Crimping your hair gives your locks a textured look that’s all the rage this summer. While it’s a quick and easy way to make your look extra cool, there are also natural ways to get a crimp without using a crimper or any hot tools.
Before you get started with any style, ensure your hair is as healthy and tangle-free as possible. Shampoo and condition your strands, then comb through to remove any excess moisture and smooth out any knots or tangles. Then, apply a heat protectant, such as L’Oreal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In to prevent any damage from occurring while you are styling.
If you are looking to crimp your hair but don’t want to use a crimper, braids are the best option. This will give you a very soft and smooth crimp without any damage to your hair.
Traditionally, people would braid their hair, then leave it overnight. To achieve this look, divide your hair into sections, and then French braid each section.
After you’ve finished, put your hair up in a ponytail or bun. You can also wear a headband or a bobby pin for added volume and texture.
Whether you’re trying to create a zig-zag crimp or looser waves, start with 1-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Work from the back of your head, spraying each section with a heat protectant like Redken’s Hot Sets 22: Thermal Setting Mist before clamping the base of the section with your crimper. Hold down for 5-7 seconds, and then release the pressure to create your crimps.