Attention, ’80s fans. Remember your beloved crimped hairstyle from back in the day? Of course you do; it really made your scrunchie pop! Well, we’re happy to report that crimped hair is making a comeback, but don’t worry. It’s getting a stylish upgrade for the 2K17 era. That’s why we’ve enlisted celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan (you know her as stylist to the Kardashians, Olivia Culpo, and Chrissy Teigen, just to name a few) to walk us through the modern-day version of crimping — sweatbands optional.
Justine Marjan: Crimped hair is back and more versatile than ever! Today’s crimp is soft, playful, and understated. In the ’80s, the crimp was big, teased, and wild looking. Now, we can use it to enhance a style or switch up your entire look. I love how you can add a few crimps to accent and upgrade a simple hairstyle to something fun and playful. You can transform the hair so it’s more edgy and over-the-top, or it can also be soft, subtle, and totally wearable.
JM: To create the perfect crimps, my favorite tool is the GHD Contour Professional Performance Crimper ($169). It’s extremely easy to use and allows me to create soft, crimped hair in a matter of seconds.
B + C: Now that we’ve got a new fancy crimper, where do we start? Do you recommend sectioning off your hair first?
JM: If you are crimping just to add detail to the hair, you will only want to crimp on the surface layer of the hair. Use a tail comb to gather one-inch wide thin sections from the layer and wave the hair as you work down the strand, holding the iron for an equal amount of time per crimp.
B + C: How should we style this for 2017?
JM: There is no one way to wear crimps — have fun with it! You can add just a touch of texture or volumize the hair until it’s super full. I love incorporating bends as a playful accent to hair, but you can also use the tool to add volume to the roots and add texture to silky strands that won’t hold a tease.
JM: You can create amazing texture that can instantly revive any look with this style. For example, I love the way crimped hair looks when it’s brushed and teased, it’s an easy way to add major volume!
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(Photos via Justine Marjan and GHD Hair)