Big hair was all the rage in the '80s. In the '90s, teenage girls crimped their hair and dotted it with butterfly clips. Of course, the "bump-it" was at its height in the 2000s (who could forget?)
Post bump-it came the era of CHI straighteners and sleek hair, but now in 2019 we have to ask: Is the perm coming back?
Licensed hairdresser at Friday's Clementine Horn has been doing hair for nine years and said she does see the perm coming back, but not for "big hair" reasons.
"I grew up with my mom and she obviously she lived in the '80s and so she never ever let me get a straightener or anything like that. She was always about big hair," she said. "I think that the biggest reason it's coming back is not necessarily a trend, but I think people are becoming more accepting of like natural hair styles. Historically, frizzy hair, curly hair was seen kind of as unprofessional where now people celebrate their curly hair or their natural waves."
The natural hair trend includes a popular "wavy" perm that focuses more on adding texture to hair.
"The idea with perms was like thinking back to the '80s when they did the real tight, big, curly hair, where now people are getting perms more like a beach-wave style more for body or just overall volume for their hair, not necessarily to really be poofy," Horn said.
Different perms have different stylistic techniques.
"Once we know what we're doing, we decide how we want to wrap it because there's different kinds of techniques like a spiral perm or things like that," she said. "So after that then we wrap the perm and then we put on the permanent solution. Depending on your hair type, the porosity and density and other things like that, that determines how long the solution will sit."
Horn recommends talking to your stylist and doing your research before getting a perm, as each hair type takes to the process differently.
"There's so many factors of your hair history. If it's been colored or if you have bleached-blonde hair, then you don't want to get a perm because that's just too many chemicals. It'll fry your hair off immediately," she said. "So that's why you have to do the in-depth consultation with your stylist and really be honest."