Your favorite decade has come back — just like you always knew it would. The cyclical side of fashion and hairstyles gives us a chance to relive some of our favorite trends from the past. Luckily, 90’s hairstyles have taken over yet again. Here are the top 20 celebrities’ styles you should rock in a new, fresh way.
#1: Crimped HairEmbed from Getty Images
Melissa Joan Hart would say: “If you didn’t rock crimped hair in the ninetieth — then you weren’t living”. Crimping was popular because people wanted to look unique, making bold statements every day. And they liked new hair styling tools called crimping irons! While the trend was definitely overdone back in the day, crimping just a few pieces of your ‘do is subtle and playful. It’s also a perfect nod to the best decade.
#2: Half-Up Hairstyles With FringeEmbed from Getty Images
The half-up style was a big hit in the ’90’s, and it was often made complete with two thin strips of hair in front. Candace Cameron showed how to rock this simple and cute big hair style.
#3: Hair ScrunchieEmbed from Getty Images
One of the biggest ’90’s fashion trends was undoubtedly the scrunchie. You could find TV stars like Stephanie Tanner Danielle Fishel and Phoebe on Friends sporting the style. Nineties babes had to pull up all of that big hair with something. The scrunchie may have embodied cute hairstyles then, but today it’s sexy in a girl-next-door kind of way and perfect for a hot top knot.
#4: Short Messy BangsEmbed from Getty Images
This decade wasn’t all about sweet styles and cute accessories. The ’90’s was the era of grunge hair. It was a time when bands like Nirvana ruled the radio stations. Lip liner was dark, hair was spiky and being a punk was cool. Grunge darlings were not afraid to take risks and their bangs were no exception. An ever popular 1990s hairstyle was super short bangs and trendy babes today know how to rock the look with the perfect touch of pretty and moodiness.
#5: Rave BunsEmbed from Getty Images
Today we refer to them as space buns but in the 90’s women’s hairstyles revolved around rave buns, and they were all the rage! Popular beauties of the decade ranging from Mel B (Spice Girls) to Gwyneth Paltrow weren’t afraid to show off a playful side. The look is back now and in a big way, especially if you add funky neon or pastel colors to complete the look.
#6: Pixie CutEmbed from Getty Images
You can thank Indie babe Winona Ryder for this choppy boyish look. Nothing looks sweeter on a feminine face than a contrasting chop. The pixie is the ultimate ’90’s haircut, and it’s a trend modern women can easily rock fiercely!
#7: Flipped Out Bob HaircutEmbed from Getty Images
Punk queen Courtney Love wore this iconic cropped chop in one of our favorite decades. The bob is a timeless look that changes with each decade. In the roaring ’20’s it was a super short page boy style and in the ’90’s it was a layered, flipped out look. This decade is all about spiky, funky and edgy and women are still jumping on the signature 90’s bob with a modern twist.
#8: Big, Natural CurlsEmbed from Getty Images
As much as this decade embraced the playful-natural looks were still very prevalent. Naturally curly hair beauties like Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker embraced their voluminous curls in an age where intense and sleek styling just didn’t exist. Girls today are enjoying that breath of fresh air in their looks and keeping curls intact and voluptuous.
#9: Tiny Braids and BandanasEmbed from Getty Images
Pop stars like Brandy Norwood and Janet Jackson truly revolutionized the way girls wear braids today. Each braid was so tiny they really resembled a thick strand of hair and were worn very long for a sexy look. Choosing something pretty and complex like braiding hairstyles is a classic way to wear your hair, and it means one of our favorite trends will continue to live on! Fortunately, we have a lot of braided hairstyles to choose from.
#10: Cute PigtailsEmbed from Getty Images
Let’s face it: if you weren’t a little ‘out there’ with your fashion in the ’90’s then you were doing something wrong. Young Britney Spears knew how to look cute! This decade was all about creativity and experimenting with your locksPigtails were trendy and a simple style go-to during this decade and have come back in full force.
#11: Layered RingletsEmbed from Getty Images
It goes without saying Mariah Carey were a part of ’90’s culture-in fact, we might not be stretching the truth when we say she was the heart and soul of most of our hairstyle inspiration. It’s only natural that Mariah’s ‘do was influential for layered ringlets. The look not only caught on but has persisted through the decades. Women have been rocking their natural, voluminous ringlets and they can think a pop princess for making it all happen.
#12: “The Rachel” HaircutEmbed from Getty Images
“The Rachel” was perhaps the most iconic haircut of this entire generation, and it was all thanks to the popularity of Rachel portrayed by Jennifer Aniston on the television show Friends. The original version of this cut was a bit choppy with thick layers, but the modern approach has women blowing out their “Rachel” haircuts a little straighter for a fresher, more updated look.
#13: Butterfly ClipsEmbed from Getty Images
As Shannon Elizabeth demonstrated, butterfly clips were one of the most important accessories of the 80s and early 90s. Especially for parties and prom hair! Believe it or not, girls are wearing them today but in a fresher, less organized way. We’re excited to say that our butterfly clips held up over the years, and we can’t wait to dust them off and use them again!
#14: Backstreet Boys AestheticsEmbed from Getty Images
Yeah, 90s men used to use so much hair gel! That’s why Backstreet Boys hairstyles look fresh, fashionable and very structured. Try to do the save if you’re inspired by these cute 90’s guys. Read our article about the best hair gels for men.
#15: Baby PonytailsEmbed from Getty Images
Emma Bunton rocked the stage with her cute personality and sweet looks, and we can’t say that we’re not happy to see her signature baby ponytails have made a major comeback this season.
#16: Bantu KnotsEmbed from Getty Images
If you went to a rave in the ’90’s you would have seen the bantu buns on a few girls. Gwen Stefani adored this playful look, and although it’s similar to space buns, bantu buns are all about having fun and revealing your wild side!
#17: Middle PartEmbed from Getty Images
The decade prior to the ’90’s was all about sideswept and voluminous hair, which is why it was no surprise that a sleek middle part was trendy. (Even the guys chose to steer clear of crazy trends and stick with the sleek part). Check out old Sarah Michelle Gellar’s photos for inspiration!
#18: Guys with Long LocksEmbed from Getty Images
Brad Pitt with long hairstyles was such a cutie! 90s guys weren’t afraid of experiments and we vote for more long-haired men in the future. This trend is absolutely worth coming back!
#19: Pins for DaysEmbed from Getty Images
The nineties were all about accessories as well as short cropped hair in a dark color as the perfect background to make them pop. Colorful bobby pins are very hot right now and lining them up like you used to with your butterfly clips is the perfect update to this former trend. Seek inspiration in Deborah Gibson’s looks!
#20: Hair JewelryEmbed from Getty Images
Hair jewelry was pretty outrageous in the nineties since you never knew what kind of look a girl would rock, but we absolutely loved the trend and we’re glad to see it make a comeback! Hair crystals used to be applied in meticulous fashion (Jennifer Lopez was one of those fashionistas!) but modern girls choose to use crystal pins and place them throughout updos for a funky and creative look that we adore. Perfect for wedding hair!
It’s nice to see pictures of our favorite ’90’s hairstyles have made a comeback. It gives our current styles a hint of nostalgia while also adding the ability to reinvent some of our favorite trends in a modern way. Have you been rocking any of these styles lately?