35 1990s Hairstyles That Are Still Hella Fly!

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Written by Rachel Miller

Updated: May 14, 2024

If you think 1990s hairstyles have gone out of style, we’ve got one thing to say to you. 

As if!

So many 90s trends are coming back: crop tops, oversized shirts, the grunge aesthetic. And, more hair-related, we’re seeing tons of 90s hairstyles like sleek styles, pixie cuts, and braids, as well as throwback accessories like butterfly clips and scrunchies. These hairstyles are just as dope as they were back then and likely always will be! So let’s take a trip back in time and revisit our top 35 1990s hairstyles that are still hella fly!

#1. Sleek Straight Layers

Sleek Straight Layers

Get all those clean and polished vibes with sleek, straight layers. This timeless look is simple and stylish; even better, it can blend into any occasion, formal or casual. The sleek, straight layers bring volume and just a pinch of texture to straight hair, long or short, thick or thin. Use a flat iron and finish with shine serum to step up that sleek finish.

#2. Voluminous Curls

Voluminous Curls

Go big and bold with something classic to celebrate your natural texture with some 90s style! Voluminous curls are a playful and sophisticated look that takes things back to the denim-on-denim days with full-bodied, bouncy curls. You can get these curls by using a volumizing curl definer on your natural curls or by using hot rollers on straight hair.

#3. Tousled Pixie Cut

Tousled Pixie Cut 1

The tousled pixie cut is a cute and confident popular style from the 1990s. This trendy short style features tousled layers for playful texture and soft movement, with a slight elegant charm. Even better, this cut makes styling easy-breezy. All you have to do is brush and go or enhance the tousled look by scrunching or using texturizing spray. 

#4. Side Swept Bangs

Side Swept Bangs

Side-swept bangs are a simple way to level up any hairstyle, straight or wavy, long or short, all while bringing an undeniable 90s charm. These are asymmetrical bangs that still frame your face. And, depending on the style you pair it with, it can bring various vibes, from edgy to soft and romantic and beyond.

#5. Box Braids

Box Braids

Looking for a low-maintenance trendy hairstyle straight out of the 1990s? You need some box braids! Box braids are stylish small braids that give coarser hair a break from constant styling. These trendy braids take constant styling out of the equation but leave your options open to style them in different ways.

#6. Sleek Low Bun

Sleek Low Bun

Want something timeless, clean, and tidy that you can do in a snap? Go for a sleek low bun! This silky-smooth low bun is an easy and elegant updo for any occasion, and even better, you can do it in seconds. Pull all your hair back with a fine-tooth comb and twist it into a low bun, pinning it at the nape of your neck. You can also use gel for that super sleek look. 

#7. Layered Lob

Layered Lob

The layered lob is a long-loved style, perfect for renewing almost-wavy hair with full-bodied volume and texture for booted movement in straight hair. It also gives your face the perfect frame to complement your best features. Plus, this look gives all those 90s bob vibes, with a little more length for ultimate versatility.

#8. Middle Parted Straight Hair

Middle Parted Straight Hair

Need a look with all those neat and tidy vibes and a little upscale charm? Middle-parted straight hair is the perfect look for you. Short or long, super-seek straight hair is a simple yet sophisticated look. Enhance those glossy glam vibes by using a flat iron and shine serum.

#9. Curly Bob

Curly Bob

Bring your natural curls something fun and fashionable with a cute curly bob! This iconic cul is the ideal short curly cut, renewing your ringlets with better bounce and volume and bringing some playful personality with thick and thin hair alike. The bob’s frame also creates a slimmer-looking face, perfect for rounder and square face shapes.

#10. Choppy Layered Bob

Choppy Layered Bob

Looking to give your pin-straight hair some messy movement with a pinch of 90s edge? You need a choppy-layered bob. The choppy layers give the classy bob an edgy twist, adding volume and dimension to lifeless fine hair and giving it some serious movement for that effortlessly undone vibe inspired by those grunge looks of the 1990s.

#11. Slicked-Back Ponytail

Slicked Back Ponytail

Want something sleek and stylish? You’ve got to try a slicked-back ponytail. This versatile style is great for any occasion, formal or casual. It works well on all hair types but gives long, straight hair an exceptionally polished and trendy look. Use gel and a comb to slick your hair back into a ponytail. You can go for a high or low pony, depending on what suits you best.

