How long does a perm take for guys? 2 hours at most

man with permed hair

  • A perm for guys at the salon takes between one and a half and two hours.
  • The longer the hair, the longer it’ll take the stylist to roll it into curlers and apply the perm lotion.
  • The size of the curl you want to wear is also important. It always takes longer for the stylist to roll hair in smaller curlers than in larger ones.


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Who said perming is only for women?

Probably a frustrated man without hair long enough to get a perm.


Don’t stare at your cell phone screen behind your girlfriend’s back while you’re looking for prices and salons to get a perm.

I’m talking to you. This is your time and place. The magic is bound to happen in your hair and you’ll get your long-desired curls thanks to the perm.


However, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to do your part.

If you want to get a full head of curls with a perm, you’ll need to be patient. How much patience?


 If you’re not going to the salon, you should have between an hour and two hours of patience.  That’s how long it’ll take to get a perm in a salon. Does it seem like a lot?

Well, it may seem like a lot depending on what you compare it to.


Let’s see. When you watch a soccer game of your favorite team, you spend almost two hours on it. Also, often, the rewards for devoting two hours to your favorite team never come.


Now, think about this.  You’ll spend an hour and a half to two hours at the salon to get a perm and sport life-changing curls. 


Your girlfriend will be in awe because curls have their own thing. It’ll take you less time to style your hair because the curls will settle by themselves by shaking your head.

And you won’t care about humidity or wind. Your curls will be invincible. And all because you’ve spent an hour and a half to two hours in the salon getting a perm.

Ready to perm your hair?


Well, now that you’ve made up your mind, you need to know what’s waiting for you at the salon.  Getting permed isn’t a two-minute process. 


Perms are a multi-stage process, and each stage takes time.

 The time they take will depend on the length of your hair, the size of curl you choose, and even the experience of the stylist. 


So, I invite you to take a trip to the future. Visualize yourself sitting in the salon waiting for your stylist.

And then, the adventure begins. The stylist calls your name and your watch starts to run.

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Stage 1 – Choice of curlers – 10 to 30 minutes

choose curlers size

Have you looked around to get an idea of what you want?

What do I mean by this?


If you did some research on types of perms, looked at pictures on Instagram, and visited all the Tik Tok videos about perms,  you’ll arrive at the salon with a clear idea of the type of curl you want. 

Then, choosing the curling iron for your perm will take less time.


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Now, if you didn’t do your homework, or you’re tossing and turning, it’ll take longer to decide what kind of perm you want.

And if the stylist doesn’t know how to guide you, it’ll also take you longer.


A tip from a professional stylist to a man who isn’t used to salon processes and who wants to take less time to perm his hair?

  • Do your research beforehand to find out the types of perms or shaping on short hair.
  • Look at lots of pictures on Instagram.
  • Visit your stylist before your appointment at the salon to get your hair permed.

This way, both you and your stylist will be able to save time.


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Stage 2 – Curlers and perm lotion – 15 to 40 minutes

placement of curlers in men

Well, well. This is where it gets good.


At this stage, your hair and the stylist’s experience come together.

 A stylist with a lot of perming experience will take less time to perm than a newbie. 


That’s a fact. Skill comes with experience.

Without going any further, my husband takes an hour to clean the car, inside and out, while I can take four hours because I think I’ve washed the car twice in my entire life.


Also, attaching the curlers requires a specific technique to separate the strands.

Add to that,  the time it’ll take the stylist to roll your hair into the curlers and apply the perm lotion. 


At this stage, it’s no good trying to rush the stylist. This is one of the most important parts of the process. If you push him, he may make a mistake or work uncomfortably.

And the truth is, you’re the one who will lose out.

Besides, what’s your stylist’s fault if your hair is fifty centimeters long?


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Remember, the longer your hair is, the longer it’ll take the stylist to roll each strand into the curler. 

A ten-centimeter strand takes less to roll than a fifty-centimeter strand.

Stage 3 – Exposure, rinsing, and drying time – 15 to 20 minutes

man with fresh permed hair

This stage  can last more or less time depending on the perm lotion used by your stylist. 

  • If your stylist uses an extra-strong perm lotion,  leave it on for 10 minutes. 
  • If your stylist uses a mild liquid,  leave it on for 20 minutes .


The choice of perm lotion is up to the professional. He’ll evaluate your hair to know what it needs.

You can’t choose an extra-strong lotion to take less time to perm your hair.  That’s absolutely out of the question.


Once the exposure time’s over, your stylist will wash your hair to remove the excess liquid. This should take no more than five minutes.


Finally, he or she will blow dry your hair at high temperatures. How long will this take? Five minutes at the most. Finally, your stylist will say the magic words: “You can look in the mirror now, how do you like it?

And I’m sure you’ll feel like the character in Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, a triumphant and splendorous curly David.


Finally, your stylist may recommend a trim to even out your nape or sideburns. In that case, you’ll need to add ten to twenty minutes to the total perming time.


Getting a perm for men at the salon can take between one and a half to two hours.

Remember that after getting a perm you should avoid using hair products containing sulfates so that the perm lasts a maximum of six months.

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