5 High Maintenance Perms Lazy Women Should Steer Clear Of

Published on Jan 28, 2020

We love perms and we're always advocating trying them out if you want a hairstyle that is trendy and easy to manage. With that said, there are still some perms that are easier to manage, and some that are torturous.

We just published an article regarding low-maintenance perm styles to try, so this is the second installation featuring the most high-maintenance perms that we do not recommend unless you have the extra time and energy to style your hair every morning.

Keep reading to find out which styles you may want to have second thoughts about. 

1. Hippie perm


This cute and messy style looks like you just need to fluff it up and you're good to go, but looks can be deceiving.

High Maintenance Hippie Perm

The Space Korean Hair Salon @ The Cathay

When you have this hairstyle, you'll need to style it a bit because it'll look messy, uneven and frizzy if left alone.

Frizzy and Messy Hippie Perm
Frizzy and Messy Hippie Perm
Frizzy and Messy Hippie Perm

This is the reason why Hot Mama JZ went for a Keratin Treatment afterwards.

After Keratin Treatment at The Urban Aesthetics

Keratin Treatment at No. 8 Hair Studio

Additionally, you will have to dress up and put on makeup to make the "I woke up like this" hairstyle look intentional.  If not... people might think you really just rolled out of bed without brushing your hair and stick on the "A" label on you thanks to the small curls. 

2. Spiral perm


People think that short hair is the easiest to manage, but that's just a common misconception.

When you have short hair, you'll be due for regular trims and touch ups. So the same goes for the short spiral perm.

High Maintenance Spiral Perm (Jeremy) at PIcasso Hair Studio

Picasso Hair Studio @ Bugis

Get ready for regular cream or serum application to make sure the cute coils are tight and in place. And when your hair starts growing, you might find that you have issues with the straight awkward roots that are long enough to be seen but too short to be permed!

3. Defined curls


You probably get the drift from the first two hairstyles mentioned - perms with defined curls are harder to style.

You'll have to wash and blowdry it to make sure all the curls are well-defined because one loose piece can make the whole hairstyle look messy.

High Maintenance Defined Curls

It can be particularly difficult if your hair is short because you won't be able to style it on your own.

High Maintenance Curl with Undercut at Koinonia Salon

Koinonia Salon @ Tiong Bahru

Even if you place yourself between two mirrors, some areas might go unseen and an uneven curl might make you look unkempt.

When not styled nicely and smoothed down, your curly locks might make give you an "auntie look" too.

Tight Curls at No. 8 Hair Studio

No. 8 Hair Studio @ Jurong Chinese Garden

So if you do decide to go for defined curls, make sure you're ready to twirl each curl to shape it before leaving your house!

Pro Tip: If you want your curls to look less defined, blowdry till its 100% dry for it to add volume and less curls. Similarly, if you want your curls to look more defined, blowdry till its 80% dry and use curl cream to enhance the definition.

Short Hair Perm (Min) by Pro Trim

Short Perm by Pro Trim Salon @ Woodlands Causeway Point

4. Cold perm


If you're not sure what's the difference between perms such as the Korean perm, Japanese perm, hot perm and cold perm, check out this article where we break it down for you.

In a nutshell, cold perms are natural-looking and low damage. They're also the most time-efficient and cost-friendly at most salons. To determine whether you have a cold perm or hot perm, check if your hair is curlier when it is dry or when it is wet. If it's the latter, you probably have a cold perm. 

Low Damage Cold Perm by The Urban Aesthetics

Hair Illustrated @ Raffles City

The maintenance for cold perm is different; the longer you blow dry it, the wavier and frizzier it becomes. 

Hence, you have to be prepared to use a diffuser and curl cream and blowdry till its about 70-80% dry and use curl cream to manage the rest. 

4. Perm with fringe


Fringes are hard to care for in general - not only do you have to wash and style it regularly, you also have to make sure it doesn't look oily.

But having a permed fringe doubles the difficulty as it's hard to blowdry to make sure the fringe stays in shape. After all that styling and fussing around, it's not a given that your fringe will stay in place throughout the day!

5. Bleached hair perm / damaged hair perm


Thanks to technological and chemical advancements, people with processed hair are still able to perm their hair. However, do note that the curls will still look more bouncy on healthy hair than on bleached hair. 

Perm by Focus Hairdressing

Focus Hairdressing @ Chinatown Point & Orchard

You will also find it harder to manage the bleached hair after perming because the hair becomes more damaged after the perm (no matter how low damage it is.)

Self Styling

Balayage Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

Be prepared to wash, dry and add a serum to it every morning to make sure it doesn't end up looking frizzy or straight up fried.

Balayage Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

Balayage Perm at Picasso Hair Studio

6. Defined C-Curls


While the basic c-curls are easy to take care of, more obvious c-curls can be a challenge because you have to make sure all the curls are in the same direction.

C Curl at AUBE Japanese Salon

C Curl Perm at AUBE Japanese Hair Salon @ Wheelock Place

If there is one stray curl poking out, it'll look awkward and out of place. You might have to wash or wet your hair whenever you style it if your hair is stubborn!

C Curl Perm (JoelPark) at Pro Trim

Pro Trim @ Ngee Ann City

And because c-curls sit at the end of your hair, it's over once you cut your hair.

C Curl Perm at Zinc Korean Hair Salon

Zinc Korean Hair Salon

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