#12. Twisted Half Updo

Twisted Half Updo

Twisted half-updos were all the rage in the 90s. And now, they’re back and ready for some summer fun!  This graceful and charming look works best on medium to long curls and waves for a whimsical vibe for any casual or semi-formal situation. All you have to do is twist some of your top sections to the back and pin them in place. Yep, it’s that easy!

#13. Cornrows

Cornrows

Braided styles like cornrows have been super-fly since the 90s and aren’t going anywhere soon! This is a great protective style you can adapt to your aesthetic, from that warrior woman look to boho-chic and beyond. You can even get creative with designs and patterns to add some irresistible individuality to this style.

#14. Curtain Bangs

Curtain Bangs

Looking for a trendy and youthful addition to your style? Get some curtain beings for a flawless and flirty finishing touch on any haircut–curly or straight, long or short! These versatile bangs create a complementary frame for all face shapes before seamlessly blending back into your haircut.

#15. French Twist

French Twist

The classic French twist was the go-to updo of the 90s. And like other quick, easy, and elegant styles, it’s stuck around! And for good reason! This style has it all. It’s classy and chic, works on almost any hair type that’s shoulder length or longer, and you can do it in under a minute! Simply create a ponytail, fold your hair upwards, tuck in the ends, and twist inwards, pinning in place.  Hit it with the hairspray to hold it in place, and you’re ready to bounce

#16. Halo Braid

Braided Crown

Nothing brings divine and distinguished vibes like a halo braid. This is a heavenly hairstyle you can wear anywhere! And the best part is that you’ll have some gorgeous waves when you take out the braid! Braid your hair right around your head, using the inverted braiding technique, and panckaking for more volume. Finally, secure it with bobby pins to hold it in place.

#17. Asymmetrical Undercut

Asymmetrical Undercut

Looking for something bold-as-brass but hella stylish? You need an edgy, asymmetrical undercut! This contemporary style goes right along with the 90s grunge aesthetic, with exuberant layering for feisty texture. You can spike it, curl it or leave it straight. It’s completely versatile. Plus, you can get creative with the undercut using a cool design.

#18. Wispy Short Layered Cut 

Wispy Short Layers

Fresh, fun, and fabulous—that’s how we describe the wispy, short-layered cut. This fun and youthful cut features short, wispy layers that pack your hair full of texture, making it ideal for fine hair that needs a little more life. This look is totally low-maintenance. Leave it simple or intensify the textured look with sea salt spray.

#19. High Top Fade

High Top Fade

The high-top fade became super trendy in the 90s. This high profile and slightly androgynous style keeps styling simple for tightly curled, kinky-coiled hair. The sides and back are faded for an eye-catching contrast to the high-volume top section, which showcases your beautiful curls.

#20. Braided Ponytail

Braided Ponytail

Looking for a long style that blends elegant and playful? You need a braided ponytail! This look was a huge red carpet trend in the 90s and remained timelessly trendy! All you have to do is slick your hair back into a tight, high ponytail using gel and a fine-tooth comb. Then, braid the ponytail all the way down, securing it at the bottom with a tiny elastic. 

#21. Layered Shag

Layered Shag

The layered shag first came onto the scene in the 70s but made a comeback in the 90s and has stuck around ever since. This edgy yet laidback look features shaggy layers that bring energized texture and movement for any hair type for a carefree style with classic rock vibes.

#22. Feathered Bangs

Feathered Bangs

Feathered bangs provide a light, airy lift for layered cuts and wavy styles for that extra 1990s flair. They’re perfect for giving any textured style a chillaxed look. They also give a soft, sleek look and a little movement. Either way, they’re super chic!

#23. Bantu Knots

Bantu Knots

Bold and Avant-garde, Bantu knots are 90s style that have come back like a boomerang! This unique and unexpectedly glam style works for any hair type, short to long. All you have to do is twist sections of your hair into small squares, twist them into tightly coiled knots, and secure them in place. You can even get creative with your sectioning for an extra artistic flair.

