15 Chic & Retro '70s Hairstyles Making A Major Comeback In 2023

The '70s were known as a decade in which people developed a more expressive and individualistic approach to beauty and fashion as they began to break free from societal norms and expectations. The '70s were also known for the natural look, meaning that a lot of people not only started embracing their natural hair texture — but they also allowed it to be in the spotlight.

The fashion and beauty trends of the '70s have had their modern renaissance in recent years, and shows such as "Daisy Jones & The Six" certainly helped to make some of those retro looks popular again. Those who are in the market for a new hairstyle can certainly draw inspiration from what was popular back in the day. Boho hair accessories, big curls, and celebrity-inspired haircuts are only some of the iconic '70s hair trends making a return. Here are 15 chic '70s hairstyles making a major comeback in 2023.

A curly shag

Shag haircuts became popular in the '70s and continued to be a go-to hairstyle for many in the '80s as well. While the cut itself looks incredible on any hair texture, it looks particularly well on those with naturally wavy or curly hair, as the cut will accentuate your curls and waves even more.

Wispy bangs

The '70s were all about wispy haircuts that looked blended without having any harsh lines. An easy way to add some of that '70s style to your hair is to opt for wispy, slightly overgrown bangs that can be worn straight across or swept to the side — just one of the effortless bang styles to try in 2023.

Embracing natural hair texture

The '70s were known as a decade in which many people stopped following society's expectations and instead focused on being authentic. While this applied to numerous spheres of life, fashion and beauty are definitely the most noticeable ones. For those with naturally curly hair, this means embracing your natural hair texture instead of trying to hide it.

Farrah Fawcett hair

Actor Farrah Fawcett rose to fame in the 1970s, and today she is best remembered for her portrayal of Jill Munroe on the television show "Charlie's Angels." Fawcett quickly became a fashion and beauty icon, and her signature hairstyle was emulated by fans worldwide. If you want to rock the Fawcett yourself, ask for plenty of wispy and feathery layers – a trendy look for spring — and lots of volume around your face.

Donna Summer hair

With hits like "Love to Love You Baby" and "Last Dance," Donna Summer quickly became the '70s Queen of Disco. Apart from her contribution to music, Summer also heavily influenced beauty and fashion trends, and her soft curls with a middle or side part quickly became replicated across the globe. If you don't have naturally curly hair, you can replicate this look by creating bouncy, voluminous curls with a hairstyling tool or heatless curling method.

A scarf updo

Since the '70s were all about bohemian fashion with fun patterns and lots of accessories, it's not surprising that using scarves in your hair was a big thing. An updo with a scarf around your hairline is also an easy way to get your hair out of your face and potentially cover up any greasy roots, making this hairstyle a win-win.

Volume + a headband

Headbands in all sizes and patterns were popular in the '70s, but they were worn in a very specific way. If you had bangs, you'd style them the way you like, and, as far as the rest of your hair goes, you would tease it to create tons of volume. Luckily, plenty of volumizing products exist today, so you no longer need to do much teasing to your hair.


While dreadlocks have been worn by various cultures for centuries, in the '70s, they became very popular among Black communities in the U.S. — especially among members of the Rastafari movement. Today, dreadlocks are still a popular hairstyle choice, as they don't only look great but are also very low maintenance.

Flower crowns

No list about '70s hairstyles would be complete without mentioning flower crowns. The hair accessory, which was originally popularized by hippies, is today a common trend for music festivals and summer events. While most flower crowns today are made of fake flowers, back in the '70s, they were created from real ones, and they represented peace, love, and unity. Try one yourself the next time you attend a summer festival.

Big roller curls

If you wanted to go for a glamorous look in the '70s, you would opt for super big curls. A look like this would usually be created with big hair rollers, but, nowadays, you can also create it with a hairstyling tool. Keep in mind that a hairstyle like this looks best on mid-to-long hair.

Embellished statement braids

Braids in all forms were popular in the '70s, but one particular style that's seeing a comeback is adding a couple of tiny braids throughout your hair to add a bit of fun to your look — it's just one example of a chic braided hairstyle you'll want to wear every day. To take this style even further, consider braiding in a colorful ribbon or adding some hair jewelry to the braids.

A pixie

Though long and voluminous hair was a big deal in the '70s, this doesn't mean that short haircuts weren't also popular. In the 1950s, actor Audrey Hepburn popularized the pixie, and 20 years later, many decided to rock the same look. To recreate a '70s pixie, ensure you have some length in the front to get those wispy side bangs.

Curls + a scarf

Scarves were rocked as hair accessories in the '70s in numerous ways. One was to simply tie a bandana around your head, allowing the hair to be visible from your ears down. This is also a great way to rock your hair down when it's greasy, as the scarf covers up the roots — another win.

Disco hair

The '70s were the disco era, and the most popular disco hairstyle was definitely small-to-medium curls. Those with naturally curly hair only have to ensure the curls are defined and voluminous, while those who have naturally straight or wavy hair have to do a bit more work — but the end result is definitely worth it.

A messy shag

If flowers and braids or ultra-glam disco curls aren't your thing, a messy shag haircut is the best '70s-inspired hairstyle you can go for. We already established that it looks stunning on those with naturally curly hair, but those with straight hair can also easily rock this style. All you'll need is some texture spray and your hands to create that slightly messy rock star look.