Hairstyles From The '90s You'll See Everywhere In 2023
Updated: Jan 14
The '90s was a decade of experimentation. Kids were being exposed to technology from a young age, television was at its prime, and the Internet was spreading its wings. Fashion and beauty were also pushing boundaries, with more questionable looks and unique takes on classics. The '90s were truly a defining era of culture and known as a decade of "relative of peace and prosperity," which is exactly the vibe we are hoping for in 2023 (via History).
'90s style has once again made its way around the revolving cycle of trends, invading the world with Y2K fashion and beauty fads once again thanks to Gen Z. Gen Z has found a fascination with the fashion and beauty trends of the '90s and early 2000s that many millennials have tried to distance themselves from. Hear us out though! Many of the hairstyles from the '90s and early aughts can actually be cute in 2023. As long as you re-create them correctly, they will have you reminiscing about the past while still looking your age. Get ready to wear your favorite childhood hairstyles again. We have curated 30 hairstyles from the '90s that are going to be everywhere in 2023.
Pigtails aren't just for kids anymore! Traditional pigtails are a great way to bring back an iconic '90s trend. Plus, it's a convenient hairstyle for keeping your hair out of your face.
Braided pigtails are a great way to add more depth to traditional pigtails. Britney Spears even wore the hairstyle in her "Baby One More Time" music video, which is a defining classic of the '90s.
Butterfly clips are a great way to keep your hair back and add a little fun to your look. They can be added to almost any hairstyle for an instant '90s flair. Bella Hadid is one of the many celebrities embracing butterfly clips, as she posted a picture of herself rocking the look on Instagram.
While bangs have never truly gone out of style, we expect bangs to become an "it-girl" hairstyle in 2023. Bangs were a hit in the 1990s as well, with many cool new stars wearing the look, such as Danielle Fishel in "Boy Meets World."
Space buns are a fun twist to the classic bun, and a hair trend that zoomed to the top due to the Spice Girls. A bun on each side of the head may have you looking a bit "out of this world," hence the name.
Loads of twists
Celebrities of the '90s loved hair twists, often twisting back their hair in multiple sections across the head. This is also a great hairstyle to add your butterfly clips to, as bridal hair artist @thebraidmaven shows us on Instagram.
The deep side part
Millennials are no strangers to the side part. The deep side part is expected to be back with vengeance in 2023, leaving one side with tons of volume. @melbellles on TikTok is hoping to bring back the '90s side part complete with a blowout and lots of layers.
Adding a bandana to your hairstyle can change your whole look. Once seen on '90s celebrities like Hillary Duff and the Olsen twins, we now see the look on TikTok stars such as Charli D'Amelio.
The middle part
The middle part is a favorite of Gen Z but was made popular by stars in the 1990s. The look is slick and chic so it's no wonder that it is a fan favorite. Hailey Bieber is one of the many modern-day celebrities that have been seen rocking the look on Instagram.
The zig-zag headband
Headbands are making waves in the fashion realm once again, but the zig-zag headband is a '90s classic. Pulling back some pieces of hair farther than others, the headband creates a zig-zag effect on your hair. Digital creator @georgina.gigi is a big fan of the look, showing others how she creates the effect in an Instagram reel.
Half-up, half-down hairstyles are both practical and adorable. They keep excess hair off your face, while still leaving some of the hair down and flowing. While Ariana Grande gave this style a boost on Instagram, the style was well loved by all our favorite '90s girls.
Hair beads are a great way to spice up any traditional hairstyle. Whether you attach them to the ends of your braids or sporadically place them throughout your hair, it will take your look to the next level. Hair beads even come in a variety of types, including acrylic beads, or "pony beads," which were some of the most popular in the 1990s and even considered a "holy grail" to many customers, according to Crown Couture.
Ponytail braids are no stranger to the trend game, popping up all over our Instagram feeds this year. The style isn't expected to go anywhere in 2023. This '90s look has been seen on stars such as Khloe Kardashian, whose hairstylist posted her rocking the look on Instagram.
The sure way to add definition to your face is by framing it with tendrils of hair. This hairstyle was popular on the red carpets and the streets alike back in the '90s. Face-framing hair is still a great look today, as seen on it-girl Charli D'Amelio as she poses for her Instagram.
