Curly and wavy perm: prices and how long it really lasts

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Once you decide to get a perm, a million questions may cross your mind. But one of your most pressing questions is likely how you should expect to pay for a quality perm.

There’s many factors and variables to take into account when determining how much a perm will cost.


But just to give you a rough estimate, a perm can range anywhere from $60 to $250, depending on hair length and other factors. And, depending on the skill level of your hairdresser and which products they use, your new curls can last up to six months.

What’s that? Your girlfriend’s perm barely lasted a month?


How long a perm lasts can vary greatly depending on the quality of products and type of technique used.

Just like there’s different ways to straighten hair, there’s also different ways to permanently curl hair.

The latest trend is the digital perm, which will definitely cost more than traditional curls.


 Other factors that can influence the price are the location of your salon, and whether your stylist specializes in perming hair. 


That being said, it’s important to keep in mind that the health of your hair can also influence the price of your perm.

If you have damaged hair, the stylist may decide to do a reparative treatment before starting the perm.


Which reminds me of one of my most difficult clients, who -for the first time in my career- drove me so crazy I almost kicked her out of the salon.

With this particular client, I noticed red flags from the moment she walked in the salon to get permanent soft waves.

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She marched right up to me and said “I was going to get a perm done at the salon down the street, but my friend recommended this salon, even through it’s more expensive.”

You could say we got off on the wrong foot.


 After evaluating her hair, I recommended we begin with an Olaplex treatment, to prevent the chemicals used in the perm from damaging her hair. 

You can’t imagine how much I would regret even letting her in the salon.


She started yelling that all hairdressers were con artists,  and that if a client came in to get one thing one and we would end up charging them for four… you get the idea.

I just stood there while she complained for five whole minutes, humming “ommmmm” to myself until I could gently invite her to leave the salon.

A month later, her friend who had recommended my salon came by.

Guess what had happened to her ever-so-kind friend?


She got a perm somewhere else, and ended up with severely damaged hair.

 Remember, if you’re considering a treatment that chemically changes the structure of your hair, an extra $50 can make the difference between hair heaven and hell.  

But it’s up to you to decide what to take from this story, and how to treat your locks.

Have you made up your mind?


Then keep reading!

  • Perm pricing: Why do some salons charge an arm and a leg and others pennies on the dollar?
  • How long a quality perm lasts
  • How to make your perm last as long as possible and get the most out of your investment

Curly hair is back in style, so it’s time to embrace the perm!


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Perm pricing: Why do some salons charge an arm and a leg and others pennies on the dollar?


The cost of getting a perm can depend on the perm rolling technique used, how long it will take to complete, and your stylist’s experience.


  • To begin, let’s discuss some of the most expensive types of perm, which use body-goms. This method uses silicone rollers, which are less aggressive, as well as gentler chemicals.

This type of perm can cost between $120 and $150 for short to medium length hair, and about $250 for long hair.

Are you looking for a way to give your roots more volume?


  • In that case, try a partial perm. A partial perm means that instead of curling all your hair, the stylist will only curl the roots.

Therefore, the amount of product needed, the working time, and the cost are significantly reduced.

For this type of perm, you can expect to pay between $80 and $120.

Want a piece of advice?


This type of perm is idea for short or shoulder-length hair, as the weight of long hair can pull the roots straight again, making your hard-earned curls all but disappear.


  • Now, if you have long straight hair and don’t want tight, corkscrew curls, a wavy perm if your ideal option.

This type of perm creates beautiful waves that break up the monotony of straight hair. To create this look, the stylist uses larger rollers, which also speeds up the process a bit.

The cost of this type of perm varies between $200 for long hair and $140 for shoulder length hair.


  • Lastly, we still have yet to talk about the digital perm, a South Korean beauty trend used by celebrities such as Kate Middleton.

The main difference between digital perms and traditional perms is this technique use digitally temperature-controlled rods instead of rollers.


As the equipment is usually quite expensive, this type of perm is expensive as well, with some salons charging up to $300.

When considering prices, it’s very important to know exactly what you’re getting and how long it will last. If it’s only going to last a month, you might as well be throwing your $200 in the trash.


So, make sure to choose a stylist carefully, and ask about the products they use.

Now you might be wondering, with a skilled stylist and high-quality products, how long will a perm last?


How long a perm lasts

A perm can last anywhere from two to six months.

While this may seems like a wide range, it’s the honest answer.

   Because how long a perm lasts varies greatly depending on your hair type and how you care for it after the perm. 


And remember, although perm is short for “permanent,” hair grows, and the new growth will have the hair’s natural structure.

On the other hand, how long a perm lasts also depends greatly on what you do after leaving the salon.

Can you use the same shampoo and conditioner you used before the perm?

How does chlorine effect permed hair?

Does using a hairdryer effect how long the curls will last?


It’s important to keep all of these factors in mind when estimating how long your new curls or waves will last.

Now, let’s talk about how to make your perm last as long as possible.


How to make your perm last as long as possible and get the most out of your investment

Not properly caring for your hair can keep you from getting the most out of your perm, and improper care could even damage your hair.

But don’t let this intimidate you.



  • Not only that, you'll soon notice your permed locks are in desperate need of mosturizing to maintain their definition.

And the only way to get that moisture is with proper conditioning.

Personally, I recommend using a deep conditioner at least twice a week for the first month. After that, the conditioning treatments can be reduced to once a week.


  • Can you use the same shampoo and conditioner you used before the perm?

If you want to keep your curls as long as possible, using the same shampoo and conditioner would be a huge mistake. Instead, choose products specifically designed for curly hair.

One simple pice of advice: avoid products that contain sulfates, as they remove moisture from your hair and leave it dry and damaged.


Now you know how much you can expect to pay for a perm, and how to make it last as long as possible.

Now it's your turn to share: How much did you pay for your last perm?

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