If you told me five years ago that low-rise jeans, platform flip-flops, and body shimmer were going to make a comeback, I wouldn't have believed you. I might have even laughed out loud, firmly believing that those early-2000s relics were destined to remain in the past. Well, I would have been wrong (obviously) because the Y2K fashion and beauty resurgence is only getting stronger. It's getting so strong, in fact, that a very specific and borderline-controversial hair trend is back—the crimp.
It's likely that you experienced one of two knee-jerk reactions to this news. Maybe you're a true lover of early-2000s style, and you felt a rush of excitement. Or maybe you're more like me, and you felt a sense of dread as you thought back to all the bad crimped hairstyles of the early aughts. If that's the case, then bear with me because it's not as bad as you think it is. The modern take on crimped hair is more sophisticated than the original trend, so much so that celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Addison Rae, and Joan Smalls are sporting various iterations of it. Keep scrolling to learn more about this surprising comeback and how you can get in on it with the right tools and products. Here we go—cue the nostalgia.
Step 1: The Inspiration
If Beyoncé backs the humble hair crimper, then surely we can, too. Right? She has worn the look multiple times in the past, including on stage, on Instagram, and on the red carpet.
Kim Kardashian combined two eras of beauty when she paired a bold, '60s makeup look with an early-2000s hairstyle by only crimping her hair from the mid-length down.
Kendall Jenner accentuated her shoulder-grazing cut with a crimped texture.
Joan Smalls modernized the crimped look with chunky braids and a graphic cat eye.
Addison Rae also got the crimped-hair memo. She used a crimping iron to detail individual sections of her hair for a slightly more subtle take on this controversial trend. Baby crimps!
Step 2: The Tools
If you're feeling inspired, I have good news: It's easy to take part in the crimped-hair trend. All you need is the right crimping iron and the right products to accompany it. Below, see the 11 best crimping irons to shop before this trend blows up even more.
This crimping iron has a two-inch ceramic-tourmaline barrel and dual modes, which means you can choose to crimp your hair or curl it. Thanks to a swivel cord and a comfortable grip, it's incredibly easy to use, even if you're a little rusty when it comes to crimping your hair.
If you're slightly hesitant about jumping right into the crimped-hair trend and would rather dip your toe by testing out something a little softer, then opt for this iron. It gives the hair a texture that's basically halfway between a crimp and a wave. It's a style compromise.
This crimping iron is also a curling iron and a hair straightener. It's basically the poster child for the concept of a do-it-all heat tool (and it's only $18 a pop, so yeah, it's worth a shot).
Step 3: The Products
Make no mistake—the right products can make a world of difference when it comes to styling your hair. Below, check out five of our favorite hair products to pair with a crimping iron.
No matter what heating tool or setting you use, start every styling session with a heat protectant to prevent unnecessary damage to your hair (aka breakage and split ends). I like this one because it protects each strand while boosting your hair's shine.