Crimping Hair (2)

Long crimped hair
Photo: Hair by BES Belgium at Kortrijk Xpo
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Start from the bottom of the head, specifically the neck area, and choose a section to begin with. Use the hairspray and lightly mist the hair in that section, allowing the spray to dry. Then, comb through the section again. Once the hair is dry, take slices from the bottom of the section you're working on.
Work your way up the section in small slices, and then move on to the next section at the bottom of the head. Once you finish the lower sections, continue working your way up the head, eventually reaching the top and crown sections.
Take the slice you intend to press and use the tail comb to smooth it out. Then, start the pressing process. While pressing each slice of a section, begin at the scalp and hold the end of the hair loosely in your free hand. It's important to maintain a lack of tension since the hair needs to cool down before the wave can set. Holding the hair taut will simply remove the crimping effect from the hair.
Fortunately, the use of the hairspray to prepare the sections should result in crisply crimped slices and provide stability while the hair cools. Proceed from the scalp to the ends of the hair by pressing the hair slices between the plates along the entire length. Avoid overlapping the pressed areas to prevent overstressing the hair.
Once you've completed all the sections and crimped the hair, remember that you should avoid brushing or combing through crimped hair. Doing so will leave the hair looking frizzy and bushy.
Style Ideas for Crimped Hair
Many people can easily imagine their hair with curls, but when it comes to crimping, they may feel unsure. However, crimping can be used to add as much or as little to a style as desired. Here are a couple of quick and effective suggestions for using crimping:
Bella Thorne with crimped hair
Bella Thorne's crimped hair - Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock
Crimping Hair as Accents
One of the most effective ways to use crimping is by adding crimped locks of hair as accents to the main style. This technique works especially well with straight hair styles. By adding one-inch locks of crimped hair randomly spaced throughout flat-ironed hair, you can add visual interest without completely altering the overall look.
In fact, you can combine the use of random crimped locks with temporary color sprays to create accents using the individual's own hair. This is perfect for club scene looks or festive party occasions.
Crimping Hair as Focal Point
Another excellent way to incorporate crimping into a hairstyle is by using it to enhance an otherwise plain updo technique. Using a thick elastic device or a combination of clips, barrettes, and combs, you can create an updo that features sprays of hair in various directions. By using a crimping iron, you can transform a regular spray of hair into a fan-shaped arrangement that completely changes the overall style.