First it was mullets and now it’s perms – the ’80s have come knocking and our boys have answered the door. Say hello to the era of boy perms.

I’ll admit, I loved the ’80s. The fashion, the music and of course, the hair. Teased fringes, flattops, mow-hawks and perms. The tighter the curl, and the higher the hair, the better. And just like the much-maligned mullet, perms are making a comeback. And combining both to get a permed mullet? That’s king.

Boys are flocking to their hairdresser, asking for perms in droves. And a quick search through Instagram and TikTok uncovers hundreds and hundreds of inspo photos and videos.

Boy perms trend not just for kids

From primary school-aged kids to high schoolers and grown men, the boy perm trend is having more than just a moment. In fact, it’s been building for the past couple of years. But with lockdowns, getting to the hairdresser has been a difficult task. So kids were turning to the old-fashioned method of using curlers. But now that we’re allowed back in the salon chair, hairdressers are finding their books filled with perm bookings for blokes.  




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Mum of three boys, Jeannette Isley, has already let her 15-year-old, 9-year-old and five-year-old perm their hair half a dozen times in the past 12 months.

Boy perms trend

She told TODAY that ‘they love it’ and get compliments on their hair wherever they go. We have to say, they do look absolutely adorable!

What do you think of the boy perm trend? Would you let your kids get a perm – let us know in the comments!

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  • each to their own – some people it suits, some not so. i think a natural curl/wave/perm is cute.


  • Oh dear…..Will it be ‘big hair’ next?


  • My sons would never let me perm their hair for them. I do love the look though.


  • My son never will like this.


  • I had perms in the 80’s and loved my ‘big hair’ look.


  • Wait perming their hair 6 times in a year!??? Isn’t that a bit much or have things changed haha


  • Really? It’s not something I’ve seen around. I was a child of the perm as my Mum was a hairdresser and I was her guinea pig. Not something I want to try again.


  • Perms are horrible I am not a fan of them at all, I probably wouldn’t let my kids (no matter the gender) have it done it kills their hair so badly!


  • I don’t understand why you would perm in a young child’s hair


  • No perms should not come back for anyone!


  • I don’t have sons so it is not a decision I am going to have to make, but I don’t think this is a trend I would get behind.
    I would not let my primary school aged daughters colour or perm their hair, so the same would be for a son (if I had one).


  • Some of these kids look good, but I don’t like perms as a trend.


  • A little weird! Kinda suits them, hope it doesn’t ruin their hair.


  • Hope my husband and son don’t join this trend !
    Both have curls from themself anyway, which they luckily like to cut short !


  • Is no one worried about the chemicals that are used to perm hair, damaging their hair at such a young age?
    I’m a advocate of har colours and change mine regularly but I don’t think it’s really good for kids to be putting so many chemicals in their hair so young. It’ll ruin their hair for the rest of their life if done to regularly.


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