Spiral perm is a hairstyle that has sure come a long way in the last couple of years, so when you think about perms you no longer need to picture old ladies and stinky chemicals. The perms of today are gentler on the hair while achieving the precise look that you want. With spiral curls, there are just so many looks that you can try and there is a curl for every girl. Even if you are just looking to add a slight wave, then a perm could be a lasting solution!
Lovely permed curls not only look stunning but they could also be saving you loads of time in your beauty routine as most of the styles you are about to see are wash and wear! Beauty and convenience – spiral perms offer both! Feel like you are ready to choose your perm? We’ve got 50 amazing examples to show you.
# 1 Skinny Curls
Tight spiral perms like this one are a great solution for flat hair as they provide loads of texture and body. Here the hair has been pressed into thin crimped rows which together form a mass of curls; perfect for both formal up do’s and relaxed weekend looks. Remember to keep them sleek by using products to combat frizziness.
Medium curls such as these work best with hair that is slightly longer than shoulder length. For a warm, inviting feel add a golden sunset palette of color to your perm and get ready for fun – perms have come a long way since your granny’s time!
# 3 Long and Loose Spiral Perm Curls
All little girls want a head full of curls and now you can have them! Loose S-shaped waves like these can be achieved with an acid perm which is more effective (and gentler) than an alkaline perm. Use it to create natural looking curls and waves with plenty of texture and bouncy body.
# 4 Retro Style
The brushed out curls look is making a comeback and we couldn’t be more pleased. Rock this 80’s lock by adding a cheeky flip in front and using products that give the hair added shine.
# 5 Curly Bob
How tight you want your curls is all up to you – for looser looks chose bigger rods and if you want a tight ringlet look like you see here, go for smaller ones. Off the shoulder bobs like this look amazing with a perm, just remember to cut some layers around the face to keep it neat and structured.
# 6 Ringlet Fountain
Ladies who have gone to the effort of growing their hair super long, like this girl with waist length hair, can feel that they have fewer styling options. A perm is the answer because what can look better than a bubbling fountain of dark, tight ringlets like these? And the bonus? Only very simple styling is required as these curls look good even when just worn loose.
# 7 Every Girls Perm
This bob with its tight spiral perm finish is the perfect length and texture for a woman of any age to wear. Notice how layers have been cut toward the front so that the twists of hair come in to soften the face. As this style is off the shoulders it is also a neat and low maintenance look to choose.
# 8 Candy Floss Perm
We love the enviable soft texture created by this perm, allowing the hair to be fluffy and touchable but still looking manageable. If you want a spiral perm but do not want a tight finish, then this would be a good look to try. Soft curls like this are also excellent at softening angular faces.
# 9 Curl Mania
Natural looking curls can be hard to achieve, but with the right size of rods, the correct stylist and a little patience you could see incredible results like this. Her hair is well cared for and has been neatly snipped into shape, which allows this perm to look more like authentic curls.
# 10 Hint Of Color
Thick spiral permed hair can seem dense, so why not break it up by adding some warm streaks of color like this? Here before the deep sable colored hair has set into rods a few streaks of sunflower blonde were added along the tips. The curls help melt this color in and add interest to the hair.
# 11 Ombre Waves
Loose S-waves like this are all the rage and look good over any length of hair. They give body to thinner hair and show off color incredibly well. Choose bold colors like this blonde palette to really turn heads.
# 12 Rainbow Curls
These tiny curls create plenty of volume in your hair so be sure to layer the locks in front to avoid curls sticking up instead of cascading down. Why not jazz it up even more by adding rainbow streaks in the lower locks just like she has done.
# 13 Bronze Age
A smashing cut helps give curls a solid base and add structure to a hairstyle. Here loose S-shaped waves have been pressed into her medium length locks and look gorgeous with the bronze coloring along the tips.
# 14 Wild Perm Curls
Ready for a wild style? This corkscrew perm should do the trick! Create this afro-inspired look by using thin rods for your perm which will create this tightly spiraled look. To get this style, tease the locks at the roots to create enviable volume underneath which will help the curls pop like this. Fabulous for a party!
# 15 Porcelain Doll Curls
These doll-like ringlets look like they come straight from a porcelain doll and are a perfect choice for creamy skin tones like hers. You need quite a bit of length to wear these tight curls and you’ll want to keep the texture as glossy as possible for maximum effect.
# 16 Wash and Wear Perm
These before and after pictures show us just how much difference the right perm can make! Where before she would have needed to do a lot of styling to maintain her long locks, with the spiral perm she is able to wash and wear her hair with ease.
