If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “hair crimper” is Clarissa Explains It All, then you’re not alone. The tight zigzags imparted by the hot plates of a crimper scream 1990s, but it doesn’t mean we haven’t kept one hidden under our bathroom sink for the past two decades. Sure, it goes untouched, but what if ten years from now crimps suddenly come back in style? While the likelihood of that happening is slim to none, it doesn’t mean a crimper doesn’t have other, more utilitarian uses. In fact, when hairstylist Jawawra Wauchope walked on set the other day with an old-school Hot Tool crimping iron, his reason for bringing it was extremely unexpected.
Wauchope doesn’t use his crimper so that the texture is visible. He uses it as a behind-the-scenes trick, like fashion tape on a low-cut dress, or Vaseline on the teeth of a pageant queen. “I crimp underneath the hair to add volume,” he says. “It will give you body for days.” Rather than teasing the hair, which can be damaging and tends to collapse over time, he takes a section or two underneath the top layer of hair and clamps the crimper down right at the roots, bulking them up significantly. Just make sure to cover those crimps with a clean section of hair that’s thick enough to hide the ridges underneath. And the best part? This trick works whether your hair is up or down, straight or curly—no can of AquaNet required.
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