Top 50 Favorite Hairstyles of All Time

THE UNDERCUT

The great thing about an undercut (which, by the way, Selena Gomez has also been seen sporting) is that the wearer can either show it off — like Rosamund Pike at the freakin’ Oscars! — or hide it by wearing her hair down. We love a hairdo that can have two personalities!

FEATHERED BANGS

Think feathered bangs are weird, outdated, and way too ’80s? Check out this photo of Selena Gomez and think again! The trend can definitely go very wrong (too much feathering and you’ve turned into your mom during her aerobics years), but they can definitely be edgy in the right hands.

THE FISHTAIL

Fishtails are just a fancier version of a basic braid, which has made them a mainstay at celeb events. Eva Longoria has been spotted wearing a messy/deconstructed version of the look on the red carpet, but fishtails are also a go-to for Blake Lively.

THE FAUX BOB

Hardly a red carpet goes by without at least one celebrity wearing a faux bob (long hair that’s pinned under to create a chin-length style), but the trend dates back to the 1920s. Grace Kelly helped make it popular again in the ’50s.

GELLED EDGES

When it comes to styling edges, the creative possibilities are absolutely endless. We’re fully living for Yara Shahidi’s swirled baby hairs + sleek side part combo.

THE BLUNT PONY

Blunt ponytails are currently popular with the influencers and supermodels among us — in part thanks to celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, who has styled several of her clients with the look. The good news? You just need some extensions and a pair of scissors to get Bella Hadid’s look. And um, maybe a hairdresser.

THE BLUNT BOB

It’s sleek, it’s shiny, it’s minimalistic, and it’s oh-so incredibly ’90s. But in case you hadn’t heard, everything ’90s is in again—so go ahead, dust off your flat iron and make Rihanna proud.

FINGER WAVES

Other than fringe dresses, finger waves like Bette Davis’ might just be the best thing to come out of the 1920s flapper era. And yes, they’re created using your fingers — plus a ton of product, super wet hair, and beauty salon dryers.

SPACE BUNS

First of all, Janelle Monáe is the coolest person ever. Second of all, Space Buns are the coolest hairstyle ever. So the combination of the two is basically perfection. Of course we can’t mention double buns without giving a nod to Brandy, who famously wore a braided version of the style in her Moesha days.

OLD HOLLYWOOD WAVES

We call them Old Hollywood Waves thanks to their prevalence in the ’30s and ’40s, but they’ve never really gone out of style for celebs on the red carpet. The more glamorous the event, the more likely celebrities are to bust out this vintage look, and no one does it better than Blake Lively.

CORNROWS

Cornrows are among the most versatile hairstyles out there, thanks to their endless pattern potential. Alicia Keys completely slayed this zigzagged design in 2005.

THE BOWL CUT

That’s right, the bowl cut is on our list of favorites! Sure, you probably haven’t seen anyone wearing one since elementary school, but as Ruby Rose proves, it’s edgy, it’s daring, it’s different, and it’s completely unexpected. In other words, we love it.

 

THE BUBBLE PONYTAIL

Another one from the elementary school archives! This throwback look became peak chic thanks in part to celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, who’s been playing around with variants of bubble ponies on everyone from Kendall Jenner to Lily Collins.

THE LONG BOUFFANT

Lana Del Rey has definitely helped make this Stepford Wives-esque look from the ’60s/’70s cool again. The key to pulling it off? Long straight hair, a lot of teasing (or a Bump-It), and middle-parted bangs.

SHAVED SIDES

Has Natalie Dormer ever looked cooler? The completely shaved side contrasted with these Old Hollywood waves is *chef’s kiss* perfection. And FYI, while this trend was popular in the twenty-tens, it was also popular in the Edwardian era among men. Huh!

THE SOCK BUN

Remember when you f THE SOCK BUN irst heard about sock buns and spent an entire evening cutting up your socks and sticking them in your hair? Good times! While the trend has somewhatgone out of style in favor of the always chic messy bun, sock buns like Salma Hayek’s will always have their place in our hearts.

THE VERONICA LAKE EYE DRAPE

A deep part, a sleek top, fluffy ends, and a perfectly styled curl just over the eye. These are the hallmarks of Veronica Lake’s legendary signature style, which has been a staple on the most glamorous red carpets since her reign in the 1940s.

THE LOW PONY

That’s right, a low ponytail can be high fashion! (See what we did there?) In fact, Freida Pinto rocked the look at the Cannes Film Festival, and if she can pull this grade-school classic off on a red carpet, you can pull it off anywhere.

