By Lauren Valenti published
As children of the '90s, we fancied ourselves guinea pigs for the hairstyles we saw on Nickelodeon, MTV, or courtesy of Dualstar. Whether it was styling our hair with kitschy accessories or adventures in crimping, we tried it all and have the embarrassing #TBT photos to prove it. To stoke our nostalgia, were looking back on the most ridiculously amazing hair trends of the '90s as worn by celebrities—because even they weren't safe from them.
Once upon a time, a Miss Carrie Bradshaw denounced the scrunchie, claiming that no New York women would be caught dead out and about in one. Behold Sarah Jessica Parker, Bradshaw's creator and a born-and-raised New Yorker, wearing just that.
Hair accessories are to the '90s what hairspray was to the '80s—and plastic butterfly clips were the most sacred of all. Whether used sparingly à la Kirsten Dunst or decorating the whole head, you could never go wrong with wings.
Crimping irons have a bad rap, but star of Wayne's World Tia Carrere proves the wavy hairstyle can be chic. In fact, sawtooth curls have made waves on the runways of Chanel, Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, and Zac Posen.
The epitome of nonchalant '90s cool, Gwyneth Paltrow couldn't be bothered with a polished updo—she simply throws up her California blonde hair into a wispy half-bun, a look that's experiencing a revival at this very moment.
A ballet bun? As if. Updos in the '90s were nothing if not spikey and topped off with twisted strands, as you can see here on Clueless icon Alicia Silverstone.
No one did the '90s better than Gwen Stefani, due in large part to her neon double topknots. As of late, the look has been revived by Miley Cyrus and the Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 runway—but trust, no one can do it better than Gwen.
Topanga, a.k.a. Danielle Fishel, managed to don practically all the '90s hair trends at once, including our beloved hair crystals applied in meticulous fashion.
Picking up hair mascara at the mall without our parent's consent was our favorite way to go rogue back in the day. However, as far as recreating Christina Aguilera's badass color streaks went, it didn't fair quite so well for us.
The Hair Flip
Copying the Olsens was always a fail-proof way to be cool in the '90s. The twins took a page out of Drew Barrymore's book and helped popularize the girl-next-store flipped bob.
There are few things that make us more nostalgic for our childhood than a square bandana. Embroidered with a classic paisley pattern, they were the hair accessory. Today, they've experienced a comeback, but mainly worn tied around the neck. Sorry, Madge.
I’m the associate web editor at Marie Claire. I love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. I firmly believe that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.
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