5 Retro Hairstyles That Are Totally Right Now

May 03, 2016

retro hairstyles

Hairstyles that make great fashion statements return, and when they do, they're suddenly retro, vintage, and cool. Here at five hairdos that have made it back to the 21st Century in a big way.


Undercuts are the rage and are plastered all over pop culture. From Justin Bieber to David Beckham to the History Channel’s “Vikings” series cast, men and women alike are jumping on the edgy “new” look. But the undercut actually traces its origins to the turn of the 20th Century among poor people who couldn’t afford barbers. By the 1920s, it grew in popularity with street gangs and eventually became a hip look with the Jazz crowd. Today’s interpretation has considerably more flare. Other pop culture undercut notables include: Johnny Depp, One Direction, Rihanna, Kelly Osbourne and DJ Skrillex.

Rosie The Riveter

The image of Rosie the Riveter became iconic during World War II when women supported the overseas effort by working in shipyards and factories. Pulling the hair back into a ponytail with a little curl in front and a bandana wrap may have been practical in the 1940s, but it’s also nicely stylish today. Rosie’s hairdo saw a rise in popularity in the 21st Century with the roller derby crowd.

Hippie Hair

Peace, love and long flowing beautiful hair have flower-powered their way back into style half a century later. The 1960s hippie hair was a classic, natural look for women. A simple part down the center, add in a thin three-strand braid with some colored thread and you’re perfect. Today’s hippies like to blend in a reggae spin with a few dreadlocks. During the first wave of the counter-culture, the style ran the gamut of celebs from Joan Baez to the glamorous Cher. Today’s pop stars that have adorned the style include: Katy Perry and Vanessa Hudgens, among others.

Big Hair '80s

The 1980s just won’t end. From Glam Rock to leather jackets and of course the Big Hair. The style didn’t seem to matter which direction the hair went, as long as it was long, thick and large. Rock star David Lee Roth let it flow over his shoulders and Cindy Lauper dyed hers multi-colors. Stars going “Big Hair” these days include: Jennifer Lopez, Adele, Beyonce, and Niki Minaj among others. Like they say, size matters.

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