What is a permanent jelly and should you try it?

We’ve already highlighted a handful of Korean-inspired hair trends to have on your radar in 2022. But one more to add to your list? Permanent jelly. Not only does this perm rival the C-Curl in popularity, but it has mainstream significance. So what is a jelly perm, you might ask. Keep reading for the scoop!

Permanent jelly by definition

If the jelly perm sounds familiar, there’s a reason why. It’s a revived ’60s look that’s also known as a “hippie perm.” It features loose and messy curls, giving off a very natural feel. It’s considered a looser, more natural approach to “fog permanence” (we know, that’s a lot to follow!).

Pop culture significance of this style

While permanent jelly is a unanimously hot trend in Korea, it caught the mainstream’s attention when BLACKPINK’s Jisoo rocked the look on the cover of W Korea. Decked out in Dior, the K-pop star turned heads in beautiful, tight waves fans had never seen on her before. This look is a stark contrast to her straight, silky locks that we are used to.

Damage from a Jelly Perm

When it comes to damage from a permanent jelly, there is no evidence that it is better or worse than other perms on the market. The thing is, all perms are risky. While Korean perms are known to deliver next-level results, that doesn’t make them “safer” for strands. Perms in general are notorious for drying out hair and breaking it. If you decide to opt for the service, talk to your stylist about proper post-operative care.

If this article has made you want to hit the salon, HERE ARE five things to know before getting a perm of any kind!

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