color are the ultimate recipe for adding dimension to otherwise thin hair. This is one of the best ways to fake thicker strands.

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Hit two trends at once.

20. Rooted Bob

Go for a flirty and fun style and rock a rooted bob. You’ll be hitting two trends at once and feel super confident and bold, we promise.

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Go all out.

21. Platinum Curls

Go all out by embracing curly hair and platinum locks in one bold move.

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Consider a long and super tight spiral.

22. Tight Spiral

The ultimate spiral perm: the long and super tight spiral. The end result is breathtaking and striking at the same time.

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Spiral perms work on super long hair, too.

23. Let it Grow

Wearing spiral curls on long hair will mean that your curls will likely get a little weighed down by the length. This can work in your favor if you’re looking for a more natural option.

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Get a gloss, too.

24. Dark, Dark Brown

Add an extra touch to your curls by asking your stylist for a gloss. This will make your dark hair extra bold and will draw more attention to your curls. Add even more shine by running TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum through your strands.

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