His hair in front was well loaded with pomatum, frizzled or creped, and powdered; the ear locks had undergone the same process.
1797, from French crêpe, from Old French crespe (14c.), from Latin crispa, fem. of crispus "curled, wrinkled" (see crisp (adj.)). Meaning "small, thin pancake" is from 1877. Crepe paper is first attested 1895.