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’90s mom hair is making an unexpected comeback and we’re totally on board

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A classic style with a 21st century twist.


From hairbands to space buns, ’90s-inspired hairstyles are everywhere at the moment, but one trend we certainly didn’t expect to see make a return is the controversial ‘mom hair cut’. But sure enough, as most trends do, it’s now come full circle and a host of celebs have already opted for the shoulder-length style!

Wait, before you click off, let’s just clarify that this isn’t the frumpy, unkempt style that you’re probably envisioning. The mom cut has had a fresh new update for 2017 and we’re glad to report it’s looking much chicer, nowadays. So, whether you’re on the hunt for a new cut, or you’re just curious to see how this style has been upgraded for the 21st century, just keep scrolling…

Mom hair is the latest ’90s-inspired trend to take off


hailey baldwin in a black lace dress with blonde shoulder length layered mom hair
Need a new hairstyle to try for 2017? Take inspiration from Hailey Baldwin’s shoulder-length cut. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Okay, so let’s start things off by clarifying just what mom hair actually is. Essentially, it’s longer than a bob or a lob, yet still not long enough to be considered ‘lengthy’ either. The style usually incorporating layers, too, and originally became popular among mothers thanks to its quick styling potential!

But that’s not all: there’s also no age limits to this effortless look, with stars like Hailey Baldwin and Karlie Kloss already giving it their seal of approval.

actress jenna coleman at paris fashion week with ombre mom hair
This versatile length can be dressed up or dressed down. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

But you don’t have to just rely on the cut of ‘mom hair’ to give you a stylish new ‘do: you can also opt to inject some colour to your mane for an instantly uplifting look!

Luckily, colouring techniques have come a long way since the early ’90s, so rest assured there won’t be a stripy highlight in sight! We love the way that Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman has added dimension to her medium-length, brunette tresses with a subtle ombre gradient.

karlie kloss wearing a black tshirt with hand print with blonde shoulder length layered mom hair
Keep things interesting by adding shorter layers around your jawline like Karlie Kloss. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Fine tresses? Allowing you to maintain the look of longer hair, without it weighing you down, the mom cut is a perfect compromise on length! We recommend taking note from how supermodel Karlie Kloss works the look, by incorporating some choppy, face-framing layers.

Not only has the cut breathed tonnes of volume and texture into her mane, it has also allowed her to maintain the majority of it’s length – great if you require longer strands for styling!

tv presenter laura jackson wearing a pink and burgundy dress with dark wavy mom hair
Make like tv presenter Laura Jackson with a feminine shoulder-sweeping cut. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

For the time-poor among us (AKA everyone!), this trend is a lifesaver, as it actually works best on natural, wavy textures. So, rather than spending time styling your locks with a curling wand every day, limit heat damage and embrace this get-up-and-go look!

Editor’s tip: Want to work this ‘do undone and tousled like Laura Jackson? Then all you need is a quick spritz of a texturising spray, like the VO5 Sea Salt Spray. It will help to enhance natural movement, define layers and prevent your hair from falling flat. Talk about a multi-tasker!


Tempted to try out mom hair? If you are, head over to our Medium Hairstyles page, where you’ll find handy advice on styling your new ‘do, like these easy office-friendly hairstyles!

14 March 2017