Spiral perms were the trendiest style in the ’80s, so much so that you’re probably familiar with the shoulder-length, larger-than-life curls that women often sported during this time. So if you’re feeling a little lost on how to wear the spiral perm in a modern way, don’t worry, we’re here to help you out!
First things first: A spiral perm is the result of the process of shoulder-length or longer hair being rolled onto a perm rod vertically. As the name suggests, this creates a spiral shape, which can also be used to create the super-tight S-shaped curls we’ve seen 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 The spiral perm can often feel slightly outdated today, but with the popularity of textured looks on our feeds, this retro style is coming back in a whole new way.
We’re giving you a ton of modern ways you can show off the spiral perm today! Do you think you have what it takes? Read on for some major inspiration:
24 Spiral Perm Styles
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.
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.
3. Long and Loose Spiral Perm
Not all perms were created equally! This style, in particular, shows you a very on-trend way to wear a spiral perm. Consider a looser spiral that will feel much more relevant.
4. Red Bob
Short bob-length curls will help you make a beautiful and eye-catching statement.
5. Ombré Volume
Mix color and texture by bleaching your curls for a very slight ombré effect.
Comb out your spiral perm curls for a soft and easy windswept look.
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.
8. Long Spirals
Grow your curls out and keep them nice and long. Switch out your usual shampoo and conditioner for a curl strengthening duo like SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner to keep your strands healthy and strong.
9. Loose Curls
Highlight your striking color by opting for long loose curls.
10. Soft and Easy
Soft curls that start immediately at the root of your strands are a great natural-looking option.
11. Alternate Sizes
Mismatch slightly different sized curls for all-over texture and interest. This results in a true one-of-a-kind look.
12. Messy Curls
Embrace the messy and ask your stylist for a super loose messy spiral.
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.
14. Extra-Large Curls
You may also want to consider an extra-large spiral for an even more dramatic look.
15. Understated Highlights
Subtle thicker highlights will make your curls pop even more.
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.
17. Loose Spiral Perm
A super loose spiral will give a very natural boost of extra texture in your strands.
18. Curly Bob
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.
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.
21. Platinum Curls
Go all out by embracing curly hair and platinum locks in one bold move.
22. Tight Spiral
The ultimate spiral perm: the long and super-tight spiral. The end result is breathtaking and striking at the same time.
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.
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.
25. Brushed-Out Curly Bangs
Don’t be afraid to add texture to your bangs. If you want a more relaxed look, brush out the curls.
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