# 17 Slick Curls
This spiral perm has created a soft nest of curls along this shoulder length hair. We love the slick texturing and the cheeky bangs in front. Locks like these are easy to achieve with a perm and the results speak for themselves.
# 18 Color Surprise
Short tiny corkscrew curls are quirky on their own, but when you add some rainbow color splashes you get something incredible! If you are feeling brave why not try adding a patterned undercut to your spiral perm to serve as a contrast to all that volume? This look might not be for everyone so remember you can replicate this look with tight braids instead of a razor cut.
# 19 Spiral Shakedown
Expertly snipped layered locks have provided an excellent base for this spiral perm. It has left the hair with a tight S-shaped wave and a sleek enviable shine. Draw even more attention to locks like these by adding some colored ribbons just for fun!
# 20 Time Saver Spiral Perm
You’ve got the length now you need the style, but who wants to spend ages curling their hair every day? Once you have gone for your spiral perm and seen results like these soft, loose curls you’ll be wondering what to do with all the time you save (we suggest go out and show off your mane!)
# 21 Girl Next Door Curls
Tighter perms like this one use smaller rods and create a lot of volume around the face so they are well suited to girls with heart-shaped faces like hers. Style them with a discreet flip over the forehead and let the rest tumble down your shoulders for a “girl next door” look.
# 22 Glamorous Ringlets
Curls add instant glamor to your style and you could have a glamorous look every day with a spiral perm. In this picture we see before and after shots of a lady with hip-length locks that were treated to a spiral perm – the transformation is incredible and her hair seems much more manageable as well!
# 23 Easy Maintenance Curls
Ladies have a heap of responsibilities these days and most are looking for a hairstyle that can be washed and worn. This example of the short bob with a spiral perm is a great choice for busy ladies – neat, off the neck and simple to dress up if you need to. It is also suitable for more mature ladies.
# 24 Melt In Perm
If you are growing out a lighter hair color a perm can really help to keep your mane looking hot while you do so. Here the gentle waves of the perm help bring the light colors on the ends out and prevent the eye from seeing the transition. The texture provided also helps melt all the hair shades together.
# 25 Classic Style
In this example, the hair has been grown to shoulder length and before it was set in this perm the stylist trimmed the locks to create a rounded shape at the back and what looks like bangs in the front. Perms never go out of fashion, especially classic looks like this one.
# 26 Shimmering Short Bob
If you have short hair and you are dying to have a perm remember these two steps to avoid your hair looking poodle-like. First, ask your stylist for layers – this can tone down the volume a little and secondly choose a looser finish like these soft S-shaped waves instead of super tight ringlets.
# 27 Black Midnight River
Perms work well with any shade of hair, but there is something deeply romantic about long midnight black hair in loose ringlets like the ones we see here. The layers in front bring bouncy locks around to frame the face and the texture of the hair is gorgeously glossy.
# 28 Thick And Fancy
Perms can help bring volume to thin hair, but it also works well to tame thick locks like these. In this picture, her thick hair has been shaped at the back to structure her look and the perm will also help her manage her hair more easily.
# 29 Larger Than Life Curls
Be the life of the party when you try this eclectic tight perm. This spiral perm has been created using small rods bringing the hair into tight corkscrew spirals that are full of bounce. Tease the hair a little underneath to give the curls extra height!
# 30 Trendy Permed Style
Layered bobs and sultry curls are a winning combination because together they create a hairstyle that is easy to manage and right on trend. Wear them loose like these silky ones here or style half the hair up for a formal do – perms make it easy to always look hot.
# 31 Glossy Golden Floating Curls
In this picture the hair has been layered at the back and front; this can help keep long hair from feeling too heavy. The modern perms are all about gloss so make sure you are using the right products to keep your perm in tip top condition. Light colors in the curls that float at the bottom catch the light superbly.
# 32 Dimensional Curls
Ask your stylist to use alternating sizes of rods to create layers of curls with amazing dimension. In this perm, a mixture of gray and white rods was used and you can see the depth this has created amidst these S-shaped curls. The shoulder length hair has been snipped into a neatly rounded shape and the texture of the locks is definitely inviting!
# 33 Long And Lovely
This hair demands a second look – the texture and sheen that have been produced from this spiral perm are out of this world! Her dark ringlets fall down to her back and small rods were used to create small these defined curls. Styling has been kept to a minimum; only a center parting has been added. Not much more needed is there?
# 34 Strawberry Curl
Strawberry gold hair like this is already enviable but combine it with a soft, texturized spiral perm and you’ll be making others simply green with envy! Do make sure to minimize frizz and keep it looking sleek for best results.