THE RACHEL

Name a more famous haircut, we’ll wait. This gift to the beauty world was popularized by Jennifer Aniston during the early seasons of Friends, cementing itself as legendary in pop culture history.

THE OTHER RACHEL

Then remember when Jennifer Aniston made side-parted front-layers a thing in the early aughts? So do we, because we had this exact haircut. And speaking of layers,

THE PIXIE

Popularized by Twiggy in the 1960s, there’s barely one celebrity left who hasn’t chopped her hair into a pixie at some point — from Jennifer Lawrence, to Anne Hathaway, to Zoë Kravitz. It never gets old.

THE FARRAH FAWCETT

Farrah Fawcett’s circa 1970s feathered sweep has us living. It might be dated, but this look is iconic — so don’t be surprised if you see models sporting Farrah hair on a runway near you.

HAIR TENDRILS

Fortunately, the ’90s trend of having teeny-tiny tendrils has been forsaken, and this updated, chunkier, more wind-swept version, as seen here on Jennifer Garner, is fully fabulous.

THE BEEHIVE

It’s a pretty ’60s style, sure, but beehives have been seen on the red carpet in recent years — by Adele and Lana Del Rey, to name a few. Honestly, any hairstyle that represents an alternate spelling of Beyoncé’s fan club is fine by us.

THE SIDE-SWEPT BANG

It might be a little on the basic side, but a side-swept bang can be *so* flattering — especially on people with heart-shaped or round faces like Reese Witherspoon. Blunt bangs go in and out of fashion, but the side-swept look is a great alternative for people who don’t want to commit to a full fringe.

PIGTAILS

Forget elementary school, let’s throw this thing back to the good ole days of pre-K when you doubtless rocked some version of this look. And while yeah, pigtails aren’t appropriate for every occasion, Zooey Deschanel proves there’s something sort of French-girl chic about them, no?

CRIMPED HAIR

Crimped hair is back! Or at least it was when Katy Perry rocked this look at the Grammy Awards in 2012. While the style was most popular in the 1980s, it seems to have a resurrection every few years — and thank goodness.

BEACH WAVES

Nothing says California Cool Girl like Chrissy Teigen’s effortless beach waves —which are a staple on celebs during red carpet season. So what makes this look one of our favorites? The fact that you can do it at home by putting your wet hair in a messy bun and letting it air dry. Easy!

FROSTED TIPS

Look, the obsession with frosted tips wasn’t exactly the ’90s’ proudest moment. But! They can actually look really cool. See? Kristen Stewart knows.

NATURAL CURLS

Got curls? Rock ’em! Natural curls like Halle Berry’s are beautiful, empowering, and a dream to style — head over here for some tips and tricks for doing just that.

THE DOUBLE HALF-PONY

For when one half-ponytail isn’t enough, obviously. But in all seriousness, adults can totally rock this iconic look. Don’t believe us? Ask Gigi Hadid.

THE “WET HAIR” LOOK
Wanna keep cool this summer? Just wander around with wet hair. Or, more specifically, gelled hair like Kim Kardashian’s that’s styled to make it look like she just emerged from a sexy shower.
THE MIDDLE-PARTED BANG

Ohhhhh, the middle-parted bang. How we’ve missed you! This look was popular on stars like Hilary Duff in the early aughts, and was often mysteriously paired with super curly hair. Sure, it’s a little dated — but we kinda love it!

THE QUIFF

Okay, so Ginger Roger’s style is basically a combination of a half-ponytail and finger waves, and we’re absolutely obsessed. Every now and then a contemporary celeb will rock this look, but it deserves to be way more popular. Can you hear us, Bella and Gigi?

THE CROWN BRAID

Who doesn’t love a braid that makes you look like literal royalty? No one, that’s who. Crown braids like Gabrielle Union’s are pretty hard to master, but once you do, you’ll be wearing them every day. (And head over this way for more braided looks while you’re at it.)

THE FLIPPED OUT BOB

Okay, so there’s a lot to make fun of when it comes to hair in the ’90s (butterfly clips, random neon green clip-in extensions…), but Drew Barrymore’s flippy bob is everything. Bets on whether or not this look comes back in style?

THE MINI HALF-PONY

Oh look, another hairstyle we rocked in elementary school come back to haunt us! But honestly, we’re not mad about it. The mini-pony is a contemporary classic — and it gives your hair extra volume.

THE ZIG-ZAG PART

Who says parts have to be straight? No one, that’s who — so high five to anyone creative enough to mix things up with a zig-zag. (FYI, this style looks especially good on people with highlighted hair like Julianne Hough’s so the sections really pop.)