The romantic era of the ’70s was all about freedom, which includes a variety of colors and eclectic looks. The prevalence of Bohemian fashion also famously sparked the hairstyles in the ’70s. It was the groovy years wherein they didn’t keep things simple. Everything feathered and teased. Actually, it’s one of those really admirable decades that ignited such influence to the beauty culture today.
The Most Iconic Hairstyles In The ’70s!
Without further a due, let’s round up the most celebrated ’70s hairstyles! And take inspiration from the celebrity borrowed-from-the-seventies red carpet looks.
#1. The Shag Hairstyle
It’s the moment of when actress Jane Fonda stepped out of a salon that gave birth to the currently trending ‘shag.’ The shaggy hair is both sported by men and women, and for all, we know it was the hairstyle that made men instantly sexy! David Cassidy is perhaps the most iconic teen-heartthrob sporting the shag haircut.
The shag haircut is all about layers of various lengths. The layers progress from the shortest at the top of the head down to the longest at the bottom. You may think it’s sorta rockish and that may not be your thing. But, this trendy haircut is actually a ‘babe’ style, —just made edgier for modern fashionistas.
Take inspiration from Alexa Chung and Taylor Swift who both made us love this hairdo again! You can go from the mod and classy to not overly done mussy shag with choppy ends. Then, freshen your hair with gorgeous highlights or the currently trending ash brown hair color! Pro Tip: Accentuating the layers is crucial. Apply a soft-hold mousse into your towel-dried hair, focusing on coating the layers. Followed by working your way to shape up the waves into place. You can air-dry or use a diffuser for drying and style it the way you want with a curling wand. Make sure to follow the direction of the hair when curling it to achieve a natural-looking result.
#2. The Straight Hair With Sleek Center Part
Straight hair’s sleek appeal is pretty convenient if you’ve been way too busy maintaining a hairstyle that requires volume and shape. This hairstyle is more characterized as Bohemian, —it’s all about the natural, effortless look. Ali MacGraw is perhaps the most iconic celebrity for her long, straight brown locks in a tearjerker 1970 film. It looks minimalist, classy, and hardly ever goes out of style.
The combination of long straight hair with a center part can always lead to blocking your sight. But hey! You can simply tuck it behind your ears to allow you to flaunt your statement earrings. Of course, we want to help you look like someone who has her life figured out!
All jokes aside, there may have been lots of changes in the gospels of hair, but this shiny straight hair with middle part hasn’t left the trend for years. It’s so versatile to play with! Update it with ash brown balayage, color-melt or give the ends some drama with ombre!
#3. The Feathered Cut
The retro feathered haircut is it looks so feminine on women, and really sexy on men. This excessive layering hairstyle with a center parting or with bangs, continuous to slay in the fashion department since the ’70s. Farrah Fawcett was responsible for its popularity. Nowadays, there are variations of feathered to try out! Check Eva Longoria and Jessica Biel’s modern take to feathered cut. Try it with ‘in curls’ and ‘out curls’ at the edges! Another reason that gives the ’70s trendsetter feathered cut the upper hand is it creates a beautiful symmetry, and it frames the face in a lovely way. Women with luscious natural thick waves benefit well with this classic, if not a more contemporary haircut. Perhaps, opting for long side bangs can add the charm and bring all the attention to your sparkling eyes. I call it blatant seduction to fall in love with!
Pro tip: Ideally, if the hair is chopped into ‘feathered’ correctly, it won’t a lot of trouble to maintain, especially the rock- chic look. It’s up to you how you want to part your hair when it’s about 90% dry. Followed by texturing it and scrunching it. Spray it with some volumizer or use a mousse to add some dense to your hair. Comb it gently to keep the shape.
#4. The Pageboy Haircut
None about the name sounds sexy, nor interesting. Before it was a hit in the ’70s, it was popular in the ’50s. When you see it, you’d be reminded of the parents who enjoyed turning their kids into ‘pudding-basins.’ Its most distinguishing feature was the bangs comb towards the face. It’s a longer version of bob cut but with a trademark fringe inspired by ’50s pinup legend Bettie Page.
For a while, the ‘pageboy’ hairstyle (which is originally a medieval haircut) stopped sweeping publicity. But, when Joanna Lumley brought it back in the ’70s, the universalized ‘pageboy’ cut is well-trimmed blunt fringe and rounded bob. You have to do some serious cutting to ensure it leads to a rather clean and sexy look. If you want this hairstyle to shake up your look, check Rihanna’s sleek pageboy bob cut.
