It’s fun to experiment with different hairstyles. If you want to make a more dramatic change, however, you might consider getting a perm at the hair salon. A perm is a permanent wave applied to the hair through a combination of heat and chemicals. It has the ability to make even the straightened mane look livelier, and it offers an easy way to sport a wave or curl effortlessly.

Before you dive in, it’s a good idea to think things through. Here are a few points to consider before you head to your hairstylist:

  • Duration: Despite its name, a perm isn’t actually “permanent.” It does, however, last about six months. Unlike the wave you may achieve with a curling iron, a perm doesn’t wash out. It needs time to grow out.
  • permStyle: Gone are the days of the traditional 1980s-style perm. Modern looks are quite versatile, and experienced hairstylists can give your hair very specific perms, depending on your preference. Maybe you just need a little body to liven up your flat strands, corkscrew curls, or sultry, beachy wave. Bring a few inspirational photos to the hair salon, so your stylist can get an accurate idea of your preferred look.
  • Maintenance: Maintaining your perm is simply a matter of treating your curls right. Your hairstylist will advise you to wait two or three days before washing your hair after the perm. This will allow the curls to cure and set. Use shampoo and a conditioner formulated specifically for curly hair, and steer clear of fatty products that might weigh down your mane. If you choose to blow dry it, use a diffuser to achieve better control. If you’re air drying, run an alcohol-free smoothing product through it, so your curls dry smoothly.

More than just a small commitment, getting a perm is also an easy way to shake up your look. Remember, too, that there are many ways to style curly hair. Have fun with it by pulling it back, wearing it loose, and experimenting with different accessories.


151 Hair Company takes your hair concerns seriously. Based in Onalaska, WI, the hairstylists can give you the style of your dreams. If you’re interested in getting a perm, visit the hair salon to find out how they can help. You can review their services online, or call (608) 783-6191 to schedule an appointment.