The Über-'90s Hair Trend That's Totally Making a Comeback

Updated 01/27/18

There's been a change of late in the beauty world—it's getting all nostalgic on us. First, we had the return of '80s blue eye shadow, and then it was time for brown lipstick to make its comeback. Now the clock is being turned back on our hair, as the short micro-fringe has made its return. 

We first spotted it on the A/W 16 catwalks at Bottega Veneta, Alexander Wang and Roberto Cavalli, but then the A-listers swiftly adopted this retro look with the likes of Michelle Williams (one of our true beauty and fashion inspirations) following suit. Even more recently, Star Trek Beyond beauty Sofia Boutella and Emily Ratajkowski have been seen sporting the look.

Of course, the short fringe trend was first seen on '90s stars such as Gwen Stefani and Winona Ryder. It was so popular, in fact, that it continued into the '00s with Calista Flockhart reaching for the scissors too. Many of us tried this look at home with failed attempts (NB: Do NOT attempt this look if you have curly hair and no straighteners), but 2016's new version will definitely sway us. 

Keep scrolling for a look back at the past trend, what it looks like now, and how you can re-create it.

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Winona Ryder, 1990

Winona nails the '90s micro-trend with a pixie crop. Note the thin brows and brown lips.

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Gwen Stefani, 1996

Gwen's style back then was all about a thick fringe with messy hair flanking the side. 

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Calista Flockhart, 2000

Perhaps our favourite short fringe was Calista Flockhart's. While it was just shy of the '90s (2000, we'll let her have that), the Ally McBeal actress opted for a choppy fringe that was a good couple of inches above her eyebrows. 

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Alexander Wang, 2016

At Alexander Wang, the trend was for blunt bangs that flaunt sharp cheekbones and neutral makeup.

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Roberto Cavalli, 2016

At Cavalli, the styling was more natural but still the sharp fringe reigned supreme. 

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Bottega Veneta, 2016

Over at Bottega Veneta, there was a nod to a sleeker look with maximum shine on hair, finished off with a lightning bolt of purple lipstick. 

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Michelle Williams, 2016

Finally, the short-fringe trend appeared on the red carpet with Michelle Williams wearing the style in May. To get this look, we recommend a pair of hair straighteners, some serum to give your hair shine, and a light shampoo for when you want to wash your fringe. 

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Sofia Boutella, 2016

Star Trek Beyond actress Sofia Boutella has given this a chic update with a strong brow and nude lip. 

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Emily Ratajkowski, 2016

If you're not convinced by a blunt short fringe, try something like actress Emily Ratajkowski, who's opted for a chopped, softer version of the trend.

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What do you think of the short fringe? Will you be trying this microtrend? Tell us in the comments!

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