Grunge Hair: It’s a #Mood

Serena Norr | 05 April 2019
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Grunge is back with a modern update.

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

grunge hair loose waves
Natural, air-dried (almost tangly!) curls were the look of the decade.

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.

2. Two-Toned

grunge hair two-toned
High-contrast hair was a sign of the times.

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

grunge hair center parted tucked
First generation #iwokeuplikethis. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

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

grunge hair springy curls
Unblended curly layers with a touch of mousse? Yas!

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.

DOVE STYLE+CARE VOLUME AMPLIFIER MOUSSE

 5. Messy Space Buns

grunge hair messy space buns
Make sure to leave those fringe pieces loose for the full effect.

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

grunge hair inky purples and blues
The moodier the color, the better.

The ’90s were all about moody hues and grungy vibes. What better way to nail that energy than with an inky purple hair color?

7. Platinum

grunge hair platinum
All-over bleached hair gave a look some cred. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

This all-over bleached look makes quite the statement.

8. Hot Pink

grunge hair hot pink
The more D.I.Y. looking, the more legit!

Highlighter pink was the hue of the decade!

9. Air-Dried Bobs

grunge hair air-dried bobs
Arguably the best thing to come out of the ’90s? Wash-and-wear bobs. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

Take a break from your hot tools and take the wash-and-wear bob for a spin.

10. Long and Matte

grunge hair long and matte
Sea salt spray on straight hair gets you there. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

Spritz your straight hair with Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray to achieve this matte look.

BED HEAD BY TIGI QUEEN BEACH SALT INFUSED TEXTURE SPRAY

 

11. Lob-Length

grunge hair lob lengths
The most iconic length of the era is one that grazed shoulders (better for all that ear-tucking).

Take the plunge and get rid of the ends that are keeping you from this iconic ’90s lob length.

12. Flat

grunge hair flat
Yup, limp, intentionally stringy hair was most definitely a thing. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

Skip the volume and try this flat-top, limp style.

13. High Ponytails

grunge hair high ponytails
The updo du jour.

Pull all of your hair (or just a small section on top) forward to create this waterfall ponytail.

14. Nouveau Pin-Up Bangs

grunge hair nouveau pin-up bangs
The rockabilly fringe makes for a DOUBLE throwback!

This short fringe style has the ’90s written all over it.

15. Crimped

grunge hair crimped
Tight crimps added that extra something, for sure.

Crimped hair of any length and style was one of the hottest ways to wear your strands in the ’90s.

16. Beanies

grunge hair beanies
The hair accessory to cop. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

This is another style that works with hair of every length and texture! Throw a beanie on for an easy nod to the ’90s.

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