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How to Crimp Your Hair

This hairstyling technique adds texture and visual interest to your hair.


  • Step 1: Wash, condition, and dry hair Wash and condition your hair and dry it thoroughly. If you have curly or wavy hair, straighten it with a flat iron before crimping.
  • Step 2: Protect hair Spray your hair with a heat protection mist to protect your hair shafts from the heat of the crimping iron.
  • TIP: Crimping irons can be purchased at any major grocery or beauty supply store. They are typically available in 1- or 2-inch widths.
  • Step 3: Separate hair Separate your hair into 2-inch sections. Crimp all of your hair for a dramatic look or select a few pieces just to highlight your face.
  • Step 4: Use crimping iron Heat the crimping iron according to the manufacturer's specifications. Crimp your hair sections from the roots to the ends, holding the iron closed for about 4 seconds at a time.
  • TIP: For a more natural look, crimp only the upper layer of hair, leaving the hair underneath straight.
  • Step 5: Set hair Pull your hair back with an elastic band or hair pins to show off the crimping. Don’t forget to use hairspray to set your look.
  • FACT: The women of Ancient Rome used rudimentary curling irons to fashion their intricate hairstyles.

You Will Need

  • A flat iron
  • Heat protection spray
  • A crimping iron
  • Hair pins
  • Hair elastics
  • Hairspray

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