That's a great question! Perms do tend to dry out the hair and since you're looking for a style that is a little less high maintenance, I would suggest a good haircut. I encourage you to visit a salon and consult with a stylist to determine the condition of your hair and a style best suited to you. The stylist can then adapt the cut so that as your hair grows you can gradually achieve your desired look.
Vidal Sassoon Salon is located at 37 Avenue Road, Toronto; (416) 920-1333