Man Perm Styles You Should Try

For those guys who are looking to experiment with their hair and get in on the recent curly hair trend, the man perm is making a comeback! But before you roll your eyes and write us off completely, we’re here to convince you that it’s decidedly much less ’80s reminiscent than expected. This modern version of the man perm incorporates style and texture for a look that gives you perfectly on-trend curly results.


What is a Man Perm?

man perm: man with curly hair, wearing a wide-brimmed black hat
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A perm (or a permanent wave) is a style where curls or waves are set into the hair using thermal or chemical processes. A perm specialist will typically apply a chemical solution to break down the structural bonds in your hair, and then follow that with a neutraliser. The specialist will coil your hair around rods while the first solution sits, and the size of those rods will indicate the size of your waves or curls in the finished style.


Man Perm Inspiration


The “Wear It Wild” Man Perm

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A medium-length, loosely-curled perm will result in a tousled and adventurous-looking style. Pair this look with a well-kept beard to avoid having your hair take over your entire face.


Short Curly Cut

man perm: man with short curly hair and very short sides
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Cropped curls are a great way to show off your new texture without wearing your curls too long. This is another neater option for anyone looking to try a man perm without going overboard.


Loose Waves Man Perm

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It’s important to note that opting for a perm does not necessarily mean ending up with a head of coiled curls. Ask your stylist for a looser wave for a more laid-back style.


Curly Half-Updo

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Have a longer perm? This is the perfect time to try out different styles. From a regular half-updo to a half-up man bun, you have a lot more ways to show off your curls now.


Curly Bangs

man perm: man with short dark curly hair with a curly fringe and undercuts
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As you’ve most likely already guessed, it can be a bit challenging to make a man perm work with bangs. This bowl cut inspired look manages to incorporate both curly hair and bangs in a trendy and surprisingly endearing style.


Use the Toni&Guy Men’s Moulding Clay to help keep this style well-shaped.


Defined Curls Man Perm

man perm: man with long tightly curled hair
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If you have a tight curly man perm, defining your curls can make a huge difference.

Use a curl-defining product to keep your curls on point. We love the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie for this.


Long Hair with Man Perm

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Embrace the curls by growing your hair nice and long before trying out the man perm. This length is totally carefree and a perfect canvas for tight curls.

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