The '70s Hairstyles Are Making a Comeback in 2023

For the past few years, it seemed like we couldn’t get enough ‘90s and early ‘00s hair trends. But lately we’ve been forgoing our zigzag parts and bumpits for some ‘70s-inspired locks instead. From classic looks like curtain bangs and fluffy hair to shaggy cuts, here are the coolest ‘70s hairstyles we’re excited to try out in 2023. 

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1. The Fawcett Flip

The undisputed queen of ‘70s hairstyles? Farrah Fawcett, of course. The Charlie’s Angels star was known for her voluminous blowout and curtain fringe. Use hot rollers (or a curling iron) to create large barrel curls away from your face before brushing them out for more body and maximum flip. 

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2. Shag Haircut

This haircut remains a fan favorite for many because it’s supremely flattering. The shag features choppy layers that elevate your natural texture and full fringe that frames your face shape. 

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3. Curtain Bangs

Made famous by celebs like Bridgette Bardot, this long, parted fringe is a quintessential look of the era. Regardless of your hair texture or length, a set of curtain bangs frames your face and adds some fullness to your locks. To maintain the look at home, all you’ll need is a round brush and a blow dryer to shape them to either side. 

4. Sleek and Straight

The disco era also featured plenty of sleek, straight locks. Also known as ‘Cher Hair,’ this hairstyle features a deep center part, blunt ends and plenty of length without a strand out of place. The key is to apply a hair oil to smooth down your strands and add shine. 

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5. Wispy Bangs

From Olivia Newton John to Elizabeth Olsen, it’s easy to see why we would consider getting some wispy bangs when craving a subtle change. They bring a touch of softness to your overall look without being too much. 

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6. Bixie

This buzzy cut was seen on everyone from Jane Fonda to Joyce Dewitt throughout the ‘70s. The shorter style has longer layers on top and a deep side part for added volume and tapered ends that hug the nape of the neck. 

7. Voluminous Bob

The bob is having a major moment lately, as evidenced by Selena’s buzzworthy chop. To get a similar look, ask your stylist for a jaw-grazing cut and incorporate a texturizing spray into your routine to add definition to those new layers. 

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8. Disco Curls

If you want to go big with your hair, consider disco curls. Think: Donna Summers and Diana Ross, who led the disco scene with their chart-topping hits and voluminous locks. To achieve the look, use a one-inch curling iron (or hot rollers) to create tight curls before running a brush or a wide-toothed comb through each section to tease them out further.

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9. Afro

The ‘70s brought out the natural hair movement as more women started embracing their natural texture. Take a cue from Jodie Turner and ask for a haircut that accentuates the height and shape of your mane. There’s also the option to use a hair pick to lift up your roots, especially if you have thicker or coiled hair. 

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10. Beehive

Although it was introduced in the ‘60s, the beehive became a staple in the ‘70s, too. To recreate the look, use a comb and a texturizing spray to build volume throughout your hair. Next, twist sections of hair at the nape of your neck and lay them against your crown before securing the end with bobby pins (or a banana clip). One last thing: Leave a few tendrils out for a more casual look. 

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11. Blunt Cut

Most ‘70s hairstyles were big and grand, but this cut took a different approach. Loved by the supermodels of the decade like Janice Dickinson, Naomi Campbell and Lauren Hutton, the blunt cut is refreshingly simple with ends that are trimmed straight across for a polished finish. 

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12. Low Pigtails

FYI: This hairstyle isn’t just for kids. Follow in Yara Shahidi’s footsteps and elevate this nostalgic look by weaving in some extensions for extra length and crimping the pigtails before laying down your baby hairs in the front. 

13. Bandana Beauty

Whether it was a bandana, headscarf or large headband, a hair accessory was a hot item during this era. Not only is it super practical, but it also brings a fun flair to any look, as evidenced by Dua Lipa here.

14. Baby Braids

As much as we want to credit the early ‘00s for this look, baby braids actually got their start in the ‘70s. The tiny plaits bring a nice touch of whimsy to any hairstyle and are quite simple to do. Just grab a small section of hair on one side of your face, French braid it and secure the ends with an elastic band before repeating these steps on the other side. 

15. Bubble Braids

This braided style is another simple look you can easily recreate right at home. All you’ll need is some small elastic bands to section off your hair for the ‘bubble’ effect. 

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16. Wavy Tresses

Volume and length were everything in ‘70s. If you already have a lengthy mane, add in a wavy texture with some sea salt spray and a healthy dose of scrunching. 

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17. Mullet

This hairstyle seems to make a comeback every decade. The “business in the front, party in the back” style features choppy layers on top that flow into more length in the back. The variety of layers brings dimension and definition to your mane. Use a generous amount of mousse to define your waves like Miley’s above. 

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18. Long and Fringed

If you’ve been watching Daisy Jones and the Six, you’ll understand why this long, shaggy style has us heading to the salon. As Riley Keough shows to great effect, full bangs and tousled layers are a timeless combo.

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19. Pageboy

Popularized by singer Toni Tennille and Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill, this haircut gets its name from medieval page boys. Yes, it gives slight bowl cut vibes, but some fringe softens the style. And if you’re still not convinced, trendsetter Princess Diana was known to rock this cut throughout the ‘80s. 

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20. Voluminous Ponytail

By now you know that the ‘70s were all about bigger, bolder looks, which is why we’ll end this list with a high ponytail. This voluminous style requires plenty of body throughout your mane so don’t be shy with the hairspray. 

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