1970 - Curtain Bangs
These iconic ‘70s bangs were worn by supermodels, celebrities, and actresses alike during this decade. Parted down the middle of the face, these bangs framed and elongated the face, creating an allure. The only downside of this hairstyle was that it required some serious TLC. The wispy bangs had to be styled with a round bristle brush, blowdryer, and hairspray in order to achieve the best results!
1971 - "The Shag"
This rock ‘n’ roll cut defined the 1970s. Stars like Joan Jett, David Bowie, David Cassidy, and Jane Fonda wore this unisex hairstyle and convinced others to do the same. The best part about this look though is that it required little-to-no maintenance. The seemingly effortless style was textured, layered, and choppy. It worked for most hair lengths and could be worn curly, wavy, or straight.
1972 - Blonde, Lengthy Locks
Many supermodels and actresses of the ‘70s wore long blonde tresses. Women with lengthy locks either wore a middle-part or a deep side-part, allowing their blonde hair to fall over their shoulders. This look worked best for women with naturally straight or wavy hair. The girl-next-door hairstyle is iconic and still seen today.
1973 - Big, Bouncy Curls
Donna Summer, also known as the “Queen of Disco,” gave us major hair envy in the ‘70s. The singer/songwriter’s voluminous curls were always bold and memorable. As soon as she stepped out with her loose and luscious curls, she made a statement. Although this hairstyle was originally intended for women with naturally curly hair, women with straight hair also attempted to mimic this ‘do by using hot rollers, hairspray, and a teasing comb.
1974 - Long, Silky Hair
Although Cher has worn many iconic hairstyles, her ultra-long, her ‘70s locks are unforgettable. Her oval face was accentuated by her extreme middle-part. Women with straight, hip-length hair were lucky. They were able to nail Cher’s sleek hairstyle with ease. Women with shorter tresses turned to extensions for help. And women with curly hair depended on their beloved blow dryer and straightener!
1975 - Choppy Bobs
If you weren’t bold enough to attempt a shaggy haircut, it’s likely you emulated Debbie Harry’s punk hairdo. Her choppy bob was a feminine take on the rather harsh shag cut. Soft layers and wispy bangs were worn by hundreds of thousands of women. Many even dyed their hair platinum like hers. Fun Fact: The first Blondie song ever made was actually titled “Platinum Blonde.”
1976 - "The Wedge"
Olympic figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill was best known for her talent on the ice, but soon became known for her iconic hairstyle as well. Her haircut, better known as “The Wedge,” was a fad among women in the ‘70s. Everyone wanted to mimic her short, bouncy hairstyle. Yusuke Suga was the stylist behind the cut. He chopped Hamill’s hair the night before she left for the Olympics. Both she (and her hair) won a gold medal in 1976!
1977 - Farrah Fawcett Feathers
There’s no denying the fact that “Charlie’s Angels” star Farrah Fawcett was a fashion and beauty icon. Although her acting made her famous, she’s often remembered for her loose and abundant hair. She was the definition of femininity and sexuality during the 1970s. Her hairstyle inspired—and continues to inspire—women. Her stylist kept the layers around her face short, her hair on top flat, and the edges of hair flipped out. Her feathered waves required mousse, a curling iron, and lots of hairspray.
1978 - Platinum Blonde
Although platinum blonde hair had been having a moment since 1975, it became extremely prominent during ‘78. Women had finally decided to go blonde. Stars like Madonna and Dolly Parton set the standard for blonde hair and convinced women to go full platinum. The silvery-white look seemed to be universal. It didn’t matter if you were a brunette, red-head, or blonde, nearly everyone was experimenting with this bleached hairstyle and loving it.
1979 - Cornrows
Bo Derek is credited for popularizing beaded cornrows, thanks to the American comedy film 10 that premiered in 1979. Cornrows, or “Bo Braids,” instantly became the newest craze and were worn by both men and women. Although they made a comeback in the ‘70s, it should be noted that cornrows had first been a popular expression of beauty among African Americans.
