The perm hairstyle has been around for a long time now. But even though it’s gaining in popularity again here, it really shone back in the 1980s. This was the time that it first got very popular, and it seemed like every school girl had one.
But what is it? Why did it get so popular? And what made it fade away?
Well a perm is a way of making your hair stay wavy or curly for a long time. Unlike having to use curling irons every morning, a perm is a bit more permanent and will help keep your hair the same
way for a while. This doesn’t mean you’d never have to go back of course- usually it will last a few months (at most), so women with perms had to repeatedly go back to get the perm re-done to keep the same hair style. Here is a great video tutorial on how to secure some great 80’s curls:
Another is simply technology. Even though the technology to curl hair had been around since the 1800s, many women just didn’t like it. Plus most of the technology didn’t involve chemicals, so it wasn’t a permanent fix.
When it did get popular, its popularity mainly came from movies and TV shows. After showing up just a few times, women had been convinced that it must be the “in” thing to get a perm. And once a few women started doing it, it just got bigger and more popular every year.
By the mid-1990s, the perm was no longer in style. It’s tough to say what brought about the change except the fact that time always leads to change. Fashion is changing more quickly than ever, so it’s understandable that hairstyles would be the same way.
But like so many other things from the 80s, some would argue that the perm is coming back. Millions of women hate their straight hair, and are looking to perms for a permanent solution to give them more flexibility with their hair styles.
Of course that trend will fade away again someday, but for now it’s good to see the comeback.