Throughout the early years of the 1970s, hippie culture was still predominant in the United States, especially among those in the 18-25 year old age group.
Many still subscribed to the tenants of free love, peace for all, and everything else that truly made a hippie a hippie.
Of course, unique to the hippie of the 60s and 70s was the way they looked with there hippie hair styles.
Loose-fitting clothing such as peasant shirts and sun dresses were the norm for the ladies and the men generally wore bell-bottoms and cotton shirts and other comfortable duds.
And, of course, there hippie hair was almost always styled – or not styled – a particular way.
For both men and women, the typical hippie hair style was really quite simple. For the most part, hair was worn long and parted down the middle. It didn’t really matter whether you had straight hair, wavy hair, or very curly hair.
Long hair was truly the fashion of the day and many women had hair that literally reached their rear end. It wasn’t unusual for men to have hair down to the middle of their back as well.
When hair wasn’t being worn straight, it was usually somehow cinched up. Hippie men weren’t adverse to wearing ponytails. This kept the hair out of the way for certain tasks and became quite a popular look and stayed as such well into the 70s.
Women sometimes wore their hair in a ponytail as well or may have styled it in one or two long braids.
A hippie hairstyle wasn’t a hippie hairstyle without some sort of ornamentation in the hair. Most often, a headband was worn around the forehead. This headband might have been a scarf, a stretchy piece of fabric, some braided hemp or yarn, or even a macramé creation.
They were usually colorful and may or may not have matched one’s outfit. Nonetheless, they were quite groovy and certainly an essential 70s accessory.
African-American hippies, who usually didn’t have long, straight hair, often selected the Afro as their hippie hair style of choice.
The Afro – also called a “fro” or a “natural” – rose to popularity around the time of the Civil Rights Movement. It represented a return of Black Pride and shunned the idea of changing one’s hair to more closely resemble that of a Caucasian.
The Afro actually began, however, as a rather short haircut, but as the 60s moved into the 70s, Afros became longer and longer. For the most part, the Afro was phased out during the first few years of the 70s, replaced by other popular African-American hair styles including cornrows and the Jheri Curl.
Though the Afro re-emerged during the Disco era, it was rarely accompanied by a headband, as it would have been in the 60s and early 70s.