How To Add A Modern Crimp To Your Hair At Home

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Today, our beauty and lifestyle contributor, Cassidy June, shares her modern twist on a throwback hair look! Her thoughts on contemporary crimping are below.

Crimping. Is this edgy hair trend coming back into style? The controlled-waves ‘do was initially popularized in the ’80s and ’90s—and even in the early 2000s—but has since become a look relegated mostly to costume parties. Beauty trends have a way of re-inventing themselves though, and I see crimping making a comeback this season!

Crimping was one of my favorite go-to hairstyles in high school. I’ve always had straight and fine hair, and found that crimping gave it texture. Back in those days, I would use the traditional heat press crimping iron with the sharp edges, giving my locks the telltale zig-zag look. Fast-forward to about a year ago, and I happened to stumble upon my old crimping iron. For old times’ sake, I gave it a whirl! I found that I still loved the texture it provided, but for me, the tight crimps felt a little too old school.

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When it comes to beauty, my personal narrative is, “Do what makes you feel good, and do what you like.” So, I set out to bring back the crimp trend for myself—but in a new way.

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When it comes to beauty, my personal narrative is, “Do what makes you feel good, and do what you like.” So, I set out to bring back the crimp trend for myself—but in a new way. I bought a 3-barrel iron, which has the same effect as a heat press iron, but adds a softer, wider crimp to your hair. I gave the iron a try and loved the outcome! Read on to find out how I use the heat press 3-barrel iron to create a modern crimp.

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How To Create A Modern Crimped Look

I find that this look works best on hair that was cleaned earlier and is fully dry. Professionals might say to separate your hair into sections. However, as a working mom, if I hear there’s an extra step involved, like sectioning, I usually won’t do it. I personally start with small sections of top layers by my face and work my way to the under layers. It’s also helpful to start high on the scalp to avoid any harsh lines.

One of the biggest keys for me is to avoid perfectly lining up the waves to give the overall look a more relaxed vibe. I also recommend finding a good flexible-hold hairspray that won’t cause your hair to clump together. I use Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Micro-Fine Finishing Spray, and love it because you can run your fingers through your hair or even brush it after spraying and it will hold its shape.

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The best part is that I think this style looks even better the following day, which saves me time getting ready the next morning. The crimp might not be for everyone or work on every hair type, but if you want to try it, give it a whirl! The 3-barrel waver is a fun way to modernize the style, and your inner ’80s girl will love you for trying it.


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Author: Carrie Waller

Carrie is the writer, stylist and photographer behind Dream Green DIY, and also is the features editor for Glitter Guide. Follow along on Instagram!