Are we time-traveling back to the ‘80s? Not quite. But the crimped hair that was so popular during that decade is coming back in fashion, only with an updated texture that looked totally wearable at the spring 2013 ready-to-wear shows. What's even better is that some of these effects can be achieved without a crimping iron. Here are five of the best crimped hairstyles from the runways, with tips on how to create some ripples on your own.
Seen at: Badgley Mischka's spring 2013 ready-to-wear show
Why you want it: Think your hair is too fine for some of the heftier styles seen on the runways? Then you’ll want to try these micro-crimps, which hairstylists often use to fatten up hair, making it more manageable for styling.
How to get it: Perhaps you haven’t thought of crimps as dreamy, but these mini-kinks at Badgley Mischka will have you seeing them in a different light. To stamp in the ribbon-like texture, hairstylist Peter Gray used a micro-crimper. "Just barely clamp down on sections of the hair, continuously moving the crimper down the hair shaft," he says. "I call it ‘nibbing’—just keep the crimper moving without stopping. This gives hair an airy aesthetic."
Key product: Lightly mist Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine over your finished look to add sheen to your ethereal pleats.
Seen at: Thakoon's spring 2013 ready-to-wear show
Why you want it: It may be conceptual, but this larger crimp is certainly a look that you can turn to for special occasions.
How to get it: Though this visionary hairstyle at Thakoon was inspired by a birdcage, it’s not at all boxed in, thanks in part to a cascade of romantic ripples. Hairstylist Odile Gilbert kept the crown slicked and straight, starting her crinkle five to six inches down the hair’s length using a three-barrel iron. The addition of bobby pins as a marker where straight meets wrinkled texture was such a genius way of using these typically concealed accessories that we’re inspired to punctuate all of our cascading styles in the same fashion.
Key product: Prior to crimping, spray your mid-lengths to ends with Kérastase Resistance Double Force Controle Ultime to ensure long-lasting waves and a more noticeable pattern.
THE SCHOOLGIRL CRINKLE
Seen at: Chris Benz's spring 2013 ready-to-wear show
Why you want it: Besides the childhood nostalgia, these soft kinks give fullness and texture to hair. Pair them with a zigzag parting as hairstylist Nick Irwin did, and you’re at the head of your class.
How to get it: Remember your tween years when you weaved your hair into numerous braids before bedtime, and then awoke to unravel them into a kinky mass? At Chris Benz, the same strategy was employed—almost. "Of course, we can’t go to bed backstage, so we’re spraying the braids with hair spray and then running a flat iron over them to lock in the crinkle and speed up the process," Irwin says.
Key product: Coat plaits in TIGI Catwalk Session Series Work It Hairspray prior to applying heat to help lock in the kink.
Seen at: Timo Weiland's spring 2013 ready-to-wear show
Why you want it: A bit of texture is a surefire way to make a ponytail more funky.
How to get it: Spring fashion is all about geometric prints, so why not crimp some zigs and zags into your ponytail? That was the idea at Timo Weiland, where hairstylist Joseph DiMaggio said his inspiration was ‘80s street culture and the zigzag patterns found in the collection. Paired with cornrows, this hairstyle is totally boss.
Key product: Sleek hair before crimping with a few dabs of L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Reinforcing Milk.
Seen at: Betsey Johnson's spring 2013 ready-to-wear show
Why you want it: So maybe the masses of crimps at Betsey Johnson are totally ‘80s, but a retro redux could be just the thing in 2013.
How to get it: Sometimes a girl just wants to have fun. If that’s you, you’ll love this literal style that hit the Betsey Johnson catwalk. Inspired in part by the designer herself, the crazy kinks "epitomize her personality—she’s the life of the party," hairstylist Jon Reyman says. To loosen up the style, he ruffled the crimps with his fingers to help break up the mega-tight waves.
Key product: Mist Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray onto each section before crimping to set the onslaught of crinkles.
Photos: Getty Images (Mischka); courtesy of the brands (Thakoon, Benz, Weiland, Johnson)