Why We’re Definitely Here for the Crimped Hair Comeback


It seems that everything comes back into style eventually (like it or not). Every decade or two what’s old is new again (and again). One throwback look we’re loving right now is crimped hair.  So, if you still have your crimping iron from back in the day, you’re in luck. 

The zig-zag, crinkled hair look that was all the rage in the ‘80s and ‘90s is making a comeback in a big way. And, this reborn style isn’t just for bold, edgy teens anymore. Read on to learn how to rock a fresh, modern take on this retro look.

The Crimped Comeback

Whether worn down or pulled into an updo, crimping adds interesting texture to build and maintain volume. If you want to update your style and add a little pizzazz to your hairdo, give one of these trends a try.

Hidden Volume

Crimping is a great way to add serious volume, even to fine, limp locks. If you’re not so sure about stepping out with a full-on crimped look, lift the top layer of your hair and crimp the roots underneath. Cover with the top layer and style as usual – and boom, long lasting volume in a matter of minutes.



Use the texture of crimping as an accessory rather than a full hairstyle. Crimp a short section of hair horizontally. The impression left in the hair from the crimping tool looks like a natural barette.  

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For a subtle look, crimp the entire length of a few sections of hair all over your head. As your tresses move, the textured pieces will peek through. Or, try crimping just the ends of your hair. This technique looks awesome with upswept styles, too - think crimping the ends of a braid, strands in your pony, a bun or any updo.


All Over

Ready to go all-in? The all-over crimp is on point, with a more refined look than the over-the-top volume of the original style. To keep hair under control, use hair spray to set it away from your face for a sleek silhouette.


How to Get the Look

Anxious to give one of these looks a try but not quite sure how to create the perfect crimp? Follow these simple steps:

  1. Start off with freshly washed hair.
  2. Spritz with heat protectant to prevent damage from hot tools.
  3. Blow dry your hair.
  4. Divide your hair into a top and bottom section, then each of those into a left and right side. Pin sections you’re not working with out of the way.
  5. Pre-heat your crimper or zig-zag iron. Be sure to set it on the lowest heat setting to style without having to make multiple passes over the same strand. Typically the thicker the hair, the higher the heat setting required.
  6. Go section by section and crimp as much as you like. Sandwich your hair horizontally between the plates of the crimper and hold down for about 5-10 seconds (or longer for thick hair), release and work your way down the strand.

Alternative Method

Not sure you want to shell out the money for a new hot tool when you’re not even sure if this look is for you? Good news! You can actually use your hair straightener to crimp your hair. Here’s how:

  1. Apply styling mousse to clean, dry hair for a stronger hold.
  2. Pull the top half of your hair up into a bun and pin out of the way.
  3. Divide your lower layer into six equal sections. For a tighter crimp divide into more, smaller sections.
  4. Braid each section tightly and secure with a small hair elastic. If you want more volume, start the braids at your roots. For less volume, start further down the length of your hair.
  5. Run your flat iron down each braid once or twice.
  6. Undo the top half of your hair and repeat the process.
  7. Let your hair cool to set the crimp then undo the braids, starting with the bottom layer.
  8. To prevent frizz, do not brush your hair. If the crimp is too tight, loosen it by gently running your fingers through your hair.
  9. Lock in the look with hairspray.

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