Le Crimp C'est Chic

Le Crimp C'est Chic

From disco days to the present day, the crimp is back and it's taking no prisoners

the roots

For most of us crimped hairstyles conjure up images of the 80s but in actual fact it holds its roots firmly in the free spirited 1970s. In1972, the modern crimping iron was invented by Geri Cusenza especially for Barbara Streisand with young actress' Jane Seymour and Brooke Shields quickly jumping on the shapeshifting hair bandwagon. 

style icons

Queen of pop Madonna led the 80s music scene sporting a messy, haphardardly crimped 'do, while rom-com Splash saw actress Daryl Hannah transformed into sea siren Madison complete with perfect mermaid hair *sigh*. Claudia Schiffer gave the crimp a model moment in the 90s in a Versace runway show while Kate Moss revived the style in a loose, modern way in 2013 for i-D's fashion covers. 

modern muses

The crimp has had many a recent outing, though slicker and more sophisticated than the 70s and 80s. Behold Niki Minaj's tamed waist length blonde locks, which have been carefully jumbo crimped and Katy Perry's deep blue crimped bob, while Emmy Rossum wowed at the CFDA awards with a chic crimped chignon.

get the look

Ashley Isham's SS16 show saw models sporting exaggerated crimped styles created by the Toni&Guy Session Team. To get the look, prep hair with label.m Heat Protection Spray, £12.50 before styling. Use the label.m Advanced Pro Triple Barrel Waver, £59.95 for a modern, highly defined style.  

  • Words: Rebecca Parker

  • Banner Photography Hair : Jose Boix