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40 Most Regrettable Hairstyles, Ranked

The Beehive

Beehives were products of their time. By that, we mean the hairstyle didn’t care about the environment or the health of hair. It took a lot of teasing and pounds of hairspray. Let’s think about how light hairspray is, and how much it would take to get a pound of it. Nothing is prettier than crunchy hair, right?

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Dyed Gray

This one didn’t necessarily look horrible, but that’s an arguable point. It made this list because it was one of the worst things you could do to your hair. First, you have to bleach your hair, and then you have to dye it. It caused a ridiculous amount of damage, and for what?

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Feathers

Feathers shouldn’t be hung in hair. Beads? Fine. We can accept that, but feathers are where we draw the line. Did a bird get stuck in your hair, or did you do that on purpose?

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Bandanas

Bandanas are fantastic for getting work done in the garden or around the house. It keeps hair out of your face, but you know what it doesn’t do? Accentuate any outfit. Maybe we’re being harsh because it can look cute when done right. That being said, using the bandana over your whole head is a mistake. 

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Casual Tiaras

A tiara is another thing that should be worn exclusively by royalty or little girls. There is no in-between, but occasionally, casual tiaras pop up as a hair trend. If it’s a casual event (I.E., not a wedding), then ditch the tiara. 

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Zig-Zag Parts

Early 2000s Christina Aguilera needs to stop! Zig-zag parts popped up at the same time as crimped hair. What was it with zig-zag crap during this age? Thankfully, this trend also died, and hopefully, it stays that way.

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High-Top Fades

Shorter high-top fades don’t look bad, but the super tall ones? No. Just quit it. It was a trend that popped up in the ’80s, and it’s kinda stuck around. Sure, it isn’t as popular, but every now and then, we’ll see someone with this style and cringe. 

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Drastic Asymmetrical Cuts

Asymmetrical cuts can look pretty good. However, the super drastic ones cross the line. It looks like you got attacked by a hairdresser and barely got out with your life. They have sharp scissors, you know.

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The Rachel

Not the Rachel! Yes, the Rachel. Rachel Green from Friends made this trend shoot up in popularity from ’94 to ’04. Here’s the thing: even in the later seasons, it was apparent they knew how bad the hair was, and that’s why she got an updated look. Plus, those choppy layers didn’t look great on most people’s hair.  

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’80s Perms

The ’80s were all about bigger is better, and nothing said that more than the hair. Whether a guy or girl, ’80s perms were horrible. Nowadays, most stylists discourage perms because of the damage to your hair. You want to have hair at 50, right?

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Dip-Dyed Hair

If done right, dying half of your hair can look great. Balayage is beautiful because it fades into your natural hair. You know what doesn’t fade or look good? Dip-dyed hair. The name indicates it all—it looks like you just took your hair, dipped it into some dye, and then called it a day. Even celebs were guilty of this one. 

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Huge Hair Bumps

Any hairstyle from Jersey Shore is a bad one. There was even a commercial for you to put a piece of plastic in your hair to get an even larger hair bump. It looked like a skull malformation, not a good hairstyle.

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Two Face-Framing Pieces

If your layers consist of two single pieces of hair that frame your face when your hair is up, then that’s a mistake. The thing about face-framing layers is that it’s supposed to compliment your face and accentuate your features, something that can’t be done with just two tiny tufts of hair.

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’90s Side Ponytails

No, we don’t mean side, low ponytails. We mean the ones that are high up on the head like a little knob. Little girls mostly wore this trend, so we can’t hate on them too much. All kids have bad hair at one point in their lives. Instead, we’re going to drag women like Mariah Carey, who wore it as a grown woman. 

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Crimps

Hey! We’ve got a good idea! Let’s smash our hair into a zig-zag, boxy pattern. That won’t look childish and hurt our hair at all. Thank goodness crimps went out of style in the early 2000s. Hopefully, they never come back.

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Huge Mohawks

We’re not talking about the smaller mohawks. While we don’t like them, the shorter ones weren’t as egregious as the giant ones. If you need half a bottle to keep your hairstyle in place, it doesn’t look good. This one should stay in the ’80s where it belongs.

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Liberty Spikes

Um, what is this? Who started this craze and why? The punk scene of the ’80s caused this to spike in popularity, and even people with mohawks hate it. That’s how bad this style is. It gets even worse when someone does liberty spikes all over their head.

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The Paintbrush

This is the most modern style on the list, and it’s becoming a real problem. We’re calling it the paintbrush because it looks like you can literally pick the kid up, dip his hair into some paint, and rub it on a piece of paper or wall. 

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The Gibson Girl

Oh-ho-ho. We’re going old school with this one. It was a trend in the 1900s, and it looked like a huge bird’s nest. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if a bird legitimately landed on someone’s head and laid an egg or two.

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Frosted Tips

Frosted tips are another ’90s style—sensing a theme? Unfortunately, this is one that’s actually coming back. In general, getting your hair colored in two different drastic tones just looks bad. Natural colors look better. 

