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Crimped hair has always been seen as a particularly nineties phenomenon. Girls who grew up watching Lizzie McGuire and Sabrina the Teenage Witch will know exactly what we’re talking about. The good news is that anything that was good for the nineties can be updated, glammed out, and brought kicking and screaming into the here and now.
So, it’s time to welcome the festive season with a bang. Yes, we’re giving you permission to go crimp crazy. Gigi Hadid and Bella Thorne have already jumped on the bandwagon; how much more convincing do you need? One of the best things about crimped tresses is that the style really shows off length. If you want to swing your glossy, healthy locks around on the dancefloor soon, this could be the perfect look for you.
We’ve got some handy hints and tips on how to avoid the frizz and get your crimp looking and feeling like a million dollars!
To Cheat or Not to Cheat
We’ll let you in on a secret. You can cheat your way to a gorgeous crimp without ever touching the tongs. While you won’t get the same kind of definition, it’s a fast and easy way to create the style. All you have to do is sleep with your hair in the tightest braids that you can build. When you wake up in the morning, let them loose and marvel at your newly zig zagged ‘do. This is a good method for anybody who has fragile hair, as heat based styling is not kind.
Never Crimp Wet Hair
If you’re determined to do it properly, you need a set of crimping irons. The older versions were a lot more stressful for the hair than the sleek, chic tongs of today, so don’t worry too much. It’s a good idea to spritz your tresses with a heat protective spray though. And, you should always avoid styling when hair is damp. It produces that sizzle that you’ll recognise from straightening sessions and it is the hair actively burning. Avoid at all costs!
Use the Right Temperature
Try not to dive straight in without checking the settings on your crimper first. If you have fine or fragile tresses, a lower temperature is required. Very thick and curly locks can probably handle a higher heat and will need it to create the same amount of definition. When styling hair extensions, match the temperature to the consistency of the hair. Just because it isn’t actually attached to your own scalp, doesn’t mean it is less sensitive than your own hair.
Always Crimp and Release
The right way to crimp is in vertical sections, right along the length of the hair. You shouldn’t be pulling or dragging the iron down your locks. This will cause damage and lead to split ends. Release the tongs, clamp them around a section of hair, hold for a few seconds, and release. Repeat this process until the entire section is looking delightfully retro and you can proudly say ‘Lizzie McGuire, eat your heart out.’
Crimp in Moderation
You don’t have to style the entirety of your hair, particularly if you’re worried about looking a little too bold. It is okay to take baby steps and introduce just a little hint of crimp. For instance, you could crimp a sideswept fringe and straighten the rest, so that you have a striking contrast between the two styles. Or, you could crimp your ponytail and add it to a half up, half down hairstyle, with a gently tousled bottom section.