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5 90s Hairstyles That Are Back In Fashion!

The 90s was a decade of iconic hairstyles – from box cuts to floppy grown-out styles, hair was versatile to match whatever tribe you identified with.


These five 90s men’s hairstyles have truly stood the test of time and look just as fresh now as they way back when Oasis was top of the charts and everyone smelt like CK One.

It’s great to see 90s styles referenced by TikTok stars, in street culture and even on the runway for SS 2021 – Balenciaga, MSGM, Jil Sander… to name just a few.

Whether you want to emulate 90s heartthrob James Van Der Beek (Dawson of Dawson’s Creek), or go grunge and grown-out like Kurt Cobain, there truly is a style for everyone.

(Please note: the less said about curtain fringes the better. That’s one trend that can stay in the 90s. Just no.)


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1. James Van Der Beek

This wavy, medium length hairstyle from the actor’s Dawson’s Creek years is as quintessentially 90s as they come. Casual, wavy and relaxed – into it!

In this press shot, James wears his hair with a textured, healthy finish which you can get with a touch of pomade. I love how this enhances his naturally wavy hair and, if you’ve got the hair texture for it, it can be a pretty easy look to style and maintain at home.

For guys without James’ volume, reach for thickening shampoos or even salt spray to add density to your hair.

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2. Kurt Cobain

If like me, you opted for long hair in 2020 (thank you, pandemic) you might have enough length by now to try a Kurt length.

What makes this long hairstyle so nineties is the grunge-y, lived-in finish. Nothing is too perfect, not even your centre parting. Kurt’s one-length cut and dyed blonde locks practically launched the concept of bed hair.

Style with matte clay or texturising powder to add a dose of rock n’ roll. This cut works best on hair that’s straight, but if you’ve got fine hair like the Nirvana front man be sure to use volumising products so hair doesn’t hang.

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3. Noel Gallagher

A cross between a mod cut and a mullet, Noel’s 90s cut is pretty statement.

I would say this hairstyle does take a certain type of guy with a certain type of style to pull it off. But if you’ve got the mod attitude (and the wardrobe), go for it!

Noel Gallagher has stuck with this hairstyle since the launch of Oasis, sometimes he goes longer, sometimes shorter, but the mod element of short fringe and long sideburns always remains.

Style with powder, sea salt spray… basically anything that will add texture.

For the full mod hairstyle, grow your sideburns extra long and ask your barber to cut your fringe short.

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4. Damon Albarn 

Damon’s tapered medium length hairstyle is another classic Britpop look. And with little to no maintenance or styling skills needed, it’s the perfect look for laidback groomers.

The grown-out fringe and shaggy sides can err on the side of messy, so be sure to keep your clothing smart to avoid looking unkempt.

His medium length cut needs definition to looks, so style with essentials like a matt wax or a sea salt spray.

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5. Will Smith

Will Smith’s 90s flat top from his Fresh Prince of Bel Air days puts a brilliant spin on a classic hairstyle (yes, the flat top originated in the 50s but this is a distinctly 90s take on it).

A flat top looks amazing on thick hair types, especially Afro hair. You’ll need to visit your barber every couple of weeks to keep the sides tight and the top in shape – this look is all about contrast and commitment!

To keep medium to long Afro hair in good condition, we recommend taking the time to give yourself a hair treatments once a week.

For a less extreme style, you could opt for a high skin fade with texture on top.

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