How to Crimp Hair

How to Crimp Hair

How to Crimp Hair


I can honestly say that I am happy to see that crimped hair is back in style. Women are taking a new approach to using the crimping iron and I absolutely love it.

Back in the 80’s, women used to crimp their hair so much that it would appear frizzy and damaged. This, unfortunately, gave crimped hair a bad name and for the longest time, women would cringe at the idea of crimping their hair. Now days, a new technique has emerged that is delivering inedible texture. As a result of the new methods, we now have created crimped styles perfect for all occasions.

How To Crimp Hair

You will need a quality crimping iron. There are many different crimping irons on the market, but I recommend the Hot Tools 2″ Hair Crimper Iron. I have been using this appliance for 2 years on my clients and I really love the results.

  1. Shampoo, condition & towel dry hair
  2. Pre-heat your iron
  3. Apply a thermal protectant. Your can use a spray, cream or serum formula
  4. Blow dry hair until completely dry
  5. Determine the sections of hair to be crimped for your desired style
  6. Began crimping your hair. Crimp one section at a time and no wider than the plates of your iron. Start at the desired point closest the the scalp (at the scalp, 1″ or 2″ away, mid shaft, etc.)
  7. Clamp the hair with the iron and hold for a 5-10 seconds.
  8. Repeat all the way down the hair shaft towards the ends, stopping where you want
  9. Repeat to all desired sections.
  10. To soften the crimp you may lightly separate with fingers.
  11. To finish, set your style with strong hold hairspray


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Crimping Your Hair Without a Crimping Iron:

Believe it or not, you can achieve a crimped hairstyle through the use of French braids. This is a great option for those with damaged, dry hair, who don’t want to expose their hair to unnecessary heat.

  1. Shampoo, condition & towel dry hair
  2. While hair is still damp, braid the hair in small sections where crimped hair is desired
  3. For a tighter crimp braid smaller sections. For a looser crimp, braid bigger sections, but keep in mind that bigger sections may result in a wave opposed to crimp.
  4. Secure the braid with small rubber bands
  5. Leave the braids in until your is completely dry, preferably all day. You can also sleep on them
  6. If you do not have enough time to let them air dry, you can use a blow dryer. Use a medium heat setting to slowly dry each section
  7. When the hair is dry, remove the braids and your hair will be beautifully crimped



Modernized Crimped Hairstyles


Crimp Less of the Length

Back in the day, they would crimp hair the from the roots all the way down to the ends, where as now, we skip the roots and crimp the from mid shaft, down to about 1? from the ends.

Crimp Less Length


Crimp Select Sections

Recently women have stopped crimping their whole head of hair. It is very popular nowadays to crimp select sections.

Crimp Select Section of Hair


Enhance Hairstyles

Crimped hair is now used to enhance hairstyles. Your can crimp certain strands of hair in a ponytail, an up-do, braid or around the face etc., to add extra texture to the hairstyle.

Crimp Hair to Enhance Hairstyles


Crimped Hair In Ponytails

A pony tail looks super cute when the area around the crown of your head is textured and the ends are smooth. Also try reversing this and have the ends crimped and the crown smooth.

Crimped Hair In Ponytails


Crimped Hair With Bangs

If you have bangs, try crimping random sections, starting 2″ away from the scalp and leave the bangs alone.

Crimped Hair with Bangs

Crimped Hair

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