4 hair tools to shop for perfectly crimped hair this summer

Beloved by celebrities and models alike as far back as the ’70s, crimped hair hit a fever pitch in the ’80s, and the trend has continued onto the red carpet through the ’90s, 2000s (we’re lookin’ at you, Lizzie McGuire), and now 2019. This summer, grab your hot tools because celebs are already showing us how they’re styling those zig-zags, and you don’t have to spend a lot to get the look.

Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Gabrielle Union, Shay Mitchell, Khloé Kardashian, Rita Ora—these are just some of the stars who are giving us hair crimping inspo. On June 20th, Grande posted an Instagram shot of herself rocking her signature mile-long ponytail, but this time, it featured the most subtle crimped wave.

Then, the next day, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star took to Instagram to show off her long blonde strands with a subtle crimp.


Of course, this style isn’t new. We’ve been loving different takes on the look from our favorite celebs for years. Mitchell has gone full-volume drama.

Union showed off her chic crimped hair on the red carpet back in 2017.


Ora pulled them into a pretty pony for an appearance on MTV.


And no hair crimping story would be complete without Queen Bey.

Inspired? If you don’t already have well-worn hot tools, the good news is there are many crimpers out there at different price points—so you don’t have to spend a fortune to rock this look. Here are a few options to help you achieve crimped hair at home.

ghd Contour Professional Performance Crimper


Not only does this bad boy give you an Ariana-approved crimp, but it also helps add volume and texture to your strands. ($169; sephora.com)

Gold ‘N Hot 1″ Professional Ceramic Micro Crimping Iron


Thinner and smaller than most traditional crimping irons, this one is easy to use for those subtle waves, but can also make them big and bold if you’re into that, too. ($42; ulta.com)

TIGI Bed Head Little Tease 1″ Tourmaline Hair Crimper


Not only do Bed Head’s iconic colorful products look just as cool on your vanity now as they did in the ’90s, but they’re also seriously affordable. With adjustable heat settings and a compact design, this crimping iron travels well, so it works whether you’re in a hotel room getting ready for a big night out or just feel like getting fancy on a regular Friday. ($19; target.com)

Helen of Troy Hot Tools 1″ Micro Crimper


This micro-sized crimping iron can give teeny zig-zags through your whole head of hair, or it’s perfect to style pieces in your pony, like Ora or Grande. Plus, it’s a total steal. ($32; walmart.com)

Go forth and rock those crimps all summer long—we know we will be.

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