#5. Long Hair With Brow-Skimming Bangs
The bangs are banging! It doesn’t seem like it will ever go out of style. Oh! I just mentioned brow-skimming bangs, except this one, ain’t cut shaped like ‘bowl.’ Rather, it mimics Cleopatra’s famously blunt bangs that downright sassy. The ’70s bangs also owe its fame from actress Jane Birkin and incomparable boho songstress Joni Mitchell. Both are iconic for their long, straight lob and messy bangs that looks natural and effortless.
Sandra Bullock is perhaps the A-list stars who brought back the most influential set of bangs. The stunning actress debuted with some layered brow-skimming bangs to her dark brown locks. Never underestimate the power of full-on fringes for long hair. The simple chop both be sweet-looking to sultry and oh-so next door since it’s meant to draw attention to the eyes. Also, you don’t have to forgo a voluminous blow-dry to have a full-fringe.
#6. The Wedge Haircut
In the 1970s, iconic figure skater Dorothy Hamill not only set the standards in figure skating, but her short hairstyle was also an instant hit. An athlete pioneered and turned a simple short hair into a free-flowing, spontaneous hairdo! Hamill’s contemporary wedge signature hair is still being sported by the younger generation today, — amp with a few modern touches.
The wedge hairstyle has its variations. The classic looks a bit similar to a biker’s helmet. Apart from Hamil’s classic wedge cut, those with frizzy, and waves benefit from the haircut too with this bedhead version.
The wedge haircut might be the answer if you’re looking for something chic but age-appropriate hairstyle. It’s a short, fuss-free, almost no-maintenance, and chic bob cut with sweeping bangs. The angled layers that hung above the shoulder is a carefree hairstyle that is perfect for mature women. See Catherine Bell’s new take to the wedge haircut. It was styled with a bit of disheveling, —certainly a fresh and sexy look we all adore.
#7. The Dreadlocks
The dreadlocks have been around for ages. Now, it’s among the most influential hairstyles since it sprang. The strong influence of Jamaican and Rastafarian culture in the ’70s introduced it to us. Thanks to the legendary music star, Bob Marley. The ropelike braids became the coolest hairstyle to ever exist. The exotic hairstyle continued ’till the hype of the Hip-hop culture in the ’90s.
Through the years, many hairstylists have given these dreads a linear evolution. Nowadays, every race of every gender on earth sport this hairstyle. The ability of the dreads to stay trendy is impeccable, surviving for thousands of years. A-list celebs such as Zendaya, Shakira, and Ciara pointed out that dreadlocks are more than just one aspect of a stereotype. And just like in the ’70s whoever rocks it has taken it on as a personal style.
Pro tip: The ‘dread-care’ involves washing it once every three days to a week with a residue-free dreadlock shampoo. Conditioners and scented shampoos are not advisable because they may leave residues into locks, you don’t want that. The most important step in washing the locks is rinsing it thoroughly. It’s also recommended to apply locking accelerator to tighten the dreads and keep them conditioned and nourished.
#8. The Disco Curls
It’s been over three decades since we’ve seen this ’70s glamorous blowout hair. It was the decade of free expression, diversity, weirdness, and some serious disco hair. A hair styled in a huge cloud of tight ringlets, finished with clothes decked in sparkling frills, and bold green eye makeup. At the peak of Jerry Hall’s career in the ’70s, her massive luscious locks inspired many women to let the natural wave of their hair guide their style.
The style isn’t dead yet. You can give it a modern touch by keeping the curls in order and the volume. Amp the look with a nice peach or cherry lippie, and you’re ready.
As of yet, we don’t see this party diva hair sweeping awards in the trend scene. But, we admire how Gwen Stefani and Solange Knowles rocked a bouncy disco diva hair with a side-parting. It kind of reminds us of the ’70s disco days. Other celebrities sported this a toned down version of this 70s-inspired hairstyle.
#9. Small Braids In Hair (Bohemian)
It’s not difficult to notice whereby the world changed its view towards the hippies. Back in the ’70s, their free-spirited lifestyle and stand against conformity are mocked. Years later, the Bohemian look became a mainstream fashion with styles present in every catwalk and fashion magazine. The young bohemian women created the tiny braids that they blend into the rest of their hair.
