Season after season, beauty trends take their cues from the past, and right now is all about the ‘70s hairstyles and haircuts. From Alexa Chung’s modern-day shag to Zendaya's feminist-inspired afro and Kim K’s pin-straight-middle-parted locks, the coolest It girls are rocking retro 1970s-inspired haircuts and styles. These iconic styles are making a comeback in a big way so we’ve put together a complete guide to '70s hairstyles. We’re breaking down what’s inspiring the trend, what to ask your stylist for, and hair care tips for hairstyling and rocking for your 1970’s hairstyles ahead!
The 1970's counterculture revolution spawned a generation of hair that challenged tradition and celebrated individuality, experimentation, and empowerment. Epic hair trends like feathered layers, flat-ironed strands, androgynous cuts and big, and bigger, bolder afros were born. These iconic hairstyles are having a major revival as we see celebs and a-listers rocking updated versions for fall. If you’re ready to get trendy and channel your inner peace, love, and rock-n-roll style, read ahead for the '70s hairstyles that are making a comeback.
This excessively feathered hairstyle, also dubbed ‘The Farrah Flip’, is legendary. Farah Fawcett became an icon when she was cast in Charlie's Angels, and as a result, everyone wanted her hair. While Farrah’s look was extreme, some subtle feathering of the front layers adds intrigue to long hair without being overly dramatic. The key to getting her '70s volume is to add as much volume to the root as possible and keep it there. This cut looks insanely cute on curly hair.
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When you think of ‘70s pin-straight long hair down to there, there’s one diva who comes to mind - Cher. She rocked her iconic middle-parted, ultra-long black hair through the better part of the 1970s. It’s said that Cher used to actually iron her hair on an ironing board to get it that straight and smooth. Fortunately, in the age of blowouts and flat irons, there’s an easier way to get this look.
In the ‘70s, the afro emerged into mainstream culture as a way for the black community to embrace their natural hair structure; as opposed to being ‘socially correct’ with straightened hair. The popularity of this natural hairstyle during the ‘70s can be traced back to activists like Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael. After their (what was considered at the time to be) radical hair statement hit television screens across the country, it didn’t take long for it to become one of the most iconic hair looks from the decade.
Working both as a short hairstyle and a longer one, the shag is a heavily layered hairstyle from the '70s that’s back and better than ever. Made popular by It-girl of the times, Jane Fonda, today’s It-girls can’t get enough of it. From Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez to Julianne Hough and Anne Hathaway, the modern shag is having a moment. And the best part about this hairdo coming back into style is that it looks good on everyone; it just depends on where your stylist starts your first layer. Keep your layers longer if you have a round face. If you have an oval face shape, ask your stylist to slice in shorter layers
Reggae music gained mainstream popularity in the ’70s, and its Rastafarian influence on culture and fashion brought about the dreadlocks hairstyle. Both men and women rocked this statement trend back then and it’s no different today. A-listers from Rihanna and Zoe Kravitz to Jason Mamoa and Wiz Khalifa are all current fans of this hairstyle.
Pro-tip: caring for your dreadlocks requires washing every three days to a week with a residue-free dreadlock shampoo. Conditioners and scented shampoos are not recommended because they can leave a residue behind in your locks. The most important step is rinsing them thoroughly.
From flowers and peace signs to color-blocking and paisley prints, scarves were a super popular accessory in the ‘70s. And these days, girls in the know are using scarves to hold up their ponys, pull their hair back in a headband, or create cute updos with a flair.
Season after season, beauty trends take their cues from the past and this season it’s all about the ‘70s. Epic hair trends like feathered layers, flat-ironed strands, androgynous cuts and big, and bigger, bolder afros are making a comeback in a big way. If you’re ready to channel your inner ‘70’s love child or disco queen, book an appointment with your stylist, and let’s get groovy!
by Jaclyn LaBadia, featured contributor
cover photo by Michelle Dufflocq