It’s the era of disco, bell-bottoms, roller skates and all polyester everything, and ’70s hairstyles, with their really big flips and textures, have maintained their influence to this day on some of our modern-day looks. This influence is most notably seen in Afros, voluminous curls and surprisingly trending-to-this-day waves and middle parts.
Whether you’re looking for some costume inspiration or are just in for a blast from the past to wear for fun, we’ve collected some of the most popular haircuts from this groovy decade.
Read on to check out some of our favorite ’70s hairstyles that you can try:
1. Feathered Front
The most quintessential of all the ’70s hairstyles is the feathered haircut. The “feathers” were actually just constructed layers that were cut into the front of the hair. To get the feathered look, use a large-barrel curling iron and curl your hair away from the face. Tease for even more volume and then set the style with a strong-hold hairspray, like the Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray.
2. Straight Center Part
The total opposite of the voluminous feathered hair was the long and straight hairstyle. This usually was worn as a single-length cut with a center part that was typically adorned with flowers or a headband. For this style, it was definitely the longer the better. To re-create this look today, you can invest in a good flat iron, or look into a straightening treatment.
3. The Shag
The shag cut stayed around throughout the ’70s and ’80s before becoming a trend this year. We love 1970s short styles like the shag since it’s so versatile and effortlessly cool. To go for the ’70s style on your modern shag, you’ll need to add texture. Use a salt spray, like Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach Salt-Infused Texture Spray, and scrunch for wavy textured hair.
4. The Afro
The grooviest of all the ’70s hairstyles was the ‘fro. Worn on guys and girls alike, the ’70s afro was shaped into a halo around the head. We also love this look as a way to show off your gorgeous natural hair! Check out our guide on adding all volume to curls to get this ’70s look.
This sleek cut was worn in the ’70s for a short hair alternative. The pageboy of the ’70s had bangs that angled perfectly into the rest of the hair. For an updated pageboy look, try swingier side bangs to keep things looking modern.
6. Voluminous Curls
Voluminous curls were everything in the ’70s. To get these mega curls, use a set of hot rollers, or set your hair with some pin curls. Add extra volume by teasing the bottom sections of your hair for some serious lift. Finish with a mist of TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Extend Hold Level 4 Hair Spray to hold your curls.
7. Curtain Bangs
This look was one of the most iconic of the decade, and also easily lends its chic sensibilities to today. Best worn with single-toned, medium- to long hair, it’s both romantic and rock ‘n roll.