Crimped hairstyles are a prevailing trend on runways and catwalks as of late. If you are a fan of 80’s inspired hairstyles, it’s time to pull out those long forgotten crimpers and have some big fun with your hair. Celebrity hairstylists are giving this throwback style new life, as seen by A-lister’s sporting crimped hairstyles. A new wave of hair crimpers with state of the art technology are also being introduced to ensure more hair friendly creases with more crimping style options.
Hair Crimping 101
Crimped hairstyles became popular during the late 70s and 80s. However, it was not until recently that the look once again resurfaced, showing up on the catwalks of top fashion shows. Celebrities like Lady Ga Ga and others have been instrumental in making crimped hair new again. The look continues to gain popularity as the visually striking effect of crimped hairstyles take on new transformations. The crimping iron is made up of parallel heated plates with repeating grooves to form uniform waves. The hair is heated and the crimped lines on the iron form the size of waves desired.
How to Crimp Hair
1. Start with clean hair.
2. Apply a heat protectant and blow-dry.
3. Divide hair into workable sections.
4. Start crimping at least one-inch from the hairline using sections no wider than the plates of your iron.
5. Press iron onto hair only as long as needed to get the desired look.
6. Repeat down the entire length of the hair shaft.
7. For a softened look, lightly pull fingers through your hair. A finishing spray will allow the waves to set.
Crimping Techniques for Various Hair Types
The technique used for crimping hair will vary according to your natural hair type. Use this basic guideline to help;
Straight Hair: Work on the top layer of your hair when crimping before brushing through it, so you can crimp it again (this time working with three-inch sections at a time).
Curly Hair: Use flat iron to straighten your hair first. This will make your crimped style more evident.
Wavy Hair: Use a round brush and blow-dryer to prep your hair first. This is a must if you want to create more definition when crimping wavy hair.