All About Wavy Perm for Long Hair and 10 Styles to Try this Season

Fake it till you make it with 10 long wavy permed styles.

When you think of a perm, your first thought is probably the 80s curls from your parent’s old photo albums. We are happy to share that the perm has recently seen what is probably the biggest rebrand since the midi skirt. The cool thing about perm styles is that they can be tailored to your particular style and what’s currently trending in the hairstyle scene. Right now, that looks like a wavy perm for long hairstyles.

Here’s everything you need to know about wavy perms:

What’s the difference between a regular perm and a wave perm?

Traditional perms produce defined spiral curls by wrapping the hair around smaller individual rods for tight, uniform curls. With a wave perm, the hair is wrapped around larger rods to produce looser waves for a more relaxed result.

How long do wavy perms last?

Wavy perms usually last between 3 and 6 months, but this can vary depending on how well you care for it and what your natural hair pattern is like.

Can I get a wavy perm?

One of the pros of wavy perms is that they can work well on the hair of different lengths and textures. While coarsethick hair is generally seen as best suited for perming, that’s not to say that those with fine hair can’t also try them – we recommend talking to your hairstylist for a consultation before booking in to discuss your hair’s suitability.

However, it’s important to note that as getting a perm is quite an intensive chemical process, it’s not recommended for those with hair that has already been dyedbleached, or chemically straightened hair. In fact, many salons will actually refuse to carry out the treatment on processed hair because of the risk of damage, so it’s best to do it on virgin (aka untreated) hair.

Thinking about trying out a wavy perm for long hair? Read on to get inspired:

1. Soft Curls

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All-over soft curls make a big impact.

True to the origins of the perming hair method, this soft curly hairstyle sits right in between curly and wavy strands. These soft curls are mid-sized, and the length of the hair weighs the curls down into a wavy pattern. You’ll notice some shorter layers around the front of the style! Talk to your stylist about using layers to create some subtle dimension and volume.

2. Subtle Waves

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These brushed waves are subtle and chic.

Similar to the previous style, these subtle waves are an understated variation of the classic perm. Subtle and chic yet undeniably trendy, these subtle waves offer some movement and dimension to an otherwise classic style.

3. Loose Waves

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A low-maintenance style.

It doesn’t get more low maintenance than this loose waves style. If you are one of those women who can never seem to get a curl to hold when styling with a curling iron, this understated style might be for you!

4. Classic Curls

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Fake a natural curl pattern.

Fake a natural curl pattern with a perm! Make sure to bring an inspiration photo or two to your stylist during your consultation. Your stylist will create a natural curl pattern during the perming process by alternating the direction of each curl. This will imitate a natural curl pattern perfectly!

Keep your perm hydrated and healthy by washing and conditioning your hair with Dove Hair Therapy Hydration Spa Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner.

5. Mega Volume

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Zero in on the volume factor.

A wavy perm is a really great way to add some volume to finer and thinner strands. Strategically placed curling rods will add some lift to your roots and the strands that frame your face for an overall more voluminous look.

6. Soft Bends

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These subtle bends make a big impact.

If you aren’t quite ready to dive into the perm trend completely, this is a subtle way to dip your toe into the technique. Soft-bended waves add just a touch of movement to your otherwise straight strands without making a dramatic change to your hair texture.

7. Beach Waves

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Soft and easy.

If you are hoping for a hair treatment that cuts down on your styling time and gives you that effortless, ‘I woke up like this vibe, this might be the perm for you. These soft beach waves are super understated yet impactful at the same time. Use a mousse to help amp up your wavy perm while wearing this look. We recommend the Suave Simply Styled Flexible Definition Wave Mousse.

8. Long Waves

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These long waves make a big statement.

Long voluminous waves are the hallmark of healthy and strong strands. Focus the perm treatment on the bottom two-thirds of your hair to mimic the bottom-heavy volume pictured here.

9. Brushed-Out Curls

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Classic curls, but make it modern.

Give classic perm curls a modern twist by styling your strands in a brushed-out curls style. This look requires a standard perm with classic curls, and the twist is really all in the styling. Once your perm has set, and you have washed and conditioned your new texture, use your fingers to pull apart the curls and gently brush through them!

10. Voluminous Waves

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These long voluminous waves are super on-trend.

Finally, consider these on-trend long voluminous waves. This super-symmetrical style depends on a layered haircut to offer even volume in your waves!

Are you thinking about getting a wavy perm for long hair? Be sure to share the results with us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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