We have scoured the decade to find all of the greatest hair dos from the 90s and have categorized them for you here. If you are planning on
getting your 90's on hair-wise, that is, this is the place for you.
We start with the ubiquitous Rachel do which you couldn't get away
from (and, really, who would want to – it was so damn cute).
But, we don't stop there. We explore the ins and outs of 90s
facial hair fashions and more. Read on.
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The burning questions need answers – like, who had better hair:
George Clooney or Dawson?
"So I want it kind of rough and ready but like
really shiny and smooth and kind of chin length but shoulder lengthy
and like straight but a bit curly and a sort of golden brown but a
bit blonde. Wait a minute let me get my People Magazine out!"
That was the conversation held in thousands of hair salons in the
mid-90s as women everywhere tried to describe the "Rachel Cut" named
after and inspired by the character played by Jennifer Aniston in
the sitcom Friends which was then at the peak of its
popularity. This definitive 90's hairstyle was a shoulder-length,
sleek and layered style with a grown out fringe and highlights
mainly around the face. It was the most popular hair fashion fad of
the 90's and the envy of all women. It also inspired many a "just
got out of bed" hair product, for example one of the originals
Tigi Bed Head.
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90s Hairstyles for Women
I, having dark brown hair which refuses to get anywhere closer to
blonde than a hideous bleached Cheshire Cat orange, never really had
the full benefit of the Rachel Do or the absolute flood of beach
blonde hair that was in fashion but 90's fashion had a hairstyle for
everyone and I went through a few. I started with the short Demi
Moore in Ghost do, moved on to the short, choppy Meg Ryan
style then swiftly onto the Winona Ryder in Mermaids bob
and the heavy Terri Hatcher Louis and Clark shiny bob
before finally smoothing and thinning out for a Posh Spice bob in
the late 90's. I unfortunately never had hair long enough for the
super straight straggled Grunge look or the wavy Julia Roberts look
and wasn't going to touch the Demi Moore GI Jane skinhead
look with a very long stick. For an overview in 1990's hairstyles,
we recommend a reviewing of uber-popular 90's TV shows such as
Beverly Hills 90210 and
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90's Hairstyles for Men
Boys had their own trends to follow. For the daring fashion crowd there
were hair styles with zig zags and Nike ticks shaved into them and inspired
by Hip Hop artists and big bleached hair inspired, not by the previous
decade's Wham but by the "pretty fly for a white guy" MC Hammer wannabe
Vanilla Ice. Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
For the everyday boy on the street the look was floppy and dreamy like
Dawson of Dawson's Creek, Joey of
Friends, Edward Furlong
pre voice breaking in Terminator 2 and Keanu Reeves of.... well
practically every 90s movie going! This was the look for anyone wanting to
attract a girlfriend rather than make a nineties fashion statement. The kind
of hair that made you just ache to lean over and gently move it out of their
adorable eyes just before they told you they loved you, gave you a slow
sloppy kiss and recited a bit of poetry!
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Finally, let us not forget the ubiquitous, ultra-short Caesar style which
looked just gorgeous on the more mature man such as George Clooney in ER
and Russell Crowe in Gladiator but unfortunately made anyone under
the age of thirty look like they were going to steal your purse and mug your
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90s Facial Hair
Since it involved hair and was on the head generally, we are including an
analysis of men's facial hair trends in the 1990's as well.
One look for men which was executed with style by some and in the worst
way possible by others was the goatee. This devilish style swept through the
male chin world of the 1990s and, despite making people look a little like
the devil, can still be seen on many chins today. The goatee was equally at
home on the band member of a Grunge band (90's icon
Kurt Cobain) as it was
on the lead singer of a Jazz Funk band (remember Jamiroquai and the
Godzilla music video?). It was named the goatee because of it's
similarity to a Billy goat beard and was the perfect way to wear a beard
without looking like your dad.
For successful attempts at goatees then check out 1990's Brad Pitt or
Johnny Depp. Or, as I mentioned previously – the Devil. For less coveted
versions think Colonel Sanders, Lenin or my high school friend Dan who,
after his failed attempt at growing a goatee, was never again called "Dan"
in his high school career. Due to the unfortunate coarse curly hair which
made up his goatee he was forever more called "Pubic Hair Chin!"
Long Side Burns
Another popular hair trend for men in the 90's was the long, thick
sideburn. Perhaps this burn lengthening was wrapped up in the 70s revival in
the fashion world. Whatever the impetus, burns got longer and thicker and
were (I'll admit it) a weakness of mine. Think Chris Isaak in the very sexy
Wicked Game era or Jason Priestly of
In case you are interested, Dan (my goatee-growing friend from high
school) eventually got rid of the goatee. But, I haven't learned my lesson
yet and still have a twice yearly disastrous attempt at going classic 90's
For more on 90's hair accessories, see our stories on
Scrunchies and Butterfly
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