If you told me five years ago that low-rise jeans, platform flip-flops, and body shimmer were going to make a comeback, I wouldn’t have believed you. I might have even laughed out loud, firmly believing that those early-2000s relics were destined to remain in the past. Well, I would have been wrong (obviously) because the Y2K fashion and beauty resurgence is only getting stronger. It’s getting so strong, in fact, that a very specific and borderline-controversial hair trend is back—the crimp.
It’s likely that you experienced one of two knee-jerk reactions to this news. Maybe you’re a true lover of early-2000s style, and you felt a rush of excitement. Or maybe you’re more like me, and you felt a sense of dread as you thought back to all the bad crimped hairstyles of the early aughts. If that’s the case, then bear with me because it’s not as bad as you think it is. The modern take on crimped hair is more sophisticated than the original trend, so much so that celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Addison Rae, and Joan Smalls are sporting various iterations of it. Keep scrolling to learn more about this surprising comeback and how you can get in on it with the right tools and products. Here we go—cue the nostalgia.
If you’re feeling inspired, I have good news: It’s easy to take part in the crimped-hair trend. All you need is the right crimping iron and the right products to accompany it. Below, see the 11 best crimping irons to shop before this trend blows up even more.
Make no mistake—the right products can make a world of difference when it comes to styling your hair. Below, check out five of our favorite hair products to pair with a crimping iron.