How to Get "Farrah Fawcett Hair," One of TikTok's Favorite Looks

Fabulous feathering is in your future.

A woman with bouncy Farrah Fawcett hair

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The '70s are known for many iconic fashion trends, including flared pants, platform shoes, and plenty of disco sparkles. While '70s styles like jumpsuits and mini dresses have remained in fashion over the years, the hair and beauty trends of the era are making a comeback. Curtain bangs and shag cuts have spread like wildfire across social media, but there is one quintessential '70s style can be achieved at home without picking up a pair of scissors: Farrah Fawcett hair.

Instantly recognizable for her gorgeous, voluminous locks, Farrah Fawcett was the hair "influencer" of the time. Weightless waves like hers are the perfect balance of glamour and warmth, and they paired perfectly with Fawcett's wholesome beauty persona. The Farrah Fawcett hair look also translates well from day to night, meaning this might be your new favorite office-to-dinner date 'do.

It's easy to see the allure of this bouncy, beautiful style, but how easy is it to recreate? We turned to two pro hairstylists— Tatum Neill and Brenden DelBene—to find out.

Meet the Expert

  • Tatum Neill is a hairstylist and artistic director of Aveda Arts.
  • Brenden DelBene is a hairstylist and colorist based in Westchester, New York.

Keep reading for their step-by-step advice for Farrah Fawcett hair.

"Farrah Fawcett Hair" Trend: How To Get The Iconic Look

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Clean Your Canvas and Prep Your Hair

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When attempting a high-volume style like Farrah Fawcett hair, it's important that you start with clean hair, as product or oil buildup may weigh your roots down. A great way to ensure the hair is free of buildup is by washing it with a clarifying shampoo. This will give you a blank canvas to begin building your '70s masterpiece. Once the hair is clean, roughly dry it until it is 70-75 percent dry.

While Farrah Fawcett hair looks good on almost any length, DelBene recommends a great haircut with short angles and lots of layers if you want to rock this look on a regular basis. "Having those short face framed angles starting around chin length or shorter (long curtain bangs) will help perfect this bouncy '70s vibe," explains DelBene.

After roughly drying the hair to ~75 percent dry, you'll need to apply some volumizing products to your damp hair to help the creation of volume and waves. Both experts recommend applying a mousse to the roots of your hair to aid the styling process. Neill recommends Aveda’s Nutriplinish Styling Treatment Foam ($36) for a soft hold that helps to add shine to hair that may be dry or damaged hair. For a styling mousse that also provides heat protection, DelBene recommends massaging Redken's Full Frame Mousse ($26) into your roots and letting it dry before beginning to style the hair.

Begin With the Bangs

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Both of our experts recommend that you start with the front section of the hair, whether you have bangs or not. "First, you want to section off the top of your crown to separate the front from the back. Most of the features of this look are displayed around the face so tackle that first," explains Neill.

Neill and DelBene recommend using a medium-sized round brush and your favorite blow dryer with a concentrator for this style. "Starting with the bang area, take a medium-sized round brush and start blowing those bangs towards the face," DelBene instructs. "Once they’re almost dry, flip them backward, placing the brush behind the hair, and blow them upward and away from the face."

Neill explains that by placing the round brush at the roots and pulling the hair toward your nose until the ends are wrapped around the brush (and then rolling it back toward the base), you can start building the volume you'll want at the front of the hair.

Set the Front and Finish Drying

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The key to maintaining all of the hard work you do in the front while you continue to dry the rest of your hair is using clips or rollers to hold the shape until you are ready to tease. Neill recommends that you unravel the brush and re-roll the hair into a similar shape with your hands, place it in a clip, and let it cool. "Once you have all the pre-sectioned hair dried, rolled, and clipped, add a healthy amount of hairspray. I prefer Aveda's Air Control ($35) as it is very brush-able and forgiving," he says.

DelBene prefers the roller method: "Grab your favorite Velcro roller and throw those bad boys in... while we blow out the rest of the hair. You’re going to repeat these steps for the top section of the head, so you have three rollers on top locking in that volume and bounce while you dry."

Once your front sections are securely fastened into rollers or clips, you can dry the remainder of your hair. "After the front is set, power-dry the back and use the round brush to finish the ends with a smooth beveled shape," advises Neill. DelBene agrees: "I like to blow the hair towards the face adding a slight bevel at the ends of the hair," he adds.

What Is Beveling?

Beveling is often the final step in a blow out, when the stylist uses the dryer to direct the ends to have a uniform fall.

Lock in Your Final Look

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After teasing out your curls, you'll want to make sure your hair is at peak volume. DelBene recommends that you flip your head over, shake it all out, then flip back over and move everything into place. "After everything is in place, grab your favorite light-hold hair spray and lock in that gorgeous style," he says.

Neill says to use your hands to place the hair exactly how you want before adding more hair spray. This ensures the hair remains at the height you've worked hard to achieve. Warning: Farrah Fawcett-level confidence may result.

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