16 '90s Hairstyles We're Kind of Still in Love With

Updated 05/31/19

Though sometimes questionable, most '90s hairstyles hold a near and still very dear place in our hearts. Yes, every decade has its fair share of monumental hair moments—'60s beehives, flapper-esque bobs, and well-coiffed finger waves are just a few to come to mind—but we'd be remiss to forget the many '90s hairstyles made iconic throughout the decade. 

From plush, sparkly, and all-around-whimsical hair accessories to braids, twists, and even some spikes, the '90s provided plenty of inspirational fodder we can apply to our strands today. Plus, it's safe to say each of our editors dabbled in at least a few of these styles (some worked out better than others), and we know we weren't alone.

So to take a trip down memory lane, we rounded up 16 iconic '90s hairstyles as seen on some of our favorite entertainers. After all, not only did we idolize their songs, TV characters, and overall style, we also had a serious thing for their hair.

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The Face-Framing Messy Bun

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The only thing better than a messy bun in the '90s? A messy bun with long, detached tendrils. Gwyneth Paltrow demonstrates and somehow manages to make the style cool, while never looking like she's trying too hard. 

The Baby Spice

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Our favorite Spice Girl may have changed every other day, but we remained faithful to Emma Bunton (aka Baby Spice's) iconic high-pigtail-and-bangs combination. 

"The Rachel"

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Jennifer Aniston has since said she wasn't a fan of The Rachel, the '90s hairstyle made famous by her iconic character in Friends, but its immense popularity (and high request rate back in the day) makes it one of the most iconic cuts ever. 

The Outward Flip

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The only thing better than watching their movies, reading their books, and wearing their clothes? Channeling Mary-Kate and Ashley's signature '90s flip.

Faux-Bangs

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With some help from a flat iron, Aaliyah's trademark hairstyle, a deep, swoop of hair that fell over her left eye, was easy to channel, easy to restyle, and forever cool.

Butterfly Clips

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In addition to her natural, voluminous curls, Mila Kunis' epic butterfly clip was the ultimate '90s hair accessory. It didn't matter if you were getting them from a jeweler or a local garden store.

Wispies

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In the '90s, random, borderline stringy, wisps and spikes, in addition to tightly twisted-back bangs, did a successful updo make. We may cringe now, but Alicia Silverstone's look was everything—and we have the yearbook photos to prove it. 

Headwraps

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Erykah Badu was one of the first women to work beautiful turbans and headwraps on the '90s red carpets. The vibe: neo-soul, and we're so excited this look is making a comeback.

High Braids

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Janet Jackson's iconic braids in Poetic Justice, were just as good, if not better, than her on-screen chemistry with Tupac Shakur. This hairstyle isn't for the faint of heart, but nobody would describe Janet Jackson as tame, anyway.

The Crimp

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Crimped hair was a must in the '90s and, admittedly, actress Tia Carrere is still giving us a major case of hair envy. However, if recent red carpet and runway styles are any indication, we might be starting to see this come back.

Hair Jewels

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Just as we bedazzled the back pockets of our jeans, hair bandanas, headbands, and our CD players, naturally we loved bedazzling our strands, as well. Cou iron-waved crimps heighten the '90s feel of the hairstyle even further.

Microbraids

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In her hit '90s show, Moesha, Brandy rocked plenty of hairstyles. However, her extremely tiny braids were always a quintessential part of her look.

Just-Off-The-Beach Curls

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Natural, super-curly hairstyles were everywhere throughout the '90s, but we're especially partial to Sarah Jessica Parker's signature coils. They made her beloved portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City even more memorable. This has also been an envied surfer-chic style on the West Coast forever.

Feathered Bangs

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A '90s hair roundup would never be complete without some great feathered bangs—a hairstyle practically synonymous with the decade, and rarely seen since. Tiffani Thiessen's portrayal of Kelly Kapowski on Saved By the Bell always did the trend justice. 

The Spiked Pixie

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Halle Berry is one of those people who looks gorgeous no matter what she does with her hair—we're not sure if she's ever had a cringe-worthy moment. And while she has been working longer looks in the recent years, we can't help but miss her iconic pixie cut. Slightly spiky and paired with cool, tinted shades, her '90s approach is giving us so many flashbacks—and ideas. 

The Tight Updo

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Kate Moss has always ruled the runway and when it comes to her hairstyles, she's stayed true to her simple, model-off-duty approach. Like so many of us in the '90s, the model loved to wear her hair pulled straight back into a securely tied bun or ponytail. Be careful with this one, though, as it can actually damage your strands if you find yourself doing it every day.

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