Created By: DennisDunjinman on August 12, 2013 Last Edited By: DennisDunjinman on February 7, 2014
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Nineties Hair

The kind of hairstyles most prevalent in the Nineties.

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In the seventies, people wore their hair long. In the eighties, they wore it extra big. And those hairstyles went right out of style as soon as the nineties rolled around, bringing its wave of Grunge with it.

Nineties hair isn't just one defining trend. Often the hairstyles, like the clothing of the era, would be the most casual and low-maintenance styles possible. For men, this meant letting hair just fall wherever it may, creating a distinctive style, referred to as "curtains" or a "bowl cut". For girls this meant simply tying it back so it wouldn't get in the face.

It wasn't all grunge, however. Getting closer to the Turn Of The Millenium, newer style experiments came into play. Crimpers, a hot new invention, meant people with straight hair could iron it into becoming curly and wavy. If you were into the hip-hop scene, some other hair oddities would be to arrange your hair grow your hair into something resembling a Beehive Hairdo with a flat-top, or to shave words into the back of your head. For the ladies, this would include things like cornrows and crazy braids. A little bit of '80s Hair had been retained, reserved specifically for extra large bangs.

While there's no single hair trend for the 90's, any number of these styles can date a production.

Men

  • Spiky gelled hair
  • Fauxhawk
  • What Brits call "Curtains", as seen here, here and on Leo
  • Bowl Cuts
  • Shaved Hair Outlines
  • Mullets
  • Finger Waves
  • Dyed Short Afros

Women

  • Feathered bangs
  • Pigtails
  • Long Hair
  • Crimping and tiny braids and cornrows
  • The Rachel.
  • Thick Box Braids
  • Thick Box Braid Top Ponytails
  • Crimped Side and Top ponytails
  • Tiny Braids with beads
  • Asymmetrical bobs
  • Afro Puffs
  • Short Feathered Bobs

80s Carryover

  • Scrunchies
  • Side ponytails
  • Flat Top

Examples

Film
  • The article Hocus Pocus, which came out in 1993, says that the main character Max Dennision's hair dates the movie to the decade (not to mention they state outright it's 1993 in dialogue). I'd best describe his hairstyle as "curtains".
  • 90s culture is really lampshaded in The Brady Bunch Movie to emphasize how out-of-place the stuck-in-The '70s Bradys are compared to the rest of the public; likewise, one Peter's Jerkass classmates has a mullet.

Live-Action TV

Newspaper Comics
  • Jeremy and Hector of Zits both had very 90's hairstyles until they were updated later on. But Jeremy still wears his iconic flannel shirt.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Part of Mandark's origin story in Dexter's Laboratory involved him completing his Start of Darkness by taking out a bowl and cutting his hair in the bowl's exact shape, including the chips at the side.

Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • August 13, 2013
    DAN004
    Needs more research.
  • August 13, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Spiky gelled hair, I would think.
  • August 13, 2013
    MacronNotes
    Feathered bangs, side ponytails and bowl cuts would count as well
  • August 13, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^, ^^ I'd say all of the above, with some reaction against the bigness of Eighties Hair.
  • August 13, 2013
    samitv
    • On men, what Brits call Curtains, as seen here, here and on Leo
  • August 13, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    I definitely remember bowl cuts and curtains. Don't remember side ponytails so much.

    Isn't spiky gelled hair a current trend, or a trend that never really went away?
  • August 13, 2013
    MacronNotes
    Pigtails were also pretty common in the 90's. The 90's seems to have a long hair trend like the 80's but more emphasize were being put on the bangs.
  • August 14, 2013
    rimpala
    One thing I can think of is the fauxhawk

    Or maybe how all the bands cut their Eighties Hair (like Bon Jovi, Metalica etc.)

    Maybe that doo Kurt Cobain had?

