’90s Comeback: 15 Cool Ways to Rock Crimped Hair

Anya Mer
’90s Comeback: 15 Cool Ways to Rock Crimped Hair
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There’s no doubt that the ’90s are making a major comeback. Whether it’s crop tops and flat-forms or brown-toned lip liners (thanks Kylie), our favorite pre-millennial trends are back with a vengeance. And our favorite beauty resurgence? Crimped hair. Luckily, we’ve ditched the terrible chunky highlights and glittery butterfly clips in 2015 for a slightly more sophisticated take on the trend. So whether you’re rocking a lob or pastel locks, here are 15 of the coolest ways to rock crimped hair this summer.


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Crimped hair is the official style of summer music festivals—why not add an ultra-cute flower crown to top off your look? Bonus: Your crimped hair will help keep your crown in place.

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Run your fingers through your freshly crimped hair to loosen up the waves for a softer, more subtle look.

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For those of you in the bang gang, try blowdrying your bangs straight and sweeping them to one side for an everyday, wearable style to compliment your crimped locks.

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Pull crimped hair into a super high ponytail and secure with a scrunchie hair tie—automatic Jazzercise babe status.

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No crimper? No problem! Tightly plait your hair into braids between 1/4 inch (for tight crimps) and 1 inch wide, then run your straightening iron over each braid two to three times. Let your hair cool, then unbraid and run your fingers through to separate out the waves. Voila! Crimped perfection.

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Impeccable shimmery makeup and lightly crimped tresses = glam diva on lock.

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Goth-inspired eye makeup, a choker and crimped hair could look a little too '90s costume-y; paired with nude lips and lightly bronzed cheekbones, this look is 2015 perfection.

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For an subtly sexy take on the crimped trend, take a few random 1/4 inch sections of hair and crimp from root to tip, leaving the rest of the hair straight.

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Platinum hair + strong bangs + crimped locks = PERFECTION. Anyone else getting major Khaleesi vibes?

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Crimped hair doesn't have to be tight; loose, brushed-out waves are a great way to embrace that just-back-from-the-beach look. You don't have to pair it with a face-framing, gold ring-adorned braid and mint hair color, but when it looks this amazing, it sure doesn't hurt.

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We love the bright lipstick paired with deep parted, crimped hair for a retro-inspired look.

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For a sophisticated twist on the crimped trend, try pinning one or both sides of your hair up or tuck it behind your ears. Pair with flushed cheeks and pinky-nude lips for a romantic look.

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We're getting some major mermaid vibes from these crimped, jewel-toned tresses.

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Winged liner, long lashes and a bold lip are the perfect addition to these wild crimped tresses. Summer hair inspiration for sure.

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Try crimping your hair with a deep waver to achieve this Botticellian beauty look.

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