The ’90s are back and that’s a good thing, especially when talking about ’90s hair! One of our favorite looks for those with medium to long hair from this era is possibly the grungy, messy bob. As anyone who’s seen this trend the first time around in the 1990s knows, throwback hairstyles work best with a bit of a tweak—and for grunge hair, this can mean a cleaner, more streamlined cut, more deliberately blunted layers, and better-performing products! (No more using chalky wax formulas!)
Plaid shirts, brown lipstick, and Pacific Northwest rock notwithstanding, here are ways to ace that grungy hair vibe and yes, get with what truly is the biggest of #moods. Read on and get inspired (or not… whatever):
1. Loose Waves
Channel your inner ’90s babe with these natural, air-dried waves. These messy tangled curls nail that effortless ease that comes with any grunge style.
Make a bold statement with a two-toned color story. This short choppy style is unarguably an iconic ’90s style.
3. Center-Parted and Tucked
When in doubt, throw your curls into a center part and tuck the very fronts behind your ears. This ’90s sitcom actress favorite is a not-so-subtle nod to the decade of grunge.
4. Long, Springy Curls
The secret to springy curls is a hair mousse that adds volume and definition. Run Dove Style + Care Volume Amplifier Mousse through your curls for instant oomph.
5. Messy Space Buns
Grunge marries one of the biggest trends of the ’90s with this messy style. Give your space buns a grungy spin by leaving your fringe loose in the front.
6. Inky Purples and Blues
The ’90s were all about moody hues and grungy vibes. What better way to nail that energy than with an inky purple hair color?
This all-over bleached look makes quite the statement.
8. Hot Pink
Highlighter pink was the hue of the decade!
9. Air-Dried Bobs
Take a break from your hot tools and take the wash-and-wear bob for a spin.
10. Long and Matte
Spritz your straight hair with Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray to achieve this matte look.
Take the plunge and get rid of the ends that are keeping you from this iconic ’90s lob length.
Skip the volume and try this flat-top, limp style.
13. High Ponytails
Pull all of your hair (or just a small section on top) forward to create this waterfall ponytail.
14. Nouveau Pin-Up Bangs
This short fringe style has the ’90s written all over it.
Crimped hair of any length and style was one of the hottest ways to wear your strands in the ’90s.
This is another style that works with hair of every length and texture! Throw a beanie on for an easy nod to the ’90s.