18 amazing perm hairstyles for women in 2020

A perm is a chemical treatment that uses heat to permanently alter your hair, leaving it curly. Before you switch off at the very mention of perm hairstyles, hear us out because ’80s-inspired hairdo has seen a huge revival recently.

This hair trend has nothing to do with the huge, frizzy perms from ‘back in the day’. This revived look has basically taken the very best aspects of retro perms and given them a modern-day shake-up!

Check out our list for the best modern takes on perms, and prepare for a bucket load of #hairspiration.


Pink permed hair

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Don’t make the mistake of thinking the ombre hair trend is only for straight tresses. This Insta-worthy hair proves that you can show off an ombre style on curly locks! Come on, pink and a perm? What’s not to love?


Tight permed hairstyle

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Create a series of tight coils throughout your mane, and add in some medium and large-sized curls in between for good measure. This will add plenty of height and incredible bounce to your permed locks while still looking natural!


Perms for thick hair

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At your wits end with your unmanageable thick mane? Then try out a perm with beautiful loose curls. Enjoy the volume and texture as you rest easy with your new stunning style.


Perms for short hair

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Guess what? Curling short hair is no longer a no-no. Getting a perm is an ideal solution to all your hair styling woes. Hello, beautiful, bouncy hair.


Permed bob hairstyle

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Not only is this perm and bob combo totally on-trend, but the addition of a bright, rich colour also adds depth to this hairdo.

Maintain your colour vibrancy by switching to a wash and care system designed especially for colour treated tresses, like Dove Nutritive Solutions Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner.


Perms for thin hair

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Tightly permed curls add great fullness and volume to thinner hair types while still looking effortlessly natural. It’s a total win-win situation with a perm!


Bronde perm hairstyle

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Give your newly permed locks a delicate sun-kissed look with a Bronde colour (somewhere between brown and blonde). It’s the perfect colour to help show off your curls.


Wild ’n free perm style

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Feel it’s time to let loose? Then have your curls created in different directions during your perm. Ensure you have smaller curls underneath and larger curls on top to create wild ‘n’ ready looking tresses with ease.


’80s-inspired permed hairstyle

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Earn yourself some extra style points this season and ooze some ’80s diva with mid-length permed locks. Work it, foxy lady!


Permed hair care: The basics

After a heat treatment like a perm, your hair is going to need a bit of extra moisture. Using products that hydrate your tresses will help your curls look better, feel softer and keep your hairstyle from getting the frizzies.


Use a hair oil

The nourishing hair oil will work to fight frizz by coating your strands in moisture. A good spritz of hair oil can also finish off a style and give your curls a glossy look.

TRESemmé Botanic Moisture & Replenish Rich Oil Mist

We recommend using TRESemmé Botanic Nourish & Replenish Rich Oil Mist to give your perm moisture, nourishment and shine.


Detangle before you wash

Protect your new curls from breakage by detangling your hair before you give your permed locks a wash.

TRESemmé Botanic Moisture & Replenish Pre-Wash Detangling Butter

We highly recommend TRESemmé Botanic Nourish & Replenish Detangling Butter to prevent damage caused by knots and tangles in your hair.


Do a deep condition

Curly locks tend to be drier than straight hair. Because of this, we highly recommend a deep condition once a week. This will give your hair a good hydration boost after a perm.

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Try Dove Intensive Repair Deep Treatment Mask for a deep condition to repair any potential damage done to your hair during the perming process.


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