Britney did it. So did Jennifer Love Hewitt. Even Tyra Banks gave it a shot.
Yes, we’re talking about crimped hair, which, to either your dismay or delight, seems to be making a major comeback from its ’80s and ‘90s heyday.
For those who somehow missed out on the decade of excess, crimping is styling straight hair so it gets a zigzag-wavy look to it using a crimping iron. Think the opposite of flowing, natural beach waves or loose curls. If you’re crimping, you’re making a statement. Gabrielle Union did just that at the God’s Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards in New York on Oct. 16. And Girls star Zosia Mamet did the same at the Marc Jacobs fashion show last September.
Oh, and did we mention Beyonce? Yes, Queen Bey gave it major play on Instagram.
And she didn’t stop there. On December 5, she presented Colin Kapernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards.
She paired her silver and black striped LaQuan Smith dress with her blonde hair in a half-up, half-down style, full of textured, crimped goodness.
Hairstylist Neal Farinah took to Instagram to show off his work, noting that Beyoncé is rocking her natural hair. “SLAY ME THAT NATURAL CURLY HAIR,” he wrote in a post to the social media network. It seems, however, as if some fans aren’t buying it, speculating that there must be some additional pieces in there. “The color on those extensions are amazing, matched it perfectly with Beyoncé’s hair. Average person wouldn’t be able even tell,” user @lawuanglastonbury wrote. “her stylist she brought it, it blends well with her hair that’s around same length and texture,” they continued.
Others weren’t here for the conspiracy theories. “this is literally her hairstylist saying that its her own hair,” @beyslay.af said, indicating that Farinah’s word was all they needed on this one.
But debate aside, whether or not Bey had a little help in the extensions department, the crimped look of her hair — natural pattern or not — is still having a major moment.
Araxi Lindsay, Tracee Ellis Ross’ hairstylist on Black-ish, agrees that the trend is back, but with “a twist. In the ‘80s and early ‘90s the crimps were shaped with sharp indentations at every turn and it was held together with a heavy aerosol or spritz. It allowed hair to have a bit more character. Fashion repeats itself over and over again simply because it works.”
Today, says Lindsay, “bouncy waves are the new crimps. The indentations aren’t as sharp and heavy aerosols aren’t needed. Classic crimps have made a comeback to finish off today’s retro looks. Crimps work best on layered cuts. I personally love the look of a high crimped ponytail, side or center.”
To me, a child of the ’80s, the crimp craze brings back all sorts of feels. Most of them cringe-worthy, to be honest. I had a very ill-advised perm, coupled with fried hair that was also crimped for added pizzazz because let’s remember: too much was never enough. Today, the results seem to be much more understated, with perhaps a few crimped strands pulled back into a sleek ponytail.
Today, however, you can achieve a much more subtle look, with more body and less harsh frizz. To get the look, try the Gold N’ Hot Ceramic Crimping Iron or the GHD Contour Professional Performance Crimper.
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