Retro revival: ’90s grunge hairstyles from NYFW

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So far this fashion season, we’ve seen styles worked with slept-in textures, messy ponytails, and undone braided buns. But the latest look to emerge from the runway has taken the roughed-up finish to a whole new level. We are, of course, talking about ’90s grunge hairstyles, which have officially made their comeback for AW17!

To score the latest in the re-vamped retro look, we’re sharing some of our favourite ‘dos from New York Fashion Week, that feature an ode to the decade that keeps on inspiring.

So, scroll down to discover some modern updates, inspired by the hair trends from the 1990s. Scrunchie, anyone?!

’90s grunge hairstyles: The runway looks we’re loving

model with asian hair and roughed up bob on the runway wearing a patterned outfit
The beanie and the bob. Credit:

Beanie hair

Ah, the beanie: how we love you, especially with a bitter winter chill still in the air. Not only a functional fashion choice, this look (when paired with a lob or bob) is the ultimate grunge hairstyle, that’s also ridiculously easy to pull off!

Editor’s tip: Try giving your mane a periodic application of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Deep Treatment Masque to tame any frizz, before brushing your hair and placing your beanie on your head. It doesn’t get much simpler than this one!

model with brown hair and a choppy pixie cut on the runway wearing a leather jacket
Choppy pixie are back in a big way. Credit:

Choppy pixie

The ’90s was all about dramatic pixie cuts, donned by many icon musicians and actors. An ode to simplicity, this look is still a powerhouse that can be a combined with long bangs, side swept layers, or even shaved sides!

Now, we especially love this NYFW look, as it has really ramped up the grunge factor, by cutting the fringe at choppy angles, giving off tonnes of attitude.

model with long brunette hair worn in a middle parted hair in '90s grunge hairstyle on the runway
Does it get more ’90s than the middle parting?! Credit:

Middle partings

On the opposite side of the hair spectrum are the long ’90s hairstyles, that were defined by their straight middle partings. Now, this is a controlled hairstyle, so you’ll need a wide-tooth comb to help create your sharp parting.

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Editor’s tip: If you’re willing to go the extra mile to nail this retro look, we suggest applying some TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray to your hair, before creating loose waves using a curling wand, or, alternatively, using a round brush and your hairdryer to create small, effortless-looking waves.

'90s grunge hairstyles on model with blonde wavy bob wearing a black top and green trousers
Go longer with a wavy lob. Credit:

Wavy lob

Not confident to chop all your locks into an ultra short pixie? No matter, because the revived ’90s look also features a firm fashion favourite: the lob. The ideal go-between length for short hair newbies, this ‘do is also the perfect way to give your long bob a little upgrade, with tonnes of added texture!

Editor’s tip: To get the look, simply apply some TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray onto your damp hair, scrunching your tresses with your fingers as you create a loose wave.

blonde haired model with hidden braids on the runway wearing a patterned black outfit
Hidden braids will be your new fave style. Credit:

Hidden braids

Now, not only does this runway look incorporate many of the ’90s grunge traits we’ve mentioned above (texture, waves, and a middle parting), but it also has one extra styling addition. Don’t worry if you can’t spot the difference in this look, because the hidden braids are, well, hidden!

Want to get this ‘do? Then use a wide-tooth comb as you work section-by-section to comb your hair upwards, creating volume.

Do this all the way around your head until you achieve the height that you’re digging, before releasing your strands and choosing the spot to weave your hidden braid – trust us, you’ll have a perfectly styled mane from all angles!


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