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'70s Hair
Jackie Stewart and Emerson Fittipaldi, friendly enemies.

"You got the part! Don't cut your hair!"
Judd Apatow to the male cast of Freaks and Geeks

As we all know, the Hair Codifiers for The Eighties were the ladies. Well, the Hair Codifiers for The Seventies were the gentlemen.

Is it the sideburns? Is it the general shape, in which we, in hindsight, can recognize what would later become the mullet? In any case, the audience recognizes the era as soon as a manly mane of this sort is shown.

Yeah, it's the sideburns. They were undoubtedly the defining feature of Seventies male hair, in addition to hair that was worn naturally thick - straight at first, just like Sixties hair, but increasingly frizzy as the decade wore on, perhaps thanks to the influence of glitter rock, or possibly the Black Power movement. The other 'very 70s' hairstyle is the Afro, immensely popular in the 70s (though it started in the late Sixties)for most African-Americans, but even white guys with curly hair tried to have one. Afros in fiction often tend to be exaggerated for comic effect.

The fashion for rugged hirsuteness didn't stay on the top of the head, either; this is also the decade of the Porn Stache and the Carpet of Virility.

Women's hair was "hippie-ish" (long and straight) for the first half of the decade (since the early seventies was really The Sixties part II) and puffy and combed-over during the second half (a preview of '80s Hair). Outside of this wiki, when referring to '70s hair, people usually mean that sexy feathered hairstyle associated with Farrah Fawcett and Kristy Mc Nichol. Usually when referring to what's called '70s hair on this wiki, terms like "Disco hair" are used.

Compare Hot-Blooded Sideburns.


