look what’s zig-zagging its way back…

by ali hoffman

Crimped hair had a major moment in the '80s thanks to Madonna and Tiffani Amber Thiessen on Saved By The Bell. Then it made a surprise return in the '90s (remember Mary-Kate and Ashley's half-straight/half-zig-zag hairdo on So Little Time?). And now we're going to say it: Crimped hair is again making another comeback.

But thankfully for all of us, this fall '13 trend is much more subtle than the electrocuted-look of the past. At Derek Lam, Orlando Pita achieved a tight-knit crimped effect sans using an actual crimping iron by braiding the hair first, and then going over it with a flat iron to set the wave. At Louise Armstrup and Ruffian, we spotted a similar bohemian crimp, only both designers chose to style the hair half-up-half-down, with a few crimped pieces in front of the face.

At Ruffian, the Bumble & Bumble team used a excess dose of the new Full Form Mousse, before applying a microcrimper to the side pieces. Lastly, we almost didn't notice the subtle crimp effect at Zac Posen, where Luigi Murenu for John Frieda used a similar mouse-plus-small-crimping-iron method on models like Hilary Rhoda. The result looked ultra glam with the tightly crimped hair pulled back into a chignon, giving the style an added mohair-like texture. Will the trend stick around long enough to make purchasing a crimping iron worth it? Well, that's up to you.