1980 - Flattops
Beauty icon and Wilhelmina model Grace Jones was known for her unconventional look. During the ‘60s, she shaved her head in order to become more abstract. She went on to experiment with many other abstract hairstyles, but none were as notorious as her 1980 flattop style. The sculptural haircut was androgynous. Men and women copied her look. It was edgy, powerful, and a much-needed change.
1981 - Shaggy Bobs
Shaggy bobs were worn by the majority of women in the early ‘80s, thanks to Princess Diana. The “People’s Princess” captivated with her ever-evolving fashion and beauty trends. Her iconic shaggy bob was her most memorable haircut. Her short hair was thick and layered, and she embraced side-swept bangs. This was the hairstyle she wore when she married in 1981, and the hairstyle that everyone wanted to steal!
1982 - Layered Hair and Wispy Bangs
When women tired of shorter hairstyles, they decided to grow their hair back out. Celebrities like Lisa Bonet rocked lengthy, natural waves that were cut into long layers and blunt, wispy bangs. She served as a beauty inspiration for women, convincing them to embrace their natural hair as well. This low-maintenance hairstyle was popular for a year or so before becoming obsolete. The remainder of the ‘80s required much more time, effort, and hair product.
1983 - Big Hair
As the 1980s continued, hair got longer..and bigger. “All-American girl” Brooke Shields had long, voluminous tresses that instantaneously made her a beauty icon. Women envied her classic curls. Although they looked effortless, her undone, natural hair required lots of maintenance. To achieve this look, women needed mousse, a blowdryer, a large barrel curling iron, and hairspray. The volume and body of ‘80s hair called for commitment.
1984 - Teased Hair
One of the more recognizable hairstyles of the 1980s was Madonna’s teased ‘do. The eccentric pop icon wasn’t afraid to make a statement—so that’s exactly what she did. She experimented with a punk hairstyle that defined the ‘80s. Women spent hours getting ready so they could give their hair the volume it deserved. As Dolly Parton once said, “The higher the hair, the closer to God.”
1985 - Crimped, Permed, and/or Colored Hair
1985 really summed up the ‘80s, especially when it came to hair. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” singer Cyndi Lauper clearly couldn’t decide what she wanted to do with her hair so she decided to crimp, perm, and color it. Let’s just say that this is a hairstyle we hope to never recreate. Unfortunately, crimping, perming, and unnatural coloring lasted well into the ‘90s. Lauper definitely was a beauty icon during that decade, with hair as wild and diverse as her music.
1986 - Curly Bobs
Molly Ringwald was more than just a member of the Brat Pack during the ‘80s, she was also a fashion and beauty muse. The majority of her iconic ‘80s roles embraced her thick, curly hair. Thanks to the actress, short hair was back in style. And if you had a bob during that decade, all you had to do was use hot rollers and hairspray to copy her look.
1987 - Short, Frosty, and Platinum
Because Madonna was such a presence during the ‘80s, it’s no surprise that she inspired multiple hairstyles during that decade. Once she tired of her long, teased hairstyle, she chopped it all off and dyed it platinum blonde. It was a bold choice, but a choice that looked incredible on her. And because it looked so good, other celebrities, beauty icons, and women followed suit. Platinum hair was back and better than ever!
1988 - Feathered Bangs
Almost a decade after Farrah Fawcett inspired feathered hair, feathered bangs were introduced. Instead of feathering the hair around your face, you feathered just your bangs. The more teased they were, the better. If you graduated in the late ‘80s, it’s likely your yearbook photo looks a lot like this. Can’t you just smell the Aqua Net hairspray?
1989 - Gelled Curls
Unlike stereotypical gelled curls that were meant to enhance your hair's natural texture, Julia Roberts’ ‘80s curls put a new twist on an outdated hairstyle. Instead of scrunching damp hair with hair product, her hair had been styled with a curling iron and gelled into place. This created a more elegant look. Hair gel was no longer used to create dry, crunchy curls, but moisturized, shiny ringlets.
