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16 1990s Hairstyles To Help You Channel Your Favorite ‘90s Icon

Obsessed with 1990s hairstyles? We’re sharing 16 on-trend ‘90s looks you can still wear in 2022.

As a ‘90s baby, you can imagine I love everything about the decade. From the classic television shows to the (sometimes questionable) fashion, there’s so much to admire from the time. When I think back to the 1990s, however, the one thing that always stands out is the hairstyles. Lucky for me, a quick scroll through my TikTok “for you” page shows me dozens of ‘90s-inspired hair tutorials—which proves just how wearable these looks still are in 2022.

Searching for 90s hairstyle inspiration? We’re sharing 16 of the trendiest ‘90s hairstyles that are still totally wearable, from ‘90s-style braids to grunge waves.


What were popular hairstyles in the ‘90s?

There was a range of hairstyles that were popular in the ‘90s, and it's hard to sum up exactly what the ‘90s hair aesthetic” was. There were popular short haircuts like “the Rachel,” on-trend protective hairstyles like box braids, cute hairstyles with accessories like scrunchies, and edgier grunge looks like spiked pixies and undone waves. What hairstyle you wore depended on what aesthetic you were going for—and it’s the same if you’re looking to channel your inner ‘90s girl in 2022!


Searching for ‘1990s hairstyles that match your aesthetic? Keep scrolling for 16 1990s hairstyles for women that are still super wearable.

The ‘90s Hairstyles To Try Now

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Fluffy Blowout

Fluffy hair is a modern take on ‘90s blowouts, a look that focuses on smooth, soft hair but also embraces imperfections. It’s bouncy, airy hair that you can run your fingers through. All you’ll need to achieve fluffy hair is a blow dryer and a lightweight volumizing product like Redken Big Blowout Heat Protecting Jelly Serum.

Claw Clip Updo

‘90s claw clips are back and trendier than ever! Watch the video above to learn how to create a claw clip updo on thick hair.

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Butterfly Clips

Edgy, grunge hairstyles were huge in the ‘90s, but so were cute and colorful hair accessories like butterfly clips. Place a few of these nostalgic clips throughout your hair for serious 1990s hairstyle vibes.

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Half-Up High Ponytail

We’re two decades past the ‘90s, but one thing is certain: The half-up high ponytail will always be on-trend. To give your half-up look a ‘90s feel, be sure to secure your ponytail as high as you can on top of your head and loosen the strands framing your face. Complete your look with a few spritzes of hairspray like Pureology Style + Protect Lock It Down Hairspray.

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Baby Bangs

Unlike modern fringe trends that graze your eyebrows, baby bangs typically fall about an inch from the front of your hairline. If you’re looking to make a serious statement with your cut, this is the ‘90s trend for you.

High Ponytail With Scrunchie

Maybe I’m biased because I have a drawer full of scrunchies, but this throwback hair accessory is one of the most popular revived ‘90s trends of the past few years. They’re one of the easiest ways to add a simple ‘90s touch to any hairstyle. If you’re looking for an easy look to get you started, try a high ponytail.

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Blunt Bob

Long layered cuts and choppy layers have stolen the spotlight in recent years, but in the ‘90s, blunt bobs were all the rage. If you don’t love the idea of an ear-length bob, go for a slightly longer variation of the classic style with a blunt lob. A lob can warm you up to the idea of shorter strands while maintaining some length.

Best of all, blunt cut lobs help to give the illusion of thicker hair, making them an ideal choice for ladies with fine, thin-looking locks.

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Grunge Waves

Obsessed with ‘90s hairstyles grunge? Whether you were a rockstar-loving teen in the ‘90s or just admire the decade’s grungy hair looks, ask your stylist for a shoulder-length haircut with shaggy layers for an easy way to wear the trend in 2021. Use a texturizing spray like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray to give your mane a tousled, disheveled look.

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Bantu Knots

Searching for black ‘90s hairstyles? While Bantu knots have long been a go-to style for women with natural hair, these small, coiled buns were a favorite of ‘90s stars, and we’re seeing a major resurgence in recent years. The best part? Bantu knots leave you with stunning waves or curls upon taking them out, depending on your hair texture.

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Space Buns

If you’re looking for a fun and simple way to channel your inner ‘90s girl, space buns are the perfect way to do so. Click here to find out exactly how to achieve the look.

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Flipped Out Ends

Much like in the ‘60s, women of the ‘90s loved the look of dramatic, flipped ends. If you have mid-length hair, this sleek hairstyle is perfect for you. Wondering how to achieve flipped ends the right way? Click here for our full guide.

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Box Braid Ponytail

This high box braid ponytail is a tried and true ‘90s hairstyle for women. Not to mention, it makes for an easy and on-trend protective hairstyle for natural hair.

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Pigtails

Maybe you were inspired by your favorite popstar, or maybe it was your mom’s go-to hairstyle before sending you off to school, but if you were a kid in the ‘90s, you undoubtedly wore pigtails. Luckily, there are so many ways to make the style work for you in 2022. Click here for pigtail hairstyles you can wear at any age.

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Spiked Pixie

Another grunge look for the books, the spiked pixie is a ‘90s classic. If you have a pixie haircut with a little bit of length at the top, use a texture paste like Redken Rough Paste 12 Working Material Hair Paste to deconstruct any haircut with texture and separation.

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Crimped Waves

Crimped hair may have come on the scene in the 1980s, but it solidified its place as an iconic style in the 90s. Whether you first discovered crimped hair on Tik Tok or swore by your crimper back in the day, this iconic ‘90s hairstyle has definitely stood the test of time. Wondering how to achieve crimped hair? Click here for everything you need to know.

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Pin-Straight Hair

In the late ‘90s, girls said goodbye to the over-the-top volume of the earlier part of the decade and made flat irons a permanent part of their routines. Start by applying a heat protectant like Redken Iron Shape 11 Thermal Holding Heat Protection Spray throughout your hair before you begin styling. In one-inch sections, clamp the hair closest to your scalp with the flat iron and drag it down the length of your hair.

Once you’ve finished, complete the look with an anti-frizz or shine serum like Pureology Style + Protect Shine Bright Taming Serum.

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