We’ve revisited the ’90s; we’ve done butterfly clips, straightened tendrils, scrunchies, and Rachel Green–style plastic claw clasps. So where to next? Well, ’70s hair trends just called, and they’re ready for a revival.
This season, brush up on Farrah Fawcett, Diana Ross, Stevie Nicks, and Brigitte Bardot. All four are major sources of inspo when it comes to our hair, as we see texture–from choppy shags to fluffy ’fros–make a delicious comeback.
Farrah Fawcett’s iconic hairstyle
The sequel to the Swinging Sixties brought about floaty layers and undone textures, but with some disco oomph and a rocker edge. Basically, this is liberated hair with a lot of attitude. Below we’ve rounded up the best chops making a phenomenal comeback. Now we just need to find some flared trousers and folksy floral vests to go with them….
“I’m always into a gorgeous, ’70s-style fringe, which seems to have been revived all over social media at the moment,” says celebrity hairstylist and Shea Moisture ambassador Stefan Bertin. “For me I think a way to modernize it is to texturize it, rather than keeping it fluffy. Using a light salt spray as a finisher will add some modern grit to an otherwise soft and feminine style, making it the best of both worlds.” Try Redken’s Fashion Waves Sea Salt Spray.
“A major ’70s comeback trend is curtain bangs and billowing layers to really add drama and width around the face,” agrees Dom Seeley, international creative director at Color Wow. “So many influencers and social media content creators have rushed to get this haircut. It’s gone viral.”
“I’m a big fan of the shag; it’s such an iconic ’70s look,” says hairstylist George Northwood. “I loved when I did it for Alexa [Chung] all those years ago with those big, face-framing bangs. This style adds lots of volume and texture to the hair, which is great for those finer-hair types. It’s a very ‘cool girl’ cut and can really update your whole style. To give it a bit more of a modern edge, I would ask your hairdresser to stay away from too many layers, as this can make it feel quite dated. Instead, make it all about that big statement sweeping fringe.”
“Seventies hair was fluffed out and allowed to do its own thing,” says hairstylist and Afro specialist Charlotte Mensah, and we’re seeing that once again. “With so many of us exploring and learning about our natural hair during lockdown, it’s no wonder a lot more women want to let their unique textures thrive in 2021.” Extra-extra-large, ’70s-style ’fros are set to take center stage this summer–think disco, Soul Train vibes. As for giving the style a fresh spin, Mensah recommends applying her Manketti Oil Pomade. “It coats every last curl and coil with intense moisture to instantly eliminate frizz and dryness,” she says. “Your curls will look instantly defined and feel supersoft, especially during the warm spring and summer months.”
“Another of the strongest ’70s hair trends I still see—even though it’s been around for a year or two—is the ‘Cher hair’ that Kim Kardashian made famous again,” says Seeley. “Long, middle-parted glass hair has still got all the momentum and looks great for any occasion. It makes a statement when it’s kept healthy with treatments and shine products.” (For this look, Seeley recommends Color Wow’s Dream Coat and Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray.)
For one of the biggest styles this summer, “look to the iconic Farrah Fawcett style with flicks and a curtain fringe,” says celebrity hair stylist Dionne Smith. “It’s super versatile as it suits most face shapes and lengths.”
“Styling-wise, to keep it modern, it’s all about the shine and control,” says Seeley. “Use good curling irons or blow-dryers and boar-bristle brushes so you get the smoothness and shine while controlling your style. Seventies hair was fluffy and almost frizzy, but with modern-day products and tools, it’s easy to make it look polished.”
Last but not least, “the mullet has a comeback,” says Smith, “but a modern take will be disheveled and less severe than the ’70s version with lots of texture. Look to Miley Cyrus and Cara Delevingne, who have rocked the mullet.”
This story originally appeared on Glamour U.K.