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70s Women Hairstyles

Women’s hairstyles of the 70s varied quite a bit from the beginning of the decade until the end.

After all, life was very different in the early 70s than it was in the later years, and often the changes in fashion and hair trends mirrored those changes in culture.

Of course, some hairstyles were popular with young women while others were preferred by the middle age or older set.

Several of those 70s hairstyles stand out in the crowd.

Long and Straight 70s Womens Hairstyles

Not unlike the late 60s, younger women in the early 70s tended to wear their hair long and straight. Most often, it was parted down the middle with no bangs. It was usually adorned with a headband, barrettes, or some other sort of simple hair ornament, even a flower.

Many women believed in growing their hair until it got very, very long – often down to their rear ends. They took pride in keeping it clean and brushed.

Womens Short and Carefree Hair

In the early to mid-70s, older women who were looking for an easy hairstyle chose to cut their hair in a short style that was simple and demanded little care. Usually, it could be finger styled and left to dry on its own.

This reduced the time spent on the morning beauty regimen by at least 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the hair. It was also ideal for women who were very active and was a favorite with female sports figures.

Womens Shag

A haircut that is still popular, the Shag is just what it sounds like. It’s a shaggy haircut cropped in layers that look a little messy. Usually, the bottom sticks out a little and curls up.

Like other haircuts of the 70s, it demanded little fuss in the morning and was popular because it was “wash and wear.” Men wore shag haircuts as well. Compared to the Shag of the 90s, however, the 70s version was softer and less pointy.

Womens Afros

Like the shag, both men and women wore Afros in the 1970s. In addition, both african american and caucasian women wore this ‘do.

It was especially popular during the disco era. It ranged from fairly short to quite long and the look was adopted by lots of female celebrities, causing it to rise in popularity and stay in style through the beginning of the eighties.

Farrah Fawcett Hairstyle

One of the most popular sex symbols of the late 1970s, Farrah Fawcett, sported a haircut that women everywhere wanted to duplicate.

The Farrah cut worked best on women who had full, thick hair. Lengthwise, it reached just below the shoulders, and backward facing curls framed the face. It was ultra-feminine and remained popular for several years.