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Jackie Stewart and Emerson Fittipaldi, both demonstrating the prevalent style of the era.

"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 '80s were the ladies. Well, the Hair Codifiers for The '70s 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, and "hippie-ish" just like '60s Hair during the first half of the decade (since the early seventies was really The '60s Part II) but increasingly frizzy during the second half (a preview of '80s Hair) 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. Other "very 70s" hairstyles are mohawks and spiked hair.

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. Also, women in the era were often known to not shave the pubic areas too.

Women's hair was also "hippie-ish" (long and straight) for the first half of the decade and puffy and combed-over during the second half (also 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, Kristy McNichol, and Stevie Nicks. Usually when referring to what's called '70s hair on this wiki, terms like "Disco hair" or the "mod haircut" are used.

Compare Hot Blooded Sideburns.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The Area 88 manga, which launched in 1979, has multiple examples of seventies hair.
  • Seventies' style Hot-Blooded Sideburns were very frequent in Super Robot Genre anime back in that decade (and omnipresent in Go Nagai manga). Examples include:
  • Dear Brother has Aya Misaki, with a perm as pompous as her ego.
  • Mazinger saga:
  • Getter Robo: Be careful to not get too close to Ryoma's sideburns. You might poke your eye out.
  • Kotetsu Jeeg: Hiroshi Shiba sported a fine pair of sideburns. Even in the 2006 sequel, his successor Kenji Kusanagi still sport sideburns.
  • Raideen: Akira Hibiki's hair was long and spiky, and his sideburns were large.
  • Robot Romance Trilogy:
    • Combattler V: Hyoma is a good example, but Juzo had the sideburns and a long mullet! Chizuru's hair also was long and straight.
    • Voltes V: Kenichi Go's fine pair. Ippei does not have the burns but otherwise has long hair.
    • Daimos: Kazuya Ryuuzaki had long sideburns and a hair he only combed when he was going to meet a girl (according the Home Base Robot Buddy). Erika had long sideburns AND long, straight black hair.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Kai Shiden is the most blatant for the Federation side with his moptop, as well as Sleggar Law's sideburns. On the Zeon side, Char has a mild late 70s hairdo, as well as Garma Zabi. Dozle Zabi has a fine pair of sideburns.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam: despite being produced in 1994, Kyoji Kasshu's hair, with mullet and sideburns to boot, are at home with the protagonists of seventies Super Robot anime.
  • While Manga/Pretear came out in 2000, the heroine Himeno has a very feathered Fawcett-like bob haircut, giving her the disparaged nickname “tulip head.”
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: Ken and Joe are good male examples. Jun, with her long, green hair falling over her shoulders is a good female example.
  • Neo Human Casshern: Tetsuya Azuma has long, thick hair and long sideburns under his helmet.
  • The Distant Epilogue to Kids on the Slope takes place in the 70s, marked by the now adult Kaoru having long hair.
  • Daitarn 3: Main character Banjo has very long sideburns, and thick, unruly hair. His female companions have long, puffy hair.

    Comic Books 
  • In Supergirl Vol 1, set in the decade, the men have huge sideburns and long wavy hair, and the women's hair is puffy. One of Supergirl's friends sports an afro.
  • The X-Men comics just before and during the Chris Claremont era are pretty rife with this with big sideburns for Cyclops, Banshee and Wolverine (which he has permanently kept) and Jean often had Farrah hair and Storm had a long half-up beehive.
  • A lot of Marvel Universe heroes who had short hair in the 60s such Spider-Man, Iron Man and even The Incredible Hulk suddenly got longer hair with noticeable sideburns. The women generally got feathered hair or in the case of Gwen Stacy long straight locks with a fringe (which has become her iconic look). The undisputed king and queen of '70s Hair however is of course Luke Cage with his 70s perm (that he sadly shaved off decades ago) and Misty Knight with her permanent Afro.
  • Beast Boy's signature haircut throughout The New Teen Titans was a mop-top. He eventually traded that in for a mullet in the 1990s before switching to his modern spiky hair in the 2000s.
  • Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats had a short afro in the '70s.

