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Hair Styling | 90s Hairstyles

Hair tendrils are making a comeback!

It seems we just can’t get enough of the 90s! All the great fashion trends of 30 years ago are sneaking their way back in. Scrunchies and crimped hair are just two of the trends that have been welcomed back with open arms. Now it’s hair tendrils’ time to shine. Celebrities have been the first to try out the retro trend, including Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid, and Ashley Graham.


What are hair tendrils?

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Remember when everyone was walking around with their hair slicked completely back except for two pieces, which dangled down the front, framing the face? That’s them! Back in the 90s, these two pieces of hair used to be coated in so much hair spray that they could have taken somebody’s eye out! Luckily, the hair tendrils of the 2020s have taken on a softer look. If you want to try your hand at this hairstyle, read on to find out how.

How do you style hair tendrils?

Hair tendrils can make all the difference with “lazy” hairstyles. Not in mood to style your hair, but don’t want to make it obvious? Simply tie back your hair, and tease out two sections at the front. You can decide yourself how thick or thin you want them to be. You’re also not bound to just taking the tendrils from right at the front of your hair, you can experiment by pulling out strands from above your ears or further down your hairline. Secure them in place with a bit of göt2b® Insta Hold Flex Hold Hair Spray – just make sure you don’t go overboard. And you’re left with a classy look with practically no effort! Hair tendrils are a great way to accessorize any updo hairstyle: buns, chignons, ponytails, etc.


Since the new take on hair tendrils is to make them a little bit softer so they don’t frame your face as severely, you can enhance the softer effect by using a curling tool to create a soft curve in the tendrils, rather than going for the poker straight, rock hard look.

Accessorize your hair tendril hairstyle

Why not go all 90s by finishing off your style with butterfly clips, which were insanely popular back in the day? If that’s a bit too much for you, then hair barrettes are a trendy alternative, or maybe even a head scarf to accentuate the tendrils by separating them from the rest of your hair. Bobby pins are a useful aid to keep unruly hair out of the way so it doesn’t interfere with your perfectly created hair tendrils, while at the same time staying hidden.

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