Between the hippie influence and an epic number of mustaches, the ‘70s was a big decade for hair. Just look at some of the major icons of the decade: Cher, David Cassidy, Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, the Ramones, Robert Plant. One thing they had in common: long flowing locks. If you were a high school kid, your parents might have still had somewhat of a say in how you wore your hair, so teen styles were often a little more conservative than those of their slightly older idols. We managed to talk our models into letting us transform them, 1970s-style. Here are some of our favorite looks:
Groovy Hairstyles of the 1970s
The Tiger Beat Special
Tousled shoulder-length locks were popular for 1970s teen idols. Just add a puka shell necklace, and you could pretend you were a stylin’ surfer dude.
Thousands of blow dryers and curling irons lost their lives thanks to this very popular hairstyle – and a certain very popular actress.
Adopted by many, many 1970s guys – the hairstyle that just looked like you needed a haircut.
A low-maintenance look for long hair, ponytails were popular on both girls and guys. Wearing two at a time was generally reserved for schoolgirls – or women trying to look younger.
1970s Soccer Mom
If you didn’t want the Dorothy Hamill cut and couldn’t pull off the Farrah, you might have been sporting this hairdo.
The Ken Doll
This style always managed to look simultaneously a little too old and a little too young for whoever was wearing it.
Ode to Marcia Brady
If you were a girl with straight hair in the 1970s, chances were pretty good that you wore it long and parted straight down the middle, just like Marcia.
What do you consider to be the most iconic hairstyles of the 1970s?