Of all the retro influences on the
fall 2016 runways, crimped hair made me the most nostalgic. Variations could be seen at Gucci, Veronique Branquinho, and, most notably, Vanessa Seward, where the rippled texture added height at the crown and gave a spirited wave to the ponytails. But it wasn’t always so chic. Here, an exploration of crimped hair’s recent past.
With crimped hair and purple sunglasses, Carmen Electra embodied the 2000s look.
Britney Spears and her crimped hair attended the 2000 MTV Music Video Awards in New York with Justin Timberlake.
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Just a touch of crimping around the edges gave Christina Aguilera’s sweet bleach blond look a little texture.
With blue, crimped hair, Katy Perry was stage ready at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2002.
Tyra Banks thoroughly embraced the crimped hairstyle at “The Tyra Banks Show” celebration of the first all black model issue of Vogue Italia on August 12, 2008 in New York City.
Beyonce performed at the World Music Awards 2008 with voluminous, wavy hair.
Nicki Minaj’s enthusiastic crimping nearly turned into curls at Billboard’s Sixth Annual Women in Music event at the Capitale on December 2, 2011 in New York City.
Naomi Campbell can do no wrong–even with crimped hair. Here, the model is pictured at the Elle Style Awards in 2012.
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Crimped hair isn’t just for women with long hair. Zac Efron tried it out for an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in 2006.
Ariana Grande’s crimped ponytail was one of the highlights of the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
A model walks the runway during the Veronique Branquinho Fall 2016 fashion show.
A model backstage at the Gucci Fall 2016 show.
A model presents a creation by Vanessa Seward Fall 2016 show.
Photograph by Emma Tempest, Hair by Dennis Gots
“Crimping My Style,” W Magazine September 2016.