Different Types of Perm Pictures

Vikki Lenore
Curly Hair

Different Types of Perms for Women

Women who want a head full of curls can opt for a perm to achieve their desired look. From loose waves to cascading curls, perms can create styles that will appeal to women of all ages. Once a perm is applied and complete, the hair stays in form for a minimum of eight weeks before it begins to relax, though the perm itself lasts until the hair grows out. Browse various perm pictures to find the type of curls you desire.

There are many styling products designs to enhance curls. You can apply a small amount to your permed hair and let it dry naturally to get the soft, defined curls shown here.

natural looking curly hair

Natural Looking Curls With Mixed Rods

Don't let a head of curls fool you. While plenty of women are blessed with curly locks, others have to achieve the texture by way of a chemical permanent. To get the look of natural curls, stylist can use rods in different shapes and sizes.

basic perm

Basic Perm on One-Length Hair

This classic perm looks vintage and wavy. This look can be achieved with a basic perm style done on one-length hair and medium rods. It is best to let this style dry naturally. Excessive drying and using a comb or brush will make it look frizzy. Using a serum with argon oil will keep your waves looking soft and defined.

pin curl style perm

Large Rod Spiral Perm for Pin Curl Style

Using large rods in a spiral perm can create a retro-style, similar to vintage pin curls. Hollywood beauties ranging from young Shirley Temple to Geena Davis have sported this style throughout the 1900s. It's a perfect solution for adding volume to thin, lank hair, and it's easy to style on the go by simply running the fingers through the curls to separate them. This type of perm results in bouncy, loose curls with lots of body and movement.

Spiral perm

Tight Spiral Perm

A spiral perm creates tons of tight, well-defined spiral curls that have both bounce and movement. This type of perm works best with long hair and often uses longer rods. For tighter, smaller curls, smaller rods can be used. Remember that hair shrinks a bit with a perm, so let it grow to below your desired length prior to perming.

curls on top

Spot Perm

Transforming an individual's image instantly is easy to do with a spot perm. Stylists perm targeted sections of the hair to create a specific look such as curls on top of the head. These perms add lift to the roots and make the hair look thicker and more luxurious.

Modern curls

Modern Style With a Partial Perm

For this modern look the bangs are left out of the perming process, while the back and sides are given a loose perm for natural looking curls. People with fine hair can really benefit from this kind of process, giving you the look of having much thicker hair. Using a thickening cream and diffuser will help you achieve this look.

Body wave

Loose Waves With Large Rods

A body wave can create loose waves along with volume. This style is achieved by using large perm rods. Wavy hair can be styled simply by applying some leave-in conditioner or light gel and allowing hair to dry naturally. To create a look with more volume, use a blow dryer.

Partial perm

Curls or Waves from a Partial Perm

Partial spiral perms add curls or waves and texture to the lower strands of the hair. The upper part of the hair is left straight to create a smooth texture. This type of perm works well for medium to long hair and adds a sexy, soft look to any style.

Short curls

Short and Bouncy Large Curl Perm

Shorter styles can look great with a perm. Stylists can create a look like this doing spiral style perms with larger rods on short hair. Bouncy curls can look romantic and sexy and require very little effort. Many shorter styles can be simply washed and air dried. Add some mousse or gel to separate and define curls and you are ready to go.

gentle waves of curls

Body Wave Perm

A gentle wavy perm is the route to go to create a mane of soft, natural-looking wavy curls. Large perm rollers are used to create gentle waves, adding body and volume without looking artificial. These perms look best afterwards when the hair is allowed to air dry to avoid frizzing. Because this perm reduces the emphasis on the curl and puts the focus on the hair, it's the perfect way to highlight long, flowing locks of hair.

curly short hair

Root Perm With Small Rods

Root perms are the best answer for adding lift to the roots of a person's hair because the hair appears to have more volume, height and texture. This perm is indicated for those with short, flat hair who want their hair to look fuller. Because chemicals are applied only to the roots, it is much better for the hair than some other types of perms.

multi-texture perm

Multi-Texture Perm

Multi-textured perms replicate the look of naturally curly hair and create the illusion of multiple layers and thicker, fuller hair. Stylists create this look using a combination of small and large perm rods. The result is a cascade of loose, easy-to-style curls. This perm is ideal for long hair and adds movement and buoyancy to limp, lank locks.

curly updo

Classic Updo for Permed Hair

A classic updo is flattering for all face shapes and is easy to do at home on hair that has been partially permed to add curls to the bottom section of hair.

  1. Gather hair in hand as if to make a ponytail.
  2. Twist hair around to cover the crown and secure with pins.
  3. Gently tease out individual curls and arrange them on top of the head or cascading down the crown.
  4. Secure stray or loose hairs with a fine mist of hair spray.
soft curls

Soft Curls With Different-Sized Rods

A perm can redefine naturally curly hair. Using different sized rods within the perming process and a spiral perm style will add body and bounce to your perm. This long layered bob is easy to achieve at home with the blow dryer and a diffuser (for curl formation) and a light hold shine product.

piggyback style perm

Big Hair With a Piggyback-Style Perm

If it is big hair you are after, large curls and long layered hair is your answer. Using large perm rods in a piggyback style will help your stylist achieve this look. Using a medium to strong hold gel or mousse on wet hair and blow drying upside down with a diffuser will maximize your curl. A strong hold hairspray will keep your style in place.

partial perm on a short bob

Short Bob With a Partial Perm

Adding some curl to short, fine hair will add texture and style. Spiral rods can be used creatively by your stylist in order to achieve this partial perm successfully. A light hold texture product with shine helps to keep this style in place all day long.

long hair with loose curl perm

Long Hair With Loose Beachy Curls

Long hair with curl is beautiful and easy to wear. If you already have thicker hair you may want a lighter, looser curl pattern that will add style and movement. Having long layers will help the curl last longer and carry the curls all the way up. Using a diffuser as you blow dry will help bring out the curls and make them last longer.

perm with small, medium, and large rods

Long Hair With Spiral Curls

If you have long hair and you want your curls to last, a spiral perm using small, medium, and large rods will give you texture, bounce, and a long lasting perm. Fine hair is perfect for this style, but thicker hair would do just as well if this is the look you want. In order to make your perm last, avoid straightening your hair. Use a diffuser with the blow dryer to maximize the curl and deep condition regularly.

curly bob

Curly Bob

Bouncy curls can be a lot of fun to play with when you've always had straight hair, and a basic bob can be turned into a wonderland. If you have fine hair then adding big curls will add all the body you've ever wanted. These large curls can easily be maneuvered into many textured styles with a light hold gel or shine product.

Whether you are going for a simple, classic perm style that gives you a hassle-free look, or you are going for a more modern, edgy look with a partial perm, there are plenty of choices to find the right perm for your hair and lifestyle.

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Different Types of Perm Pictures