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We never thought it went away, but according to Byrdie, crimping is back! Just ask style icons Beyoncé, KK, Keke Palmer and Saweetie who are all fans. The trend is ideal for anyone who likes volume, big braids and cool texture. What sets this comeback apart is the variety of tools available, with a diverse range of irons delivering unique texture.  Sam Villa, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer for Sam Villa and Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken, breaks down three types of Sam Villa texture irons, how to use them and the results they deliver.

Tools To Create The Crimping Hair Trend


For Subtle Uniform Crimping:



Use Signature Series Textur Professional Texturizing Iron:


The Details:

  • Multiple Rounded Small Ridges: Resurfaces the cuticle to hold texture, creates multi-textured finishes and creates a foundation of texture to support a style. It has a slim handle, titanium coated rounded plates to eliminate snagging, and a slightly longer body for controlled compression.  Targeted temperature technology allows for three different temperature controls, including one for color treated hair.
  • Results: Creates 3X the volume with a subtle uniform crimping pattern.  Good for adding volume to fine hair, bumps at the crown, as well as foundations for longer lasting updos, thicker braids and fuller buns.  The underlying volume it generates allows hair to be molded into any style while adding a modern textured finish. 


For Larger Waves:

Use Pro Results Single Waver:

The Details:

  • 1 Deep Narrow Barrel: The unique, single, U-shaped, deep barrel creates flowing waves and soft movement on any hair texture, while a ceramic coating adds shine, and custom heat settings protect the health of hair. 
  • Result: A pronounced wave with intense ripples, the ultimate glam wave with a lux feel.  Makes more of an impact than the double waver and the perfect glam waves in far less time than a traditional set.


For Medium Sized Waves:


Use Pro Results Double Waver:

The Details:

  • 2 Subtle Rounded Barrels: Dual 1” ceramic-infused barrels provide exact heat and mega shine for effortless long-lasting waves in half the time.  5 heat settings ranging from 280º to 430ºF makes it effective on all hair types.
  • Result: Soft round waves, good for boho updos or soft braids, creating romantic soft texture and great for use on natural curls to accentuate and define texture patterns.


How to Use a Crimping Iron

Regardless of which iron is used, follow these tips for best results.

  • Spray each section with Redken Thermal Spray and comb through, hair has to be smooth before compressing to get uniform polished results.  The denser the hair, the smaller the section.
  • Count to 3 on each compression for consistency while working down the hair strand.  Fingers can also be used on the end for added pressure.
  • Cool hair thoroughly to lock in the texture pattern before styling.


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