Perm was the in thing in the 80’s, and no woman would look fashionable without it. Three decades later this fantastic headdress is back, and it is here to stay as more and more women embrace it and as new styling options and tools come into the picture. And if you want to keep up with the trend it is important to understand what this style that is also known as permanent waves is all about. To state it simply this is a hairstyle that involves the use of curling rods and perming solution to alter the structure of the hair. There are two main categories of this hairdo that are the regular or cold and the digital or hot one. However, there are many types, and they include the spiral, body, spot/plain, stacked, root, multi-textured and pin curl. The 50 stylish hairdos below demonstrate some of these types of perm and how to achieve them.
# 1 Volumizing Spirals
Spirals are very attractive and different ladies will have varying reasons why they love them. However, these are perfect because they give the long blonde locks an incredible volume. Instead of having a few large curls you should have many small ones to look this elegant. And for styling you need to sweep a few of them over the forehead.
There are many techniques that you can use when perming hair and this is why there are almost limitless styles that you can create. This particular one is very easy as you only need to use big styling rods to create a brushed out appearance. To finish the look you will need a center part and to sweep the locks to the sides into a face frame.
# 3 Neat Spirals
If you are looking for something that you can keep for a long time, then you should go for spirals. They are very tight, and their corkscrew appearance makes them look very adorable. These spirals will also make your strands look neat and bouncy.
# 4 Silver Gray Roots
Going short is also an option that will still give you a charming appearance. However, it is still vital to choose a good style and for this, a root perm will be perfect because it helps to breathe some life to your limp or short flat strands. And if you give it a silver gray shade like this one then you will look stunning.
# 5 Digital Waves
This look is what you get when you add some texture to your digital body perm. Here the perming also entails adding some volume to the long dark toned strands to make them look extra cute, and it is a suitable style for ladies with flat straight hair.
# 6 Highlighted Beach Waves
Straight, fine hairs give you the freedom to wear almost anything that you wish, and it is what makes this hairdo possible. To create a stylish design like this you should start curling the strands high near the roots but make it loose so as to form the beach waves and to do this you need to use a large rod.
# 7 Trendy Spirals
Although this is a typical spiral design, its gorgeous natural shade makes it look very distinct. These strands are also quite long and voluminous and for your hairdo to look this good you have to make your spirals tight and style by sweeping them to the back.
# 8 Perm Pixie Cut
Your short pixie cut may look adorable, but you can still take its appearance a notch higher with a curling wand like in this style. You should maintain the curls on the crown and also spice it up further by also tapering the sides to make them shorter than the top.
# 9 Golden Blonde Spirals
No woman can ever get tired of spirals as they will always make you look elegant and stand out from the crowd. They are also very easy to make, and if you have a golden blonde shade like this one, then you only need a simple half up styling to create a polished appearance.
# 10 Plain and Digital
This digital design entails crimping the lower half of the long and thick locks to form some sexy, loose waves. And for styling you only need to push them back and also stack them slightly for an additional volume.
# 11 Adorable Wavy Perming
These long blonde locks look very natural and adorable, and it is hard to believe that the wearer does any perming on them. However, this look is a result of the skillful use of styling rods and curlers to form some cute wavy locks that you should finish with a layered brush back.
# 12 Short and Messy Afro Spirals
Spirals will work for any hair size, and you only need to figure out how to style them to conform to your length. The short ones on his design have an attractive messy afro that makes them look very look adorable, and they are perfect for ladies with an oval or round face shape.
# 13 Bob Length Body Wave
You do not have to keep long, voluminous locks to wear a stylish headdress, and this is more so when you intend to do some perming on your strands. These bob length or shoulder-grazing body waves prove that short hair is cute, and they also have a stunning chocolate brown sombre shade.
# 14 Glamorous Beach Waves
This hair has all the elegance and beauty that every woman wishes to have in her hair. The length of the strands is perfect, and their volume and texture are also magnificent. These strands also have a beautiful chocolate brown shade with highlights and a messy face frame styling.
# 15 Textured Pin Curl
The best thing about pin curls is that they give you the freedom to choose the size that you wish because there are different sizes of curlers available. They are also very tight, and this gives them a neat appearance, and if you also have some dark-toned textured strands like these, then you can be sure of a head-turning appearance.
# 16 Inspiring Golden Blonde Curls
This hairdo falls in many categories because it can still qualify to be a bob cut. However, the textured spiral curls are what makes it a special style. Apart from their texture, they have a lovely warm blonde shade that helps create a very fashionable appearance.
