Unleash Your Inner 80s Diva with Perfectly Crimped Hair

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The 80s bring a lot of throwbacks for many of us. It could be old photos of our parents, loved ones, or even ourselves, likewise, the hairstyles. The 80s had fabulous hairstyles that came back over time. And we can’t help but reflect on how good they were.

Today, let's rewind to the 80’s crimped hair. Yeah, the famous zig-zag pattern hairstyle.

You can get a few crimped hairstyle inspiration, so keep reading!

What Is Crimped Hair?

The 80s Crimped Hair

The crimped hairstyle was a big one in the 80s and 90s. It's the opposite of loose waves with its zig-zag pattern and tight waves. This hairstyle adds volume and texture to the top of the hair, giving a Hollywood effect. (A typical 80s vibe).

As the hair trend goes, crimped hair evolves into more styles and possibilities, the wave tends to become larger and looser, and more and more people choose to use curling iron to get a crimped hairstyle.

In recent times, many celebrities have rocked the hairstyle, and everyone gasped at the modernity and chic styles worn. It is safe to say that the crimped hairstyle is back and gorgeous.

Moreover, crimping the hair is much easier than ever due to the modernized crimping iron available.

How To Do The 80s Crimped Hair?

How To Do The 80s Crimped Hair

The process is like using a flat iron on your hair. It's straightforward.

  • Add heat protectant to your hair before you start using the tool. It'll help protect your hair against all the heat.
  • Start from the back of your head. You can have your hair sectioned in parts so that it becomes easy to clamp. Or you can section as you go. Hold the areas you're not working on with a clip as you prepare your crimping iron.
  • Once your tool is hot, use the hair crimper to clamp your hair in between. Begin from the base of your hair and move downwards slowly. You can hold it for about a few seconds so the pattern appears before sliding the tool.
  • After working on every part of your hair, your favorite hairspray to set the hairstyle.

Warm Tips:

  • While you work on each section, make sure you use a heat protectant on your hair. You don't want to damage it by using hot tools.
  • Repeat the crimping process for all your sectioned hair. Remember to hold the hair crimper for a few seconds before you slide it down.

Crimped Hairstyles You Can Try

The 1982 style never left us. So, get ready to be inspired by the first women like Lizzie McGuire who styled the crimped hair.

While it won't be the ribbon ponytails, and side ponytails as back then, let's explore some modernized crimped hairstyles and enjoy it.

1. Clipped Middle parted Crimped Hairstyle

Clipped Middle parted Crimped Hairstyle

What better style will take you down the crimped hair memory lane than adding clips to your hairstyle?

Divide your hair into sections and work on adding a boost to your hair using the crimping iron. Make sure you part your hair in the middle after you're done.

Then, add some clips to the sides of your hair. Butterfly clips or whatever clips you like should suit perfectly.

This hairstyle is perfect to give your fine hair some density. So, rock it out. You'll be happy about it.

2. Braided Crimped Hair

Braided Crimped Hair

A fun yet simple style to try out is the braided crimp hairstyle. If you've ever questioned why your braids seem so flat after plaiting it, try this braided crimp hairstyle. It will add some density to your hair. So, go for it.

Start by crimping your hair with the hair crimper. Work section by section. If you're trying this for the first time, it might look as though you are not getting it, but keep going, you are. But be sure to wait a few seconds for the pattern to appear before moving down your hair.

Comb your hair softly before plaiting your hair into one big braid. You'll see that it will turn out gorgeous.

3. Crimped Ponytail

Crimped Ponytail

Ponytails are super stunning for casual and formal outings. You can switch things up by crimping your hair for an event.

  • Start by adding some heat protectant to your hair. Again, work in sections to get the perfect and stunning results. While you crimp, remember that your hair becomes fuller. You should be aware in case you don't want it in your entire head.
  • Pack your hair into a ponytail once you've crimped your entire head or the areas you'll love. You can go for a sleek one or the style you want.
  • After doing that, there will be no need to add any accessories. Think of your hair as an accessory. However, if you'll live a few, go read with it.

4. Accent Crimped Hair

Accent Crimped Hair

If you're not interested in crimping your entire head, the accent-crimped hairstyle is there for you to try.

Try working on some parts of your hair with the crimping iron. Crimping your hair will add texture to it and create something cool to behold.

