32 Iconic ’90s Hairstyles That Haven’t Lost Their Charm

It's time to jump back on board with these '90s hairstyles!

It’s official, ’90s hairstyles have come full circle! With a host of A-listers opting for throwback styles – scrunchie anyone? We have seen modern versions of Baby Spice’s pigtails, the iconic Rachel cut and even crimped hair has made a comeback.

So, if you want to relive your youth or see the ’90s hairstyles that are being modernised by the likes of Gigi Hadid and Blake Lively, simply keep scrolling…

The Rachel

90s hairstyles: Jennifer Aniston with shoulder length highlighted red brown hair in the iconic rachel haircut
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Of course, we had to kick-start our popular hairstyles in the 1990s with the iconic Rachel cut. Friends fans will already be familiar with this voluminous, shoulder-length look worn by Jennifer Aniston in the hit TV show. Check out those chunky highlights, too. Credit: @cineytvfans

The ’90s Pixie Cut

Winona Ryder in the 90s with short pixie haircut
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If you’re looking for ’90s pixie hair inspo, look no further than Winona Ryder’s cropped mane. At the time, Linda Evangelista also had a similar, tousled cut.

Dreamlover Curls

90s hairstyles: Mariah Carey with naturally curly brown hair with side bangs wearing a pink dress
We are still obsessed with this ’90s style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The only way to be a heartbreaker (get it?) in the ’90s was to wear Mariah Carey style curls. Her highlighted brown curls and side fringe was her signature style before the noughties hit.

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


Sarah Jessica Parker with big, loose blonde curls in the '90s
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Sarah Jessica Parker’s ’90s ringlets become her signature look both on and off-screen!

Poetic Justice Box Braids

90s hairstyles: Janet Jackson box braids from Poetic Justice movie wearing a black beret and hoop earrings
The box braid OG. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Making her acting debut in the ’90s movie, Poetic Justice, Janet Jackson’s thick box braids were (and still are) a legendary look.

The ’90s love for box braids didn’t stop there, as Stacey Dash’s character Dionne from Clueless (obvs) championed the look, too.

Micro Box Braids

Jada Pinkett Smith with micro bob braids on the set of set it off
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Micro braids were also a ’90s fave! From Brandy to Jada Pinkett Smith, every famous black celebrity at the time gave this style a go.

Baby Spice Pigtails

90s hairstyles: Emma Bunton long straight blonde hair in pigtails eating a lollipop
Pigtails will certainly spice up your life. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Girl bands ruled in the ’90s, so naturally, we had to turn to our fave pop group Spice Girls for hair inspiration.

Emma Bunton’s (AKA Baby Spice) pigtails were the go-to look for our primary school years, and it seems not much has changed as stars like Vanessa Hudgens are often spotted with a revamped style.

Low Pigtails

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie with pigtails
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Another example of pigtails in action, this time on Sex and the City’s star Sarah Jessica Parker.

’90s Chunky Highlights

Geri Halliwell in the '90s with ginger and blonde chinky highlights
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Another Spice Girl who we got our hair inspo from? Ginger Spice! Back in the 1990s, Geri Halliwell experimented with chunky front highlights (aka e-girl hair).

Wispy Bangs

Piecey, wispy bangs like these ones were all the rage in the ’90s.

’90s Supermodel Blowout

90s hairstyles: Cindy Crawfod big '90s blowout on brown highlighted hair. Cindy is wearing a red camisole dress and red lipstick
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We saw plenty of BIG hair in the ’80s so it’s no surprise that the style continued to dominate throughout the ’90s. While big blowout styles were most notably seen on supermodels such as Claudia Schiffer and Helena Christensen, no one done it quite so big as Cindy Crawford.

Editor’s tip: If your tresses are not packing supermodel volume, fake it with the help of the Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo.

Aaliyah’s Deep Swoop

90s hairstyles: Aaliyah dark brown straight hair in deep side parting with swooping fringe
We’ve been back and forth with our love for this hairstyle. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Aaliyah had some pretty great hairstyles and this deep swoop side fringe has to be her most recognisable style. Keeping her locks poker straight with a glossy sheen, Aaliyah had everyone styling their tresses in a deep side parting and smoothing their hair along their face for a faux fringe finish.