1990 - Long, Volumized Curls
Once women tired of the subtle, controlled curls, they decided to embrace their hair’s natural body and volume again. The loose, flowing waves were fun and flirty. Women of all ages could wear this hairstyle with ease because all it required was a blowdryer, a curling iron, and a bottle of hairspray. Supermodel Cindy Crawford was just one of many celebs who popularized this voluminous hairdo.
1991 - Teased Ringlets
1991 was all about curls. If you weren’t blessed with naturally curly hair, you went to your favorite stylist and asked for a perm so you could at least appear to have tousled hair. Unfortunately, having ringlet curls wasn’t enough. In order to be on-trend, you had to brush your curls out. Did this make your hair look frizzy? Absolutely. Did anyone care? Absolutely not. The bigger the hair the better.
1992 - Curly Updos
Oh, the curly updos of the ‘90s. During this decade, women refused to slick their hair into sleek ponytails and ballet buns. Instead, they wore overdone updos that looked more like bird’s nests. The worst part is that celebrities wore these popularized hairstyles while on the red carpet, which was somewhat justified...but other women wore them in their day-to-day life. Yes, women would go to the grocery store, doctor’s office, or varsity football game with these updos.
1993 - Box Braids
It wasn’t until the release of the 1993 film Poetic Justice that box braids became popular. The star of the movie, Janet Jackson, wore the iconic hairstyle, influencing others to do the same. And while the braids looked stylish worn down, Jackson was known for wearing them in a high ponytail. Once up, she would wrap a scarf around her head or a scrunchie around her ponytail to spice up the hairstyle.
1994 - Flipped Ends
This ‘90s style defied age. It wasn’t unlikely to see celebrities, third-graders, and grandmothers wearing this hairdo. It was flattering, which was why it stuck around as long as it did. It started with a bobbed haircut, but instead of wearing it as a blunt bob, women would use a straightener and hairspray to flip the ends of their hair outward. While there are many renditions of this hairstyle today, Drew Berrymore’s ‘90s rendition of the flipped-out bob is unforgettable.
1995 - "The Rachel"
If you were in your teens, twenties, or thirties in the ‘90s, it’s almost guaranteed that you went to the salon and asked for “The Rachel” haircut. The bouncy, square layered style was inspired by NBC’s Friends character Rachel Green. Chris McMillan was the stylist behind this iconic shag cut and didn’t realize what a craze he would cause. Thankfully, our “Rachel” cuts have since grown out because in 2011, Aniston told Allure that it was the “ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen.”
1996 - Pigtails
We may cringe now, but during the ‘90s high pigtails were the cutest thing we had ever seen. Britney Spears wore pigtails, as well as the Spice Girls. And because we loved these celebs, we couldn’t help but follow suit. We were faithful followers of this questionable hair trend. If you were really trendy, you even wore ribbons, scrunchies, or other hair accessories around your pigtails!
1997 - Pixie Cuts
In 1997, the majority of women were inspired by Winona Ryder’s chic pixie cut. Her ultra-short hair was kept sleek and shiny. And while many other celebs rocked this badass haircut, she wore it extremely well. So, the pixie cut made a comeback. Women decided to chop all of their hair off so they could look like Winona. Not only was it trendy, but it was empowering and freeing!
1998 - Updos With Loose Locks Framing the Face
Admit it—moments after watching Alicia Silverstone in Clueless and Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You, we all went straight to our bedrooms and practiced putting our hair into updos, while strategically leaving tendrils of hair framing our faces. Was this our greatest look? Definitely not. But we thought we were trendy and that’s all that really matters.
1999 - Colored Hair
As the ‘90s came to a close, the hottest hair trend was colored hair. Hollywood stars like Mandy Moore, Christina Aguilera, and Gwen Stefani weren’t afraid to be bold when it came to color. They were all about highlights, lowlights, and colored streaks. We loved it all. And because we were so impressionable, we decided to dye our hair too!
2000 - Crimped Hair
Pop stars in the ‘90s and ‘00s brought back crimped hair, so obviously tweens, teens, and young adults did as well. The Hot Tools Professional Hair Crimper was the go-to hair styling tool. Whether you crimped your entire head or just select strands, you were cool. Your hair may not have looked as perfectly crimped as Britney Spears, but you tried—and that’s all that matters.
