A body wave perm is a looser type of wave that is created by using a larger curling roller for the perm. This type of perm is perfect for anyone with a naturally straight hair type wanting a more natural-looking texture and a looser curl, but doesn’t want to use a styling tool every day to achieve the look. Fans of the body wave perm love it because it is used to create loose waves in your hair—perfect for those that have hair types that won’t hold a curl.
The process of the perm can take 2 to 4 hours, but, if cared for properly, this chemical treatment can last 6 to 8 months. The decision-making process is rather difficult when it comes to committing to any chemical treatment. No one wants to be stuck with a style they end up disliking or spend hundreds of dollars on something that they hate. If you’re thinking about getting permanent waves via a body wave perm, we’ve found some looks that will help you come to a decision. Ahead are 10 looks that prove body wave perms are for all ages and all seasons:
Body Wave Perm: 10 Looks to Love
1. Heavy Volume
The great thing about all perm styles is that you can control the size of your waves. Opting for a looser curl will help you achieve more volume! Take the volume up a notch higher by using TIGI Copyright Custom Care Volume Shampoo and Conditioner.
2. Classic Waves
Nail those classic blogger waves by getting a body wave perm that mimics the work of a medium-sized curling iron.
3. Tighter Curls
Alternatively, opt for tighter curls that sit on the tighter end of the body wave perm spectrum. Give the impression of naturally curly hair without anyone knowing that you’re faking it!
4. Subtle Highlights
Pair your body wave perm with fresh color to completely change your look.
Add even more body and movement to your new look by opting for shorter layers. The shorter layers on top will give you more volume.
6. Fluffy Waves
A super-subtle body perm wave will help you achieve these fluffy waves.
7. Irregular Waves
If you’re worried about your perm looking too ‘done’ then ask your stylist to create irregular curls. This laidback style is intentionally undone and effortless and will help you avoid that overly-glam style.
8. Super Long
If you’re not quite ready to cut your long hair but you’re looking for a change, consider trying a body perm wave.
9. Super Short
Most people tend to think of long hair when they think of body wave perms, but they also work well on short hair! It’s a great way to add more volume to shorter strands that are on the thinner and flatter side. Use just a bit of Emerge Style Goals Gel to give your strands some definition.
Go for a ’70s-inspired style and opt for an all-one-length cut that will show off your new waves.