This trend is going to take over your summer looks.

Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.
TikTok has me convinced crimping is back and better than ever
Credit: Steve Granitz/Getty Images

There comes a time in every adult’s life when the trends of our youth resurface and become cool again. See: Birkenstock sandals, combat boots, and the Jonas Brothers (thank you, Sophie Turner). Now, the popular, angsty hairstyle that took over the ‘90s and early 2000s is popping up again, and we’re searching for our Christina Aguilera CDs to celebrate.

Crimped hair is back, baby, and Gen Z is totally behind it. The wavy hairstyle has garnered thousands of tutorials (and tons of views) on TikTok, which can only mean one thing: It’s time for all of us to get crimping. But those on TikTok are struggling to understand what exactly a crimper is. One tutorial video that amassed nearly 103,000 likes hilariously has some confused comments from younger viewers: “What is that tool called?” asked one commenter. “What is it??? Where can I buy it???” wrote another. Ah, the blissful ignorance and wonderment of the younger generation. You can buy the mystery tool at places like Bed, Bath & Beyond, Sephora, Ulta, and Target, btw.

The style popping up the most online right now is Kendall Jenner-esque waves with pin-straight ends. (Think Kendall’s woodland fairy Halloween look.) It’s super simple to achieve this look with a crimper: Section off the hair, clamp the tool from the root to the lower section, and leave the ends straight. There are tons of fun tutorials you can check out on the app for inspiration.

Using a crimper is so simple, and because they come with built-in rods that shape each strand, the waves will be consistent all throughout your hair. It’s so easy that nailing the back of your head is even achievable. The loose, wavy finish is a refreshing look perfect for those who are getting bored of their curling iron or straightener. Plus, crimpers are fairly affordable compared to other hot tools — the price point is usually between $20 and $40. You can shop these tools below (and maybe after you can give a lesson on them to a younger family member whilst doing the Renegade to “Genie in The Bottle").

InfinitiPRO by Conair Hot Air Multi-Styler in White/Rose Gold
Credit: Courtesy

Shop now: $25;

Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver
Credit: Courtesy

Shop now: $25;

Revlon Pro Collection Deep Waver 3/4
Credit: Courtesy

Shop now: $19;

Bed Head A Wave We Go Adjustable Deep Waver
Credit: Courtesy

Shop now: $40;

Gold 'N Hot Ceramic Crimping Iron
Credit: Courtesy

Shop now: $35;

High Tide Deep Waver Amika
Credit: Courtesy

Shop now: $120;