We blame Gucci for the resurgence of '70s hairstyles. Ever since Alessandro Michele took the design helm of the Italian fashion house, we've seen more and more '70s-style hair flicks, curls, and long hippie-style tresses on the catwalk and more celebs are making feathery free-spirited chops. Take Billie Eilish's blonde shag or Miley Cyrus's rocker mullet. We're welcoming this fun, flamboyant decade back into our lives with open arms; it was truly one of the coolest eras for hair.
From Farrah Fawcett's big "Charlie's Angels" flicks to Diana Ross's disco-inspired afro, there are so many cool chicks to take inspiration from. Not only that but these styles are also super relevant today. We reckon they could be worn exactly the same as they were then and they would look just as awesome. To prove our point about how amazing this decade was for hair, we've selected TK of our favorite looks.
Scroll through our top picks for some unashamed '70s hairstyle inspiration.
The ultimate 'cool kid' cut of the era, according to celebrity colorist, Jeremy Tardo, the shag is as definitive and quintessential to the '70s as they come. "The shag has been deconstructed and reinvented in so many ways since its inception," he says. We're loving Billie's grungy layers with wispy curtain bangs.
The Farrah flip is legendary. Fawcett became a star when she was cast in "Charlie's Angels," and as a result, everyone wanted this hair during that decade (and well into the '80s, too). In fact, this iconic hairstyle is loved even to this day. You'll need a decent barrel brush (We love Drybar's Double Pint Round Ceramic Brush, $42) to help re-create this look.
Feather-light fringe bangs a la Jane Birkin, (aka Birkin bangs), are the wispy French girl-esque cut we didn't know we needed. According to celebrity stylist Michael Dueñas, today's version are slightly longer for the option to push to the side or wear in the front. "Have your stylist lay their comb at the start of your hairline going to the back of your head," he says. "Where the comb lifts up is how thick your bang section should be."
If you thought the day of the mullet's resurrection would never come, you're not alone. However, specifically the '70s era shag mullet, on the other hand, is just polished enough to feel, dare we say always fresh. Miley is consistently keeping us on our toes and paving the way with shocking new 'dos that always seem to explode in the salons and Pinterest shortly after.
The Blunt Cut
Layers in the '70s were pretty much all or nothing. On one hand, you have the shaggy all-over-layers, and on the other, you have a hair that is essentially all the same length. "Modern bobs are typically rough dried and flat ironed with the ends being straight or a very light tousle to the hair," Dueñas explains. "In the 70’s, most were round brushed. You had more volume and beveled ends." Dueñas recommends using Aloxxi Thickening Serum, $25 to add volume on fine hair and Aloxxi Essential 7 Oil Restorative Hair Serum, $35 on thicker hair to add sheen for that perfect polished bob.
Quick question: Do you follow Goldie Hawn on Instagram? If you don't, we suggest you do so immediately; she's brilliant. Thing is, Goldie has been awesome since forever. While that's mainly due to her incredible acting skills, her iconic '70s hairstyles don't hurt. Celebrity stylist Cory Aaron Scott explains how to make the perfect voluminous beehive: "Blow dry your hair and over direct the hair to create volume." For that extra umph you can follow with hair rollers in 1/2-inch sections and don't forget the flexible hairspray.
While the '90s had their high pigtails, the '70s were all about keeping them low, loosely grouped together, light and airy, and without much polish, Dueñas explains. To recreate, he suggests starting by rough drying or blow drying, then section a middle part. "Back comb all the hair at your crown, down to your occipital bone, lightly spread that hair down the middle from crown to nape," he says. "Bring to just below your earlobes and secure with an elastic, ensuring you keep the volume in your crown."
The '70s loved their beehive, that much is obvious. This half-up rendition was popularized in the '60s, undoubtedly inspired by the iconic Bridget Bardot, but people were still absolutely buzzing over the sultry goodness in the following decade. But can you blame them? Clearly, there's some timeless magic happening here.
Scarf in the Hair
Scarf, bandana—anything you can tie up in the hair—the '70s (and the '80s for that matter) were living for this carefree, fun, and hippie-esque vibe. And to be fair, so are we today. Just look how adorable Alana Morrison is in her bandana-tied updo.
Long and Wavy With a Center Part
Ask anyone who was there in the '70s and they'll tell you it was a time for long, free-flowing locks with a dead-center part. As Tardo puts it, "The allure of the '70s hair is perpetuated through the iconic time's reputation for glamour and cool." And this style nothing if not glamorous and cool.
For pure hippie-chicness, there's only one person we can think of to copy, and that's Stevie Nicks. It's the one part rocker-chic to two parts Woodstock festival hairstyle, such as this long version of the classic shag, that really does it for us.
Long Flipped Out Curtain Bangs
Feathery, flippy hair of the '70s has made its way back into modern circles, with swoopy curtain bangs paving the way. "The curtain bang I think is and will always be so iconic," says Scott, adding "I have seen a lot of bangs and layers being blown out to create that feathered look." To recreate, he he suggests using a round brush with a lot of tension and a good blow-dry. "I recommend blowing those pieces away from the face letting the brush heat up. Then cool down and lastly spray with a good flexible hair spray."
Voluminous Roller Curls
For a rocker vibe, turn to none other than Tina Turner. The singer was, and still is, known for her shock of voluminous strands, but she kept it layered and wispy in the '70s.
A time for bang exploration, another hot take to come out of the '70s was the short, straight across bangs that just barely kiss the tops of the brows. These typically came in a thicker, more blunt form than the wispy Birkin counterpart, but are also seen with varied amounts of piecey separation here and there. To say we're obsessed with Love Islander Cynthia Taylu's take on the '70s-era bangs would be an understatement.
This decade was putting in overtime pumping different shag looks and one of our absolute favorites is the curly shag. Seen in more recent years on the likes of Khadijha Red Thunder, Zendaya, Alanna Arrington, and Sandra Oh, to name a few, the layered cut is complete with effortless curly bangs. Scott says to cut the bangs slightly longer to "anticipate them bouncing up and getting shorter as they dry."
If baby braids—whether placed as face-framing pieces or just strewn in random places throughout the hair—don't absolutely yell '70s in all caps, we don't know what does. "Braids are fun and whimsical," Scott says. "I love when you create a classic braid securing the end with a band then pulling it out so it is messy and undone. Clip to desired look—you can always place it wherever you want."
Sleek, Long, and Straight
Sleek, long, and pin-straight is a resurfaced trend Tardo has noticed, "'70s Cher and her immaculate mane come to mind immediately here," he says, noting that the Kardashians are frequent advocates of the look. "Ask your colorist for a rich brunette gloss or an all-over clear gloss. This will amplify the shine in your hair and give a perfect silky finish, allowing you to realize your long hair middle part dreams." For a DIY option, Tardo recommends Clairol Natural Instincts ($8).
We can't talk about '70s hairstyles without mentioning the queen that is Diana Ross. During that decade, Ross dominated with her music, and she became the first Black woman to co-host the Oscars. While she was known for many different hairstyles, her natural afro style was always one of our favorites.
If there's anyone who can rock a '70s ponytail, it's Ariana Grande. Full and voluminous was the only way to do a pony back in the day and her side fringe is just the cherry on top.
Long and With a Side Part
Once again, Meryl Streep proves that there's nothing she can't do, including incredible blonde '70s hair. For this decade, the actress rocked the natural look. It was very girl-next-door with an extreme side part. What's not to love?