That '70s Hair Is Having A Moment

If you've stepped into a Zara or flipped through the pages of a fashion magazine lately, you know the 1970s are back. And we're not talking about the polyester bell-bottoms and paisley shirts you might throw on if you were dressing up for Halloween. The styles we've seen flood the market over the last couple seasons — wrap dresses, flared denim, and suede as far as the eye can see — are closer to what the women of the '70s actually wore, rather than some hyper-stylized version.

But it's not just about the clothes (as you may have guessed). In New York, Milan, Paris, and even during Miami Swim Week, we've seen classic '70s hairstyles get serious runway love, too. Ahead, find a daring cut making a comeback and easy styling tricks for those who want less of a commitment.
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That '70s Style: Mara Hoffman Summer 2016
With flat roots and major volume, this takes the over-stylized Farrah Fawcett look into much more wearable territory. We saw it all over the 2015 runways and at the Mara Hoffman swim presentation, where lead hairstylist Tyler Laswell gave it a mussed-up, modern twist.

"The inspiration for the hair was '70s chic with a hint of Morocco and tribal," says Laswell. "We wanted the hair to have the silhouette and texture that was popular in the '70s, but with this distressed feeling."

Laswell worked TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Mousse into damp hair from roots to ends, and then layered on TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray. He diffused the hair with a blowdryer to bring out its natural texture while creating volume.
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That '70s Style: Desigual Fall 2015
“The '70s were all about volume and movement,” says Lizzy Weinberg, a hairstylist at Pas de Deux in Tribeca. For this Jerry Hall or Lauren Hutton-inspired style, you'll want the bends to start at the mid-lengths. Work thickening cream through the hair and smooth it down from your part to your ears, pinning it into place with clips or bobby pins. (You can keep the clips in, like Behati Prinsloo, or take them out after you curl.) After curling with a one-inch iron, brush it out with a large paddle brush to get big, fluffy texture.
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That '70s Style: Esteban Cortázar Fall 2015
To get this look, start at the nape of the neck and tightly wrap small sections around a three-quarter-inch iron. When finished, brush out the curls with a boar-bristle brush; the more fluff you want, the more you should brush. If you want more defined curls, shake them out with your fingers, grabbing the ends in one hand and using the other hand to push up and open each curl. And don't forget a deep side-part — it'll complete the look.

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That '70s Style: Céline Fall 2015
This curling technique is the same as the one in the previous look. Just add a generous misting of dry texturizing spray to achieve the effortless, off-duty vibe. If things get a little too wild for your taste, apply a small drop of oil to your palms and smooth down the hair, suggests Weinberg.
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That '70s Cut: Rodarte Fall 2015
Joan Jett had one. So did Jane Fonda. And the models at Rodarte had it, too. Whether in the 1970s or today, the shag is undoubtedly a cool-girl style (minus a few awkward years circa the mid-'80s). With a healthy dose of confidence and the right stylist, anyone can pull off this It-Girl 'do. "This look starts with a great haircut!" says Weinberg. So find someone you trust before you make the chop — and make sure to ask for loose, piece-y layers around the face to keep the style from looking too boxy.
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That '70s Cut: Calvin Klein Fall 2015
Once you've got the cut, the power is at your fingertips (literally). "Shags are hands-on hairdos," says Weinberg. "Don't be afraid to get in there — fingers and products are your best tools. Stay away from too much brushing or combing."

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That '70s Cut: Burberry Fall 2015
To style a shag, Weinberg suggests working a volumizing mousse, like Shu Uemura Ample Angora, into wet hair from roots to ends, skipping your bangs if you have them. Use your fingers to twist the bottom sections in alternating directions, from the middle down, and leave out the ends. (You can mimic the texture with a 1.5-inch iron; just don't wrap the roots or ends.) “The desired volume is really in the mids and ends,” says Weinberg. “You want the top and bangs to be flatter and more lived-in.”


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That '70s Cut: Jenny Packham Fall 2015
Use a comb or Denman brush and a blowdryer to "flat-wrap" your bangs and roots, so they're shiny and smooth. "To flat-wrap, just guide the hair along the natural curves of your head [with the comb] and blowdry without lifting too much at the roots," says Weinberg.

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That '70s Cut: Tom Ford Spring 2015
Diffuse your hair gently on medium heat until it's almost dry. “Use the prongs of the diffuser to scrunch and twist your hair,” says Weinberg. “Let it dry about 80% and shake it out, and then add in a spritz of shine spray or oil for dry hair or a salt spray for softer hair. Finish blowdrying without the diffuser, using your fingers to scrunch and twirl hair into that 'I don't give a fuck' look."
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