Retro hair trends to try ASAP

History doesn't have to be your best subject to know there's a throwback beauty resurgence happening right now. Overlined lips and thin brows? The '90s saw them first. Emo eyeliner and squared off acrylics? Pure Y2K, baby. As for spring hair trends, the vibe headed back even farther to the '70s and '80s—just with fresh, modern takes. Step into our tress-tastic time machine...

The Farrah Flow


The secret to this flippy masterpiece is a lot of layers—and a healthy dose of curtain bangs, says celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa. The Farrah Flow works on most hair lengths and face shapes (though curly cuties, fair warning: Layers like these enhance your texture).

Make it yours: Potempa says to blow-dry your hair downward at the crown for major volume. Then, with a large barrel curling iron (try the Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver S1.25 Dual Voltage White Rotating Curling Iron, $149), roll hair up and away from your face, creating a feathery blend. Use Velcro rollers (like Drybar High Tops Self-Grip Rollers, $12 for 6) on your face-framing strands, allowing them to cool and set while you curl the rest (secure rollers with Harry Josh Pro Tools Makeup Wave Setting Clips, $25 for 6). Finish by raking your fingers through the curls to break them apart, then add volume at the roots with texture powder (try DesignMe Puff.Me Volumizing Powder, $24).

The New Perm


Say "perm" to your mom and prepare for some hair horror stories. Fortunately, the new perms are far different from the frightful frizzfests of yesteryear. With improved treatment solutions, different rod lengths and creative placement, you now get a lot less damage with a lot more curl variation.

Make it yours: As the great Elle Woods once pointed out, always wait two to three days to wash your hair after getting a perm. But once you do, using a weekly deep conditioning treatment like Olaplex No. 8 Bond intense Moisture Hair Mask ($30) will keep hair healthy. Then just savor all that extra free time because your perm does the styling for you. 

The Modern Mullet


Think more Miley Ray than Billy Ray when it comes to this legendary "business in the front, party in the back" look. Hairstylist Kahh Spence says it works well on heart, square or diamond-shaped faces. "The close-cropped layers accentuate your jawline, and the wispy fringe above the brow evens it out," he shares. 

Make it yours: The goal with this 'do? Don't overdo it. If your hair has some natural wave, scrunch it in a salt spray to encourage movement. Look for one with hydrating ingredients, because a crunchy mullet is *not* it (we like Dae Hibiscus Wave Spray, $26). Hair on the straighter side? Opt for a spray that stamps down frizz and maxes shine like OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Strength Multi-Benefit Heat Protection Hairspray ($8).

The Swept Bangs


The middle part reigned supreme for a hot minute, but side bangs with a deep part are making their comeback thanks to music's pop-punk revival. Spence recommends asking your stylist to cut your bangs diagonally to the arch of one of your brows. Have curtain bangs already? Just pull them to one side.

Make it yours: Unless you're into the grungy look of greasy fringe, keeping your hair clean is key with this cut. Your bangs are prone to picking up oils from your forehead throughout the day, so a spritz or two of dry shampoo like DpHue Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Shampoo ($50) can revive them in an instant.

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by Lisa DeSantis | 3/11/2023