Types Of Perms
Perm is an abbreviated term for ‘permanent hairstyle’ that is used to refer to a process by which your hair structure is changed to permanent waves or curls by the stylist using chemicals. There are many types of perms that a hairstylist can achieve using chemicals and hairstyling tools. The chemicals work to alter the hair’s bonds that usually determine one’s hair’s natural texture.
Since their introduction in the ’80s, perms and their styling patterns have come a long way. However, iconic personalities like Emma Stone, Julianne Hough, and many other well-known actors are bringing back perms to popularity.
We are going to discuss many different types of perm in this article, so that at the end of the article you can decide on which style of perm suits you best.
Is Perm The Right Choice For You?
There is an easy way to know whether one should get a perm or not. Following are some of the questions you need to ask yourself to find out if you can or cannot get perms done:
- Have you bleached and dyed your hair multiple times?
- Have you bleached your hair and dyed it recently?
- Do you swim often? Is swimming a part of your daily routine like a gym activity?
- Do you have a condition where you need to wash your hair frequently?
If you had to answer a ‘yes’ to the questions asked above then sorry to say, but perm might not be the best hairstyling option for you. It is because for
The Top Types Of Perms
We have compiled all the options for perms in this article that you can choose from before your next visit to the hairstylist. This article will help you to catch up with the hottest trend in the hairstyling industry as well as help you select if you should get a perm or not. Following are some of the most popular types of perms:
1. Body Wave Perm:
For those who wish to add more natural beachy waves to their hair and at the same time want their hair to look slightly more voluminous, they can opt for the body wave perm. The body wave perm is a great hairstyle option for people with straight hair who don’t prefer having very tight curls.
With the more prominent and less constrained curls, the body wave perms help one achieve a more relaxed look. Essentially the curl rings of a body perm are made using large rollers by stylists. This type of perm usually lasts people for around three to five months.
2. Multi-Textured Perm
A perfect example of a natural-looking curly hairstyle is the multi-textured perm. Stylists obtain the multiple curls look by using two curling rods to perm one’s hair. The combination of the two different curls creates a very natural layered look which many wish to achieve. The multi-textured perm allows you to experiment and play with various curl patterns.
3. Pin Curl Perm
This perm looks very similar to the pin curls created with no heat technique. The pin curl perm can work wonders in giving you very natural-looking curls with the right touch of volume.
For those old souls who love and want to live in the retro image, pin curl perm are the best styling option for you. To achieve the hair strands’ flirty curly strands, stylists apply a chemical solution on the hair strands to make the pin curls stay the same for a few months.
4. Root Perm
Root perms are the curls or perms done explicitly within two to four inches from the roots of hair or the scalp. The root perms are said to be a type of spot perms about which we will also discuss in the article. The best part about this type of perm style is that it lifts and adds volume to the hair.
Another benefit of getting a root perm is that you can avoid damaging the rest of your hair that once has already been permed. Root perms are a funky perm style that is low maintenance, but they also only last for a month, which means you will need to visit the salon very often for touch-ups.
5. Spiral Perm
The spiral perm is the springy, bouncy tight spiral curls created through the cold technique that bops back into place when you pull and release them. It is an amusing and cute hairstyle that you can customize as per your personal taste.
Usually, the spirals of the cold perms formed are pretty uniform that goes up right to your scalp. However, you can change the appearances of the curls by changing the size of the rod used for making the curls. The spiral perm styling can range from anywhere between corkscrew type curls to more relaxed and loose curls.
6. Spot Perm
The spot perm type is the permanent curling of one side of the hair which is done by a skilled hairdresser. This type of curling is often preferred by those who already have a curly hair texture but feel that their curls are uneven in some areas.
Spot perm helps in making their straighter hairs look curlier and more uniform. Only a very skilled hairstylist can even out your curls by changing your natural hair in some random spots. Spot perms are very low maintenance and deliver an elegant look to you.
Some Other Popular Perm Options
- Stack Perm
- Volumising Perm
- Partial Perm
- Reverse Perm Or Straight Perm
Various Perming Methods
Exothermic – The chemicals used for creating exothermic curls are self-heating in nature, and both the acid and alkaline perming methods fall under this. The activators that are added to perms for heating prevent the layers of hair shat to open.
- Acid: The chemicals used for making acid perms have a pH range of 4.5 to 7.0 for curling the hair.
- Alkaline: This is one of the most popular types of method for making perms. Alkaline perms are made using ammonium thioglycolate, and the chemicals used have a pH range of 8.2 to 9.6 for curling the hair.
Cold wave- This method of perm making is suitable for people with thin hair texture because it doesn’t damage the strands much. However, the perms made from cold wave don’t last very long.
Digital – This is another popular perm making method that allows one to get softer curls with more relaxed hair ends. It usually takes four hours to create digital perms.
Perms usually can last between three months to six months. However, this can deviate from one person to another depending on several factors like their natural hair structure, hair length, type of perm they got, and the additional care they took for caring of their hair. For one to make their perms last longer, they might have to use a wide range of products and care for their hair as per the ways suggested by their stylist.
Thanks to the modern hairstyling practices and inventions, one gets more than one option to choose from for doing the style of perm they prefer. Hope the information and suggestions of this article have helped you realize whether you should or should not get a perm and if you do then comment us the style of perm you chose.