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    Anime and Manga 

  • Hair, obviously, especially the title song (even though it came out in The Sixties).
  • Psycho for Hire Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men wears a Seventies hairstyle, which only adds to his creepiness.
  • Take an actor known for '70s Hair, like Takuya Kimura, and cast him in a seventies throwback Live-Action Adaptation, in this case the Uchuu Senkan Yamato movie. How could it not work?
  • Almost Famous. Lester and the members of Stillwater have this. William's an interesting case; he's too young to grow sideburns and his ear-covering mop was firmly tied to the period when the movie was made in 2000 but has come back in style since.
  • A lot of the Imperial officers in the first Star Wars movie (1977) have long Seventies sideburns. Even Grand Moff Tarkin has them, although to a much less exaggerated degree.
    • A sourcebook (part of the Expanded Universe) states that prominent sideburns were a fad among Imperial officers at the time.
    • Ironically, the character most noticeably without sideburns is Luke Skywalker himself. He does wear the androgynous "bowl cut" popular during the '70s, but the inner, darker layer of hair is cut tastefully short (noticeable when Luke is briefly pulled under the sewer water by the tentacled monster and all of his hair gets plastered on top of his head).
    • Red Leader (the captain of the mission to destroy the Death Star) also conspicuously lacks sideburns. He does have a subtle perm, but that's as '70s as his hair gets.
    • There is also a lot of seventies hair in Revenge of the Sith as the style is meant to resemble that of the original trilogy, most prominent in Anakin. Obi-Wan previously sported one hell of a mullet in "Attack of the Clones".
  • Almost everyone in Enter the Dragon.
  • Completely averted in the movie Rudy; though set in the early '70s, none of the male actors have long hair or big sideburns, even though the title character in Real Life definitely sported seventies hair when he played in the big game depicted at the end of the movie. Possibly this was done to give the film a more timeless feel. (Also, some college football coaches at the time banned sideburns, so it's not too far-fetched.)
  • Shows up in The Last Picture Show, which is supposed to be set in 1950s Texas. While some men did have sideburns in 1951, they probably weren't that common.
  • Zulu. Well...the 1870s anyway. The long sideburns on the men wouldn't look out of place a century later.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past:
    • The younger Professor X still has a full head of hair, and sports a longer, hippie-style mane.
    • Mystique rocks some hairstyles of the time in her human form and in one scene, masquerades as a black woman with an enormous afro.
    • Quicksilver's glam mop upset many fans in promotional materials, but it fits in with the era perfectly. Note the length and the silver sideburns.
    • Trask's hair helmet is very appropriate for the time period.
    • Wolverine still wears his muttonchops even in the future scenes.
  • Most of the cast of Anchorman, sometimes adding the Porn Stache for good measure.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game Shows: Virtually any show from the 1970s you'll see this, mainly with contestants and many times celebrities as well. But some prime examples among hosts (most of who — aside from fashionably thick — otherwise maintained conservative hairstyles):
    • The Dating Game: A blatant example, where Lange grew his hair thick and had sideburns during the last few years of the original ABC daytime run. His hair grew even longer, to just below the collar line, for the 1973-1974 syndicated season, and permed it in true 1970s style for the 1978-1980 syndicated revival. Lange was in his late 30s and early-to-mid 40s through this period.
    • Name That Tune: NBC Vice President of Daytime Programming Lin Bolen commissioned a revival of this name-the-song game show staple of the 1950s and hired Dennis James as emcee. In "The Game Show Book" by the USA Today's Jefferson Graham, James — who was 57 when he took the job — was asked to grow his hair and sideburns to appear 15 years younger, which he did very reluctantly. He carried over this look to the first half of the 1974-1975 syndicated season of The Price Is Right, which he simultaneously hosted, but once Tune's daytime version was cancelled in January 1975, he cut his hair and trimmed his sideburns to his more familiar style.
    • Wheel of Fortune: Chuck Woolery's hair was to between the collar and neckline for the first three-plus years of the original NBC run; Woolery was just 33 when Wheel debuted.
  • All in the Family: Mike ("Meathead") and a lot of his hippie friends.
  • The Brady Bunch: From ultra-conservative hairstyles during the second half of the first season (which fell in 1970), the hair eventually grew longer and far more fashionable for the era starting with the season. First, Robert Reed's hair was fashionably thick starting in the 1971-1972 season, and Barry Williams began perming his hair; Florence Henderson's hair also grew more fashionable. By Season 4 (1972-1973), Maureen McCormick's hair was longer and very chic for the times, and Reed began wearing perms and Williams alternated between straight (with 1970s thickness) and perms. The final season (1973-1974) saw Chris Knight also perm his hair and Eve Plumb wear her hair long, although there were a handful of episodes where both McCormick and Plumb wore their hairs in buns. But even in the early years that fell within the 1970s, guest stars and other bit characters were seen wearing fashionable hairstyles, so indeed the Bradys lived in the real world, becoming far more obvious as the years wore on.
    • By the time 1977 The Brady Bunch Hour came into being, Mike Lookinland, who played youngest son Bobby (he was 16 by this time) also had permed hair (much like his TV father and older brothers), and youngest girl Susan Olsen (now 15) wore her hair in a later-1970s style. Florence Henderson's hairstyle was very much in the later 1970s "short" style.
    • Throughout all this time, the only one whose hairstyle was consistent was Ann B. Davis.
  • Happy Days: Blatantly (along with the fashions) by the late 1970s, despite this being a show who was (by this time) set in the late 1950s and very early 1960s. This evolved into '80s Hair during the early 1980s years, despite the show being set in the early-to-mid 1960s.
  • That '70s Show, naturally. Especially Kelso's feathered 'do and Hyde's frizzy afro.
  • Frequently — and anachronistically — in Mash. B.J. Hunnicutt was a notable offender, especially in later seasons.
  • Not surprisingly, the TV show Emergency! is a veritable time capsule of 70s hair: Sideburns, Afros, feathered mullets, and Pornstaches.
  • Jason King.
  • Charlies Angels had the feathery female variant and is often credited with starting the hairstyle trend in women seen from the mid-70s through the early 80s.
  • In Supernatural, Sam's hair is like this. He didn't start out like that, but his hair (and sideburns) grew longer over the seasons, getting more noticeable from season 6 on. This was lampshaded by someone in season 8, who called his sideburns "creepy".
  • The Fourth Doctor's iconic sideburns and cloud-thick, feathered, preposterously curly 1970s mop in Doctor Who. The Running Gag description of the Fourth Doctor's appearance is "all teeth and curls". Lampshaded in the Time Trips novella The Death Pit, set in 1978, in which another male character expresses jealousy over the Doctor's hair because it's fashionable and 'girls love curly hair'.
  • Referenced on Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Buffy looks at Joyce's high school yearbook:
    Buffy: Mom, I've accepted that you've had sex. I am not ready to know that you had Farrah hair.
    Joyce: This is Gidget hair. Don't they teach you anything in history?


  • It was rumored that pro baseball players were actually encouraged and given bonuses to wear their hair long, to attract - or at least not alienate - the younger crowd.
    • The Oakland Athletics were this Up to Eleven, often overlapping with Badass Mustache or Badass Beard. Although they could possibly be seen as a subversion since many of the players took their inspiration from the styles that ballplayers wore in the 19th century.
  • You'll have some difficulty finding a Formula One driver of the early 1970s who did not have his hair like this. Re: the page image. One biography relayed how the two in the page image, Ronnie Peterson, and Francois Cevert got into an argument over who could grow the most uncontrollable hair and densest sideburns.


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