    Film — Live Action 
  • Downplayed in Alien although filmed in 1979 most of cast (unlike Star Wars below) have sensible hairstyles that aren’t really dated and can easily fool the viewer into thinking they’re watching a film from a later decade. The two characters who give the game away though, are Ripley with her big curly mane of hair that she lacks in later films and Dallas who looks a member of The Bee Gees.
  • 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.
  • Most of the cast of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, sometimes adding the Porn Stache for good measure.
  • The 1976 adaptation of Carrie is somewhat infamous for William Katt's enormous head of curly blond hair as Tommy. John Travolta also sports a comparatively toned-down version as Billy. For the women, Sissy Spacek's title character has the hippie-ish long and straight hairdo that's used to highlight her Shrinking Violet nature; her makeover for the prom sees her add some curls to it, but the blood spilled on her flattens it back out. Nancy Allen's blonde curls are also a dead ringer for Farrah Fawcett's.
  • Most of the teenagers and young adults in A Clockwork Orange have this, despite this work being set in the near-future. Justified, as the book version actually states that this is the current Delinquent Hair fashion.
  • Hair, obviously, especially the title song (even though it came out in The '60s).
  • James Bond: While Bond himself largely averted this, the films from this decade still showed marked cases of 70s hair.
    • Live and Let Die: Taking inspiration from blaxploitation, many Black characters are seen wearing afros, with several Black male characters also wearing thick sideburns and other facial hair.
    • The Man with the Golden Gun: Several background male characters are seen wearing mustaches or thick sideburns.
    • Moonraker: Some of Drax's henchwomen are seen wearing the androgynous bowl cut or wavy Farrah Fawcett-style hair.
  • In Knife for the Ladies, Jeff Cooper's shoulder length surfer boy perm is especially distracting in a movie supposedly set in the 1880s.
  • 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.
  • Logan's Run filmed in 1976 could easily be the Trope Codifier for this with 70s hair galore. Logan 5 and Francis 7 played by Michael York and Richard Jordan have long puffy hair with with serious sideburns, Jessica 6 played by Jenny Agutter has a gorgeous feathered bob and Farrah Fawcett herself appears as Holly 13.
  • Psycho for Hire Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men wears a Seventies hairstyle, which only adds to his creepiness. Javier Bardem even joked he was “not going to get laid for two months” with that hairstyle.
  • 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.)
  • Take an actor known for Seventies Hair, like Takuya Kimura, and cast him in a seventies throwback Live-Action Adaptation, in this case the Space Battleship Yamato movie. How could it not work?
  • Superman: The Movie of course being filmed in 1978 unavoidably has this with the main cast and all side characters. Supes’s hair while iconic is longer than most depictions, Lois has fringed bangs and best of all Lex Luthor’s ridiculous perm (which was Gene Hackman’s real hair). Superman II, although it was released in the 1980 still has hair filmed from the previous era such as Ursa with her short hair with bangs and Zod and Non having widow’s peaks and hippie beards, which Zod initially lacked in the comics but soon gained permanently thanks to the movie version.
  • In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Uhura wears a short afro in contrast to the bouffant she had on Star Trek: The Original Series a decade earlier.
  • A lot of the Imperial officers in the first Star Wars movie have long Seventies sideburns, due to its release in 1977. Even Grand Moff Tarkin has them, although to a much less exaggerated degree, and that's not getting into the giant moustaches on a few characters. Less obvious is Luke's big puffy hair, Han's slightly smaller puffy hair, and Red Leader's subtle perm.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past: Most of the movie takes place in 1973.
    • 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.
  • Zulu. Well...the 1870s anyway. The long sideburns on the men wouldn't look out of place a century later.
  • In The King of Marvin Gardens, the goon Rosko has a rather impressive afro with sideburns.

