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So, you’re a ‘90s kid through and through—or you were born slightly too late but love everything about the decade, including ‘90s hair. Whatever your story, there’s no doubt in our minds that the ‘90s were an era where a number of the coolest hairstyle trends, from grunge hair to butterfly hair clips, graced the beauty scene. Whether you want to take a walk down memory lane or get a head start on bringing back beauty trends from years past (trends are bound to resurface eventually anyway), here are 20 ‘90s hairstyles (including five ‘90s men’s 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:
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Get the look:
Start by applying a smoothing hair serum throughout your mane. For this hairstyle, you want to avoid any frizz or stray strands.
Next, split your hair into two even sections.
Gather one section of hair in your hands and start smoothing it into a ponytail toward the top of your head, making sure to smooth out any bumps that may form along the way. Once you have your ponytail in position, secure it in place using a clear elastic. Repeat the same process on the other side, making sure the second pigtail is in line with the first.
The ‘90s hair wrap was all about adding color to your mane by wrapping thread or ribbon around select strands. While you may not want to commit to such a style in 2019, we have a few tricks up our sleeve for giving this look a modern revamp.
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Select a few one-inch sections throughout your mane and use them to create traditional, three-strand braids.
Grab your hair makeup color of choice and add some color to your braids! This will give you the hair wrap look without the long-term commitment—simply wash your color out the next time you shampoo.
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 ‘90s crimped hair.
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Start by applying hair gel to a half-inch section of hair. The smaller the section, the tighter the crimp.
Create a traditional, three-strand braid with this section of hair. Tie it off with an elastic and set it to the side.
Repeat steps one and two until your entire mane is sectioned into small braids.
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.
In the morning, take out the braids and you should be left with enviable crimped locks. Just 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.
There are certain hair accessories that instantly bring back ‘90s nostalgia, one of those being butterfly hair clips. While you may not find yourself rocking the same clips from your childhood days, consider rocking a sparkling butterfly clip at the front of your mane as an ode to the good ol’ days.
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 2019. 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.
A hair scrunchie
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Spritz a wave spray throughout towel-dried hair to define your hair’s natural shape and texture.
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.
A skinny headband
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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 onto your roots to create lift and body.
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.
Clear hair elastic
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To get started, create a middle part.
Pull your hair into a sleek, high ponytail.
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.
Spray an anti-frizz hairspray over your locks to keep your hair in place and your style looking sleek.
Nowadays we're space bun-obsessed, but in the '90s, celebrities and models sported tiny buns all over instead of limiting themselves to just two top knots. If you're looking for a style that's equal parts whimsical and edgy, this is it.
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Spray a texture spray throughout towel-dried hair for a blown-out look.
Take small sections of hair and twist them into buns. Secure each one with a couple of bobby pins and you'll see your mini bun style taking shape.
It never hurts to add a hair accessory, so go ahead and complete this hairstyle with a couple of decorative bobby pins or barrettes.
Tiny, tight curls were all the rage in the ‘90s—and lucky for us, this once popular hairstyle is back in style. In fact, it happens to be one of the hottest hairstyle trends for 2019. Learn how to get the look in our article, How to Get Spiral Curls.
We mentioned crimped hair earlier, but you don’t have to rock a full mane of crimped hair to participate in this throwback trend. In the ‘90s, adding crimped accents throughout a head of primarily straight hair was also in. While we aren’t supporting the straight and crimped combo (seriously—what were we thinking?), a combination of loose waves and a few crimped strands can make for a carefree and textured beachy hairstyle.
Slicked back hair accompanied by a voluminous bun was an updo nearly everyone can remember rocking in the ‘90s. Here’s how to resurrect the look in 2019.
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Apply a dime-sized amount of hair gel to your strands, slicking them back. Add more hair gel as needed to create a slick, sleek look. Be sure to run a comb through your hair to ensure there aren’t any bumps!
Pull your hair into a ponytail at the back top of your head. Secure with a clear elastic.
Twist the length of your pony around its base, creating a bun. Secure into place with a few bobby pins. Gently tug at the bun to add volume—it’s ok if the bun is a little messy! The more volume, the better.
Sometimes something as simple as how you part your hair can take you back in time. A prime example: the middle part. We’ve seen this hair part making a major comeback as of late, so reach for a rat tail comb and give it a try yourself!
If you’re on the hunt for a fun, cute hairstyle, consider giving half-up pigtails a try. This ‘90s throwback makes for a great festival hairstyle.
Rat tail comb
Part your hair down the middle using your rat tail comb. Then, grab a section of hair from the crown of your head and split it into two.
Take the first half of your top section and pull it into a pigtail at the top of your head. Repeat on the other side. Leave the rest of your mane hanging free and let your pigtails do the talking!
Ah yes, another signature ‘90s accessory. Stretchy hair bands were a signature look—and luckily, they’ve been totally revamped. Rather than reaching for the plastic version you’re likely picturing, consider a cloth headband that won’t be as harsh on your strands. Bonus: These stretchy hair bands come in a variety of styles fit for a multitude of occasions, from work to workout.
We can’t forget about the fellas! Here are five signature ‘90s looks for men, including a few that are already making a comeback.
Bleached tips and blonde highlights were no stranger to men with brunette locks in the ‘90s. While frosted tips certainly deserve a shout out, we’d recommend keeping this one in the past. Instead, if you want to color your hair, check out The Ultimate Guide to Hair Color for Men.
Slicked back hair wasn't reserved for the women of the '90s—men were also known for smoothing their hair back with a bit of hair gel or cream.
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Apply a bit of hair cream or gel to your mane and slick your strands backward. Add more product as needed. Feel free to leave a few messy strands hanging around your face for a carefree look. That’s it!
Believe it or not, the mohawk is actually totally wearable in 2019. Rather than going for the drastic, super tall version you may remember from the ‘90s, ask your stylist for a subtler, modern take on the style that involves faded sides.
Another throwback style we’ll have to pass on, but we can’t forget about is gelled, spiked hair. This hairstyle was seen on celebrities and everyday folks alike, making it one of the most memorable hairstyles from the decade.
Tram lines, a shaved line in the hair that makes for a major a statement look, are making quite the return. Today, we’re seeing this look paired with faded and tapered cuts for a modern, sleek, and edgy look.
Last but not least, we can’t forget the curtain haircut. Parted down the middle with face-framing strands, this haircut was worn by the greatest of heartthrobs in the ‘90s. If you’re considering a ‘do that’s longer in length, give this throwback cut a try!
Still feeling ‘90s obsessed? Next, find a throwback makeup look to match your nostalgic hairstyle. Here are 20 ‘90s-Inspired Makeup Trends to Try Now.