How Long Do Perms Last For Guys?

Hairstyles are one of the many things that make us unique, being able to style, cut or color your hair how you want can change your appearance and your confidence massively.

How Long Do Perms Last For Guys

Perms, or “permanent waves”, are a permanent type of hairstyle that allows waves or curls to be set into the hair through chemical or thermal means.

Perms were huge in the 80s, and luckily for those of you wanting to make a change to your hair, they’re becoming increasingly popular today in 2022. 

Since it’s becoming such a popular trend, it’s got us guys asking how long do they really last?

Generally speaking, you can expect a perm to last anywhere from 3 to 4 months for a guy.

If you’ve got a perm, you’ll probably have to go back to the hair salon every 4 months to get it re-permed.

If you don’t go back to get it re-done, you’ll start to find your hair growing in different directions than it used to.

So with that being said, let’s dig a little deeper into perms for guys. 

How Much Does A Perm Cost For A Guy?

The price of a perm will obviously vary depending on where you live, but you can expect to pay anything from $50 to around $200 for a temporary or digital perm.

There’s not just one type of perm, they range from spiral perms and beach wave perms to root perms and stack perms, and there’s so many more.

Each variation of perm will come with a different price range, but on average you’ll most likely find that a perm will cost you $120. 

Getting a perm can be pretty terrifying, especially as a guy since our hair is basically what sets us apart from others.

You’ll find that a perm completely changes the appearance of your hair, so it’ll take a bit of getting used to and if you end up not liking it, it can take months to get back to the old hairstyle you had. 

That’s not to say it should be scary, getting a perm is an excellent way to change up your appearance without sacrificing too much.

Most of the time, hair tends to grow back, so even if you don’t like your perm, just wait a few months and you’ll have your normal hair back. 

How To Tell If A Guy Has A Perm?

How Long Do Perms Last For Guys?

Being able to spot a perm can be quite difficult, especially if a professional stylist has done it, but there are a few ways to tell.

The first is to look whether a guy’s hair has been permed in every single place, if it isn’t this is a telltale sign that they’ve attempted to do a perm on themselves at home. 

Next is to look at whether his curls all look similar, and are curled the same way.

People with naturally curly hair will usually have a lot of texture and their curls are wild, whilst permed curls are usually very uniform and neat. 

A good perm is one that you can’t tell if it’s natural or not, if you can’t decide whether or not a guy has a perm, chances are he either has curly hair or his hair stylist has done a good job on his hair, so make sure to ask him where he went if you’re wanting a perm! 

Should You Get A Perm?

There’s not many reasons to not get a perm, if you’re considering it, then definitely go for it!

Perms usually look good on most people, it’ll take a bit of getting used to if your natural hair is straight, but once you do, you’ll end up loving it!

And even if you don’t, just make sure to let your perm grow out and in a few months or so, your natural hair will soon return. 

The sheer amount of perms available is also a huge plus, a hair stylist will be able to help you decide which variation of perm will suit you the best.

If you’re not looking for a tight curl, then loose waves can be done and vice versa, there’s so many different types of perm available that you’re sure to find a style that you like. 

Just keep in mind that a perm can be quite costly, so if you’re not sure you’ll like it or you’re not ready to make the jump, ask a stylist (or a girl friend with a curler!) to curl your hair in the pattern you’d want your perm to be in.

This way you can gauge how you’d look with the curls and if you’d want to make it a permanent thing. 

Can A Guy Get A Perm If He Has Thin Hair?

Yes, everyone can get a perm, no matter the hair type.

The most important thing is to ensure you don’t have any hair loss or scalp issues, as the chemicals in the perm can lead to even more issues, make sure to consult with a hair stylist before anything.

Consider using a gentler formula, as they won’t damage thin or fragile hair. 

But guys with thin hair can absolutely get a perm, in fact, a perm will result in the hair looking much thicker and fuller, so it’s a great way to make you look like you have more hair than you actually do. 

Final Thoughts

Getting a perm as a guy can be an exciting thing, it’s an easy way to change up your look without sacrificing too much.

It’ll last anywhere from 3 to 4 months, and if you want to keep your curls, you’ll have to revisit a hair salon every 4 months to get another perm.

They are quite expensive, with some perms costing around $200, but depending on the type of perm you get, you’ll find that they’re generally around $120, which isn’t too bad.

Make sure to consult with a stylist beforehand, to make sure your hair is suitable.

Matt Park
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