Curly Perm: 20 Curly Looks to Consider for Your First Perm

Miriam Herst | 05 July 2019

New curls, who this? 

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.

If you’re thinking about giving a perm a try then you’ll want to check out 20 kinds of curls to consider for your first perm.

1. White Blonde Bob

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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 Red

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

Draw some attention to your curls with a bright and bold vivid shade of red 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 Suave Professionals Color Protection 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

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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.

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

11. Wear Them Loose

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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 TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum through your perm.


16. Undefined Waves

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The looser the better.

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.

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.

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