15 Modern Crimped Hair Ideas from The 80’s and 90’s

Crimped hair ideas

The Crimped hair trend is making a comeback from the runways right now!

Hair crimping adds waves in a zigzag manner usually using a crimping iron, but there are also ways to crimp your hair with the use of the handy flat iron especially for natural hair to minimize damage.

This 80s and 90s crimped hairstyle give a good deal of volume and texture to straight hair while still being feminine and mellow.

Out of all the modern techniques to get desirable textured hair, crimping is totally the edgiest and most voguish!

How to Crimp Hair with a Crimper

Here’s a short video tutorial on how to crimp your hair.

To get the best out of this very chic hairstyle, take note that straightened hair typically produces the best crimps. Always use heat protectants when using a crimping iron.

Check out these pictures of modern crimped hair ideas!

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Big Crinkled Hair

Big Crinkled Hair
Instagram @danadloveshair

Crimped hair, don’t care.

Give your long thick hair plenty of texture by adding in gorgeous crinkles.

Crimped Medium Length Locks

Q&A with style creator, Alexandra Herragne
Hairstylist @ Franck Provost Paris in Paris, FR

How would you describe this?

This crimped hairstyle is very chic!

What’s your best advice?

For this hair crimping style, a thermal product from Kerastase was used first, then a Dyson hair dryer was used. Try the GHD crimped iron and the serum from Franck Provost to get crimper hair.

This crimp hair hairstyle can be used both day and night.

Crimping Long Hair

Crimping Long Hair
Instagram @laceyslooks

Q&A with style creator, Lacey Stephens
Color Specialist @ Head to Toe Essentials Salon & Spa in Payson, AZ


How would you describe this?

For the style, a mini hair crimper was used after prepping with Kenra’s heat protectant.

Styling with the hair crimper gives a lot of texture and volume.

What’s your best advice?

The only tool you’ll need is a mini crimper, a clip, and some bobby pins if desired. The only product you need for hair crimping is a professional heat protectant.

Typically hairspray isn’t used with crimped hair, as the iron gives the locks a soft texture.

The style will last a couple of days and can be used simply for volume, texture, or a cool vibe that crimped hairstyles offer.

Loose Crimped Tresses

Loose Crimped Tresses
Instagram @mckmarr

Q&A with style creator, McKinsey Marrara
Owner / Cosmetologist / Barber @ The Royal Treatment Spa & Salon in Morgantown, WV


How would you describe this?

Crimped hairstyles are very on-trend right now. These loose crimped tresses are great for women with long hair.

What’s your best advice?

Invest in great crimping irons and hair products. To achieve the crimped hair, try Ouai Wave Spray. For the photo, Fat Boy Water Wax was used for the edges and to sleek into the braid. Finish the crimped style with Balmain Paris Couture Session Spray.

Deep Wave Crimped Locks

Deep Wave Crimped Locks
Instagram @flairhairbaltimore

Deep waves and crimped hair go hand in hand.

80’s Inspired Crimping

80's Inspired Crimping
Instagram @shaniswigsalon

This crimped hairstyle picture gives off summer vibes. Crimped hair 80s style are making a huge comeback.

Short Hair with Crimp

Short Hair with Crimp
Instagram @human_fur

Infuse electricity into your strand with this absolutely edgy crimped hair cut with legendary purple and pinkish tones!

Layered pieces and a subtle angle around the back make this crinkle hair a real work of inspiration.

Crimped Weave

Crimped Weave
Instagram @lifesizdbarbiedoll

When crimping hair, you might as well go with a bold color to match the bold zig-zag style.

The longer your tresses are, the more styling options you’ll have with your crimping iron.

Crimped Wavy Hair

Crimped Wavy Hair
Instagram @alicereyn_hair

This photo of rippled crimp hair looks gorgeous on a lob cut. The vibrant red is also stunning on this crimped look.

Crimped Shoulder Length Hair

Crimped Shoulder Length Hair
Instagram @dramaticsnychair

There’s nothing wrong with adding some cute braids and twists for a funkier finish to iron crimped hair.

