3 hairstyles from the ’70s making a comeback

From bell sleeves to flares, the 1970s will forever remain an iconic fashion era. Embrace the ’70s revival by recreating these resurgent hairstyles.

The 1970s were an experimental period for hair, with everything from poker-straight locks to full-blown perms gaining popularity.

Some of the key looks are now experiencing a resurgence with leading hairstylists sharing their tips to recreate the looks at home.

“I love that we are drawing on hairstyles from previous eras,” says Melbourne make-up artist and hair stylist Pim Moulton.

“Paying homage to past trends and style icons such as Farrah Fawcett and Cher are a big yes from me,” Pim says.

As with most trends, the resurgence of ’70s hairstyles can be credited to traditional media and celebrity influence, but unlikely platforms such as TikTok are also driving beauty trends.

“Right now, my TikTok feed features a lot of young girls posting tutorials on how to achieve ’70s hairstyles from home,” Pim says.

“It’s exciting and motivating to see people getting creative at home and teaching others how simple it can be.”

Popular TikTokker Danielle Marcan is one such example.

The Romanian model and content creator helped popularise the wolf cut on the social media platform, with stars such as Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna further cementing its status as the hairstyle of 2021.

Key ’70s hairstyles on trend this spring

Poker-straight hair


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Then: Commercial hair straighteners existed in the ’70s, but many achieved the poker-straight hairstyle using a traditional clothes iron.


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Now: Hair straighteners are still the most commonly used tool, but longer-lasting treatments – such as silk pressing, or chemical treatments including the Brazilian blowout – are available.

How to recreate the look:

  • Shampoo and condition, then towel dry and apply a heat protectant and smoothing product catering to your hair type.
  • Blow-dry the hair straight, section by section, using a thermal round brush; direct heat downwards to smooth down flyaways.
  • Once hair is completely dry, go over each section again with a straightener and fine-tooth comb to achieve a glossy, sleek finish. If you have fine hair, only do this to the top layers so you don’t lose volume.
  • If the crown is looking too flat, a little bit of backcombing at the roots can provide some lift – just be sure to smooth the top of the hair down.
  • Use a glossy finishing spray to set the style and give it added luminous sheen.
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Fawcett flick


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Then: Popularised by actress Farah Fawcett; her signature feathered hairstyle was achieved using hot rollers in an outwards direction to get the flicked-out curls.


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Now: Though some use hot rollers for a truly retro effect, the look can be just as easily created with curling tongs or hair straighteners.

“If you’re on a budget, try foam or Velcro rollers. They’re so easy to use and they actually work,” Pim says.

“Because of the self-grip on the rollers, you roll the hair around your face outwards and use a hair pin to keep them in place.”

How to recreate the look:

  • Start with dry hair, ideally one or two days after washing so there’s more grip.
  • This look is ideal for those with layers, especially around the face rather, than a blunt cut.
  • Apply preferred heat protectant and go over each section of hair with a straightener, flicking out the ends to achieve the feathered look. If your hair struggles to hold a curl, take a Velcro roller under rather than over the roller.
  • Once all sections are done, apply a strong-hold hairspray; if rollers were used, allow them to cool before removal.
  • Then turn hair upside down and comb out the style.
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Wolf cut


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Then: Considered one of the more experimental styles of the ’70s, some of the biggest names of the time – including Joan Jett, Goldie Hawn and Stevie Nicks – sported the wolf cut.

Much of the style is in the haircut itself, which involves shaggy layers that verge on mullet territory.


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Now: The modern take on the wolf cut is pretty much a replica of the original but modern styling tools and products provide more styling options, allowing you to take the shaggy cut from a sleek look to something more dramatic such as waves or tighter curls.

How to recreate the look:

  • If you don’t have a wolf cut to begin with, ask for a shaggy cut with face-framing layers that cater to your face shape and hair type. For those scared of making the commitment, ask for subtle layers and curtain bangs that can serve as a transitional hairstyle before making the leap to a wolf cut.
  • For the signature bed-head shaggy hairstyle, you will want to wash your hair and apply mousse or a texturising spray on towel-dried hair. Those with naturally curly or wavy hair can use a diffuser to further enhance natural texture.
  • For those with straight hair, dry hair as normal and then take random sections of the hair and create beach waves by alternating the curl direction with each section.
  • Finish with a spray of light-hold hairspray.

Written by Charlotte Brundrett.