As the beatniks long ago learned, out there in America hair matters, and here we were in the land of the permanent wave.
A pretty mess I was, as bad as a woman getting a permanent wave.
A subtitle announced: "He had put a permanent wave in Marcel."
That would take the permanent wave out of your hair, old grouch!
Her cheek nested in his permanent wave, Warble studied the pictures.
His walnut hair was fine and silky, but a permanent wave made it fuzz forth in a bushy crinkle that was distractingly lovely.
Also she's a home-grown siren that works without the aid of a lip-stick, permanent wave, or an eyebrow pencil.
And Mrs. Garvey turns the color of a fire hydrant clear up into her permanent wave.
She still clung to the bobbed henna wig with its permanent wave.
early 15c., from Middle French permanent (14c.) or directly from Latin permanentem (nominative permanens) "remaining," present participle of permanere "endure, hold out, continue, stay to the end," from per- "through" (see per) + manere "stay" (see mansion). As a noun meaning "permanent wave," by 1909. Of clothing, permanent press attested from 1964.