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Men’s Side-Swept Hair

Side-swept bangs are necessary for women because growing out bangs will always be a pain. For men—hard pass. This one has become known as the “Justin Bieber,” and if you have a hairstyle worn by this guy, you know you’re in the wrong. 

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Spikes

Nothing said attractive like…short, crunchy spikes. Apparently, this is what we thought was cute in the early 2000s because it was the typical “attractive dude” look of the era. Today, it’s evolved into something more attractive (thank god), but they’re just one spike twist away from looking like they belong in the Backstreet Boys. 

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Chunky Highlights

Thanks, Kelly Clarkson, for making this horrendous trend popular. Yeah, she didn’t start it, but the moment she got on American Idol, everyone got this ugly style. It’s been dead and gone, and we’re happy about it.

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Scene Hair

This was a style that was incredibly popular in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Even though you may not know the name, you’ve seen it. It’s the ultra-teased, ultra-damaged, feather hair that’s always in the person’s face. Not cute or useful.

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Baby Bangs

Every now and then, super short baby bangs will come back as a trend. There hasn’t been a single person on Earth that looked good with super short baby bangs. Bangs are difficult to deal with, but they’re also not hard to trim yourself.

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Skunk Hair

Two-toned hair was always pretty bad, but in the early 2000s, the skunk hair reigned supreme. Women would dye their hair white or black, and then get black or white “highlights.” We’re not sure how this trend became dumb, but man, we’re happy it’s over. 

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“The Karen”

Also known as “Can I speak to the manager” hair, the Karen is a mix of a few different styles, which puts it on this list. It’s got spikes, asymmetrical lengths, and an undercut. It’s just confusing. Now, it’s the style that warns food service and retail employees that there will be problems.

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Crunchy Gelled Curls

Thank you, Mr. JT, for showing us what Ramen noodles would look like if it came to life. This style was a definite trend when ‘Nsync got super popular. Thankfully, it’s stuck in the ’90s where it belongs. Hair shouldn’t be crunchy.

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Adult Pigtails

Any adult that wants to emulate a child is in the wrong. Yes, we’re talking about you Britney Spears. This was a trend in the early 2000s that should never, ever see the light of day again. They’re just some styles that are reserved for children, and this is one of them.

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Butterfly Clips

Were butterfly clips useful? Yes. It kept hair out of your face. Were they a good look? Nope, no, and not at all. It was just a lazy way to style your hair, and now, it’s synonymous with being a young girl. This trend was one of the worst. 

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Slicked Back

Slicked back hair was super popular in the early 2010s, but you know what it looked like? It honestly seemed like the person hadn’t washed their hair in weeks, and they could then use their natural grease to slick their hair back.

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Comb Overs

This one is an unintentional trend, but it’s definitely a trend. Listen, guys. There’s nothing wrong with being bald. What’s unattractive is when you hang onto those three hairs and grow them out long in the hopes you can trick others into thinking there’s more up there. 

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Hair Glitter

Say it with me: hair glitter looks like dandruff. Even the larger stars don’t look cute. From a distance, it looks like you’re in a severe need of medicated dandruff shampoo. Not to mention, washing that stuff out can’t be fun. Who will clean out the drain?

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Extremely Long Hair Extensions

Hair extensions can be a gift from God but be realistic about the length. Even as early as last year, incredibly long hair extensions were a trend that stormed Instagram. If your hair touches your butt, you probably need a haircut. If it touches your thighs, it may take a machete to get the job done. 

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Shag Mullets

"Aren’t mullets the same as shag mullets?" Nah, shag mullets were another beast altogether. Women that loved the rocker style chose this as their go-to trend, but it didn’t look good. Listen, if you have the word “mullet” in the style, then you’re on the wrong path.

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Bowl Cut

Bowl cuts are easy, and we get that. That being said—dear lord—let’s stop with them. They were pretty big back in the day, but now only kids wear them. Why? Because it’s easy to cut their hair into a bowl cut, but even kids deserve a little self-respect. 

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The Ear Cover

The Ear Cover evolved from the bowl cut. It took the same shape, except it would go past the ears. Honestly, the look is frightening. Can you imagine running across someone with this cut in an alley? They may steal your kidneys.

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Curtain Bangs on Men

Curtain bangs on men got popular in the ’90s, mostly due to boy bands. They thought it looked good, but it just made them look childish at best. At worst, they sort of looked like someone you should keep your kids away from, if you catch our drift.

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Mullet

Here’s a question: were mullets ever in style? Let us answer this question for you. No. No, they weren’t. They were a trend, but they were always horrendous. Billy Ray Cyrus will never get that mullet back. Sorry, bro. Naturally, this is one of the worst styles out there.

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Rat Tail

People still wear rat tails, and that makes the rest of us want to cut it off. It’s gross and looks horrible. From now on, let’s just not do rat tails—especially those novelty rat tails where the hair looks like a rat. We’re ranking the rat tail as the worst of the worst.

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