Nineties hair: The comeback
Celebrities and artists are peaking back in time and finding inspiration in the hairstyles of a decade not too far away. Updated versions of space buns and curtains are thus all around us.
A hairdo with roots in anime and Princess Leia, space buns defined the looks of Gwen Stefani and Björk in the 1990s. And then for the cover of Homogenic, Björk’s buns were exaggerated to extreme heights! Fast- forward 20 years and multiple hair buns have been resurrected by the likes of Kylie Jenner and Rita Ora, to great effect.
Remember the gelled, downy baby hair that J.Lo, Chilli of TLC and Lil’ Kim were so fond of? Shaped into curls and slicked down against the forehead, baby hairs have been revived by FKA twigs, an up-and-coming singer from London, and on a few occasions adopted by serial hair-changer Rihanna. Time to get reacquainted with gel again – these days, the formulations are much more flexible.
Mid-length hair, middle or side parting, shorn sides and back. Also known as the undercut. Think Leonardo DiCaprio in anything leading up to Titanic, David Beckham early in his football career, or Tom Cruise. Now look at Zachary Quinto, Michael Pitt, and Zayn Malik of One Direction. Same haircut, so what makes it now? Ditch the parting and push the longer hair upwards.
You can thank 1990s R&B stars for the return
of tougher hairdos such as plaited cornrows, championed back in the day by Alicia Keys, Brandy and Beyoncé (when she was still in Destiny’s Child), and now worn by a new generation of talent, including hot Oakland-born rapper Gita. It is not restricted to a full head or singers only either – single or double cornrows have been sported by everyone from Cara Delevingne to Kristen Stewart and Ciara.
THE WINONA PIXIE
No mention of the 1990s would be complete without a nod to Winona
Ryder and her pixie cut. Whether it was spiky (as in her 1994
Stone cover) or just artfully dishevelled, this cut has gone onto inspire a legion of young actresses today. Jennifer Lawrence, Ginnifer Goodwin, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams and Emma Watson, we’re looking at you.