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.
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.
2. Vivid Red
Draw some attention to your curls with a bright and bold vivid shade of red hair color.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. Voluminous Curls
Speaking of which, you can also consider a super voluminous look by opting for high-volume curls.
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.
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.
10. Spiral Curls
Guarantee a good hair day every day by opting for the perfect spiral curl in your curly perm.
11. Wear Them Loose
Loose curls get a beachy upgrade when you leave the curls straight at the very bottom.
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.
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.
14. Brushed-Through Curls
Use a comb or a hairbrush to brush through your curls for an Old Hollywood wave effect.
Go for high shine S-curls by running TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum through your perm.
16. Undefined Waves
Wear your curly perm short and loose in this chic undefined bob.
17. The Beach Wave
Get a beach wave perm for sea salt dipped hair all year round.
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.
19. Caramel Highlights
Wear your curly perm long and loose, with just a touch caramel highlights scattered throughout.
20. 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
Pair your brand new texture with this icy white blonde hue.
22. Tight Curls
This super tight perm is one of the easiest ways to fake natural curls.
23. Fire Engine Red
Try a super unique look and pair fire engine red strands with a tightly curled perm!
24. Loose Curls
Not all perms were created equally! Try a looser option for a more laidback, low-commitment look.
25. Long Loose Curls
Put your curling iron away for the duration of the season and opt for a long loose perm instead.
26. Soft Waves
Opt for soft waves instead of tight curls for a slightly more laidback look.
27. Highlight Your Curls
Highlight your new texture with light-catching strands of caramel hair color.
28. Voluminous Curls
Perms are a great way to add some instant major volume to your hair.
29. Irregular Curls
Irregular curls will add loads of texture to any hair type!
30. Retro Curls
These soft, brushed-out retro curls are the kind of curls we can get behind.
31. Tight Curls
When in doubt, opt for a classic look. It doesn’t get any more classic than these tight curls.
32. Honey Blonde
This honey blonde hue will complement your curls perfectly.
33. Medium-Sized Curls
Perms come in all shapes and sizes! We love this medium-sized style.
34. Cool Blonde
This cool blonde is icy and super on-trend!
35. Long and Loose
This super-feminine ultra-classy look is one of our favorites in this collection.
Try these super small tight curls for instant mega-volume!
37. Classic Curly Bob
Give the classic curly bob an instant makeover with these loose textured waves.
39. Long Light Curls
These long light curls are a cult classic for a reason.
40. Blonde Highlights
Draw some attention to your new curls with these beautiful blonde highlights.
41. Voluminous Brown Bob
A larger-sized curl on short hair is the best way to add some instant volume to a bob.
42. Tight Ringlets
When you think of a perm, you probably think of classic tight ringlets like these!
43. Ombré Curls
Pair your curls with one of our favorite color trends of all time: ombré strands!
44. Tight Brown Curls
There’s nothing not to love about this classic texture.
45. Light Brown Curls
This honey-brown hue is eye-catching in the best way.
46. Short Curls
Getting a perm on a short haircut like this one is one of chicest styles out there.
47. 80s Revival
There’s nothing we love more than a set of curly bangs.
48. Extra Volume
Looking for instant all-over volume? This is the perm for you.
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.
50. Statement Strands
You simply can’t go wrong with fiery red curls.
51. Pink Curls
These pink curls sit squarely in the punk rock camp.
52. Lengthy Lob
Try a mid-length cut with a fresh loose perm for a classy and mature look.
53. Curls for Days
Gather your curls up into a high ponytail to show them off!
54. Honey Hues
Pair a new perm with a fresh dose of color and opt for this beautiful honey blonde hue.
55. Classic Curls
These classic curls will have you feeling like a movie star.
56. Deep Brown
Show off your new texture with this beautiful shade of deep brown hair color.
67. Rooted Curls
Rooted color will add instant depth and will give the illusion of thicker hair!