Gone were the blowouts of the 1980s; in their place, the 1990s brought forth a new cadre of iconic hair styles that assumed their rightful place on stage (Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, Whitney Houston) or on camera (Lisa Bonet, Jennifer Aniston). From Friends to Sliding Doors to Madonna’s “Bedtime Stories,” here are the most iconic hair moments of the ’90s.
Dreadlocked, corn-rowed or naturally curled, the oldest Cosby kid embodied street cool.
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Glamour and bad-ass were never so seamlessly interwoven. Whether in mini pigtails all over her head or coiffed in a Forties set, Stefani’s hair and scarlet pout competed for icon status.
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She had her locks shorn for her role in Sliding Doors, but it was kind of adorable how the style twinned her with then-fiancé Brad Pitt, right down to the highlights.
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Her shaved head turned O’Connor into such an ethereal beauty that wonders why it took three decades for another Brit (Ruth Bell) to remind us how lovely peach fuzz can be. Do we blame G.I. Demi? Or the Pope?
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The queen of grunge not only made pinafores cool, she was also the poster child for smeared lipstick and bottled blonde. Maybe pinafores will come back first.
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Madge’s platinum “Bedtime Stories” waves brought to mind an updated version of Bert Stern’s “The Last Sitting.” Or maybe it was just the bedsheets.
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Before Bessette or Paltrow, Hume was the one who brought ’70s Long ’n Silky waist-length locks back into vogue.
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We can thank Ms. Houston for making both scrunchies and turbans stylishly acceptable hair accessories.
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All these other ladies aside, the entire decade could really be summed up in two words: The. Rachel.
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