57 Best Curly Perm Hairstyles for 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. 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 20 kinds of curls to consider for your first perm.

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

1. White Blonde 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.

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

2. Vivid Red

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

curly perm very loose waves
Consider a loose wave perm.

3. Keep it Loose

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.

curly perm super tiny bleach blonde curls
Proof that perms come in all shapes and sizes.

4. Tiny Curls

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

curly perm pop of red curls
Taking ‘mermaid hair’ to a new level.

5. Pop of Red

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.

curly perm oversized red curls
Go for an oversized variety.

6. Oversized Curls

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.

curly perm oversized curls blonde volume
Go for major volume.

7. Voluminous Curls

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

curly perm ombre long curls
Transition from dark to light.

8. Ombré Perm

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

curly perm naturally curly highlighted
Make it look like your hair is naturally curly.

9. Fake Natural Curls

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.

curly perm loose spiral blonde curls
Guarantee the perfect spiral curl every day.

10. Spiral Curls

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

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

11. Wear Them Loose

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

curly perm loose brunette curls long
Wear your perm long and loose.

12. Long, Loose Curls

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.

curly perm long loose small brunette curls
Perms aren’t all smooth curls and silky edges.

13. Textured Perm

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

curly perm long brushed through blonde curls
Brush through any kind of perm to achieve this look.

14. Brushed-Through Curls

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

curly perm dark brown s curls
Make a statement with a defined S-curl.

15. S-Curls

Go for high shine S-curls by running TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum through your perm.

curly perm blonde waves
The looser the better.

16. Undefined Waves

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

curly perm beach wave blonde
The perm-friendly version of the beach wave.

17. The Beach Wave

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

curly perm auburn brunette curls
Opt for a curl that gives you built-in volume.

18. 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.

curly perm caramel highlights long
Lighten up your loose perm with caramel highlights.

19. Caramel Highlights

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

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

20. Brushed-Out Bob

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

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

21. White Blonde

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

curly perm small tight curls
Opt for a super tight perm.

22. Tight Curls

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

curly perm red long tight curls
Make a bold statement with your color and texture.

23. Fire Engine Red

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

curly perm medium length brown curls
Consider a looser option!

24. Loose Curls

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

curly perm long loose curls light brown
These long loose curls are total #hairgoals.

25. Long Loose Curls

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

curly perm long loose brown
Try these soft waves.

26. Soft Waves

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

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

27. Highlight Your Curls

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

curly perm long brown volume
Add some major volume.

28. Voluminous Curls

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

curly perm long brown irregular curls
Irregular curls will give your hair loads of added texture.

29. Irregular Curls

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

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

30. Retro Curls

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

curly perm light brown curls
These tight curls are a super classic option.

31. Tight Curls

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

curly perm honey blonde loose curls
Try this honey blonde hue.

32. Honey Blonde

This honey blonde hue will complement your curls perfectly.

curly perm dark brown medium length
Try a medium-sized option for a looser look.

33. Medium-Sized Curls

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

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

34. Cool Blonde

This cool blonde is icy and super on-trend!

curly perm brown long loose curls
This long loose option is a beautiful choice.

35. Long and Loose

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

curly perm brown curls medium brunette
Go big or go home.

36. Mega-Volume

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

curly perm brown bob
This classic bob gets an upgrade with a loose perm.

37. Classic Curly Bob

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

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

39. Long Light Curls

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

curly perm highlights blonde
Take your curls up a notch with light blonde highlights.

40. Blonde Highlights

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

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

41. Voluminous Brown Bob

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

curly perm tight ringlets
Imitate a classic style by opting for tight ringlets.

42. Tight Ringlets

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

curly perm tight curls highlights
Nail two trends at once with this ombré style.

43. Ombré Curls

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

curly perm tight brown curls
We love this classic texture.

44. Tight Brown Curls

There’s nothing not to love about this classic texture.

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

45. Light Brown Curls

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

curly perm short hair loose curls
Even short-haired girls can get in on the perm.

46. Short Curls

Getting a perm on a short haircut like this one is one of chicest styles out there.

curly perm short bangs blonde
Revisit the 80s with these curly bangs.

47. 80s Revival

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

curly permed voluminous curls
Add some all-over volume with ease when you opt for a curly perm.

48. Extra Volume

Looking for instant all-over volume? This is the perm for you.

curly perm red loose curls long
These easy curls are a definite crowd-pleaser.

49. Easy Curls

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

curly perm red curls
Red hair, voluminous curls. Need we say more?

50. Statement Strands

You simply can’t go wrong with fiery red curls.

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

51. Pink Curls

These pink curls sit squarely in the punk rock camp.

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

52. Lengthy Lob

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

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

53. Curls for Days

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

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

54. Honey Hues

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

curly perm long loose curls
These long classic curls are a celeb fav!

55. Classic Curls

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

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

56. Deep Brown

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

curly perm blonde rooted curls
Add easy depth and dimension with this rooted hue.

67. Rooted Curls

Rooted color will add instant depth and will give the illusion of thicker hair!