Hair crimping

Hair crimping is a method of styling usually straight, long hair so that it becomes wavy, often in a sawtooth / zig-zag fashion. In the Southern United States, it is usually referred to as crimping, but also can be called crinkles or deep waves.

Hair being styled with a crimping iron in a salon.

Hair crimping is usually achieved by treating the hair with heat from a crimping iron (also referred to as hair crimper) or by braiding the hair, often in multiple strands, then undoing the braids after a couple of hours. A crimping iron has parallel heated plates designed with a flat S-shaped repeating groove.

In 1972, the modern crimping iron was invented by Geri Cusenza, the original founder of Sebastian, for Barbra Streisand's hair.[1][2][3][4][5]

Crimping peaked in mainstream popularity during the mid-1980s. In 2007 at a Chanel runway show crimped hair was shown on a model, and it became more popular throughout late 2007 and 2008. Crimping's popularity has a tendency to return in ten-year cycles, although it is often seen in fashion and hairstyle shows due to its visually striking effect.[6]

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  3. ^ . Hairfinder. 2011-06-27 Retrieved 2013-07-22. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ . POPSUGAR. 2011-06-27 Retrieved 2013-07-22. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Susong, Josh (1998-05-03). "Feelin' Frizzy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  6. ^ Green, Martin; Leo Palladino, Theresa Bullock (2007). Professional Hairdressing: The Official Guide to S/NVQ Level 3. Cengage Learning EMEA. p. 136. ISBN 9781844806973.

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