#24. Textured Bowl Cut

Textured Bowl Cut

Bowl cuts were super popular in the 1990s; now, they’re back and better than ever. But it’s not the kitchen-table bowl cut you’re thinking of. This one is bold, edgy, and modernized. The extra texture gives this look a little more razzle-dazzle, making it ideal for straight and wavy hair. You can also add an undercut for that extra dose of 90s flair. 

#25. Fishtail Braid

Fishtail Braid

Want something elegant and delicate with a dash of beachy-chic charm? Try a fishtail braid! This braid looks more intricate than the average French braid, making it more refined and romantic. It’s also very versatile. You can dress it up by adding it to an updo, dress it down by giving a more beachy vibe with tousled curls, or go all-out 90s with a chunky fishtail braid. 

#26. Messy Bun with Bangs

Messy Bun with Bangs

Nothing says effortless chic better than a messy bun. It’s the quintessential minimum-effort-maximum-slay style, with the bangs bringing a chic focus to your eyes while giving off a cute throwback vibe. All you have to do is pull your hair into a high bun and play with it for that perfectly undone look. Pull out a few wispy strands and slightly mess up your bangs for that 90s lived-in look.

#27. Faux Hawk

Faux Hawk

Mowhawks were a super trendy 90s hairstyle for that punk and grunge look. You can get a modernized and slightly softened version of that look with a flawless faux hawk. This spunky, short hairstyle is ideal for medium to thick hair of any texture, with a punky undercut and long, voluminous layers. Style with pomade for that classic faux hawk shape.

#28. Space Buns

Space Buns

Going for a gorgeous galactic style with all that 90s nostalgia? You need space buns! These playful buns are super easy for any hair that’s shoulder-length or longer.  Simply split your hair into two sections and twist each bank into high buns. Give it a shot of glitter for an extra dose of star power.

#29. Tapered Afro

Tapered Afro

Your natural texture is all that and a bag of potato chips! Show it off with a tasteful 90s tapered afro! The tapered undercut gives a bold and stylish contrast to the voluminous and textured top layers. Plus, the afro cut gives coils and kinky curls new life with better bounce and definition, which you can enhance with your favourite curl-defining cream. 

#30. Textured Pixie

Textured

A textured pixie is the perfect short style to give your aesthetic that 90s edgy-chic look. This cute and confident pixie features voluminous layers with a vibrant texture that renews thin or thick hair, giving all hair types flowing movement, with textured contrast bringing this style even more flair. Spike the top layers with pomade or styling cream to give your look that extra grungy glam.

#31. Long Layers with Side Bangs

Long Layers with Side Bangs

Long layers with side bangs are an effortlessly classic, versatile look that works on any hair type. The long, flowing layers create robust volume and luxurious movement. The side bangs create a timeless face frame with a sultry side-swept 90s vibe.

#32. Spiral Curls

Spiral Curls

Spiral curls were DA BOMB in the 1990s. And these high-volume and spring-loaded curls are coming back, bringing all that exuberant style to medium and long hair. All you need is a small curling iron. Or, if you really love these spunky spirals, you can also get a spiral perm! Use a curl-definer and frizz-free serum to keep your curls bouncy and beautiful.

#33. Sleek Chignon

Sleek Chignon

If you’re in a pinch and need something polished and elegant, there’s nothing better than a sleek chignon. This is another easy updo that was extremely popular in the 1990s and is great for straight or wavy hair for a little bit of sophistication. Pull all your hair back and create a low pony, securing the end with another tiny hair elastic. Roll the pony up and tuck the end into the elastic band of the ponytail, tucking and rolling up to create that classic chignon and pinning in place at the nape.  

#34. Wavy Lob with Bangs

Wavy Lob with Bangs

The wavy lob has been around for some time now, bringing waves a tsunami of style with revived volume, texture, and movement. Then, the soft bangs complete the lob’s flattering face frame while giving this look a nostalgic charm. You can bring a beachy look to this 90s hairstyle with some texture spray and tousling.

#35. Micro Braids

Micro Braids

Micro braids are a hella-cool hairstyle from the 90s that lets your hair flow long but in tiny intricate braids that are a little more versatile than typical box braids and cornrows. Given the small braiding, it’s easy to style micro braids in various ways, up or down! Plus, they offer coarse curls a protective style that lasts for weeks.


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