70s Hairstyles: 10 Groovy Retro Looks Trending Everywhere

Get into the groove with these styles.

It’s the era of disco, bell bottoms, roller skates, 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.

’70s Hairstyles to Try Now

Read on to check out some of our favorite ’70s hairstyles that you can try:

1. Feathered Front

70s inspired feathered front
A 70-inspired feathery look.

The most quintessential ’70s hairstyle is the feathered haircut. The “feathers” were actually just constructed layers that were cut into the front of the hair. Use a large-barrel curling iron to get the feathered look 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

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Long, sleek, and parted was THE look of the ’70s.

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

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Extra layers for an extra shaggy look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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 hair spray, like TRESemmé One Step Volume 5-in-1 Volumizing Mist, and scrunch for wavy textured hair.

4. The Afro

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Embrace your natural hair with an 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.

5. Pageboy

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A modern iteration of the bob is the ’70s pageboy.

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 cortain side bangs to keep things looking modern.

6. Voluminous Curls

'70s hairstyles we love: big bouncy curls
Big bouncy curls can totally make their way into your modern look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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

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We love a romantic curtain bang. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

8. Long, Side Swept Hair

Live the 70s tv show look Photo by Yehor Milohrodskyi

This gorgeous 70s TV show inspired look is a classic, timeless look that can be worn through many eras and decades over time. Keep your locs looking extra shiny and sleek with a spray such as  Nexxus Maxximum Finishing Mist.

9. Cropped Cut

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This cropped cut gives all the volume you need. Photo by Documerica on Unsplash

Looking for a cool chic haircut that screams nostalgia? We love this cropped haircut paired with soft curls or waves. This hairstyle looks especially great when paired with curtain bangs or layers.

10. Bangs Haircut with Flipped Ends

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Flipped ends to elevate your bangs Photo by Alessia C_Jpg on Unsplash

Bumped ends never looked so good! Elevate your straight cut with flipped or bumped ends which can be achieved with rollers after a hair wash, or that can be achieved with a flat iron.

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