Flipped Ponytail With Swoop

You can’t talk about ’90s hairstyles without mentioning this iconic look. Defined by its sleek swoop and a high ponytail with flipped out ends, this gorgeous hairstyle was a fave then and still reigns supreme in 2021.

Claw Clip

With celebs like Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber and Bella Hadid rocking this throwback hair accessory, it’s safe to say the humble claw clip of the ’90s is here to stay.

Butterfly Clips

Kirsten Dunst with messy bun updo with butterfly clips
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You can’t talk about ’90s hairstyles without mentioning butterfly clips! This ’90s staple was the hair accessory to own and you could wear it with any hairstyle. We personally love this messy bun and butterfly clip ‘do!

Half-Up Twists

This half-twisted hairstyle was also a fave, worn for picture days and on the red carpet by stars like Alicia Silverstone and Kirsten Dunst. Usually, this cute look would be finished off with some pretty hair clips.

Wispy Updos

Kate Moss in the '90s with a sleek low bun with wispies
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Nineties girls loved leaving two wispy bits of hair out in the front, especially when wearing messy or polished updos. If it’s good enough for Kate Moss…

Princess Hair

Woman with bun updo hairstyle
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Every ’90s film had a prom moment, where princess-worthy updos like this one, would take centre stage.

Straight Hair

 Naomi Campbell on the Valentino runway with straight long hair
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Naomi Campbell is another British supermodel we couldn’t stop obsessing over in the ’90s. Her love for long straight hairstyles both on and off the runway, as evidenced here, inspired us all.

Editor’s tip: If you plan on recreating a sleek look, don’t forget to set it with the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray!

Flipped Hair

Drew Barrymore with flipped platinum blonde bob in the '90s
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The humble bob became one of the must-have styles of the ’90s thanks to Drew Barrymore. Wearing her blonde bob with distinctive flipped out ends, Drew became the poster girl for those wanting a more off-beat hairstyle.

Half-Up Hair With Scrunchie

Danielle Fishel from Boy Meets World with half-up, half-down scrunchie hairstyke
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Hands up who used to own a hair scrunchie back in the day? Loved by the likes of Britney Spears and Danielle Fishel, every ’90s babe always had one (or two) at hand.

Bantu Knots

Asides from box braids, the protective hairstyle R&B and hip-hop female artists were loving were Bantu knots.

’90s Layers

Danielle Fishel with layered long blonde hair on the red carpet
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Face-framing layers, anyone? If you’re ever looking for haircut inspo, just look at this picture of Danielle Fishel. Her gorgeous, shoulder-length layers add movement and bounce to her mane.

’90s Crimps

Tia Carrere with long crimped hair in the '90s
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Can’t decide if crimping is for you? Well, back in the ’90s everyone was rocking this quirky trend. For a more subtle take on it, just look to Tia Carrere for inspiration!

Bandana Mania

Jennifer Lopez with bejewelled bandana hairstyle in the early 2000s
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When you want to channel the ’90s and early ’00s, grab a bandana, fold it in half and tie it around your head.


Cast of Clueless in the 90s wearing headbands
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If you’re wondering where Blair Waldorf got her headband obsession from, this might give you a clue! This preppy look from Clueless is a ’90s staple we can still get behind.

Blunt Long Bob

Britney Spears with blunt cut long bob
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While you might think Kim Kardashian West started this trend, Britney Spears first debuted this iconic blunt lob in the ’90s.

Pink Hair

Kate Moss with pink hair in the '90s on the Versace runway
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For Donatella Versace’s spring ’99 collection, Kate Moss’ hair was dyed this dreamy pink colour. Since then, the love for pink hair hasn’t stopped.

Our Favourite ’90s Hairstyles

Want more inspiration? Just check out the ’90s hairstyles we’re crushing on and find out how to get them.

Wispy Updo

Wear this hairstyle to work or even on a date for a nod to the ‘90s hair trend.

Baby Spice Hair

This look is perfect for a summer party or festival!

Half-Up Hair With Scrunchie

Nothing screams ‘90s hairstyles more than a scrunchie hair accessory.

Snap Clips

Give off preppy vibes with classic ’90s-inspired snap clips.

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