2001 - Hair Accessories
After the hair accessories of the ‘90s, we thought the hair accessories of the ‘00s were on-trend. Newsflash—they weren’t. They were just as gaudy, if not more so. Butterfly clips, faux-hair scrunchies, zig-zag headbands, bandanas, and hair jewels were rampant. The worst part though is that we’d wear multiple different hair accessories—at once. The travesty!
2002 - Wispy Pixie Cuts
When Halle Berry got a pixie cut in ‘02, she started a revolution. She debuted her short, wispy locks at the Oscars and looked so stylish that most women ran to the nearest hair salon to get a matching cut. Although pixie cuts are still extremely trendy, they require careful styling. Her spiky pixie served as inspiration, but not everyone was able to pull off the same look.
2003 - Shoulder-Length Beach Waves
Beach waves first made a splash in 2003 when actress Mischa Barton rocked them at the Teen Choice Awards. The crimped beach waves screamed early-2000s. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the easiest hairstyle to mimic. Women either used too much hair gel and not enough crimping, or too much crimping and not enough hair gel.
2004 - Flipped-Out Layers
The 2000s are notorious for questionable hairstyles, including the outward hair flip. It’s hard to find a celebrity who didn’t debut this ‘do at some point in time. In order to really pull this off, all you needed was a layered bob, a hair straightener, and hairspray. Once styled, this look was extremely versatile. During 2004, you’d see this flipped out hairstyle in every issue of your favorite fashion and style magazine.
2005 - Side-Swept Bangs
During 2005, Nicole Richie spent a lot of time on-screen—and in the tabloids. The celebrity may have undergone many fashion and beauty faux pas, but her side-swept bangs weren’t one of them. If you remember Richie in the 2000s, you remember her iconic bangs. She was one of many stars that influenced women to reach for the shears. Unfortunately, getting the bangs of your dreams wasn’t as easy as she made it look. This hairstyle required lots of TLC. The bangs had to be trained and styled accordingly. Let’s just say this hairstyle wasn’t worth the effort.
2006 - Hair Extensions
I don’t think anything was more problematic than the hair extensions of the 2000s. It felt like literally everyone went out and bought cheap extensions after seeing celebs like Christina Aguilera wearing them, which was a dire mistake. The majority of hair extensions that decade didn’t create thick, lengthy locks. Instead, they caused major regret. I guess we didn’t quite understand the importance of buying extensions that actually matched the color of our hair.
2007 - Structured Bobs
Okay, this is a hairstyle that’s still beloved. The structured, angular bob was popular in 2007, and never really went out of style. Beauty icon Victoria Beckham knew how to make a statement. Her bob was fierce, yet flirty. Many women still wear this hairstyle. It’s trendy, sleek, and most importantly—low maintenance.
2008 - "The Pouf"
We have celebrities like Lauren Conrad, Pink, and Snooki to thank for the rather unflattering pompadour “pouf.” This hair trend, although just as popular as others from this decade, will go down in infamy. Honestly, it wasn’t cute, it took way too much time to style, and it required so much teasing my head literally hurts just thinking about it. If you want to recreate a ‘00s hairstyle, please choose anything but this.
2009 - Brushed-Out Waves
When Sarah Jessica Parker attended the 2009 Oscars with her glamorous brushed-out waves, she defied the beauty trends of that year. The majority of women wore sleek updos, which is why she stood out. This convinced women to follow suit. Her loose waves were glossy and natural. The universally flattering hairstyle could be worn by women of all ages and hair types. If you didn’t have natural curls, all you needed was a big barrel curling iron and hair product.
2010 - Blowouts
By 2010, sleek, shiny hair had made a comeback. Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was making royal headlines after the announcement of her upcoming wedding to Prince William and could be seen in all the magazines. In addition to always being dressed like royalty, she also had glowing skin and glossy chestnut hair. It was her hair though that everyone really envied (and her royal title, of course). Her signature blowout allowed her hair to look bouncy, voluminous, and frizz-free. Women immediately copied this ultra-glam look.