3 Vintage ’70s Hairstyles Inspired by Mom

3 Vintage ’70s Hairstyles Inspired by Mom

Here are three of my favorite hair memories from the decade of peace, love and hot hair.


By: Sarah James

Did your mom have a signature hairstyle when you were growing up? As a child of the ’70s and ’80s, my mom definitely rocked a few iconic looks. The styles from the ’70s always intrigued me in particular (Let's be serious — ’80s hair was awful.), and ’70s hair happens to serve as a huge inspiration for many of the hottest looks today. Here are three of my favorite follicular memories from the decade of peace, love and hot hair.

1. A Super Straight, Center-Parted Mane
This look is probably the most iconic of the decade — long, straight locks with a severe center part. As easy as it may look, many of us know it's a hard look to pull off. Center parts look best on oval, symmetrical faces, and super long hair can drag the face downwards.

A great way to remedy this is by creating a slightly off-center part and adding some movement to your mane. Just a few very loose waves (created by a 1.5- or 2-inch barrel) will keep the overall look youthful, while the off-center part keeps the hair (and face) from looking too severe.

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2. Slicked Back Ponytail
Now, this was my mom's signature look: Shiny, dark tresses pulled tightly into a ponytail a smidge below the crown of the head. Once again, this look can be a touch severe, so why not try a ponytail with some side-swept bangs? Adding fringe to the equation will soften the overall effect and give off a more youthful vibe.

Additionally, the placement of the ponytail can dramatically change the look. Try a low, loose ponytail for a more relaxed effect or switch things up with a more playful ponytail that sits high on the crown of the head.

3. Vintage Waves
What lady of the ’70s didn't pine over those famous feathered layers. They might be a tad dated, but loose, voluminously tousled tresses will always be in style.

To get the look, first softly curl 2-inch sections of hair around the rod of a curling iron. Allow the waves to cool for a minute or two, then flip hair over and brush through. Flip your head back over — and voilà! — gorgeous, bouncy waves.



Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoorl, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” “ABC Nightlineand in The New York Times.

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