Crimped hair made its official comeback this year and has quickly become the most coveted style of 2018. With the re-emergence of crimped hair, hair crimping tools have made their triumphant return to the beauty industry. As much as we love the look of crimped hair, it is kind of hard to justify buying a hair tool that only creates one look.
However, don’t count crimpers out just yet. It turns out some hair crimpers can do much more than just create kinky hairstyles—they can also give many of your other favorite hairstyles some serious volume. If you can’t get enough sky-high hair, you’re going to want to add a hair crimper to your styling arsenal. Not sure how to use a crimper to create volume? Fear not—with the right tools and hair products you’ll have towering in no time.
How To Use A Crimper
Cleanse and condition your hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner, then prep your hair with the appropriate volumizing styling product. Once your hair is completely dry, section off the hair at your crown and flip it over so that it hangs in front of your face.
Then, crimp the roots from the section of hair underneath. Once you’ve crimped all of your roots, flip the hair from the crown of your head back over and gently comb the top so it looks smooth. This technique is great at making braids and updos appear thicker.
Buying A Crimper
Whether you’re hoping to achieve a voluminous all-over crimped look or just want to create tons of volume at your roots, you’ll need just the right crimper to pull it off. Not sure which crimper is right for you? We’ve rounded up three great options.
Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron
This tool only does one thing: Create serious volume. While the block-like iron can’t give you an all over crimped look, it can help even people with very limp and fine hair achieve voluminous styles.
Try: Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron, $129.99 MSRP
Bed Head Little Tease Hair Crimper For Outrageous Texture And Volume
This narrow crimper is great at creating tons of volume at the roots. If you like the volume and texture it creates at your roots, feel free to use the iron to crimp your whole head for a ‘90s-inspired style.
Try: Bed Head Little Tease Hair Crimper For Outrageous Texture And Volume, $29.99 MSRP
Abody 4 In 1 Curling Iron, Hair Crimper, Hair Straightener, And Hair Waver
If you like your hair tools to do more than one job, the Abody 4-in-1 Iron is perfect for you. The iron comes with four interchangeable plates that allow you to go from curling your hair to crimping it in no time.
Try: Abody 4-In-1 Curling Iron, Hair Crimper, Hair Straightener, And Hair Waver, $33.00 MSRP
Using Products With Your Crimper
Now that you have the right tools, you need the perfect products to help ensure your hair looks voluminous as long as possible. We recommend prepping your hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner like L’Oréal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Volumetry Shampoo and Conditioner. The system is formulated with a combination of purifying salicylic acid and HydraLight, for a volume effect. Hair looks volumized, feels cleansed and lightly moisturized.
Unlike blow drying and flat ironing, you can only crimp your hair once it is completely dry. If you really want bigger-than-life hair, you should apply a volumizing product to your hair while it is still damp and then set your look once it is dry. We recommend using a volumizing spray leave-in like Pureology’s Clean Volume Instant Levitation Mist on damp hair. The formula not only provides instant root life and all over fullness, but also helps protect against heat damage.
If you’re looking for a volumizing hair product with a bit of hold, consider Redken’s Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse. The medium control airy hair mousse volumizes hair from root to tip. If you want maximum hold, we recommend Redken’s Stay High 18 High-Hold Gel To Mousse. The volumizing strong hold hair gel-mousse transforms into a light mousse and adds volume, long-lasting lift and fullness to your hair. Once you’ve used your crimper to create volume, set your style with a volumizing medium hold hairspray like Matrix’s Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finish Spray.