52 Best Curly Perm Hairstyles for 2020

New curls, who dis?

In a time when natural hair textures are not only acceptable but are actually being celebrated, it can be easy for us non-curly haired girls to start having some hair texture envy. There are plenty of bold and beautiful curly hairstyles to inspire, and only so much time left to spare in your morning routine. Another 20 minutes to spend battling with a curling iron? No, thank you. Enter: the curly perm. The curly perm is an easy and efficient way to add texture and curls to your strands. Curly perms are done using chemicals that help reshape small sections of hair. When the chemical is applied and hair is wrapped around rods, hair reshapes itself to sit in a curly texture.

If you’re thinking about giving a perm a try then you’ll want to check out these curls to consider for your first perm:

1. White Blonde Bob

curly perm white blonde bob
Lighten up with a white blonde permed bob.

Wear your fresh perm short in an ashy white blonde bob for a sleek and on-trend look we can’t get enough of.

2. Vivid Orange

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Draw some major attention to your curls with a vivid orange hair color.

Draw some attention to your curls with a bright and bold vivid shade of orange hair color.

3. Keep It Loose

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Consider a loose wave perm.

Ask your stylist for a very loose wave perm. This is a low commitment way to try out some texture without going all-in right away.

4. Tiny Curls

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Proof that perms come in all shapes and sizes.

Consider a perm with teeny tiny curls. This unique style is soft and low-key while still giving you that added texture.

5. Pop of Red

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Taking ‘mermaid hair’ to a new level.

This bold pop of red velvet hair color will draw attention to your curls in the best way. Keep your color vibrant for as long as possible by using Suave Professionals Color Protection Shampoo and Conditioner.

6. Oversized Curls

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Go for an oversized variety.

When most people picture perms they picture a head full of tight curls but there are other options too! Try these oversized curls for a slightly softer look.

7. Voluminous Curls

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Go for major volume.

Speaking of which, you can also consider a super voluminous look by opting for high-volume curls.

8. Ombré Perm

curly perm ombre long curls
Transition from dark to light.

Get in on two trends at the same time by opting for a long perm broken up by a beautiful and slow ombré.

9. Fake Natural Curls

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Make it look like your hair is naturally curly.

It’s easier to fake natural curls than you might think. Faking a natural curl pattern is all about the right sized curls and making sure that some curls move in one direction while others move in the other.

10. Spiral Curls

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Guarantee the perfect spiral curl every day. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

Guarantee a good hair day every day by opting for the perfect spiral curl in your curly perm.

11. Wear Them Loose

curly perm loose waves
Loose waves are an easy and beautiful option.

Loose curls get a beachy upgrade when you leave the curls straight at the very bottom.

12. Long, Loose Curls

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Wear your perm long and loose.

Perms work for hair of almost any length and can add some major volume to the top of a long style that might otherwise get weighed down.

13. Textured Perm

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Perms aren’t all smooth curls and silky edges.

Incorporate some texture into your curly perm by going for a frizzier style. These small curls look very natural when worn frizzy like this.

14. Brushed-Through Curls

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Brush through any kind of perm to achieve this look.

Use a comb or a hairbrush to brush through your curls for an Old Hollywood wave effect.

15. S-Curls

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Make a statement with a defined S-curl.

Go for high shine S-curls by running Nexxus Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox 5-in-1 Invisible Hair Oil through your perm.

16. Undefined Waves

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The looser the better. Photo credit: Craig Alexander

Wear your curly perm short and loose in this chic undefined bob.

17. The Beach Wave

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The perm-friendly version of the beach wave. Photo credit: Craig Alexander

Get a beach wave perm for sea salt dipped hair all year round.

18. Built-In Volume

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Opt for a curl that gives you built-in volume.

Volume is definitely a major key characteristic for any curly perm and this style is no different. It capitalizes on a unique horizontal volume for a particular kind of lift.

19. Caramel Highlights

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Lighten up your loose perm with caramel highlights.

Wear your curly perm long and loose, with just a touch caramel highlights scattered throughout.

20. Brushed-Out Bob

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Run a comb through your curls for a brushed-out bob.

Give your bob an extra bit of volume by running your comb through the length of your curly perm.

21. White Blonde

curly perm white blonde curls
Pair your curls with a bright white blonde hue.

Pair your brand new texture with this icy white blonde hue.

