7 Old-School Hairstyles That Are Making A Comeback, For Better Or Worse

Banana Clip Hair
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If you can learn anything from being around a few decades, it’s that what goes around most certainly comes back around. No matter if we’re talking about the cat-eye makeup of the 1950s, flared pants of the 1970s, or over-sized blazers and brick-brown lipstick of the 1990s, these trends always find a way to reinvent themselves to become the “newest” thing. That cycle goes for hair, as well.

Including famous bangs, vintage curls, shaggy layers, and a certain feathered ‘do, history is full of legendary hair moments that have been made iconic enough to be brought back decades later in fashionably modern ways. These 7 old-school hairstyles are making a comeback, and we’re excited—about most of them.

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Then: Curtain Bangs

PRIMARY Bardot Curtain Bangs
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Brigitte Bardot practically invented this style of fringe in the 1960s, which consists of thickly cut bangs that cascade down the sides of the face so flatteringly.

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Now: Curtain Bangs

Curtain Bangs
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The modern take is a little more approachable and low-maintenance. You can part them decidedly in the center to appear more like face-framing layers, or you can spread them across the forehead to veer more full-coverage.

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Then: Shag Haircut

Jane Fonda
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We cannot forget the iconic helmet-esque shag that became famous in the movie Klute. Later, other stars like Stevie Nicks, David Cassidy, and Mick Jagger mimicked the look in a more choppy, shaggy way with bangs, layers, and tons of texture—instead of the sleekness of the original look.

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Now: Shag Haircut

Curly Shag
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Nowadays, curls make the perfect avenue for a shag cut that makes the most of texture and layers.

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Then: Banana Clips

Banana Clip Hair
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The banana clip was a hair accessory that ruled the 1980s, similarly to scrunchies and claw clips. The U-shaped accessory with two plastic sides comes together in the middle with stretchy teeth that hold the hair in place.

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Now: Banana Clips

Banana Clip Hairstyle
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For a perky ponytail or half-up style, a nostalgic banana clip will always do the trick, and you can ensure it stays strategically hidden.

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Then: Flipped Hair

Grease
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Made popular in the 1960s with the help of prominent figures like Jackie Kennedy and Mary Tyler Moore, the flip hairstyle was one that defined the decade. Women would spend a significant amount of time and effort to create the perfect flip and make sure it lasted all day. 

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Now: Flipped Hair

TOUT Getty Flipped Ponytail
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Flip ponytails were also a style of the time, which can be achieved for an elegant event look with the use of old-school hot rollers or heat tools.

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Then: Feathered Hair

Farrah Fawcett Feathered Hair
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You can’t think about the 1970s without conjuring up a distinct memory of a certain iconic hair moment: Farrah Fawcett’s voluminous feathered hair.

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Now: Feathered Hair

Feathered Hair
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Back then, it might have been fluffy roots and dramatically swept bangs, but now it could mean a breezy blowout that flicks up, back, and away from the face.

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Then: Bumpits

Priscilla Presley Hair
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From the sky-high bouffants of the 1960s to the pinned bang poufs of the 2000s, big hair has always been a trend that comes back around. While Bumpits didn’t exist during Priscilla Presley’s bouffant heyday, they certainly would have come in handy.

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Now: Bumpits

Anna Hatheway Hair
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We all remember the long-retired commercials for the Bumpit, which promised to give your hair a major boost with the help of a half-moon-shaped piece of self-gripping plastic. Pull out your old Bumpit, because volumized hairstyles are back.

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Then: French Bob

Louise Brooks
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Silent film actress Louise Brooks was the iconic symbol of the 20s flapper style—and the super-short sleek bob with bangs that were popular during the era, known as the French bob.

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Now: French Bob

French Bob
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The French bob of today is similar to a one-length short bob, but sans any harsh bluntness. It’s made to hit just at the jawline or above to flatter the face (especially the cheekbones), paired with chic blunt bangs.