Best Hair Colouring Techniques for Your Perm

Published on Nov 23, 2017

Did you know that various hair colouring techniques look better on different types of hair?

If you've gone and got yourself a perm, and now thinking of adding colour to your new and gorgeous curls, Jesly from top perm salon Picasso Hair Studio spills the deets on which no-bleach hair colour technique is best paired with your perm.

Read on to find out how you can take your perm to the next level ...

C Curl Rebonding


C Curl Perm at Picasso

C Curl Rebonding by Picasso Hair Studio

C Curl Rebonding is similar to soft rebonding, with the exception that the ends of your hair are curled inwards. It requires your hair to be the same length or with minimal layers. Needless to say, it makes for a very neat look and a natural-looking style. C Curl Rebonding is ideal for those who prefer straight hair but not a fan of the stick straight look that classic rebonding usually yields.

One Tone Colour and Babylights Suitable for C Curl Perm
One Tone Colour and Babylights Suitable for C Curl Perm

One Tone Colour vs Babylights

A one tone colour is most suited for such a hairstyle as since most parts of the hair is rebonded, there is not much movement in the hair.  Having chunky highlights or ombre will look make the hair look stiff due to the visibility of the harsh lines. However, if you would still like to opt for highlights, Jesly recommends babylights, micro-highlights that looks more blended and natural.

Styling Perm


Styling / Freestyle Perm by Picasso Hair Studio

If you like more layers in your hair with slight curls, a styling perm might be what you are looking for. This type of perm begins with soft rebonding, leaving the ends of the layers with a strong C Curl. With more layers and curls, your hair will naturally look more voluminous and have more movement. Hence, you don't have to stick to one tone colours.

Sombre Hair Colour for Styling Perm
Sombre Hair Colour for Styling Perm

As this perm style consists mainly of rebonding with curls only at the ends, a sombre technique or also known as a soft, subtle ombre is recommended to highlight the curls even more. It allows for a more natural look with hints of darker shades going through the hair and your ends remaining the lightest. The soft ombre adds more dimension to the hair as well!

Rebonding Perm


One Tone or Balayage Colour for Rebonding Perm

Rebonding Perm by Picasso Hair Studio

Rebonding Perm promises a slow graduation from straight to curls with no harsh lines between the two. Like the previous perms mentioned above, the top part of the hair requires soft rebonding. It's no doubt one of the more curlier hairstyles, but when done right, there's no reason why a Rebonding Perm shouldn't look natural.

One Tone or Balayage Colour for Rebonding Perm

Although a one tone colour looks nice on a rebonding perm, the balayage ombre colouring technique brings out the best of this perm. Balayage is a freehand technique where highlights are created at the top part of the hair that is rebonded so that it gives the illusion of layers to the straightened parts, making it look softer. The colour gradation to an ombre adds more texture and movement to the curls, and the curls in return bring out the colour even more. A perfect combination!

Tip: Request the stylist who did the perm to also do the colour as he/she will know where to start and end the balayage and ombre.

Texture Perm


Balayage Suitable for Textured Perm
Balayage Suitable for Textured Perm

Texture Perm by Picasso Hair Studio

Fancy the tousled, slightly messy voluminous look? Unlike the previous styles, Texture Perm does not consist of rebonding the top. The perm rod is placed near the roots which give volume and light waves to the top part of the hair. From these light waves at the top, it slowly transforms into stronger curls at the ends.

Balayage Suitable for Textured Perm

Balayage Perm by Picasso Hair Studio

As there is a lot of texture to this perm, balayage highlights bring out the movement and texture of this perm.

Balayage Suitable for Textured Perm

However, it is important to make sure that the highlights follow the wave lines of the hair, otherwise, the perm will look messy rather than being enhanced by the colour.

Cushion Perm


Cushion Perm by Picasso Hair Studio

Cushion perm is when your roots are permed to lift the roots while the ends have airy and voluminous curls. This perm gives “fluff” to the hair, and is especially suited for Asian ladies with limp hair or those with shoulder-length hair.

The best colouring technique for cushion perm? Two-tone colours with shadow roots!

Two Toned Colour for Cushion Perm

Unlike ombre where the colours gradually transform from dark to light, two-tone colours have a distinct two segment colour, which is the darker colour at the roots and the lighter colour from mid-length to the ends. This is to create an illusion, making the crown look even more voluminous when coupled with the root perm. Although there are two distinct colour segments, the transition point is softened by curls to create a well-blended effect.

Volume Perm


Balayage Colour for Volume Perm

Volume Perm by Picasso Hair Studio

Recommended for ladies with medium to long hair, volume perm incorporates several layers of curls and is inspired by Victoria's Secret Angels' big loose curls. It is also recognised by the two long fringe that is “winged” backwards for that sexy feminine look. To bring out the beauty of volume perm, Jesly recommends Ecaille Balayage.

Balayage Colour for Volume Perm

Ecaille Balayage which translates to “tortoiseshell” in French, is a soft and natural looking hair colour created by blending multiple shades such as golden blondes, caramels, chestnuts, and chocolates. One special feature of this colour technique is the focus on highlighting the “outline of the hair” which compliments the volume perm, two “winged” long fringe perfectly! Together with the soft and subtle blend of the multiple shades of brown, it makes the curls look even more natural and soft.

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