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10 Iconic 1990s Hairstyles To Try In 2018

14 March 2018
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Jessie Amato

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For as long as she can remember, Jessie has had a passion for all things beauty. As an employee of L'Oréal, she hopes to share her knowledge and inspire Hair.com readers to express themselves—one new cut and color at a time.

If you’re a ‘90s baby, the fashion trends of this iconic decade probably hold a special place in your heart. If you’re not, chances are you’ve played around with some ‘90s inspired looks at one point or another. Either way, the ‘90s are back, and we’re loving every second of it.

As denim jackets and chokers made their way back into our wardrobe, so did the 1990s hairstyles we all know and love. Don’t worry: butterfly clips won’t be coming back in style anytime soon, but there are plenty of hairstyles having their moment in the spotlight.

Looking to try a few styles for yourself? We’ve narrowed down some of our favorites that are still going strong in 2018.

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Half Up High Ponytail

If you’re trying to channel the 90s, the higher the ponytail, the better. All it takes to recreate this simple style is a hair tie and your favorite hairspray. Simply section your hair in two, separating the bottom from the top. Fasten the top half into a high ponytail, and add a few spritzes of hairspray for all-day hold.

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Crimped

The debate over crimped hair is still hot. While some love it, some definitely believe it should’ve stayed in the past. Whatever your feelings are, these iconic waves are back. If you don’t have your old crimping iron laying around, overnight French or Dutch braids are a great alternative for achieving this look.

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Popstar Pigtails

Let’s face it, pop stars were our ultimate style muses in the ‘90s. What better ode to pop stars of the past than basic pigtails? Simply section your hair down the middle into two even sections. Brush through your strands to smooth out any bumps and fasten two separate ponytails on each side.

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90s Grunge

The grunge trend was all about playing with wild hair colors and low-maintenance cuts. Ready to give ‘90s grunge a go? Ask your stylist for a shoulder length chop with shaggy layers. Finish off your look with a punchy hair color like violet purple.

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Frosted

A darker base with frosty blonde highlights was without a doubt the most popular hair color trend of the ‘90s. If you aren’t feeling the full-on frosted look, go for a modern twist. Opt for a dark base color with platinum ends.

Be warned: Platinum blonde isn’t easy to maintain. Be sure to consult with your stylist about a product routine to maintain your icy strands.

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Braided Space Buns

While the double bun look may seem juvenile, it’s a staple for festival-goers or anyone looking to step out of their comfort zone. For an added touch of ‘90s style, add accent hair jewelry pieces to complete the look.

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Short Shag

If you have thick hair, chances are you’re looking to lighten some of the bulk on your strands. Try a short shag that falls just above your shoulders. Stumped on how to style a shag cut? Simply apply soft hold mousse through your hair and lightly scrunch for desired texture. Complete the look with a few spritzes of light hold hairspray.

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Bantu Knots

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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Pin Straight

In the late ‘90s, we said goodbye to the high volume of the earlier part of the decade as flat irons became our trusted BFFs. Be sure to spray heat protectant through your strands 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. For a truly ‘90s look opt for a sleek middle part with your pin straight style.

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Blunt Lob

We love the look of a blunt cut, and we don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon. If you’re not loving the idea of an ear length bob, go for a slightly longer variation of the classic style with a chin length 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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