The spiky bun
A staple of '90s hair was the spiky bun. To create a spiky bun, you first slick your hair back into a sleek ponytail, taming any flyaways. Then use another hair tie to secure the ponytail into a bun and leave any ends sticking out, according to All Things Hair. This will give the bun the desired spiky effect.
Pull out that old crimper and get to work! Crimped hair is coming back next year. These tight waves add a new dimension to your hair. Seen on all the stars from Britney Spears to Beyoncé, crimped hair is truly the it-girl style of our '90s dreams.
"Friends" character Rachel had the breakout haircut of the show, inspiring many women in the '90s to go "layer crazy." Rachel rocked a face-framing layered cut that launched thousands of copycat hairstyles. Now the cut is coming back, and it's just as shaggy as it was in the '90s. Model Gianna Schiller shows off her modern-day Rachel cut in an Instagram post, proving that the look is going nowhere.
The pixie cut
Pixie cuts will never go out of style, but in 2023, we expect them to be as big as they were in the '90s. Stars globally rocked the short hairdo in the '90s, but perhaps none made as great of an impact as Princess Diana (via Insider).
The messy bun
Messy buns are a key staple in most of our lives, and in the upcoming year, we expect them to be trendy enough to wear them out and about. TikToker @walkwithbrit shows how she creates her '90s bun in a TikTok, showing you don't even need a brush to get the look.
Updos of any kind were all the rage in the '90s. If you have any family members that went to prom in the '90s, we can guarantee that most of them didn't wear their hair in loose locks as you might see today. Add butterfly clips, beads, or even face-framing tendrils to your updo for the ultimate '90s effect.
Big box braids
Many fashion, music, and movie stars wore box braids in the 1990s, but Mane Addicts points out that Janet Jackson gave the trend a major boost in her debut film "Poetic Justice." Bold box braids are a great way to pay tribute to the many Black icons who wore the style in the '90s, including Brandy, Beyoncé, and of course Jackson herself.
Pigtails half-up, half-down
Half-up, half-down pigtails are an iconic and easy style that was a '90s teen favorite. Today, it is still a favorite being worn by many Instagram influencers such as singer and performer Colleen Bunt.
Bubble ponies are an easy way to spice up a traditional ponytail. The chic look involves "using hair elastics tied down the length of the ponytail to create smaller, round sections that look like bubbles," according to L'Oreal.
Bantu knots are a hairstyle where the hair is twisted to create knots in sections throughout the hair. Though it gained popularity in the 1990s, the style has existed for thousands of years and has become a cultural statement for Black women worldwide.
Colorful snap clips
Colorful snap clips on each side of the head were a '90s staple. For folks with short hair, this is a great way to pin back any loose hairs, and for people with long hair, it's a great way to simply add color to a boring ponytail.
The claw clip
The claw clip trend has been back for over a year now, and we don't anticipate it going anywhere anytime soon. Once seen as an off-duty model staple in the '90s, influencers now regularly post the hairstyle on Instagram.
Baby braids are a bohemian '90s trend making a comeback. These are great to keep control of your face-framing tendrils or to randomly add spice throughout your hair. Kendall and Kylie Jenner are just two household names who have been seen wearing the baby braids trend, as they posed in an advertisement for their cosmetics collaboration on Instagram.
High pony with scrunchie
Scrunchies didn't fade away after the '80s, they stuck around for the '90s! Apparently, they also stuck around for 2023, once again making an appearance in the fashion scene. Big scrunchies with high ponytails are back for next year.
"The higher the hair, the closer to God" was a popular phrase in the 1960s, but it was just as relevant with big blowouts in the 1990s. Cindy Crawford is just one celebrity known for her iconic hair blowout in the '90s. Today, you can get the same look with just a blowdryer and round brush.
The banana clip
The banana clip is a style of clip that first came about in the 1980s, but remained a staple of the early '90s. Just like with claw clips, we expect to see a resurgence of this classic hair accessory. YouTube influencer Chelsea Frances shows how you can put your hair in a banana clip rather than a classic ponytail holder to still create a voluminous ponytail.
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Article written by Lily Raine for glam.com