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6 '90s Hairstyles to Take You Back in Time

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6 '90s Hairstyles to Take You Back in Time 6 '90s Hairstyles to Take You Back in Time 6 '90s Hairstyles to Take You Back in Time

So, you’re a ‘90s chick through and through—or you were born slightly too late but love everything about the decade. Whatever your story, there’s no doubt in our minds that the ‘90s were an era where a number of the coolest hairstyle trends graced the beauty scene. Whether you want to take a walk down memory lane or get a head start on resurfacing beauty trends from years past (as we know, trends tend to come back eventually), here are six ‘90s hairstyles to consider for your next beauty look.


Oh yes, nothing says ‘90s like this pop star-inspired ‘do. High pigtails were all the rage during this decade, and while you may feel as though pigtails can’t be trendy, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to make pigtails look chic.

What you’ll need:

Clear elastics

L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-In-Serum

Get the look:

Step #1: Smooth out your mane

Start by applying a smoothing hair serum throughout your mane. For this hairstyle, you want to avoid any frizz or stray strands.

Step #2: Part your hair

Start by splitting your hair into two even sections.

Step #3: Create your pigtails

Gather one section of hair into your hands and start smoothing it into a ponytail towards the top of your head, making sure to smooth any bumps that may form along the way. Once you have your ponytail in position, secure it into place using a clear elastic. Repeat the same on the other side, making sure the second pigtail is aligned with the first.


If you still have your crimping iron stowed away somewhere in your bathroom cabinets, it’s time to wipe off the dust and put this throwback styling tool to use. If you don’t have a crimper, read on to learn another way to achieve a completely crimped look.

What you’ll need:

Hair elastics

L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Melting Gel

Get the look:

Step #1: Apply a hair gel

Start by applying hair gel to a half-inch section of hair. The smaller the section, the tighter the crimp.

Step #2: Braid your hair

Create a traditional, three-strand braid with this section of hair. Tie it off with an elastic and set it to the side.

Step #3: Repeat

Repeat steps one and two until your entire mane is sectioned into small braids.

Step #4: Go to sleep

Sleep on your hair to give your crimps time to form and hold their texture. To keep frizz or loose strands from making an appearance, sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase.

Step #5: Let your hair down

In the morning, take out the braids and you should be left with envy-worthy, crimped locks. Make sure you don’t brush through your hair after this step, as it will cause your crimped texture to be disrupted, leaving behind a frizzy mess in its place.


Not only was the scrunchie one of the most worn hair accessories of the ‘90s, it’s also starting to make a serious comeback in 2018. Whether you’re sporting one in your hair or on your wrist, this is one throwback style you’ll want to add to your repertoire. If you’re interested, we recommend rocking this signature accessory with a half up ‘do—another popular ‘90s hairstyle.

What you’ll need:

A hair scrunchie

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray

Get the look:

Step #1: Add texture

Spritz wave spray throughout towel-dried hair to define your hair’s natural shape and texture.

Step #2: Section your hair

Gather a medium-sized section of hair from the top of your head and smooth it into a high ponytail. Then, secure the pony in place with your scrunchie.

Editor’s tip: Want to ensure your scrunchie style is as on-trend as possible? Look for one that’s made of a silk or velvet fabric!


Speaking of signature hair accessories, the skinny headband also made its way into the ‘90s hairstyle hall of fame. Whether plain or bejeweled, you likely still have one of these tossed in the back of your drawer.

What you’ll need:

A skinny headband

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray

Get the look:

Step #1: Add some volume

For this look, it’s up to you whether you decide to curl, straighten, or leave your locks natural. The only thing that’s non-negotiable is giving your hair a boost of volume. Spray a volumizing hair spray throughout your roots to create lift and body.

Step #2: Add your headband

Slip your skinny headband onto your head. Keep the hair in front of your headband flat—this should happen naturally when you smooth the headband over your strands—while allowing the hair behind the band to be voluminous and full.


Hair wispies have yet to go out of style, but the ‘90s in particular were known for styles that featured two small strands on either side of the face.

What you’ll need:

Clear hair elastic

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray

Get the look:

Step #1: Part your hair

To get started, create a middle part.

Step #2: Pull your back

Pull your hair into a sleek, high ponytail.

Step #3: Frame your face

Gently pull two small sections loose from your ponytail, once on either side of your face. Be careful while doing this, as you don’t want your ponytail to completely fall apart.

Step #4: Seal to deal

Spray an anti-frizz hairspray over your locks to keep your hair in place and your style looking sleek.


Our final ‘90s hairstyle to try? Hair twists!

What you’ll need:

Bobby pins

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist

Get the look:

Step #1: Add some texture

Spray a texture spray throughout towel-dried hair for a blown-out look.

Step #2: Create your part

You’ll want to rock a middle part for this ‘do!

Step #3: Twist your hair

Take a small section of hair from one side of your head, choosing a piece at the front. Then, gently twist the hair backwards, toward your ear. Once you reach the back of your head, pin the twisted strand into place, tucking the ends underneath your hair. Repeat the same process on the other side of your head to complete your totally twisted look.

For another throwback beauty look, check out our article, How to Get a Vintage Pin Up Girl Makeup Look.