’70s Hairstyles: A Groovy Roundup of Standout Styles

Get into the groove with these styles.

It’s the era of disco, bell-bottoms, and really big hair, ’70s hairstyles have been a huge influence on some of our modern-day hairstyles—most notably seen in afros, voluminous curls and surprisingly sleek hairstyles. Whether you are looking for some Halloween hair inspiration or just looking 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:

'70s hairstyles feathered hair
A 70-inspired feathery look.

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.

'70s hairstyles Straight Center Part
Long, sleek and parted was THE look of the ’70s.

2. Straight Center Part

The total opposite of the voluminous feathered hair was the long and straight hairstyle. This usually 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.

'70s hairstyles: shaggy layers
Extra layers for an extra shaggy look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

'70s hairstyle cool afro
Embrace your natural hair with an afro.

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.

'70s hairstyles: pageboy
A modern iteration on the bob is the ’70s pageboy.

5. 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 swingier side bangs to keep things looking modern. For the ultimate sleek look start with wet hair and apply a dollop of Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Smooth & Shine Cream. Then get the curled-under style by blow-drying your hair with a round brush.

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

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.