# 17 Face Framing Partial Perm
To create a charming headdress like this one you only need to use styling rods to curl the ends of your short bob haircut. However, you should also have a good volume and a healthy dazzling dark toned hair as it looks best with these subtle curls. And for styling you should from a center part and sweep the strands into a neat face framing design.
# 18 Glamorous Digital Perm for Long Locks
Most ladies with long strands prefer to go for the digital curls, and the beauty of this particular one shows why. Here the curls start a few inches from the roots, and there are quite small but also have a neat appearance. And for styling you only need to sweep them back and layer them slightly to create an adorable headdress.
# 19 Traditional Spirals
This look is what you would expect to see with ladies who like perming their hairs. Although the spirals are a traditional look, they still look magnificent and would be ideal for any woman who wants a great hairstyle. In this design, they enhance the appearance of the long fine strands which also have a gorgeous ombre dye job.
# 20 Pretty Textured and Stacked Waves
The textured look of these locks comes from using different rod sizes or using a curler skillfully. These strands also have a beautiful and dazzling dark tone that helps to enhance the appearance. And for styling you only need to sweep back the strands and stack them slightly.
# 21 Permanent Boho Curls
Permanent waves come in different styles and shapes, and you will first need to trim your strands into a V-shape at the back to create some like these. The next step is to use rollers to form the brushed out curls and finish with a sweep back, and you should also get a blonde dye job if it is not your natural shade.
# 22 Short Afro Curls
When most people think about perming their hair, this is probably the last hairstyle that comes to mind. It is shorter than the traditional perm, but it still looks exquisite and to create it you only need to form some spirals with your short hair and give them an afro-like styling.
# 23 Flawless and Inspiring Spirals
You can never go wrong with spirals, and you can almost be certain that they will make you look elegant provided you have an excellent length and color. In this style, the strands have a natural brown shade and the spirals are very tight and neat starting from the roots to the tips of the hairs, and this is what makes this a sexy hairdo.
# 24 Super Cute Bob with American Waves
This magnificent headdress starts with a short face framing bob cut. You should use some medium size styling rods on the short bob to give it a wavy appearance and finish by sweeping the strands to the side from a center part to create the face frame.
# 25 Classic American Permanent Waves
This fancy hairdo is another version of the American waves and to create it you will first need to give your strands an ombre dye job for a perfect color pattern. You should then use rollers or a curler to create some textured medium size waves and style with a messy and stacked side sweep.
# 26 Perfectly Textured and Stacked Wavy Redhead
As common as redheads may be, few can look better than this one. The strands in this design have some lovely waves that come from professional perming. However, the hair also has a nice texture and a stacked style that helps to enhance the overall appearance.
# 27 Magical Brunette Spirals
The dazzle on this hair is hard to ignore because it not only enhances the overall appearance but also makes the strands appear very healthy. And to create the look you only need some small spirals throughout the head which are very easy to form for most hair stylists. A simple sweep back will then be enough to finish the hairstyle.
# 28 Voluminous Black Ringlets
Spirals are not the most famous permanent waves style by chance because they will always make a lady look refined. The ones on this hairdo have an incredible volume, but their dark tone and styling with a side sweep are what makes this a fashionable hairstyle.
# 29 Shoulder-Grazing Curly Perfection
This beautiful hairdo comes from transitioning from the traditional permanent waves to the trendy American wave. And to create this look, you will first need to give the base a wave wrap to create the bouncy curls and use a curling iron on some of the strands to make them appear softer and natural.
# 30 Soft Ombre Swirls
The soft ombre shade in this design entails transitioning gradually from a black base to a dark brown hue on the ends. Although the color is perfect, the partial perming on the ends that involve making them curly and stacking them is the highlight of this headdress, and it is what makes this a top notch hairstyle.
# 31 Plentiful Textured Curls
If you are thinking of perming your strands, then a good idea would be to try the American waves as they are the in thing. The ones in this style have an amazing dark tone and texture, and you only need to stack them with a sweep back to style them.
# 32 Beautiful Stacked Short Waves
This trendy hairstyle starts by chopping the strands short to form a bob. You should then make your short bob design wavy using rods or a curler and finish the look by finger combing them back in layers. The black and chocolate brown shade also matters, and it helps to give the design a perfect tone.
# 33 Summer Bob with Sassy Waves
The American wave is currently on trend, and it looks good on any length. This bob haircut is short, but the waves still make it look incredible. To create it you only need to use curlers or even an iron and style by stacking the strands slightly.
# 34 Multi-Textured Digital Waves
A look like this one can only come from using different sized styling rod. The idea behind this lovely hairdo is to make it look wavy but also natural. It is a perfect design for ladies with long strands because the results that you get are quite flattering.
