Perms. Big, Beautiful, Bouncy Perms.
Posted on Jul 17, 2019 by Craig McQueen Salon
Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Jennifer Beal in Flash Dance. Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally. What do all of these iconic leading ladies have in common? Perms. Big, beautiful, bouncy perms.
How about Emma Stone, Blake Lively, Olivia Munn, Jenna Dewan, and Gigi Hadid? You guessed it! Perms.
While the word “perm” may conjure up memories of neon and shoulder pads, you may be surprised to know that the technique is alive and well, and better-looking than ever before... just sometimes with a new name.
“Celebrities are absolutely loving what we traditionally have called a ‘perm’ but what is now more commonly referred to as ‘textured waves,’” explains Lisa Craig, Owner and Education Director of Craig McQueen Salon in Buckhead, GA. “The solutions we use are gentle to maintain the health of the hair. Especially using Olaplex as a protector as we process the textured wave. In turn gives our stylists more flexibility in the final look. The key is finding an experienced stylist you can trust and knowing what to ask for. Visuals are always a great go to when discussing your final look.”
Modern perms have their own lingo:
* Body Wave perm: Ask for a body wave perm if you want big, full waves. Your stylist may use larger rollers rather than traditional perm rods. This type of perm builds texture so your heat styling has long-lasting results.
* French braid perm: Looking for an effortless bed head look? You might want a French braid perm. Your stylist will braid your hair into one or multiple braids (instead of wrapping hair around perm rods) before applying the perm solution. You’ll end up with a soft texture, making it easier to care for than a traditional perm service.
* Beach Wave Perm: We showed you how to create beach waves anytime you want, but to be a true mermaid without breaking out the heating tools, try a beach wave perm. This method tends to be more natural than a body wave perm because of the arrangement of the perm rods to mimic the natural fall of the hair, but is more polished than the zig-zag shape of a French braid perm.
* Root perms: Want extra texture and lift without the curls? A root perm might be right for you. Also sometimes referred to as a C Curl perm, it produces waves that are more natural when wet and more defined when dry.
* Curly perm: If you’re looking for natural curls that you can simply wash and wear, a curly perm is right for you. Just apply Aveda’s Be Curly™ Style-Prep, which Allure magazine describes as a “…sweet spot of curl definition where the texture is glossy but not greasy, shapely but not crunchy, and springy but not frizzy. This deceptively lightweight serum-gel connects all three points of that golden triangle.”
* Spiral perm: A spiral perm is the most traditionally curly perm option. The perm rods are placed vertically into very small sections of the hair to produce tight, corkscrew curls.