Our favourite 1970s hairstyles from The Get Down

Jeanette | 05 September 2016

Get down, get down!

The highly anticipated Netflix Original series The Get Down finally debuted last week, and everyone – including us here at the All Things Hair HQ – has been talking about it. Firstly, because it’s produced by mega director Baz Luhrmann, the father of hip-hop DJ Grandmaster Flash and the legendary MC Nas. And secondly (and more importantly) because of the amazing 1970s hairstyles on the show.

While we’ve been keenly following Luhrmann’s story of the birth of hip-hop, it was really the #tbt-worthy, inspirational vintage ‘dos that really caught our attention. So, with that in mind (plus the fact that we’re just plain obsessed with Netflix‘s new series), we’ve put together our favourite hairstyles from the show, so you can Get Down and recreate them yourself.

Our favourite 1970s hairstyles from The Get Down


1970s hairtsyles: Yolanda power afro the get down
1970s hairstyles: Yolanda working her power afro (left). Credit: Courtesy of Netflix

Yolanda’s power afro

With the rise of civil rights and feminist movements, the ’70s saw the birth of the power afro. Natural 1970s hairstyles are all about embracing and celebrating your hair, no matter its texture or curl pattern. So, really, The Get Down wouldn’t be complete without representing Yolanda’s proud afro – great au naturel ‘do for curly, coily and kinky-haired ladies the world over.

To recreate this look:

  1. Begin by prepping your natural hair with the LOC, LOCO or LCO method (liquid, oil and cream). For the liquid section, try a leave-in conditioner spray, like the TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray (£16.45*). It helps rehydrate hair, tame frizz, while also leaving it feeling super soft! Then for your oil and cream sections, try the Dove Advanced hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment (£6.99*) and the Dove Advanced hair Series Quench Absolute Crème Serum (£6.99*). 

2. Once you’ve applied your products, gently finger-comb your ‘fro in an upward movement to help create your gravity-defying afro.

3. Use an afro pick to gently comb out/fluff out your afro (this will help give it more height and volume!).

4. If you want a neat look, softly pat the ends of your afro to create a neat halo of hair.

1970s hairtsyles: The get down girls cast 1970s hairstyles
1970s hairstyles: Mylene’s glam disco ‘do (centre). Credit: Courtesy of Netflix

Mylene’s disco side-swept curls

A large part of The Get Down plot is about the musical move from the glamorous disco scene, into a much grittier hip-hop culture – and Mylene’s side-swept ‘do just epitomises ’70s glam. The show’s protagonist may have worn it to boogie at Les Inferno, but you know what, this 1970s hairstyle wouldn’t look out of place on today’s red carpet, either.

To recreate this look:

  1. Before styling, spray your hair with the VO5 Smoothly Does It Heat Protect Spray (£3.99*), as this will help guard your hair against heat damage.

2. Take 1-2 inches of hair and use a large-barrel tong to curl your tresses. Do this until you’ve completely curled your whole head of hair.

3. Once you’ve done this, gently finger comb your curls and sweep your hair to one side.

4. Use bobby pins just behind your ear and near the nape of the neck to hold your hair in place. Finish the look off with a generous dose of TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray (500ml, £4.99*) to help hold your side-swept ‘do in place while you disco dance the night away.

1970s hairtsyles: Myleene Yolanda Regina in The Get Down
1970s hairstyles: Recreate Regina’s Farrah-inspired ‘do (far right). Credit: Courtesy of Netflix

Regina’s retro curls

When most people think about iconic 1970s hairstyles, Farrah Fawcett’s golden curls and flicked-out layers is what often comes to mind. We love how Regina from The Get Down subtly draws inspiration for her hairstyle from Farrah’s ‘do. See below to discover how to get her bouncy mane!

To recreate this look:

  1. Create a middle parting and spray your clean hair with a heat protectant, like the Toni&Guy Prep Heat Protection Mist (£6.99*). 

2. Now, take a 1-2 inch section of hair, and use a large-barrel tong to curl it (roughly midway down the hair shaft).

3. Working in small sections, continue doing this until you’ve curled all of your hair, then lightly comb the curls with your fingers.

4. Finish with a spritz of the TRESemmé Runway Collection Make Waves Creation Hairspray (£5.99*) to help keep your curls looking full and bouncy all night long.

Which one of these 1970s hairstyles from The Get Down is your favourite? Or if the disco decade isn’t your thing, then why not check out our vintage hairstyles page for more retro hair inspiration!

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