# 35 Sexy Beautiful Natural Waves
Some ladies are lucky enough to have natural hair that looks this adorable. However, you can still make your long mane look this charming with styling wands. And to do this you will need to curl your strands into some loose that you should then finish by styling into a messy brush back.
# 36 Funky Redhead Curls
This redhead looks amazing, and this is not only because of the lovely tone of the hair but also due to the volume and the messy spirals. The color is the first thing that you need to get when creating this look and once you have it you should then make the spirals and ensure that they dry naturally to avoid a frizzy appearance.
# 37 Hot Ombre Loose Waves
To wear this super cute hairstyle, you should first transition your strands from a black base to a chocolate brown hue. The next and most important step is to use styling rods to form some lovely loose waves that you should style by layering to make them appear voluminous.
# 38 Wavy Partial Perm
Everything about this headdress is amazing, but most ladies will love the fact that it allows you to maintain your natural straight look. You will only need to use rollers or a curling wand to make the ends of your strands wavy and then finish by layering and tucking the ends.
# 39 Light and Loose Permanent Waves
It is not always necessary to have chemicals all over your head to create a textured hairdo because you can still achieve it by doing it on half your hair like in this style. By perming the lower half of your strands, you will also create a light and loose appearance.
# 40 Subtle Digitals Waves
This fancy hairdo is a variation of the traditional hot or digital perm. It is a very straightforward hairstyle and to form it you will only need to make the ends of your bob length strands wavy and tuck them slightly.
# 41 Retextured Wavy Bob
Here is another beautiful short headdress that proves that you do not have to keep a long mane to look stylish. It is a short wavy bob that uses chemicals to achieve uniform curl patterns, and you should style with a diagonal side sweep over the forehead.
# 42 Dark Hot Wave Perming
This design is a variation of the favorite spot permanent waves that entail curling the locks at a particular point. The curling in this headdress creates some lovely waves that you should style by sweeping back in layers. Apart from this the strands also have a fabulous dark tone that makes them look super cute and healthy.
# 43 Spiraling Perfection
One can never get enough of spirals because there are limitless ways of styling them. They are also very easy to make if you have long hair like this one, and all that you need is a quality perming solution and some small styling rods. However, for yours to look this chic, you should also make sure that your strands have a beautiful natural shade or give them an excellent dye job.
# 44 Stacked Curly and Volumising Perm
This permanent waves design is all about adding some volume to your short choppy and curly bob haircut. The design has some tight curls that create the extra volume, and there are lots of small curls unlike in other hairdos where there are a few large ones. These strands also have a lovely blonde shade that also adds to the overall beauty of the headdress.
# 45 Fabulous Permed Hair with Short Sides
Modern hairstyles are always about trying something new and inventive. This particular one entails perming the strands on the crown and then making the sides and back short. Rather than just make them shorter you should taper them because they will look trendy. You will not need to do any styling on the curls on crown, but you can run your fingers through them to create a slightly messy appearance,
# 46 Dramatic Natural Looking Waves
This long permed hair looks fantastic and also very natural, and it is hard to believe that some styling rods are what create it or that it uses perming solution. The strands are straight on the roots, and the waves start a few inches from them and for styling you should sweep them back and give them a dramatic appearance with your fingers.
# 47 Permed and Dyed
These spiral perm a little brushed out to make it look like the American wave, and you can form it using styling rods. The spirals also have a beautiful blonde and brown blend on a chocolate base dye job that you can also achieve effortlessly.
# 48 Face Framing Permanent Curls
Pin curls like these come from using curlers and pins. The best thing about them is that you get to control their exact size by choosing the curler size that you want. And for styling you need to form a soft center part and sweep them into a face frame.
# 49 Fresh and Chic Waves
Ginger is a beautiful shade and in this hairdo, it blends with copper to give the long strands a lovely tone. The styling is also top notch and although it is a partial wave's design that entails only curling the ends of the thick strands it still looks majestic.
# 50 Luxurious Soft Blonde Curls
These gorgeous blonde locks are a product of the creative use of tongs. The style is a root perm, and this means that it is perfect for ladies with flat, lifeless hair and its creation entails perming the roots to give your hair a slight body. And for styling you should sweep the strands in various directions and in layers to create a unique design.
The permanent waves are one of those styles that will never go out of trend, and you can always turn to it when you need something easy but still very fashionable. The options are limitless when it comes to this sassy headdress, and if you are looking to transform your hair into something magnificent, then the 50 styles above will give you some inspiration.