Times have changed since perms were a widely talked about hair styling option, but you would probably be surprised to know just how many women still regularly perm their hair. Perms aren’t all ’80s curls and high amounts of volume anymore, either. Loose perm styles have entered the scene, and they could very well be the secret to a very chic hairstyle that’s also shockingly low-maintenance. We’ve created a collection of 24 loose perm styles to inspire you to try a curly style, so read on and get inspired:
1. Short Curls
While perms can often be fun and flirty, pairing a loose perm with a bob is a recipe for a chic and grown-up style.
2. Messy Waves
A soft and easy look like this is a prime example of how many perm options there are out there. This look is trendy and easy in the best way.
3. Classic Ringlets
This is likely more in line for what you imagine when you picture perm styles. Classic ringlets are always a good idea.
4. Go Long
A long tight style like this is a great way to fake natural-looking curls and the longer strands will weigh the curls down for an even looser perm.
5. Chestnut Highlights
Highlight your perm with a subtle sheen of beautiful chestnut-colored highlights.
6. Low Curls
Perm just the bottom for a simple and chic look.
7. Extra Volume
As with most looks, there are a number of ways you can style a perm. Consider add more volume at your roots by adding Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse and letting your perm dry naturally.
8. Super Loose
Go for a super loose wave and add some subtle texture to your long strands.
9. Silvery Waves
Work a few trends into your look by trying messy silvery waves for a mermaid-esque look that we can’t recommend enough.
10. Side Bangs
If you’re thinking about trying out a perm because you’re in it for the texture, then ask your stylist to add short layers into your haircut. Side bangs will add even more depth and dimension.
11. Keep It Long
Loose waves are often paired with longer haircuts, but this look is proof that tighter (yet still loose) curls work too.
12. Extra Large Curls
Alternatively, you can opt for large beautiful curls.
13. Honey Blonde Curls
Draw attention to your gorgeous curls by coloring them in a light and vibrant honey blonde hue.
14. Turned-In Curls
A perm style that incorporates curls that turn towards your face instead of away will help you achieve more of an Old Hollywood glam vibe.
15. Frizzy (In a Good Way)
I think women everywhere breathed a collective sigh of relief when frizzy hair became an on-trend and socially acceptable styling option. Wear your loose perm long and natural to achieve this look.
16. Winter Ready
If it’s wintertime when you get your perm, consider pairing it with a dark gloss for a bold, warm hue.
17. Curling Iron Curls
If you usually spend a significant part of your mornings with your curling iron then you’ll be thrilled when you get this perm. It’s an easy alternative to curling iron curls that give the exact same results.
This technique works on any hair length and will change up the look of your perm in an instant. Simply brush through your curls for an alternate texture.
19. Subtle Highlights
Give your perm a slight upgrade by adding small glimmering highlights.
20. ‘S’ Curls
Ask your stylist for an ‘S’ curl perm and rock this jaw-dropping look for days.
21. (Very) Loose Waves
A super soft perm like this will add some texture and a hint of wave to even the straightest hair.
22. The Blonde Bob
A blonde bob is a chic way to add instant interest and style to any look.
23. The Perfect Curl
These medium-sized curls will make thick hair look even thicker and give your hair the perfect doll-like impression. Amp up the volume even more by conditioning and washing your hair with TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner and following that with TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo.
24. Messy Blonde Bob
If you’re getting tired of a short style and are desperately waiting for it to grow out then consider getting a loose perm to add some texture.