There are many perm trends and options in the current market. The most important question is, which one is right for you? In this guide we will walk you through the different types of perms and how they look and affect your permed hair.

What is a Perm? A perm or Permanent wave is a hairstyle produced by setting hair in loose to tight curls or waves and then treating it with a special perm solution so that the style lasts for several months.

You might be thinking which perm will be right for me?

Read on to learn about all the available perms and which perm will be right for you.

For anyone over the age of 20 the thought of a perm may send us ‘spiraling’ back to the 80’s. Pictures of you, or your family with hair teased so high. But believe it or not they are making a comeback, and for a good reason.

Perms and the products used to achieve them have come a long way. With advances in the chemistry behind producing the solutions used for perms there has been positive evolution in maintaining the integrity of the hair through a perming service.

One major game changer has been the Arrojo American Wave Perm. The beauty of a perm is that it is customisable for the individual’s expectations and needs. There are various “wrap patterns” that can be utilised to create the desired result of each individual client.

Here’s some Perm types:


  • Traditional Perm
  • Olaplex Perm
  • Braid Perm
  • Man Perm
  • American Wave Perm
  • Traditional Perm


Traditional perms are created using hard perm rods with a rubber band that hold the hair onto the rod. These may be the rods you remember when you think back to sitting in a salon for 6 hours getting a spiral perm, or hanging out with your grandma while she got a perm with tiny little pink perm rods to ensure that her wash and set will stay in place for the week in between beauty shop visits.


While stylists can still give you this look, it may not be what you desire. You also do not want to go with a traditional perm if you have had highlights in your hair, or if the integrity of your hair is compromised.


Traditional perms restructure up to 80% of the bonds in the hair while modern options, such as the American Wave Perm, only restructure up to 25% of the bonds in the hair leaving the hair feeling more natural and healthier.


We offer hairdressing courses which provide intensive training in these advanced techniques that will keep you on trend in the beauty and hairdressing sector.

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