When it comes to glamour, no decade beats the 1970s. The era of disco, big hair, and sequins brought meaning to the phrase “more is better.” If the idea of dancing the night away at Studio 54 thrills you, channel a little of that retro vibe through your hairstyle.
Whether you choose to try the permed flip or stick to a sleek, straight look, you’ll love these iconic 1970s hairstyles.
For many women, the 1970s were defined by a serious commitment to texture and volume. The oversized ‘do with flippy ends was popularized by celebrity bombshells but quickly adapted by regular women across the country.
We love the disco flip because it’s ideal for all textures. If you’re naturally curly, this is the perfect time to amp up your volume.
Disco might be the best remembered dance movement of the decade, but don’t disregard the importance of punk. Aiming to set themselves apart from the crowd, these rockers decked themselves out in ripped clothing, heavy makeup, and seriously dramatic hair.
To channel this style in your everyday life, use a firm hold styling product on short hair. Rake your fingers through the strands to create pieciness and definition.
Nowadays, the ubiquitous middle part is the mark of social media influencers and pop stars on the rise. In the 1970s, almost every woman gave this dramatic part a try.
That said, it isn’t for everyone. If you’re hoping to minimize a large forehead or mask hair loss, choose a side part instead.
Hippie Hair Accessories
Free love aside, hippies have gone down in history as masters of the hair accessory. Whether it’s a decorative braid, a flower crown, or small metal beads in an updo, channeling hippie culture is particularly easy during festival season.
Not sure how to make the hippie vibe your own? Start with a few small braids placed throughout your hair. The unexpected glimpses of texture can help your daily ‘do feel fresh again.
If there’s one ‘70s style that’s a true glow up story, it’s the shag. Last year, stylists across the country began experimenting with the voluminous cut again. Instead of cutting hair evenly across the bottom, stylists use feathery ends and plenty of layers to build volume at the crown.
Because it frees hair from much of its dead weight, the shag is the ideal choice for ladies looking to enhance their natural waves or curls.
Curly Twist Out
Natural girls, we’ve got a good one for you. In the 1970s, many women of color began embracing their natural texture under the influence of celebrities. If you’re willing to put in extra time before a night out, channel the disco queens with a voluminous curly twist out.
In the 70s, color was just important as style. Just as the vibrant mod clothing trends of the 60s were replaced by browns and neutrals, women adopted frosty blonde highlights to breathe new life into dark brown base shades.
While colorists aren’t so big on the frosting cap as a technique today, you can certainly channel the era with an icy balayage.
Platinum blonde has its roots in Old Hollywood, but celebrities have consistently worn it since then as a status symbol. It makes perfect sense: Platinum can be grueling to maintain and looks nearly white on camera. What better way to show off how pampered you are than by having a hair color that’s obviously high maintenance?
If you’re a blonde veteran, talk to your colorist about going platinum. Make sure you’re prepared for the intensive work of keeping this shade pristine. When done well, it’s a true showstopper.
Not into texture? Not a problem. Channel the glamour girls of the 1970s with flat ironed locks. Be sure to apply a shine-boosting serum when you’re all done styling to create reflective, party-ready strands. If you have clip-in extensions, this is a great opportunity to make use of them. Pair your mane with a spangled jumpsuit and prepare to shimmy the night away.
Women who can’t wear middle parts will appreciate the convenience of heavy fringe, a 1960s trend that lasted through the ‘70s. Pair these bangs with long, straight hair, making sure they fall just above the eyebrows.
When your fringe begins to grow out, part it in the middle to create curtain bangs. These flattering pieces will act as short layers, framing your face and highlighting your cheekbones.
No disco would be complete without the presence of at least one gorgeous oversize afro. Working with clean, moisturized, sectioned off strands, use a pick to gently fluff out your hair all over your head. Finish by patting any stray curls into your desired shape, then get to the party.