Retro Hairstyles of the '70s

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Retro Hairstyles of the '70s
African American celebrities popularised a natural "Afro" hairstyle. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Hairstyles of the 1970s were typically loud or understated fashions made popular by celebrity icons. Many '70s styles began with long, straight hair, although a few shorter cuts created unique and memorable fashions. A number of styles were worn with wide or thin headbands, forehead bands or scarves, while others made statements without the extras.

Long And Straight

One of the most popular 70s hairstyles was long, very straight hair for women and was also worn by some men. Women even went as far as to lay their long hair over an ironing board and use a clothing iron to flatten it. Parting the hair precisely in the middle was an important part of this style's simplicity. Wide or thin headbands and forehead bands were popular accessories for this hairstyle.

Mullet Cut

The mullet cut was a popular fashion for men in the 70s, although today it is regarded as tacky and often worn in combination with a comical costume. This hairstyle was worn shoulder length in the back with much shorter, or even buzzed, sides and front. Mullet cuts were introduced in the late '60s but were made popular by pop icons throughout the '70s.

The Afro

An Afro, known also as a "natural" or "fro", was a trendy 1970s hairstyle among celebrity icons, African American men and women, and others with kinky, textured or naturally curly hair. Afros were created by combing out the curly hair into a rounded shape. It could be accentuated by using certain types of "pick" combs and styling gels. Celebrity icons today sometimes sport this hairstyle for special events, and may rely on wigs or hair extensions to achieve the effect.

The Beehive

Originally worn in the 1960s, the beehive was a dressy hairstyle reserved for women with long hair, as it required the proper length to be wrapped and folded on the top of the head. Hair was piled in a clean bumped fashion with a side part and slicked front and sides. This hairstyle can also be worn half up, with long gentle curls hanging down in the back on over the shoulders. This hairstyle is common on the red carpet today.

Bun with Headscarf

Women of the '70s sometimes fashioned their hair in buns and added headscarves for a chic but comfortable everyday look. Hair was typically parted on the side and headscarves were often in floral or other patterns and tied behind the head under the bun or underneath the chin.

The Farrah Fawcett

No '70s hairstyle is more famous than the Farrah Fawcett look. This blond actress wore her hair long and parted down the middle with gentle spiral curls and curled fringe turning out around her face. This famous hair fashion is still a popular style seen on celebrities today.

Roots On Display

Another fashionable hair trend among women in the 1970s was letting your roots grow out an inch before re-colouring your hair. Displaying your roots in the long and straight hairstyle was popular. This retro hairstyle made a comeback in the early 2000s among female pop icons and magazine cover girls.

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