Crimped Hair Is Back, and It's Nothing to Be Afraid Of

It's okay, I get it. When I first heard the news that crimping has embedded itself firmly back on the beauty agenda this season, I wanted to run for the hills too. And in fact, it took me ages to look past the bad '80s flashbacks and the crinkle-cut chip references, but I'm so glad I did. Because this isn't the same old crimping we came to know and love and then hate again, this is crimping 2.0.

Far more modern than its former guise, the new way to wear crimped hair is to use it to your advantage. Not only can it add texture to a sad-looking ponytail or create an ethereal wispy hair like no volume spray has ever done before (more on that later), but what piqued my interest was the concept of using small panels of crimped hair to adorn the head as a hair accessory.

Photo: Estrop via Getty Images; PICTURED: Alexander McQueen 

Thankfully, the tools have moved with the times too, as this month sees the launch of Ghd's new Contour Professional Crimper (£95), which, with its protective ceramic coating, plate guards and controlled 185°C temperature that embosses hair in mere seconds, is far kinder to hair (and fingertips) than those precariously clunky tools you'll remember from your teens.

Still not convinced? Keep scrolling as I talk you through five crimped hair trends that will soon make you reconsider.