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Crimping Hair: To the Style with the Zigzag Texture!

Crimping hair
Roarrr! Crimped hair, pure or styled: The models of the Reem Acra show attract all the attention with this lion’s mane
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Totally in and trendy: the crimped look. Those who find totally crimped hair too striking or elaborate can also crimp individual strands, creating an extravagant effect! We show you new crimped hairstyles and explain how to use a crimping iron properly and gently

Crimped is back! The styling trend from the eighties is conquering hair once again – recently the crimped look was increasingly seen on the runways of designers. Either the hair of models was styled all over as a wild, frizzy mane, or individual zigzag strands were used as details in otherwise straight hair. And it looks better than ever. Our prognosis: The zigzag look is the hairstyle revival of the season and, in the discreet version, has potential to become THE summer look of 2015! By the way: Trend-setters are celebrating this comeback under the English term 'crimping'.

What do you need to observe with this style? After all, hot irons are generally not the gentlest styling tool for your hair. Crimping irons were not as technically sophisticated in the eighties as they are today either. Ion, ceramic or titanium-coated plates and temperature controllers hardly stress the hair at all. While the gentle alternative method of putting hair into numerous small braids overnight was popular in the 80s (which never did achieve the same wow effect as the crimping iron), you can reach for a professional crimper with no worries today. If you also observe the following hot tips, there is no need to be concerned for your hair if you follow the crimping trend.


  • Tips for Crimping Hair:

    • Always use the crimping iron on entirely dry hair, best of all after it is freshly washed.
    • Be sure to apply a heat protection spray as a pre-treatment. Important: Don’t start crimping right away after that, let it dry first!
    • Crimping check: Your own hair characteristics determine the temperature – 120-140 degrees Celsius is enough for fine, dyed or stressed hair, normal hair stands up to 140-170 degrees Celsius, but thick and curly hair needs more: 170-190 degrees Celsius.
    • Always take a break of a few days after crimping.
    • Crimping tip: Never pull the crimping iron along the strands like a straightening iron. Apply it to a section, crimp, release and continue this way step by step to the end.
  • Be on top of things – with the new, discreet crimping styles in our gallery:

  • Gallery: Crimping Hair

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    The sleek look with the precise side parting gets that something extra with crimped details. Seen on the runway of Stella McCartney

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    The Stella-McCartney look from the side: The models’ crimped strands are used at regular intervals in otherwise straight hair

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    And here the sleek ponytail with crimped section from behind. The ponytail is tied with a thin hair elastic low in the neck. Hint: Brush out the crimped sections in the ponytail

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    The mix of smooth and crimped works especially well in hair worn open and makes hair accessories superfluous as highlights

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    Backstage with Allude: The model’s hair gets its trendy texture strand by strand with the crimping iron

  • Instructions: How to Style the Crimped Look à la Stella McCartney

    1. Wash hair, work in styling foam and blow dry straight over a round brush. Apply heat protectant to the hair.

    2. Seize individual strands and work them with the crimping iron from the hairline to the end. Close the tool for a few seconds at each step, open it and apply it again a few centimetres further down. Alternate between crimped and straight strands.

    3. Style the hair – perhaps tying it in a ponytail – and apply gloss spray to complete the look.

    Hint: You can comb out the crimped sections as a variation.

  • Styling Tips: What Goes with the Crimped Look?

    Uni colour tops leave the creative hairstyle with all the attention. But the zigzag mane also gets along with strong styling partners: Modern XL chain, girlish with a giant bow or romantic with frills – those who wear crimped hair can also be bold with fashion. Good to know: The outfit doesn’t have to be in the eighties style!