The man perm is coming…

Thursday, 23 June 2016


Move over the man-bun, Kit Harington (aka Jon Snow) has officially dethroned it with the erm, man perm. Okay we had a good giggle, when we first heard about a “merm”. What sort of man has a merm these days, for Lannister’s sake!

So with visions of 80’s poodle perms and Justin Timberlake’s crispy curls from his ‘N SYNC days in mind, we set out to find out more, and realised that these are real man curls and they have arrived!

It adds texture, detail and interest to a hairstyle that otherwise wouldn’t have the same impact. It’s masculine, yet whimsical and passionate. It can even make hair easier to manage for people with very fine, soft or straight hair. The volume created by this treatment can really work in your favour, lending the bouncy, healthy-looking quality of the genetically blessed to your hair.

The Jon Snow effect

“The look works best on long hair like Kit’s, or on hair that is short on the sides and longer on top – cuts that are on trend for men anyway,” says Nicole Simpson from Style Bar. And the difference is simple: the use of longer hair and bigger curling tools works to create a wave that is looser, more relaxed and natural as opposed to tight and chaotic. David Gillson, renowned celebrity stylist and trend guru from Carlton Hair in Hyde Park Centre, tells us that “In the last two months there has been a huge surge in perms. The perm has been reinvented with bigger perm rollers and the new Bondplex treatment”.

Thankfully, the resurgence of this male trend is coupled with safer perming practices, which works well against the negative aspects of this style that have kept people away in the past. David says that “Perms are now more successful and hair is left in better condition.” This is especially true when considering that guys tend to colour their hair way less than women giving them a healthier canvas to work on.

Merm maintenance

A merm should last anything between three to six months, depending on the speed of your hair growth. As far as up-keep goes, David assures us that “It is very low maintenance! You only have to wash it and use a styling aid. The best will be the Davines OI Oil or the Davines More Inside Curl Building Serum.” Nicole Simpson also believes in the use of good product, advising that “It would be like maintaining any curls. It’s all about the product and once it’s dry never brush it. She recommends Joico Curl Defining Foam for a more crunchy look, while creams such as Moroccan Oil Intense Curl Cream give a softer finish but can look greasy if you use too much.

Get the look

You can get it now from hair salons and barbers across the nation, like Style Bar and most Carlton Hair salons. Contact David Gillson at Carlton Hair Hyde Park for details: 011 325 4995/16.

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  1. Leigh- Christyn

    I don’t like this trend! =/ there are probably only a handful of men on this planet that could pull this off so rather don’t men!

    3 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Kit looks good with these curls but its a big no for my man.

    3 years ago •

  1. Ray-Jessie Hendricks

    mmmmm…not a look I like, but it works for his role as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones and he sure is pretty :)

    3 years ago •


    This just seems weird to me haha.

    3 years ago •

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