Big hair, don't care.
We all know that what goes around comes around – and trendy hairstyles are no different. While super-straight strands, beachy waves, and air-dried hair have all had their moments over the past year, all of a sudden, it's as if we're peering into the past because, ladies, one of our favorites is back: the perm. Both on and off the runway, it's clear that ultra-voluminous curls are reclaiming the spotlight.
Note: the modern-day rendition isn't your mother's perm. Where perms of the '80s looked particularly out-of-control, teeming with frizz, the reemergence of the super curly 'do focuses on tight, sleek, shiny, voluminous spirals all day, every day. So, as you may imagine, it's a bit more refined.
How to Achieve a Perm
Typically perms are thought to be achieved solely through chemicals and a professional. While professional perms are definitely a great way to seal your look in place, you can also stock up on hair mousses and sprays to help lock the look in place with a 3/8th-inch curling iron for a temporary take of the trend.
To get the look, massage a dollop of voluminous mousse, like the L'Oréal Professionnel Volume Envy Extra , into damp hair. From there, prime your hair with a heat protectant and dry it fully. Once your hair is dry, divide your hair into four sections: top in bottom split on each side of your head. Pin your top sections out of the way and begin curling your hair from your roots down to your ends. While this is the same technique you'd use to create curling wand waves, by using a super thin 3/8th-inch curling iron, you'll be able to mimic the perm trend's ultra-tight coils.
Once you've finished curling your hair, you have a few options. You can let your coils hang free with a quick spritz of hairspray to help maintain the bounce, or you can brush out the top portion of your hair, from your crown down to your ears to create a chic old Hollywood vibe.
Now, if you find that you're fully obsessed with this look, it may be time to talk to a professional about all your perm options. Getting a salon-made chemical perm may work for your hair – and it will most certainly save you time.