A Case for Wearing '70s Feathered Hair in 2020

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Beauty trends are no stranger to the nature of recycling. Every era has its staples that make a later resurgence (like the French manicure). Today, when we leave the salon and ask our stylists “how can I recreate the way you style my hair when I’m at home?” one of the most common pieces of advice is to always start the direction of your curls back, away from your face (before you start alternating directions, if your aim is a more tousled look). Any ideas on where that advice originated? Let’s take a quick trip if you will… to the 1970s. 

Reflecting back on ‘70s hairstyles, we’re reminded of hair icons like Jane Birkin, Donna Summer, Cher, and Diana Ross. They gave us eyebrow-length bangs, big brushed-out curls, afros, and long, straight, hippie-lovin’ hair. But there’s one legendary hair icon from the decade that sticks out above the rest: Farrah Fawcett. 

Farrah gave us the unmistakable feathered hairstyle with her role as Jill Monroe on the original sitcom Charlie’s Angels. In our opinion, this hairstyle defined the era. What makes this beauty trend a timeless one is that it’s been able to evolve with the years. With many era-centric looks, it can feel like you’re wearing a costume when you re-create them. But Fawcett’s flipped out look has been modernized and reinterpreted time and time again.

The volume isn’t at the crown or the top of the head like it was in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Instead, all the volume for this look is focused in the flips and curls that give it its character, opening up the facial features and neckline (remember that advice you got from your stylist?) Well, there you have it. Farrah Fawcett's feathered locks taught us a thing or two, and we're still being advised to follow her lead, when you break things down.

Ahead, 25 ways to wear feathery, 1970s hair à la Farrah Fawcett.

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Far Out

Shailene Woodley

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There's no need to go too far out of your comfort zone with a style like this. Just by keeping your curls directed away from your face, you're taking notes from feathered looks of the past. And as Shailene Woodley is showing us here, a little flip of the bangs never hurt either.

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Dancing Queen

There's no doubt about it: Hailee Steinfeld's voluminous curls, high neck line, and ruby red lip color are a nod to some of the best '70s style. This photo makes us want to throw on our roller skates and dance to Abba all night long.

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Side Swept Bob

Kelly Rowland

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Short hair is no exception to this hairstyle, as Kelly Rowland shows us here.

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Forward Focused

Claire Danes

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Claire Danes keeps her flips focused in the front, starting at her bangs and staying around the face, to highlight her face shape and show off the neckline of her dress right at the collarbone.

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Tousled Waves

Halle Berry

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Halle Berry gives this look a very modern take by keeping her texture tousled and undone while still holding true to all the classic components of a feathered '70s 'do.

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Curtain Bangs

Mandy Moore

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Curtain bangs are one of the most frequented '70s trends still in demand today. Their longer length makes them a great starting point if you've never had bangs before or are on the fence about how short to go.

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The Bigger the Better

As we mentioned before, volume for this style is always concentrated in the feathered back curls instead of the crown of the head, unlike its predecessors. Zoey Deutch pulls one side back to really emphasize her touchable, feathered volume.

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Feathered Curls

Vanessa Lachey

Vanessa Lachey displays the most commonly seen iteration of feathered hairstyles: A brushed out, barrel-wrapped, face framing curl that starts at the eye line and looks flattering on just about anyone (hence its popularity).

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Center Part

Center parts were to the '70s what side parts are to us today. Chloe Grace Moretz wears it well in her super chic pink cords and pouty lip.

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Accessorized

J.Lo

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When hair is styled back away from the face and off the neck, it makes for a perfect display of your best accessories. Jenny From the Block gives her nod to the '70s style while filming Second Act by pairing her feathered hair with a pair of large gold hoops.

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Feathered and Flipped

Tina Fey

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This style doesn't flow back in unison. Instead, Tina Fey wears her hair feathered and flipped, like a beautifully upheld '70s blowout.

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Long Layers

Olivia Wilde

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When curled away from the face, layers will cascade their way down and help hold shape for this style, making them a perfect palette for this look.

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Catch You On the Flip Side

Kiernan Shipka

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Kiernan Shipka flaunts an over directed side part with her flipped out curls.

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Side Bangs

Mindy Kaling

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A long, feathered side bang can be enough to give your waves a retro twist.

For shorter hair, try using a smaller-barrelled (3/4"-1") round brush for more defined, feathery pieces.

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Piecey Ends

Kate Hudson

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Kate Hudson proves you can update this retro style by adding piecey ends to your feathered back waves.

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Minimalist

Emmy Rossum

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If you think your hair is too thick for this look, think again. Try a minimal approach by using a thicker round brush or barrel size to emphasize a larger wave pattern as seen here on Emmy Rossum.

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Soft As a Feather

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel reveals a feathered hairstyle can be mature and sophisticated. Her large, brushed out waves are soft as a feather (pun intended).

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Face Framing Highlights

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez uses this look to her advantage by adding some face framing highlights.

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Flared Out

Laura Dern

Adding a flare to your hairstyle doesn't have to be major. It can be as subtle as these detailed ends on Laura Dern.

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Shoulder Length Shag

Vanessa Hudgens

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Vanessa Hudgens feathers the ends of her shoulder length shag.

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Short Layers

Lizzie Moss

Elisabeth Moss wears this mod interpretation of unfussy feathered curls by way of a short, layered lob.

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Low and Loose

January Jones

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This feathered hairstyle stays low and loose by beginning just below the cheekbones. January Jones wears a high neckline and big earrings to add an extra touch of '70s flair to go with her 'do.

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Micro Bangs

Christina Hendricks

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Fine hair and micro bangs are no deterrent for a feathered style.

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All Over Volume

Kate McKinnon

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Kate McKinnon gives a nod to this '70s 'do with a little dollop of volume on top.

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Feathered Bangs

Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey Deschanel pairs her feathered curls with a long, feather cut bang.

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