How to Create Crimped Hair with Braids (Plus 10 Styles to Copy)

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Let’s face it: Not every girl can lock down the perfect beach wave or get a natural-looking crimped hair look with a crimping iron. Some may need a little extra help, or an additional styling technique—especially those with slick, straight hair who have a hard time holding any type of curl. Annoying, right?

Getting this wavy hairstyle at home isn’t rocket science. It can easily be achieved overnight or with a quick blowdry. Since we’re spending a lot of time at home anyway, what better time to try an overnight style than right now? Read on to learn how to master crimped hair with this super easy tutorial:

Step 1

Wash and dry hair.

To achieve the best-looking crimped hairstyle, starting off with a shiny base is vital. Add shine to your hair by using Suave Cactus Flower Shine Shampoo and Conditioner. Then, apply Nexxus Weightless Style Smooth & Full Blow Dry Balm and blow-dry your hair straight.

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Step 2

Create three-strand braids.

Create 6-8 braids all over your head. Make sure to add hair elastics to the ends of your braids to prevent them from coming undone.

If you want to turn this into an overnight hairstyle, you can skip the blow-drying from step 1 and create your braids while your hair is still wet. This option allows the crimped waves to set for a longer amount of time.

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Step 3

Set braids with heat.

Using a blowdryer on a high heat setting, blow-dry each braid for about two minutes to set your hair waves. If you kept your braids in overnight, you can blow-dry hair in the morning to ensure strands are completely dry.

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Step 4

Final look.

Lock in your style by spritzing your hair with some Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Spray. This product will give you some serious hold and sheen to your crimped hairstyle.

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Now that you’ve learned how to create crimped hair, you can experiment with some different ways to wear this style. Here are 10 ways to style your new crimped strands:

1. Loose Crimped Hair

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Crimps come in all shapes and sizes.

Wear your crimps super loose for an undone and chic look worthy of an editorial spread in your favorite magazine. This look depends on looking effortless and slightly messy, so don’t be afraid to use your hands to pull at some sections to loosen for a sultry vibe.

2. Crimped Zig Zag Braid

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Your sure to turn heads with this braid.

Try a unique style like this zig-zag braid. You can also step up this crimped hair look by adding some fun accessories like hair clips and braid charms.

3. Crimped Bob

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Upgrade your bob with some easy crimping.

Upgrade your bob hairstyle with some easy and light crimping, which can easily be done by leaving small braids in overnight. You can also enhance your crimped hairstyle further by braiding damp hair and letting it dry while you sleep.

4. Crimped Croissant Braid

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Try this unique braided style!

Looking for a new braid to try? Sport this croissant braid, which is a great way to show off your crimped hair texture.

5. Multi-Colored

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Play with color and texture.

Experiment with color and texture at the same time and opt for crimped multi-colored highlights. If you’re not ready to add dye to your own hair, look into buying pre-dyed hair extensions to step up your style.

6. Classic Crimped Hair

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Add volume to your long hair with classic crimps.

Longer hair can often weigh itself down and cause your hair to flatten. Add classic crimps for extra volume and drama that won’t deflate throughout the day.

7. Dutch Braid

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Crimped texture gives an extra pop to a classic style.

Give an extra pop to your dutch braid with a crimped texture. This style is perfect on day two or three hair as your crimped hair has settled and becomes more of a subtle texture to your updo.

8. Intentional Frizz

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Get in on the intentional frizzy hair trend.

The intentional frizzy hair trend is all kinds of high-fashion trendy, and crimped hair is by far the easiest way to achieve this look. This look hinges on embracing all your texture, frizz included, so don’t be afraid to add a light tease to make it even bigger and bolder.

9. Subtle Crimped Hair

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Try a subtle crimped look.

If you’re not quite ready for an all-out crimped look you can always try something a little more subtle. This is a great everyday hairstyle for those looking for something wearable but different from the standard loose wave or blowout style.

10. Brushed-Through Crimps

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This undone crimped style is a hit. Photo credit:

Run a brush through your crimped hair for even more texture! Brushing out your crimped hair can give it a more natural look as if this is your texture and not something you had to create!

As crimped hair continues to thrive in the street style scene, we think everyone should give the bold style a try! Whether you create it with braids or invest in a crimper, you’ll be totally on-trend for 2021.

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