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Hair in the 70s

Take a look at a high school yearbook from the 1970s and chances are the clothing and the hair in the 70s will elicit a few chuckles.

Fashion trends of that decade might seem more than a little unusual to today’s population, but those who wore them knew they were sporting the latest 70s fads and were proud of their look.

Just like any other decade, hair in the 70s was fun and flirty in its own way and some of those styles have even made comebacks in the years since.

Goin’ Natural

Hair in the 70s in the early years were all about the natural look. In comparison to hair of the two previous decades, 70s hair didn’t require a lot of primping and large quantities of styling product.

Furthermore, this natural look extended to all cultures and was popular with everyone.

Many women – from young to those well into their 40s – wore their 70s hairstyle long and straight, usually parted down the center. (Bangs were popular in the 60s but not in the 1970s.)

It wasn’t unusual to spot a young woman with hair that extended all the way down her back. Sometimes, bandanas or other colorful scarves were worn on the head or women chose headbands to match their outfits.

The headbands may have been worn in the conventional manner or around the forehead. Groovy!

Men wore their hair in the 70s long and straight as well, especially in the early years of the decade.

Many older Americans looked on this trend as anything but natural, dismissing long-haired men as lazy and slovenly.

African-Americans went for the natural look as well, shunning the braids and hair relaxers of the previous decades, content to allow their usually-curly hair to stick straight out from their head and grow quite long.

This was known as the Afro hairstyle – or ‘fro!

Farrah and Feathers

One of the most popular hair in the 70s looks was the feathered hairstyle. This was made most famous by TV’s Farrah Fawcett, one of the three stars of Charlie’s Angels, a popular show of the 70s.

This was the ultimate in “big” hair with lots of volume. For a feathered cut, hair was parted down the center and consisted of feathers – rear-facing curls – that gently framed the face.

It took a lot of hairspray to hold it in place and it was certainly the antithesis of the natural straight hair of the earlier part of the decade.

Hair in the 70s Shag

Both men and women of the 70s were apt to adopt a hairstyle popularly known as The Shag.

Appropriately named because it tended to look a little unkempt, The Shag was a layered cut that was thick at the crown and quite thin at the bottom, giving it a shaggy appearance.

Most Shags were fairly short in length and were best accomplished with straight hair. Some of the best examples of The Shag could be found on Goldie Hawn and the Brady Bunch mom, Florence Henderson.

Men wore The Shag hairstyle as well. On those of the male persuasion, it could be seen in a variety of different lengths and was worn by a number of male celebrities as well, including the popular disco group, The Bee Gees. 

The 70s Mullet Hairstyle

Most prevalent towards the end of the decade and into the 80s, the Mullet is a unique haircut that still prompts plenty of laughs.

Long referred to as a style that’s “business in the front, party in the back”, the mullet was short and conservative in the front and sides and long and shaggy in the back.

Many say the popularity of the mullet was most influenced by David Bowie in the 1973 documentary, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.