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Hair Crimper

Along with wearing lace fingerless gloves, hair crimping was essential practise among teenage girls and even grown women (Madonna and Cyndi Lauper for example) in the 80s. Basically, using a pair of crimpers connected to the main, you clamped sections of hair in between two hot metal (nowadays ceramic) plates for a few seconds. After releasing the plates, this section of hair would be totally transformed in a zig-zag effect. No one knew back in the 80s just how much damage crimping did to your hair, though! These days, crimpers only come out for 80s fancy-dress nights out - most prefer to straighten their hair or curl it, both in much the same manner as crimping.


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Hair Crimper Last post by Richard1978
04 May 2009

Do You Remember Hair Crimper?

Do You Remember Hair Crimper?

  • Chaobaby7
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    hair crimping and fingerless gloves and lots of bangles, back combing the top of the hair so its stuck right up. Loved that look.
  • Anonymous user
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    In the seventees and before i got my Babyliss crimpers, my friend and i would go through the rigmoral of plaiting tiny sections of hair (including the fringe) damping it all down and sleeping like this, before waking up extra early in the morning in order to unravel the fifty or so tiny plaits for the frizzy crimped look. Later on santa delivered some crimpers and i got the whole process down to five minutes!Still have them today, caked in burnt brown hairspray!
  • DeLaCour
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    You used to have to go to larger branches of boots to buy these. Goths used crimp their hair as well male and female, usedt o watch the smoke rise from the hairspray burning
    • Chaobaby7
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      my boy friend and I both went through this ritual as Goths in the 80s with the hair moose and spray and crimpers, I can still remember the smell and the then there was the back combing ritual that went with it. LOVE your Sphynx by the way one of my cats is a Sphynx.