Crimped hairstyles have stepped out of the 1980s and into the present day. Many popular modern styles feature crimped hair or select sections of hair with the zigzagged look, adding texture and interest to the style. Emo, gothic and scene styles are known for crimped hair. Many flat irons come with interchangeable plates that allow you to replace the plates and turn your flat iron into a crimping iron. However, not all flat irons have this option. Fortunately, hair can be crimped with any flat iron, regardless of the size of the iron or the type of plate on the iron.

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Turn on the flat iron to heat. Comb through clean, dry hair to remove all tangles. Pin up all hair except a 1-inch section of hair in the nape of the head using hair clips. Comb the loose section, and apply thermal spray directly to the section. Allow the thermal spray to dry completely.

Comb the section out from the neck so that the flat iron does not come into contact with the skin during crimping. Hold the section of hair between the first two fingers of your left hand. Clamp the hair closest to the scalp with the flat iron, and hold the flat iron in place. Twist your wrist in an upward motion so that the flat iron is at a 90-degree angle with the scalp. Open the flat iron to release the hair.

Move approximately ¼ to ½ inch down the section of hair. Clamp the hair with the flat iron, and turn your wrist downward until the flat iron is at a 90-degree angle with the head. Open the flat iron. Continue moving down the section of hair in an alternating pattern until the entire section of hair has been crimped. Spray the section with firm-hold hairspray.

Pull down another 1-inch section of hair from the pinned-up hair. Repeat all of the steps. Continue in a similar manner until all of the hair has been crimped.

Push the hair into place, and spray with firm-hold hairspray to finish the style.


  • You do not have to crimp all of your hair. You can crimp select sections of hair to add texture to straightened styles. To do so, simply carve out the section that you would like to crimp and follow the steps for crimping on that section only.