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The hair trend you never thought you’d see again
Does the mere thought of crimped hair make you shudder?
Well, the 80s hair look is back, ladies.
This season, the runways have been filled with crimped tresses.
At Stella McCartney, there was a crimped ponytail, which involved crimping small sections, running in streaks from the top of the head to the end of the pony:
Preen AW15 took it a step further, with a 1970s-style crimp-tastic bouffant:
If thoughts of 80s paraphernalia (scrunchies, Madonna, prom dresses etc) are putting you off the look, you may be pleased to know it didn’t actually originate in the 1980s.
The first modern crimping iron was actually invented in 1972 by a guy called Geri Cusenza (who founded Sebastian Professional).
Crimped hair was popular before that, though. Just think of the fiery, frizzy tresses in Romantic paintings, or the tight zigzags of Roman hair in illustration and sculpture.
Contrary to the latest runway looks, the crimp we’re seeing on the street now is a lot subtler. Check it out:
Photo credit: instyle.co.uk
Tempted to experiment with a crimp or two? Keep these points in mind:
- Crimping is great for adding invisible volume to the under layers of your hair (a win for fine-haired ladies).
- A crimper with wider ridges will give you a looser, more romantic crimp (as opposed to tight kinks).
- Use a three- or four-tong waver tool for a similar effect if a crimper is too much for you to handle.
- If you have thick hair, go easy on the under layers (unless you want a ginormous mop).
- For a fun 70s style, crimp just the lower two thirds of your hair, leaving the roots sitting flatter.
- Finish the look with hairspray (try TONI&GUY Hair Care Flexible Hold Hairspray) to minimise frizz.
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Crimping tools to try:
- VS Sassoon Total Crimp VS2165A (it’s turquoise green – bonus!)
- VS Sassoon Deep Retro Glam (for a subtler effect)
Would you crimp your hair? What other bold beauty looks have you experimented with lately?