Back in the late '80s, a head of effortlessly crimped hair was enough to give pretty much every girl major hair envy. And since then, we've witnessed many a manifestation of crimped hair. The look remained popular in the '90s, thanks to Mariah Carey, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, and of course, Full House's DJ Tanner. The rigid waves also carried on into the early 2000s, as endorsed by Britney Spears and Lizzie McGuire's Hilary Duff.
By the mid-2000s, the popular hairstyle began to decline as women traded their crimpers for flat irons and soon enough, crimped hair was deemed downright embarrassing. That being said, over the past few seasons there has been a resurgence of the textured look, with designers like Stella McCartney and Maison Margiela sending models down their runways sporting crimped hairstyles. At Gucci's Fall 2016 show, one model sported delicate, ruffled waves that translate to geeky romantic as opposed to teeny-bopper.
Meanwhile, supermodel of the moment Gigi Hadid recently snapped an Instagram of herself exhibiting a tightly crinked style – reminiscent of Christina Aguilera circa Moulin Rouge. The most recent take on the trend? Ariana Grande who donned crimped strands pulled up in her signature high-ponytail at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
If there's one thing you can take from all of that it's that crimped hair is back and we'll definitely be seeing more of it lately! Ready to dig up your old crimping iron? We're giving you 4 ways to alter and modify the crimped hair trend for a modern, cool-girl look!
HOW TO ROCK CRIMPED HAIR FOR FALL 2016
DON'T OVERDO IT
Back in the late '80s and '90s, crimped hair was defined by rigid waves that covered every. single. inch. Of your head. This mostly resulted in voluminous hairstyles that made your head appear much larger than it actually was. To adopt a look that's a little more current, don't go too overboard with the texture.
The trick is to achieve texture without having your hair stick out inches away from your head. To ensure your crimped hair stays low, work with hair that isn't freshly washed. The natural oils from your scalp will help tone down frizz and not to mention, keep your crimps in place. Before crimping, apply a serum or oil to the ends of your hair to further keep flyaways from turning your new 'do into a frizzy nightmare.
MIX IN TEXTURES
Textured hair has become a major trend for fall/winter 2016. But that doesn't mean straight strands are off the table. To keep your crimped look subtle and sultry, take a hint from supermodel Gigi Hadid or Kylie Jenner who crimped only certain strands of their hair that fell between straight pieces. Mixing up textures and crimping only some parts of your hair will keep the look subtle while still making a statement.
WEAR IT UP
If you aren't ready to take on a voluminous, crimped 'do, simply pull your hair back into a ponytail. At Stella McCartney's Spring 2015 runway show, models had only a few pieces of hair crimped and pulled back into a ponytail for a more adult approach to the trend.
At Vanessa Seward's Fall 2016 show, hair was crimped on the ends and brushed out for added texture, then pulled back into a sophisticated, low ponytail. At the 2016 Video Music Awards, Ariana Grande followed the trend, pulling her crimped strands into her signature high ponytail.
GO FOR A NATURAL LOOK
If you don't own a crimping iron (and don't plan on it), you can create your own crimped strands with nothing more than a few small braids. Simply braid the areas of your hair that you would like crimped – keeping the braids small to get that rigid look – sleep on them, remove them in the AM and voila! Your very own DIY crimped hair!
For a look that appears both subtle and natural, brush out the hair after you've removed it from the braids.