When you think of the perm, you picture voluminous, tight curls and waves that were so popular in the ’80’s and ’90’s worn and popularized by the likes of Cher, Madonna and Olivia Newton-John in ‘Grease’. Yes, those big ‘dos might have faded from the limelight the past decade or so but do you know that they’ve been low-key present all throughout these years?
Now, the perm is officially back from hibernation, underwent major modern changes and is considered as one of the hottest hair trends to emerge in 2021.
But just so you know, the perm of today is nothing like the bushy perms that were so in vogue in the ’80’s. Modern perms come in so many forms that it can get quite confusing to spot! Think effortless beach waves, a relaxed body wave, or even the look of a gorgeous salon blow-out – you can easily get those results through a perm!
So if you’re thinking of giving your hair a makeover, why not go with a perm that’s sure to last for months! Check out these gorgeous celebrities sporting all kinds of perms to inspire your next hairstyle!
Mariah Carey's Gorgeous Curls
Mariah’s gorgeous, perm-laden tresses have been ever-present throughout her career, which has landed her in every hair and beauty trend since the ’90s and one doesn’t have to wonder why!
Sarah Jessica Parker's Iconic Hair
As SJP’s famous alter-ego, Carrie Bradshaw’s ’80s locks have launched a million perms since ‘Sex and the City’, apart from the chic fashion her character embraced!
Shakira's Drop Dead Curls
Definitely a hair inspiration for many, Shakira’s curly hairstyle have changed over the years. Nevertheless, she cuts an unforgettable figure with her bleach-blonde perm!
Blake Lively's Gorgeous Mane
Blake’s classic blonde beauty and gorgeous hair is a beauty movement all by itself! She’s spotted here sporting a pregnant momma glow and a beautiful perm made up of softer, natural-waved hand curls.
Beyonce's Volumized Perm
Curls galore! Beyonce sporting a gorgeous perm with volumized curls during her Destiny’s Child days.
Camila Cabello's Glam Perm
As she has natural, straight hair that couldn’t hold a curl, Camila’s gorgeous mermaid-ish tresses here are the result of getting a pin curl perm. Definite hair envy!
Amanda Seyfried with a Spot Perm
Amanda changes up her straight, blonde hair by getting a center-part spot perm and embellishing her curls with bejewelled hair barrettes.
Lily Collin's '80s Root Perm Look
Getting a head full of gorgeous perm, Lily Collins definitely brought out her 80’s style in this hair inspiring look.
Julia Roberts' Classic Curls
From ‘Pretty Woman’ to ‘Erin Brockovich’, Julia Roberts’ spiral perm definitely influenced many women to get this gorgeous look!
Taylor Swift's Classic Blonde Perm
We’ve seen Taylor sporting tons of gorgeous hairstyles, but this classic body wave perm remains one of our favorite looks on her.
Rihanna's Famous Red Curls
Definitely a hair style chameleon and influencer with her many stylish looks to date, Rihanna’s burgundy root perm here gives us hair envy, no doubt about it!
Jamie King's Modern Perm
Sporting a modern, beach wave perm that put the perm trend back on the top spot, Jamie King is a hair style icon to look up to.
Madonna's Pop-tastic Perm
From big, tight and poufy curls in the 80’s to body waves, Madonna has always rocked the perm hairstyle.
Jennifer Lawrence's Voluminous Curls
Gorgeous blonde curls. Jennifer Lawrence enviously flaunts her beautiful perm style at the Oscars – definitely making this one of the most requested perm style at hair salons!
Emmy Rossum's Chic Perm
Sporting a multi-textured perm style, Emmy Rossum joined the list of hair style influencers with this look alone!
Julianne Hough's Beach Waves
For those wanting a subtle but still-gorgeous hair style, Julianne Hough’s modern wave perm is great for casual, every day looks!
Jenna Dewan's Spiral Perm
Jenna Dewan inspired multitudes to take the perm plunge when she debuted her gorgeous spiral perm in her Instagram account. Will you be the next?
Christina Aguilera's Edgy Perm
Very early on in her career, Christina Aguilera sported a full, voluminous spiral perm with pink streaks – definitely an edgy glam look for the teen pop sensation!
Selena Gomez in a Modern Perm
With a delicious head full of curls, Selena’s modern perm styled with highlights absolutely gave us hair envy!
J.Lo's Bob Perm
Even when she’s letting off steam through her workouts, J.Lo’s messy perm bob is still as inspiring as when she’s glamming it up on the red carpet!
Halle Berry's Beach Wave with Bangs
A casual, subtle and stylish ‘do ideal for the on-the-go women, Halle Berry rocks a beach wave perm with stylish bangs.
‘Gone Girl’ actress Lola Kirke inspiring hair envy in us with her chic permed bob. It looks so natural that it’s so hard to believe it’s a perm, right?
Hayden Panettiere's Blonde Perm
Hayden rocks this body wave perm – her classic, go-to style that will definitely never go out of style!
Nicole Scherzinger's Perm Hairstyle
Nicole’s gorgeous spot perm style features gorgeous, volumized curls – an ideal look for those with long hair wanting a bit of oomph!
Demi Moore's Center Part Perm Style
Demi’s go-to hair style is a center part body wave perm that always, always looks classy and sophisticated on her, don’t you agree?
Charlize Theron's Permed Waves Hairstyle
Despite the many chic hair styles she’s sported over the span of her career, we love going back to this short permed bob look on her! The perm gives her a curls bounce and volume that look’s so effortless on her!
Gigi Ringel's Chic Perm
Combining current hair trends in her look, Gigi opts to look boho chic in her shag perm – a definite statement look that’s sure to inspire hair envy!
Salma Hayek's Voluminous Curls Hairstyle
Definitely a bombshell in red carpet events, Salma’s voluminous curls and pink ensemble gave off a stylish, feminine vibe to her overall style.
Olivia Munn in a Beach Wave Perm
Opting to fluff out her hair with texture, Olivia Munn’s beach wave perm style is perfect for those wanting casual waves for an every day look.
Jennifer Aniston's Perm Hairstyle
Switching up from the famous ‘Rachel’ bob hair, Jennifer Aniston’s beach wave perm is definitely another hair-inspiring look!