Look Back at Those Fashionable Hairstyles From The High School Era.


Senior year of high school is filled with so many major life decisions. Figuring out the best hair option for your yearbook photo was one of them. Did you follow one of these popular trends of the time? We'll admit that some of them seem a bit silly now, but this being said, we're sure people looking back on the hairstyles of the 2010s (including celebrity hairstyles) might think we're a little out there too.

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1950: Victory Rolls

A trend that carried over from the '40s, victory rolls were tight and voluminous curls set on the top of the head for a sleek and sophisticated look. Actresses like Lana Taylor wore this look when they wanted to add a touch of glamour.

1951: The Poodle Clip

Sleek on the sides, a sea of curls on the top. The Poodle Clip was given its name because it reminded many of, you guessed it, a poodle.

1952: Short Curls

When Marilyn Monroe busted onto the scene in the early '50s, her signature bob with smooth curls became the epitome of glamour and style.

1953: The Cap Cut

This popular haircut, seen here on Elizabeth Taylor, was essentially a pixie cut with some length and volume left on top. Many young women transitioning to adulthood wore this style.

1954: The Sabrina

Audrey Hepburn was always one for setting hair trends, but none were more iconic than her pixie for her 1954 film, Sabrina. Her micro-bangs gave it a bold, modern vibe — and the style caught on like wildfire.

1955: Center Part

Vivien Leigh is just one actress who was known for her center part paired with tight, face-framing curls in the mid-'50s.

1956: Shoulder Bob

Grace Kelly exuded chicness with her smooth and sleek hair that curled at the end as it reached her shoulder. Many were keen to follow suit.

1957: Soft Curls

Inspired by the Hollywood pinup trend, a popular hairstyle for women with long hair, like Rita Hayworth, was to style it in soft curls that fell either on both sides of the face or to one side with a deep part.

1958: Platinum Blonde

As Marilyn Monroe grew more popular throughout the decade, so did her signature platinum blonde hair. Soon, competing studios began promoting stars with a similar look as the bombshell, like Jayne Mansfield.

1959: The Chignon

There are so many different variations of a chignon, but in the late '50s, an artfully pinned-up version is what all the stylish women were wearing to dinner parties.

1960: Stacked Updo

Unlike the neat, polished updos of years prior, women opted for messier, imperfect styles to achieve a sexy look in the '60s.

1961: Pageboy

A little softer and more flattering than the unfortunate '90s bowl cut, actress Hayley Mills and other stars donned this round chop with smoothed-under tips.

1962: Bouffant

As one of the most influential figures in fashion, First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis popularized this voluminous style.

1963: The Beehive

Women saw the likes of the Ronettes and Brigitte Bardot piling hair atop their heads to reach as much height as possible.

1964: The Bob

Ah, the bob. After initially popping up in the '20s, Vidal Sassoon reinvented it during the mid-'60s, making it chic again among stylish women.

1965: Five Point Cut

Taking the same bob a step further, Sassoon popularized the modern, geometric look on women including Mary Quant.

1966: Long and Straight

As hippies influenced mainstream style, women flocked to copy the ever-trendsetting Cher by wearing their hair long, straight, and silky.

1967: Short and Natural

Cicely Tyson famously went natural during her role on East Side/West Side, prompting women everywhere to cut their hair short in imitation of the actress' gorgeous look.

1968: Mop Top

Hey — the Beatles loved mop-top styles, so why wouldn't women love 'em, too? Here, Julie Driscoll rocks a super-straight, shaped cut.

1969: Modern Bouffant

Starring in Julia, a role that made her the first black actress to have her TV show, Diahann Carroll helped propel this chic, voluminous style to popularity.

1970: Long and Center-Parted

After 1970's Love Story starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal became the hit of the year, women started rocking center-parted straight styles.

1971: The Shag

After hairstylist Paul McGregor cut Jane Fonda's hair into this funky short-and-long style for the 1971 film Klute, women began asking their hairdressers for this unisex look.

1972: Afro

Pam Grier and her voluminous curls became one of the decade's most iconic looks.

1973: Shoulder-Length Flip

Up-and-coming actress, Olivia Newton-John, hit the scene rocking shoulder-length hair with a center part and just the right amount of curl on the ends.

1974: Loose Waves

As one of the decade's most recognized models, Lauren Hutton's glamorous waves inspired many women to try flowing, loose locks.

1975: Voluminous Curls

While some women preferred defined waves, many women desired a curlier, more voluminous style like that of supermodel Beverly Johnson.

1976: Wedge Haircut

Designed by Trevor Sorbie — a protégé of Vidal Sassoon himself! — the wedge style featured a triangular silhouette that cut off right around the ears. Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill helped popularize the style after winning the gold medal in 1976.

1977: Bleach Blonde

Bringing punky hairstyles into the mainstream, Blondie singer Debbie Harry rocked a shaggy, bleached look.

1978: Farrah Waves

Farrah Fawcett and her unforgettable hair on Charlie's Angels inspired countless women to highlight their hair and blow it out into full, sweeping waves.

1979: Spiky Punk Hair

Musician Siouxsie Sioux and her goth-meets-punk style brought wispy, all-over-the-place hair into popularity.