# 35 Long Princess Curls
Live your childhood dreams of being a long haired fairy princess with a mass of perfectly formed waves – the lengthier the hair, the better. These incredibly long locks were pressed into supple curls and left with a brilliant shine – a style every girl can fall in love with!
# 36 Secret Color Curls
At first glance, this appears to be just another example of how stunning a spiral perm can be but take a second to look deeper at the colors on those sleek S-shaped waves. The hair has been infused with deep blue, copper and sea green colors that help add even more dimension to this lush hairstyle.
# 37 Softening Looks
Do you need to balance an angular face? Curls, layers, and shaping are your friends. A spiral perm will give you soft texture to counter hard lines and the layers will give structure. Finally, the stylist can round off your ends to balance the look.
# 38 Defining Beauty
What makes this such a gorgeous look? Dark brown has been chosen as an all over color and this rich hue is enhanced by the texture of the perm. Tight spiral curls have been set to tumble down to her back and kept well defined. To finish a streak of caramel brown has been added to a strand in the middle of the locks. Now that’s pretty!
# 39 Cloud Perm
Doesn’t this hair look soft? Imagine the texture that can be achieved with a spiral perm like this. If you want to copy the look use smaller rods and gently tease the hair when it’s finished. No other styling is needed!
# 40 Tamed Locks
Thick uniform curls like this are best achieved by using only one size of rod during the perm. This works well to tame thick locks and make them more manageable. Keep in mind that your hair shrinks when you perm it so grow it a little beyond your desired length first.
# 41 Gold Locks
To get loose curls in the body wave style such as those pictured here large curling rods should be used. To style you can blow wave if you want to increase the body so just run some leave in conditioner through and be on your way! We love this shining color too, and the “spun gold” look it creates.
# 42 Naturally Looking Perm
Sometimes curls look so natural that it is hard to believe that it is a perm. How do they do this? The secret to natural looking curls is to use various sizes of rods throughout the hairstyle. Here you can see the volume and amazing texture this method has generated.
# 43 Wedding Hair
In this picture medium, length hair has been permed into super tight corkscrew ringlets. These curls are defined and glossy – perfect for weddings or any other special occasion. Just add some flowers or a pretty clip to accessorize.
# 44 Voluminous Locks
Voluminous locks are big news and are now suitable for everyday wear. Get this Afro inspired curly do by using small rods and teasing the hair at the roots. Leave defined curls on the upper locks and cut some layers to have ringlets close to your face. This is a stunning look that sits off the shoulder as well, so it’s great for warmer weather!
# 45 Sun and Sand
Want to pull off a summery beach style? You need beach wave perm. This is quicker and safer way to achieve the same sandy sun-kissed waves without all the damage from the salt and sun. Add some layers and you have the perfect vacation style hair (even if you skipped the vacation!)
# 46 Extra Voluminous Perm
Sleek locks like this are the perfect way to show off rich brunette shades. The texture created by the spiral perm is great at bringing the color to the surface in order to reflect light. Here a lighter shade of brown has been used on the tips to help define the hairstyle.
# 47 Ombre Plus Spiral Perm
Ombres are trendy and so are perms, so why not combine them and create a glowing look like the one you see here? In this style, the hair starts out at the roots in a golden brown and gradually melts into sunset blonde on the edges. The shoulder length locks have been cut with a few bangs in front and permed into glossy S-shaped waves.
# 48 Caramel Surprise
Next time you feel like you need a dramatic change in your life, start by changing up your hairstyle. Nothing makes a girl feel better than sexy locks she can be confident in. This look, created with a spiral perm, will make you feel classy and you could add some warm color streaks, like these caramel ones, for extra interest.
# 49 Short and Sassy
Although traditionally spiral perms have been reserved for medium to long hair there is no reason you can’t pull off a short perm like this. Styles like this sassy one can be air dried after washing and then simply fluffed out before you head out the door. Notice how the stylist has used the volume to frame her face.
# 50 Ice Fantasy
A spiral perm uses longer rods than regular perming and that is how stylists are able to create this sort of tight ringlet. Gray is one of the trendiest hair colors at the moment and looks incredible over these curls; creating an ice fantasy hairstyle.
The spiral perm is a fantastic way for ladies of all ages to achieve the curly hair they desire. All sorts of finishes are possible with this technique so you are free to choose anything from barely there waves to tight, rambling ringlets. Although this look works best on medium to long hair as you have seen from these pictures there are plenty of ways to wear spiral curls over short locks as well.
Once you have permed your hair it should stay in form for about eight weeks before it relaxes slightly, however the effect will last until the perm grows out completely. Remember that maintaining such a style is important so ask your stylist about serums and conditioners that will best suit your lovely new curls and keep them camera-ready.