Up to this day, the tiny braids are still an exceptionally cool. The tiny braids are so cool it’s been a regular look on the red carpet. Instagram influencers showcased their versions of this hairstyle topped with a gorgeous flower crown. One of the fun styles includes creating braid chains starting at the front head. Then, the braid continues all the way to the back and pin it. Give it a go!
#10. The Afro Hairstyle
It’s the result of the black female jazz singers and dancers conclusion to ‘get real’ and break free from the prejudiced Eurocentric beauty standards. They ultimately gave their racial pride the justice it deserves by letting their natural thick curls stand out. Black women, particularly, college students close-cropped their thick hair.
Over time, the cropped hair evolved into a large round shape. No other person was more popular with this look than Angela Davis. Soon, after, more women abandoned hair straightening. Afro represented a celebration of freedom from the black community norms. The natural hair texture became a recognizable style, and into the iconic cool ‘party’ hair we know today.
Pro Tip: The goal is to keep the hair and scalp cleansed without affecting the curls. For the hair texture’s health, you only need to wash it once or twice a week with a moisture-boosting shampoo and conditioner. Moreover, unlike most women with thick hair, Afro is best air-dried. In the case of tangles, use a leave-on detangler to make it manageable.
#11. Super Long Waves
The hairstyle is a natural flow of large curls with large volume. It’s not as massive as the disco curls nor as short as Farah Fawcett’s shag. But, the hair will remind you of the romantic flicks of women dressed in medieval age dresses or the Viking period. And let’s admit that it surely looks sultry. No wonder why most celebrities in the ’70s with this hair are sex symbols.
There’s something really sexy about long, thick hair with large curls draping down past the shoulders. Maybe because the flow of the waves accentuates the face making it look soft? These soft tendrils of hair are quite complimentary to any face shape. The style is easy to pull off with the help of proper care of the wavy tresses. You only need to use the proper hair care products to maintain the beautifully immense volume and shine.
#12. The Cornrow (Baby Braids)
The ancient traditional African style of hair grooming is timeless. It will surely continue its reign. The person famed in rocking the look in the ’70s is a white female, —Bo Derek. She became an instant sex symbol after sporting cornrows, adorned with beads on the ends. Soon after, many women began to copy Derek’s hairstyle. It’s not only a standout beach look that is sure to make waves but can also look glamorous on any occasions.
Three decades later, different variations of Bo’s look resurfaced. Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, even Kim K rocked this ’70s look. Among the most elegant are the long braids, the side swept braids, long, thin cornrows with a center part and the long ponytail with thick cornrow braids. If you want your cornrows to look upbeat and ‘spunky,’ color it burgundy!
#13. The Classic Hippie With Braided Headband
No other hairstyles will remind you more of the ’70s than the braided headbands, especially beaded ones that hippies wear. In fact, it’s so widely known that kids know what decade they were created. Hippie girls pair it with colored sunglasses. They also decorate their hair with feathers or flowers. Some even decorate their braided bands with seashells for a truly authentic beach design. The style, however, calls for long, teased hair and lots of texture, —often loose waves.
To achieve the look, lather some mousse or gel to your damp hair and blow dry it. Using a curling iron, make delicate ringlets and slip on the headband. You may also use from hairspray to make the look last all day. Fix the headband in place. Add turquoise accessories, natural-looking makeup. Or you may go bold with eyeshadows, and dark lipstick for a truly hippie and sexy vibe.
#14. The Bandana (Scarf Around The Head) Hairstyles
Personally, Bandana hairstyles are gorgeous! They’re surely no passing fancy. Back in the ’70s, trendsetters wear bandanas as hairbands. It was very common for the retro women to wear messy updos with the bandana as headbands. Any hair type, texture, color, and length can rock the look in different ways. There are many ways to wear them apart from the standard carefully folded, wrapped around the head, and tied in the back.
Goldie Hawn (picture above) presents her vintage bandana hairdo with the 1960’s flair. The lightly messy look with her puffing ponytail at the back of her hair looks stunning with the wide bandana. You can sort the same borrowing modern versions from singers, Lara del Ray, Adele, and Katie Perry. Amp the look with the classic full bangs, or you can go for the side-swept bangs, instead.It’s a style often worn by Hippies, rock fans and bikers. Women with thin hair wear this on flowing hair. The favorite of the most is the 3’’ wide bandana tied around long wavy hair with a center parting, with the folded bandana pointing towards the forehead.
From half-up/half-down, flip style, to tiny high ponytails! More of the ’70’s hairstyle below for your inspo!