    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.
  • Referenced on Buffy the Vampire Slayer when 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?
  • Charlie's 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.
  • The Crowded Room: Many characters on the show, since it is set c. 1979. Danny has a shaggy mop, black characters sport dreadlocks, afros and other distinctive hairstyles common then etc.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Third Doctor's hairstyle gets longer, fluffier and bigger as the year the season was made, and the fashions, progress from 1970 to 1974. In 1970 he has a short, tidy grey crop with very close-cropped sideburns. In 1971, it starts to get wavier and blonder. By 1974 he has a full, waved, feathered white bouffant with large sideburns.
    • Jo Grant has a very 1971 feathered shag cut in her first season.
    • The Fourth Doctor's dense, feathered, preposterously curly 1970s 'fro, which Tom Baker even had to have permed at one point, worn with big, orange sideburns. Like the Third Doctor above, the sideburns get progressively bigger over the course of the 70s. Lampshaded in the Time Trips novella The Death Pit, set in 1978, in which another male character expresses jealousy over the Doctor's fashionable curly hair.
    • Harry Sullivan also had prominent sideburns, particularly notable since he was supposed to be in the Royal Navy, which had just relaxed its regulations to permit sideburns to the bottom of the ear, but no further.
  • Emergency! was a veritable time capsule: Sideburns (DeSoto and Dr. Brackett), feathered mullet (Johnny Gage), Porn Stache (Chet, Marco), Carpet of Virility (Chet, Marco, Captain Stanley), and Afro (Dr. Morton). Plus variations on the various victims of the week.
  • All three main characters in The Goodies had hairstyles very much of their time while the series was on the air. Tim Brooke-Taylor wore his hair in increasingly longer styles until, by 1977, it was almost to his shoulders at the back and sides. Graeme Garden had big mutton chop sideburns starting in the first series in 1970; by 1977, they were so bushy that it looked like he had two hamsters clinging to his cheeks. And Bill Oddie started out with a moustache and a shaggy bowl cut, but progressed to a full beard and hair past his shoulders by 1972.
  • 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.
  • The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries had Frank and Joe Hardy with long flowing locks that make discovering the characters' short hair covers and illustrations in the book quite a shock for a '70s kid viewer.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): In "Like Angels Put in Hell by God", Louis de Pointe du Lac sports an afro in 1973.
  • Done in a realistic fashion for Mad Men where the show started in the year 1960 with a lot of '50s Hair and then ended up with the cast mostly having looser versions of their hairstyles from the Sixties; the only exceptions being conservative men like Don Draper and Henry Francis. The men went from structured hair and crew cuts to having long side burns and "the Dry Look" (conservative hairstyles with less product) and the women went from very structured bouffants and Beehive Hairdo styles along with ponytails and pageboys to looser, longer styles that used less hairspray...or in the case of Betty Draper Francis more.
  • Frequently — and anachronistically — in M*A*S*H. B.J. Hunnicutt was a notable offender, especially in later seasons.
  • For many who grew up in the '70s, Billy Batson's dark, luxurious mane on the Saturday morning series Shazam! (1974) was iconic, and being in his early-to-mid teens Billy, played by Michael Gray, is one of the younger examples on the page.
  • Stranger Things: Word of God has it that Joyce's hair in Season One was inspired by Meryl Streep's hair in Silkwood, which focused on the shag do'd whistleblower Karen Silkwood and her 1974 murder. As the series goes on, her hair gets longer and more well-kept.
  • 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".
  • That '70s Show, naturally. Especially Kelso's feathered 'do and Hyde's frizzy afro.
  • This Is Us: Jack Pearson has shaggy chin-length hair and a thick beard in 1979 and 1980, when his kids are born. As the '80s goes on, he does eventually shed the beard for a mustache, but still keeps the '70s shaggy hair.
  • Toast of London: Steven Toast has long hair with fat sideburns and a Porn Stache, and Ray Purchase has slightly shorter curly hair and big sideburns. This is all part of the Retro Universe 1970s actor aesthetic it goes for.
  • In WandaVision episodes 3 and 4, which are set in the '70s, the hairdos are based off The Brady Bunch and other popular styles of the time. Wanda in particular has some beautiful long hippie locks while Vision has longer Michael York in Logan's Run-esque hair with noticeable sideburns. They are only one upped by Monica with her gorgeous and sizeable Afro.
  • A Year at the Top: Greg's long hair, and the feathered hair of the girl who appears in the promo.

  • Supertramp's Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies still have hair like this.
  • Brian May still has his hairstyle and much of its color from The '70s, too.
  • Trevor Bolder of The Spiders from Mars had some of the most epic sideburns known to man.
  • The Bee Gees
  • Elvis Presley had thick sideburns during the 1970s, topped with a slick pompadour.
  • George Jones in 1974.
  • Mungo Jerry. Particularly their lead singer Ray Dorset, with his massive and scruffy afro-sideburns combo.
  • All five members of The Moody Blues had '70s hair par excellence by 1972 (as seen in the video for "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)"). Justin Hayward and John Lodge had grown their hair to shoulder length, Ray Thomas' moustache had become a full beard and his hair was almost to his shoulders, Mike Pinder had likewise gone from a moustache to a full beard and hair past his shoulders, and Graeme Edge had the longest hair and bushiest beard of all five.
  • Everyone in Soft Machine by 1974.
  • Peter Gabriel sported this look during his early solo career, though he also alternated it with close-cropped hair, even shaving his head completely, before it was fashionable.
  • Stevie Nicks exemplified the sexy feathered style for women in the late '70s, along with Farrah Fawcett.



  • 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. To this day, you'll often see players still sporting this look.
    • The Oakland Athletics were this. 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. 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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    Real Life 
  • Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern notoriously sprouted some impressive 'burns for the 1972 election, possibly to appeal to the "countercultural" crowd that was just starting to become a crucial Democratic voting bloc at the time (a ploy that apparently failed miserably, as McGovern lost one of the most lopsided presidential elections in U.S. history). For the rest of the decade, it seemed, most other politicians followed suit, although thankfully not to such an extreme degree (Nelson Rockefeller's sideburns, for example, so subtle that they were easy to miss).
  • Perhaps the most dramatic subversion of them all was Ronald Reagan. He never changed the 1930s hairstyle he first cultivated upon becoming a Hollywood actor, even when speaking at the 1976 Republican National Convention (when this trope was arguably at its peak). Upon meeting him, journalist Joe Klein even remarked that he looked like "a 1950s Midwestern businessman."
  • Jimmy Carter, Reagan's predecessor, is a straight example in contrast, albeit subdued.
  • During the early part of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many men unwilling to attempt home haircuts while barber shops were temporarily shuttered often just wore their hair like this.


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The seventies was both the "wild" and "let it be" looks.

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