1980: Edgy Shag

Jane Fonda may have put shag on the map, but Joan Jett's long, razored style made it a must-have for trendsetters and rock lovers everywhere.

1981: Topknot

Now a lazy day staple for women everywhere, actresses, and models like Iman helped bring this style to the beauty sphere.

1982: Asymmetrical Updo

Admit it: If you grew up in the '80s, you wore this gloriously unbalanced hairstyle at least once.

1983: Girl-Next-Door Hair

Brooke Shields and other "All-American girl" types inspired women everywhere to grow their hair long and give it as much volume as possible.

1984: The Mullet

A notably dark time in our country's history, the Age of the Mullet lasted too long and affected too many. If you survived the '80s without getting this tragic cut, we commend you.

1985: Wrapped Up

The original Queen of Pop, Madonna's hair helped define the '80s — including this teased 'do wrapped up by a headscarf.

1986: Crimped

Another unfortunate trend of the '80s, crimped hair found its place in society and stuck around on and off throughout the 1990s.

1987: Red Ringlets

When Molly Ringwald showed up with her glorious mess of red curls, the world fell in love.

1988: Feathered Bangs

Among other stars, Sarah Jessica Parker rocked this incredibly '80s do, inspiring American women to follow suit by teasing their bangs and perming their locks.

1989: Gelled Curls

Continuing the trend of heavy product use, Julia Roberts and other celebs gelled their curls for a slick-down style.

1990: Regal Short Cut

Ever the trendsetter, Princess Diana influenced women of the world to go short with her famous crop created by hairstylist Sam McKnight.

1991: Tumbling Updo

Glam supermodels including Cindy Crawford popularized over-the-top updos with face-framing pieces.

1992: Grunge Hair

As one of the biggest names in the early '90s grunge music scene, Courtney Love's messy bleached locks inspired tons of teens and twenty-somethings to try a wilder style.

1993: Box Braids

As a result of her style in the starring role in 1993's Poetic Justice, Janet Jackson inspired women to wear their hair in long box braids.

1994: The Rachel

By now, we all know that Jennifer Aniston secretly hated the style that launched a thousand (or a million) haircuts: "The Rachel." Still, it's impossible not to feel nostalgic over the Friends star's famous cut.

1995: Butterfly Clips

Okay, so the '90s featured a few style mistakes, not the least of which was the butterfly clip trend. Yikes!

1996: Wild Streaks

Leave it to the Spice Girls — especially daring member Geri Halliwell, a.k.a. Ginger Spice — to lead millions of girls to beg their moms and dads to let them get streaks in their hair of bright red, orange, pink, and other colors.

1997: Spiky Pixie

The '90s saw a chic, edgy style of pixie come into focus after Winona Ryder debuted her cool look in 1997.

1998: Pigtails

Why, oh why, did pigtails on adults come back? Two words, one name: Britney Spears.

1999: Front Tendrils

There may not be an official name for this style, but everyone in the '90s was guilty of it: Two tiny strands, just lingering in front of your face.

2000: Face-Framing Highlights

The 2000s started to see more wearable colors and cuts. Case in point: Beyonce's wavy, honey blonde hair.

2001: The Fan Piece

Name bigger hair influencers than the Olsen twins in the 2000s, we'll wait. Some of their looks were hard to replicate, but all the fanned half-up, the half-down style required was a couple of bobby pins.

2002: Crimped Pieces

Unlike the insanity that was crimped hair in the '90s, where people would sport an entire head of crimped hair, the trend in the 2000s was just a few select crimped pieces. Britney Spears at the MTV VMAs was the ultimate goal.

2003: Flipped Layers

Here, Mandy Moore models the highly popular flipped blowout, which took over red carpets in the early aughts. The beachy look appeared effortless but required

56.2004: Colored Strands

This period was very punk rock—even if you, like Jessica Simpson, were the furthest thing from that. Adding a few colorful strands to your hair was an easy way to achieve this ~edgy~ look.

2005: Voluminous Ponytails

This coiffed pony was a Hilary Duff staple during the mid-2000s — and based on looks alone we assume it required large amounts of hair gel to achieve.

2006: Headbands

Headbands had a moment in the mid-aughts and, although it seems odd, where a chic and stylish accessory that you saw everywhere from high school homerooms to red carpet premieres.

2007: Super Straight Hair

Who could forget watching Lauren Conrad straightening her hair before a night out at Les Deux or Area? Pin straight hair was everything back in the late 2000s.

2008: Beach Waves

Almost a decade later, the Olsen twins were still setting hair trends. Mary-Kate and Ashley's "beach wave" period was a big one and resulted in many curling iron burns over here.

2009: Side-Swept Bangs

Side bangs weren't just a thing in the 2000s, they were the thing. Every girl was rocking this style in their senior portrait.

2010: The Snooki Bump

Remember Bumpits? Yeah, us too. Thanks in part to Jersey Shore, this voluminous, pulled back look became a staple.

From Prevention

2011: Beachy Waves

Curls and waves are always in for summer because they are a great way to work with the natural texture of your hair. The whole point of this hairstyle is not to overdo it. All summer hairstyles are about simplicity and staying away from blow dryers and heat styling tools.

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