How Getting A Perm Is Different In 2017 Than It Was 30 Years Ago

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Perms are making a comeback this year, but they're looking sleek and modern this time around. The word "perm" brings poodle-head hair to mind; the kind that seems to be synonymous with the '80's aesthetic of frizzed out, up-to-the-sky styles. Back in the synth decade, people loved tightly coiled curls that would poof out into a ball of hair, making volume reign supreme. Because of that image, perms have taken a backseat when it came to hairstyle trends, scarring us all from trying out the technique in case we came out looking like the newest star of a hair metal band. All we would need are stirrup leggings and a neon off-the-shoulder sweatshirt, and the look would be complete.

Thankfully, though, hair experts didn't just stop developing perm techniques once it fell out of vogue in the '80s, and they have been perfecting the formula and look for decades. Meaning that if you get a perm today, it will be a new-millennium perm, and not one your mom rocked back when she was in her twenties. But how does today's perm differ from the '80s version? It's more relaxed and air dried, for one. And it involves a whole lot less hairspray. Read all about it below.