Once it's complete, style your hair. You can leave it chic and simple with a middle part or go for a full glam style.

5. Messy Crimped Hairstyle

Messy Crimped Hairstyle

Have you thought of the long routine you'll do before going out because of your disheveled hair? Another option is to try crimping it. Plus, it's fashionable.

While we don't support intentionally skipping hair care, this should work on days you'll love a break. Get some natural waves on your hair. You can use a diffuser for this. Now, crimp different parts of your hair to add patterns and volume.

Don't go for something uniform and neat. Crimp different parts without thinking about whether they are organized or not. Next is to create the style you want.

6. Brushed-out Crimped Hair

Brushed-out Crimped Hair

This style is for a day after crimping your hair. Remember how your hair looks after styling the previous day, this is not any different. Now, the patterns are a little bit loose yet giving off another cool vibe.

This is the time to pick your brush and comb through it. Be gentle as you do so. You want to retain those patterns and slay those crimped loose locks for the rest of the day. While it may be barely there, you'll enjoy wearing it.

7. Half Up Half Down Crimped Hair With Big Bow

Half Up Half Down Crimped Hair With Big Bow

As the new coming back trendy hair accessories, hair bows can't be skipped! Pull half of the crimped hair up and tie it with an elastic band, then the point comes, match with a big hair bow, it can be a bow clip or ribbon bow hair band. Adding a sweet and cutie vibe to your hairstyle.

Celebrities Wearing the Crimped Hairstyle

If you've missed out on the crimped hair, we are not sure you'll want to keep it that way. Here are some celebrities who never missed out on wearing crimped hairstyles.

1. Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks, the American model and TV personality never disappoints with her hairstyles. On several occasions, she’s worn the crimped hairstyle, showcasing her love for retro yet modern style.

The amber-hued crimped hairstyle is one of our favorites. It added texture to her hair and complimented her skin so well. With the detailed little twists added, she finished off her look gorgeously.

2. Beyonce

Beyonce crimped hair

Countless times, the American singer Beyonce has slayed while wearing crimped hair. The now 42-year-old wore it in a short and puffy hairstyle, long, and even a ponytail. Check Beyonce Inspired Wigs here!

To pick a few, the singer’s long crimped hairstyle at the 2023 Atlantis The Royal Grand Reveal Weekend, low crimped ponytail hairstyle she took to Instagram, and her short crimped hair at the 2017 Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.

We admit to how gorgeous each hairstyle looked, giving different vibes yet the same crimped hair.

3. Britney Spears

Britney Spears crimped hair

Britney Spears is a crimped hair lover. The American singer and dancer has rocked several crimped hairstyles, experimenting with her styles. As far back as 2000, Britney Spears has worn crimped hair to events. The 2000 MTV Music Video Awards has to be one of our top picks. But the singer brought it back, time and time again. Right now, everyone rocks the Britney Spears's crimped hairstyle.

4. Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande crimped hair

Ariana Grande is known for her signature ponytail. But are you aware that the American singer and songwriter rocked crimped hair as well? Well, now you are.

She’s crimped her hair for events, slaying every time. Her hair at the MAC Viva Glam gave a retro look with the crimped hair extensions. Although she's worn crimped hairstyles several times, she added her flair to them.

5. Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union crimped hair

You might have seen Gabrielle Union’s iconic crimped hairstyle in various magazines. Yes, her crimped hairstyle was one that everyone couldn't stop talking about.

The American actress's voluminous, black crimped hairstyle set the bar high for others. At the 2017 Golden Heart Awards, she wore crimped kinky straight-textured hair, making a statement. If that's been what you've always wanted to do, just take a look at Gabrielle Union.

6. Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera crimped hair

You cannot talk of Christina Aguilera's red carpet looks without mentioning some of her famous crimped hairstyles. The singer and songwriter rocked colorful crimped hair to blonde crimped hair.

Her appearance at the 2000 My VH1 Music Awards is one no one forgot. The addition of the red extensions made the look stunning and skyrocketed the crimped hair sales. She's also worn crimped hairstyles a few other times and they were superb.

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Final Thoughts

While there are new crimped hairstyles these days, wearing the old crimped hairstyles still brings a nostalgic feeling. We hope you look forward to slaying a few crimped hairstyles on our list.

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