Cute Crimped Zig Zags

Cute Crimped Zig Zags
Instagram @jeni_parsons

Q&A with creator, Jeni Parsons
Hairstylist @ Beach Blonde Studio Salon in Brownsburg, IN


How would you describe this?

This hair crimp is calm, earthy, and natural with the contradiction of heavy texture.

What’s your best advice?

For best results, crimped hairstyles for women with fine hair or hair that is too soft to put up easily is advised.

Using a micro crimper iron adds a ton of texture and grit to the strands, allowing you to form it into shapes and pin it up easier without the hair falling down.

It’s classy because it’s mainly pulled back at the nape of the neck but edgy because of the crimping.

After using a few bobby pins and spraying with hairspray, you won’t have to worry about your crimped hair coming undone, so this is ideal for even the busiest of women!

Crimped with Braids

Crimped with Braids
Instagram @reneec_hair

Q&A with creator, Renee Caron
Stylist @ Chrome Salon in Concord, NH


How would you describe this?

This crimper hair is fun, dimensional, organic, and even magical. It’s Viking chic with a hint of sparkle! It’s not a popular crimping hairstyle, but it’s bold and any woman with longer hair can rock it.

The best thing is getting the chance to create so much dimension and texture by mixing hair tinsel, curled, and crimped hair, and five different braids (fishtail, dutch fishtail, ponytail, DNA, bubble, and three-strand).

What’s your best advice?

Have hair that hasn’t been washed for at least a day or two. Those hairstyles hold better and give better grip while trying to get the hair crimps you’re looking for.

Crimped with Bangs

Q&A with creator, Sarah Elwell
Hairstylist / Color Artist @ Supercuts in Port Orange, FL


How would you describe this?

This hairstyle screams 90’s crimps for hair nostalgia!

The coolest thing about this is the texture the crimper for hair gives to the hair making it look very unique yet bold.

What’s your best advice?

In the hair industry, we are seeing lots of eras coming back full swing and crimped hair is definitely here to stay!

Beach Waves Crimping`

Beach Waves Crimping
Instagram @braidsbyjaylaw

Q&A with creator, Jayme Lawrence
Freelance Braider and Hairstylist @ in Santa Clarita Valley, CA


How would you describe this?

This is a fun and modern 80s crimped hair!

As we see in fashion, hair trends tend to come back in style but with a new twist. This more laid-back hair crimping makes it look bohemian and modern.

Be sure to use products such as sea salt spray, hair spray, or setting spray to control frizz and to make your crimps last throughout your day!

What’s your best advice?

Before starting the technique of crimping, make sure your hair is straight before styling with a crimping iron. If you have straight strands, sleep in French braids and take them out right before you start your day or attend an event.

Sleeping in braids will help prevent heat damage and it will allow more time for your strands to set properly.

If your hair is curly before styling, your crimp may not accomplish the simple, wavy hairstyle.

Once the crimp is how you want it,  spray some more along with the comb through finishing mist by Nexxus and the 3-in-1 volume spray by Drybar!

Crimping for Black Hair

Crimped Hairstyle for Black Hair
Instagram @shear__love

Q&A with creator, Amber Denise
Licensed Cosmetologist / Makeup Artist @ Embellish Your Beauty Salon in Merrillville, IN


How would you describe this?

This particular crimp style falls into body waves usually after a week of them being done, and you don’t have to do much to it until your next touch up!

It’s an old favorite because lots of women remember getting their hair crimped in their younger years. It’s fun, but also flirty, and girls can wear crimps.

What’s your best advice?

While lounging or sleeping, keep your crimped strands frizz-free and away from fabrics like cotton as it can be drying and lead to potential shedding or tangling.

A satin bonnet or pillowcase and a lightweight silk or argan oil are recommended for soft and manageable tresses.

When hair crimping, the products that were used are ORS Oil sheen and Sebastian Reshaper. They give the hair a nice weightless shine and moderate to firm hold.

Try the Bed Head brand S-wave crimping tool iron.