22 Modern Ways to Style Crimped Hair

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.

Before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of crimped hair ideas!

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Loose Crimped Hair
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#1: Loose Crimped Hair

The loose crimped hair is a modern twist to the classic crimped hairstyle, consisting of looser curls. To recreate this look, start by dividing your hair into small horizontal sections while using your hair crimper. Work down the shaft of the hair and press to create an s-wave pattern. Wait for 3-5 seconds in between each press. Don’t forget to spritz a heat protectant spray to provide a longer-lasting hold like Chi’s Enviro 54.

Big Crinkled Hair
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#2: Big Crinkled Hair

Crimped hair, don’t care.

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

Crimped Bob
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#3: Crimped Bob

A crimped bob is a very popular hairstyle for women of all ages. When asking for a crimped bob, keep in mind that long layers are best. Use Living Proof Perfect Hair Day spray to prevent heat damage and hold the crimp all day.

#4: 90s Crimped Hair

90s Crimped Hair, hit me baby one more time. This look is styled with a good old fashion hair crimper, and you can choose to add some at the roots to plump up your hair with body, or by adding a few accent pieces around the hairline. Full-on crimped hair can be supported with heat protection spray that has a hold like “Chi Enviro 54*” in Firm Hold.

#5: Crimped Hair Weaves

Adding crimped hair weaves creates a dramatic effect on your overall look. To recreate this style, ask for a body wave perm or make use of a curling wand to create messy curls. Purchase a customized weave to complement your facial features and skin tone in the best light possible.

Crimp Curls
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#6: Crimp Curls

Elevate your crimp curls by creating looser waves. To recreate this look, use your hair crimper or three-barrel curling iron. Add a texturizing spray to keep the style longer.

#7: Classic Crimp in a Ponytail

A classic crimp in a ponytail is a stylish way to upgrade the classic ponytail. It offers an added layer of texture and volume. To recreate this look, use a crimper and crimp the mid-half of your hair, then tie it in a ponytail. A heat protectant will protect the hair and keep the style longer.

#8: Loosely Crimped Hair with Green Tips

A loosely crimped hair with green tips adds a fun upgrade to the classic crimped hairstyle. Loosely crimping at the root or throughout the hair creates the illusion of added volume, texture, and dimension. Embellishing your crimped hair with some green hue at the tips creates an effortlessly stylish finish.

#9: Crimped Medium-Length Locks

This crimped hairstyle is very chic! Hairstylist Alexandra Herragne of Paris, France created this masterpiece.

For this hair crimping style, Herragne says “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
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#10: Crimping Long Hair

Crimping long hair can be time consuming, but it’s worth it! Stylist Lacey Stephens of Payson, AZ created this big hair.

“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,” says Stephens.

She goes on to say, “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
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#11: Loose Crimped Tresses

Crimped hairstyles are very on-trend right now. “These loose crimped tresses are great for women with long hair,” says barber and cosmetologist McKinsey Marrara of Morgantown, WV.

“Invest in great crimping irons and hair products,” she adds. “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.”

#12: Deep Wave Crimped Locks

Deep waves and crimped hair go hand in hand.

80's inspired crimping
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#13: 80’s Inspired Crimping

Rock 80’s inspired crimping for full-on texture and dimension. The tight zigzag crimps stack on top of each other to give a thicker effect to the hair. This crimped hairstyle is a great way to achieve volume and revive an 80’s vibe to the hair.

Short Hair with Crimp
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#14: Short Hair with Crimp

Infuse electricity into your short hair 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
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#15: Crimped Weave

Try a crimped weave to get a silky, shiny mermaid wave to the hair. Crimping hair is making a comeback with the new style of crimping irons, you won’t get such tight crimps, giving away more natural waves to the hair like your hair is naturally blessed with this texture.

Crimped Wavy Hair
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#16: Crimped Wavy Hair

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

#17: Crimped Shoulder-Length Hair

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

Cute Crimped Zig Zags
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#18: Cute Crimped Zig Zags

This hair crimp is calm, earthy, and natural with the contradiction of heavy texture. It was created by hairstylist Jeni Parsons of Brownsburg, IN.

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,” says Parsons.

It’s classy because it’s mainly pulled back at the nape of the neck but edgy because of the crimping. If you’re not one for the zig zag braids, crimp your hair and toss it up into a bun or a cute updo!

“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,” she adds.

Crimped with Braids
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#19: Crimped with Braids

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,” says hairstylist Renee Caron of Concord, IN.

Caron says 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).

“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,” she adds.

#20: Crimped with Bangs

This hairstyle screams 90’s crimps for hair nostalgia! It was created by hairstylist and color artist Sarah Elwell of Port Orange, FL.

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

“In the hair industry, we are seeing lots of eras coming back full swing and crimped hair is definitely here to stay,” she adds.

Beach waves crimping
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#21: Beach Waves Crimping

Beach waves crimping is the perfect way to add glam loose waves to make long hair look fuller. 80’s crimped hair is long gone with the new technique of crimping. Crimpers have a looser wave to them making them look naturally wavy. The waves also start higher up than curling tongs giving more volume and width to the hair.

Crimped Hairstyle for Black Hair
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#22: Crimping for Black Hair

“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,” says style creator and licensed cosmetologist Amber Denise of Merrillville, IN.

“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,” she adds.

While lounging or sleeping, Denise recommends you 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,” she explains.

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.

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