Mens Hair Perm – How to Get it & Style it

Mens Hair Perm – How to Get it & Style it


Within the last five years, men’s hairstyles have seemingly become more adventurous and fashionable. Styling one’s hair with heat, braids, products, etc. shouldn’t just be for women. With the growth in popularity of hairstyles for men such as the bro flow, kpop styles, and the wet look, more and more men with straight hair are thinking about getting a perm to achieve beautiful curls and waves. If you are on the fence about getting a perm, not to worry, we’ll go over everything relating to a mens hair perm. 


What is a Perm?


A perm is a semi permanent hair procedure that takes straight hair and creates the hair shape you desire, typically waves or curls (but there are a few more options too). This process is achieved by adding chemicals to your natural hair to create the shape. The process can be lengthy but is well worth it for multiple months of your dream hair. When people hear chemicals they immediately think it’s harmful for your hair, and while there is some truth to that, you can achieve a perm safely. 


It’s noteworthy to assess the overall health of your hair before you decide to get a perm. If your hair has been dyed and damaged from heat or other stressors, it could be an option to work on the health of your hair and try to heal it a bit before getting a perm. Getting a perm with strong and healthy hair shouldn’t cause worry as everyday people are applying heat and chemicals to their manes. 


How to get a Perm


Always go to a professional when getting a perm as they understand the intricacies of the chemicals involved and how different hair types can react to them. There are many different types of perms and it’s advisable to have an understanding on what hair shape you’re seeking so you and your barber can choose the right option for you. 


  • A classic perm: The most common cold perm where the size of curls is determined by the size of rods used.
  • Twist or Spiral perm: A cold perm that results in defined barrel curls in about 5 hours. 
  • Rebonding perm: A type of hot perm that results in straighter hair above the ears, becoming curlier below. 
  • Digital perm: A popular type of hot perm resulting in soft, bouncy curls and loose ends. 
  • Ceramic perm: A hot perm where heat is increased gradually throughout the session resulting in a more defined shape. 


Most perm sessions take anywhere from 3-5 hours depending on which type you go with. 


How to style a Perm


The great aspect of getting a perm is that minimal styling will be required as you already have your desired shape! For adding some volume you can use a hairdryer with a blowout extension. A light pomade or gel will help with any additional styling needs like slicking back or styling fringe. Search for a product with curl defining actions. 

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Check out this list of popular curly hair ideas to show off your perm! 


Bro Flow with Curls



Curly Fringe



Curly Hair + Fade



Long Curly Hair



Whether you’re looking for a change from your normal hair or have been wanting to see if the grass is truly greener on the other side with luscious curls, there are a lot of things to consider when deciding what type of mens hair perm to go with. The information above will give you a good idea of your options along with the help of your barber! 

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