    Oh, and that flattop hairstyle that became briefly popular with hip hop artists. And shaving your name into the hair.
  • August 14, 2013
    peccantis
    Scrunchies. Also, single pony tails on the side of the head.
  • August 14, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ The sideways ponytail is a holdover from the 80s.
  • August 22, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    I'd like to start writing a better description, but I don't know where to start because all the listed trends don't really have a theme. Do they?
  • August 22, 2013
    Orcaalien
    Crimping (oh god, the crimping) and tiny braids and cornrows on blond white girls.
  • September 6, 2013
    TonyG
    And lets not forget The Rachel.
  • September 6, 2013
    Segaguycrazy
    The flattops were common in early 90's. Not sure if the counts, since it was in the 80's too.
  • September 15, 2013
    peccantis
    ^^ the what now?

    ^^^ very specifically, single ponytails on the top of the head or on the side, with robust crimping only in the "tail" part, tied up with a scrunchy or three.

    For tiny braids, they could cover the entire head or be just accents. Colourful thread and beads as accents (or all over the place).
  • September 24, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    I suppose it's example time?

    The article Hocus Pocus, which came out in 1993, says that the main character Max Dennision's hair dates the movie to the decade (not to mention they state outright it's 1993 in dialogue). I'd best describe his hairstyle as "curtains".
  • September 24, 2013
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Danny Bonaduce once poked fun of the mullet he had back in The Nineties when he recounted his transvestite hooker incident on an episode of World's Dumbest....

    Not to mention 90s culture is really lampshaded in The Brady Bunch Movie to emphasize how out-of-place the stuck-in-The Seventies Bradys are compared to the rest of the public; likewise, one Peter's Jerkass classmates has a mullet.

    Then again, I kind of think that mullets fall into the same category that flattops do like Segaguycrazy previously mentioned, kind of held over from the 80s.
  • September 25, 2013
    DAN004
    Needs a better laconic.
  • December 30, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    Is there anything that needs to be said about this trope, or should I discard it?
  • December 30, 2013
    Lakija
    No don't discard it. You can go ahead and start categorizing the hair into different groups. Also, asymmetrical bobs seemed to be popular. :)

    I'll try and help cuz frankly that's a lot. :)

  • December 30, 2013
    Lakija

    Men

    • Spiky gelled hair
    • Fauxhawk
    • Chinlength hair for men
    • Shaved-Hair Art
    • Mullets
    • Finger Waves
    • Dyed Short Afros

    Women

    • Feathered bangs,
    • Bowl cuts
    • Curtains
    • Pigtails
    • Long Hair
    • Crimping (oh god, the crimping) and tiny braids and cornrows on blond white girls.
    • And lets not forget The Rachel.
    • Thick Box Braids
    • Thick Box Braid Top Ponytails
    • Crimped Side and Top ponytails
    • Tiny Braids with beads
    • Asymmetrical bobs
    • Afro Puffs
    • Short Feathered Bobs

    80s Carryover

    • Scrunchies
    • Side ponytails
    • Flat Top

    Examples

    • On men, what Brits call Curtains, as seen here, here and on Leo

    • The article Hocus Pocus, which came out in 1993, says that the main character Max Dennision's hair dates the movie to the decade (not to mention they state outright it's 1993 in dialogue). I'd best describe his hairstyle as "curtains".

    • Danny Bonaduce once poked fun of the mullet he had back in The Nineties when he recounted his transvestite hooker incident on an episode of World's Dumbest....

    • Not to mention 90s culture is really lampshaded in The Brady Bunch Movie to emphasize how out-of-place the stuck-in-The Seventies Bradys are compared to the rest of the public; likewise, one Peter's Jerkass classmates has a mullet.

  • December 30, 2013
    DAN004
  • January 19, 2014
    Lakija
    Update, or perhaps make Up For Grabs please?
  • January 19, 2014
    DennisDunjinman
    I'd be more than happy to.
  • January 21, 2014
    peccantis
    Again, what the heck is "The Rachel"?
  • January 21, 2014
    randomsurfer
    I don't have the hairstyle vocabulary to describe it but it's the hairstyle worn by Jennifer Aniston as Rachel in the first few seasons of Friends. It's shown on her page here. Other celebrities were also seen wearing it after Friends got big. Women would go to their hairdresser and ask for a Rachel cut. (Speaking of which, when this gets launched you may want to update the caption on that page.)
  • February 2, 2014
    DennisDunjinman
    Moving right along?
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