22. Tight Curls

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Opt for a super tight perm.

This super tight perm is one of the easiest ways to fake natural curls.

23. Fire Engine Red

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Make a bold statement with your color and texture.

Try a super unique look and pair fire engine red strands with a tightly curled perm!

24. Loose Curls

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Consider a looser option!

Not all perms were created equally! Try a looser option for a more laidback, low-commitment look.

25. Long Loose Curls

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These long loose curls are total #hairgoals.

Put your curling iron away for the duration of the season and opt for a long loose perm instead.

26. Soft Waves

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Try these soft waves.

Opt for soft waves instead of tight curls for a slightly more laidback look.

27. Highlight Your Curls

curly perm long highlighted brown
Talk to your stylist about highlights that perfectly catch the light.

Highlight your new texture with light-catching strands of caramel hair color.

28. Voluminous Curls

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Add some major volume.

Perms are a great way to add some instant major volume to your hair.

29. Irregular Curls

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Irregular curls will give your hair loads of added texture.

Irregular curls will add loads of texture to any hair type!

30. Retro Curls

curly perm light red curls
These retro curls make a major statement.

These soft, brushed-out retro curls are the kind of curls we can get behind.

31. Tight Curls

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These tight curls are a super classic option.

When in doubt, opt for a classic look. It doesn’t get any more classic than these tight curls.

32. Honey Blonde

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Try this honey blonde hue.

This honey blonde hue will complement your curls perfectly.

33. Medium-Sized Curls

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Try a medium-sized option for a looser look.

Perms come in all shapes and sizes! We love this medium-sized style.

34. Cool Blonde

curly perm cool blonde curls
This cool blonde hue is one of our favorites.

This cool blonde is icy and super on-trend!

35. Long and Loose

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This long loose option is a beautiful choice.

This super-feminine ultra-classy look is one of our favorites in this collection.

36. Mega-Volume

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Go big or go home.

Try these super small tight curls for instant mega-volume!

37. Classic Curly Bob

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This classic bob gets an upgrade with a loose perm.

Give the classic curly bob an instant makeover with these loose textured waves.

38. Long Light Curls

curly perm blonde light long curls
Lighten up with these light, long curls.

These long light curls are a cult classic for a reason.

39. Blonde Highlights

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Take your curls up a notch with light blonde highlights.

Draw some attention to your new curls with these beautiful blonde highlights.

40. Voluminous Brown Bob

curly perm voluminous brown bob
Add some volume to your shorter length.

A larger-sized curl on short hair is the best way to add some instant volume to a bob.

41. Tight Ringlets

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Imitate a classic style by opting for tight ringlets.

When you think of a perm, you probably think of classic tight ringlets like these!

42. Ombré Curls

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Nail two trends at once with this ombré style.

Pair your curls with one of our favorite color trends of all time: ombré strands!

43. Light Brown Curls

curly perm tight blonde curls
This honey brown hue is unique and eye-catching!

This honey-brown hue is eye-catching in the best way.

44. 80s Revival

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Revisit the 80s with these curly bangs.

There’s nothing we love more than a set of curly bangs.

45. Easy Curls

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These easy curls are a definite crowd-pleaser.

Not yet sold on the perm? These curls are loose and simple and will keep you within a short range of your comfort zone.

46. Pink Curls

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These pink curls are what rock and roll dreams are made of.

These pink curls sit squarely in the punk rock camp.

47. Lengthy Lob

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This mid-length cut pairs perfectly with a fresh perm.

Try a mid-length cut with a fresh loose perm for a classy and mature look.

48. Curls for Days

curly perm medium blonde ponytail
Try this styling hack to show off your new curls!

Gather your curls up into a high ponytail to show them off!

49. Honey Hues

curly perm long loose honey blonde curls
Take your color game up a notch while you’re already at the salon.

Pair a new perm with a fresh dose of color and opt for this beautiful honey blonde hue.

50. Classic Curls

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These long classic curls are a celeb fav!

These classic curls will have you feeling like a movie star.

51. Deep Brown

curly perm brunette deep brown curls
Show off your curls with this deep brown shade of hair color.

Show off your new curly perm texture with this beautiful shade of deep brown hair color.

52. Rooted Curls

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Add easy depth and dimension with this rooted hue.

Rooted color will add instant depth to a curly perm and will give the illusion of thicker hair!

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