12 ’90s Hair Trends We (Sort Of) Miss

Let’s not kid ourselves: growing up in the ’90s (or early 2000s) was pretty awesome. But while most of my childhood memories seem so magical (like Furbies, duh!), some of the trends I remember are a little bit, um… odd. Take, for example, these crazy hair trends from the ’90s – you might not be able to imagine yourself pulling this off now, but I bet when you were a kid, you were all about them:

Butterfly Clips

One of my favorite pastimes? Collecting as many different colored butterfly clips as I possibly could. Seriously, I’m not joking when I say I had full drawers of these. They had so many uses! And who wouldn’t want butterflies in their hair?! Come on, now.


Mini Ponytails

One of those uses? Stylishly clipping back our tiny mini ponytails. True story: I recreated this look way too many times once Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen started showing it off. They were, like, the voice of our generation, guys.


Bra Strap Headbands

GUYS. Don’t even pretend you didn’t wear these. I don’t know why, but I thought they were the best idea ever. Who knew bra straps could do more than hold up boobs? Even this model looks confused as to why this is on her head. I mean, I guess you can still wear them, but they scream ’90s.



Let’s be honest: not everyone can rock cornrows. But I guess we all thought we could at one point. Especially when accented with pretty clips and mini ponytails.


Crimped Hair

I’m a little ashamed to tell you how many nights I went to bed with wet hair braided in order to wake up to a head full of crimped strands. Because it was a lot, because my mom wouldn’t let me purchase a legit crimper. It kind of looks silly now, but back then? It was only one of the hottest styles ever.


Big Barrettes

Huge barrettes were so popular when I was a kid – the bigger, the more colorful and the tackier looking, the better!


Hair Wraps

Remember when you were little and every time you went on vacation you just HAD to get a section of your hair wrapped? I mean, duh! That was the only way people knew you went somewhere cool!



Thanks to Blair Waldorf, headbands are enjoying quite the comeback, but today’s options are definitely prettier and more delicate than what we had in the 90s. I have fond memories of large velvet ones that kind of took over your whole head.


Hair Impressions

Who wouldn’t jump at the chance of pressing different shapes into their hair? Hearts, stars, zig-zags… we had so much fun with hair back then!


Mall Bangs

These super perky, super fluffy bangs were all the rage back in the ’90s, and DJ Tanner (from Full House) shows that off the best.


Fake Dreads

If there’s one thing to take away from ’90s hair trends, it’s that there was a lot going on. Like creating the dreadlock look by twisting your hair. When I saw Jennifer Aniston do this, I was SO JEALOUS. Now, I’m so confused.



A ’90s roundup wouldn’t be complete without mentioning scrunchies! Today, we all buy the skinniest hair ties possibly – but back in the ’90s? It was all about the biggest and most outrageous scrunchies we could find. And we wore them while rocking the side pony, obviously.


What did we miss? What’s your favorite ’90s hair trend? What do you wish would be brought back? Tell us in the comments!

Want more 90s nostalgia? Here are 25 things we miss from the ’90s!

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  • Passerby

    I see at least 3 styles that were 80’s not 90’s. The mall bangs, the scrunchy, crimping. I don’t remember hair impressions but that looks borderline to me.

  • cool

    I used to wear the scrunchies ๐Ÿ™‚ and, oh! This page has brought back soo many memories! ๐Ÿ˜€ Like the Full House tv show for example, super cool!

  • TrendyNerdLuvMB

    I wish I brought back the Big barrettes, the headband, and the scrunchies

    -TrendyNerdLuvMB Out! 8^D

  • TrendyNerdLuvMB

    LoL..wow.. these are so interesting! You forgotten the hairstyle where part of your hair was in a bun on the top right part of your head and the rest of your hair down. Or…was that the 80’s? Naw… (???)

    -TrendyNerdLuvMB Out! 8^D

  • Kristinn

    wow.. i miss my childhood. those days when all the hairstyles are so hip and freakin cool to look at.

  • skylaistgut

    i love all hair styles wish they were in:(

  • TheSunInHerEyes

    This brought back so many memories!! I remember having a whole container for butterfly clips and begging my mom everywhere we went to get my hair wrapped! I still have some of my old clips haha!

  • unogirl101

    cripped hair<3

  • Brie

    Scruhcies were so my thing back then..I still miss them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • johana Peralta

    I use to wear the headbands…

  • Leilabeth

    i don’t know if this counts but remember when you would pull half of your pony tail through and have a short pony thing? i was the weird chick in school who had the ridiculously long hair… so in kinder and first i wore my hair like that almost everyday…

  • Nicole

    Topsy Tails, hello!

    • Leilabeth

      i still love those! but my mom lost the thingamagig…

  • lil_bruggz13

    I still like scrunchies, and butterfly clips, they work well for my long ass hair that used to be bangs ๐Ÿ˜› I also used to get my sister to braid my hair in corn rows a lot.. I only say used to because she moved for school. Cornrows may be 90’s but I can totally rock a cornrow headband.

  • EVA

    OMG!! i still wear scrunchies but i really miss the butterfly clips!!

  • DarcieDML

    OMG lol I feel like such a loser. I still wear half of these styles!

    • CaRa

      You shouldn’t feel like a loser! I wear them too! (:

  • Elisa

    LOL talk about blast from the past .. those butterfly clips, hahaha

  • MandaCat214

    My french teacher at school still has the mall bangs…

  • Lori

    whoa pause! as I am typing this right now, I have a bra strap headband on! regular elastic-y like headbands just dont hold my hair back tight enough so I just use them to hold my ponytails. at least if a bra strap is gonna stretch out a little, you can adjust it. ITS FUNCTIONAL! ๐Ÿ™‚