The ’90s was one of the most important decades in the fashion industries- it shaped the way we dress up, style our hair and put on makeup.
This decade has presented us with some of the most iconic makeup looks and hairstyles that are still popular among the millennial kids.
In this article, we will talk about some of the most favorite black hairstyles from the ’90s that were insanely popular back then and have the same effect even today.
1. The Box Braids
The “Poetic Justice” was a big hit in the 90’s and the box braided hairstyle of the lead actress became an instant favorite among the black women of that time. Everyone wanted to adorn their long tresses with these thick, rope-like braids and add extreme dimension to their looks.
The box braids are still popular in the millennium and if you are someone who doesn’t want to maintain your black hair on a day-to-day basis, this chic, bohemian hairdo would be perfect for you.
You can either visit a hair salon to create these braids or try at home. But as this style is a bit complicated (even though it seems really easy and fuss-free), we would suggest you do them in the hands of an expert.
2. The Micro Braids
Girls in the ’90s (even today) favored the micro braids because these small, woven tightly to the scalp braids can stay in their tresses for months without any touchups or extreme care. Even though the micro braided hairdo is a black girl hairstyle, white girls also seem to prefer it because of its ability to add depth and variation in your overall outlook.
As like as the box braids, we would also suggest getting the micro braids at a hair salon because constructing these delicate braids are super time consuming and requires few braiders to actually finish the whole process. Also, you might not end up having the same finished look you have been looking for if they are done at home in unprofessional hands.
3. High Ponytail With Curls
Remember Tyra Banks promoting her 1996 Sports Illustrated Swim cover? If you do, we are sure that you also remember her uber chick sleek high pony with curls at the bottom- this is one of those 90’s hair trends that’s still popular today.
Start off by straightening your black manes into silky smooth tresses with a hot comb (we prefer the Andis High Heat Press Comb) and then gather all the hair at the crown to tie them up in a high ponytail. After that, divide the pony into 4-6 parts and curl (with a wide barrel curling iron) each section just up to the half-length so that the sleek straightened part and the curls both are visible in the pony.
4. Long, Sleek Do
Not just the 90’s, the long sleek hairdo has been popular among the black women since forever. That’s because this hairstyle is completely opposite from their natural hair texture and helps them to create an entirely different vibe and outlook for themselves.
Start off your straightening process by washing your black tresses with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner to add a bit of moisture to them (try this Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Kit). Then dry them completely with a hairdryer and spritz on some heat protectant on your entire hair. After that, section off your manes into 4-6 parts and using a flat iron or a hot comb, start straightening each section until all your natural tresses are straightened with a silky smooth finish.
5. Platinum Blonde Hair
Mary J. Blige wore platinum blond manes in one of her album covers and it was enough to make this colorful hairstyle a rage back in the ’90s. Several different singers, actress, as well as girls like you and me, were seen sporting different hues of the blond since then to add a very vibrant and lively vibe to our personality.
You can rock this hair color in hair length and with any hairstyle. And if you wish to adorn your tresses with this 90’s hairstyle, just go to your hairstylist and ask her to dye your hair blonde. Or you can also dye them at home with using packet colors like the L’Oréal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color for a safe yet budget-friendly coloring experience.
6. The Short, Cropped Do
The short pixie cut is one of the most iconic black hairstyles from the ’90s. From Halle Berry to Toni Braxton and Nia Long, every big African American star sported this cropped hair at some point in their life. This short, cropped haircut is expressive, frames your face perfectly and requires less time and care to maintain- all of which makes this cut a top choice for busy women still in this century. Furthermore, this particular hairstyle helps you to get rid of the hair damages (due to over-styling or other external factors) and still rock a very stylish do anywhere and everywhere you go.
We would suggest you visit your hairstylist right now if you are planning to cut your black locks and sport a style like the 90’s stars.
7. The French Roll
Black women from the ’90s would tie up their hair in a French roll if they needed an extra flair and wanted to look classy and sophisticated for a black-tie event or a formal date. This hairdo was so popular back then (as well as today) that even Whitney Houston was seen sporting this French roll in more than a few of her movies.
If you want to deck up your black tresses with this hairdo, we would suggest you put on some bejeweled clips and decorations in order to add a bit of feminine and soft touch to your overall look.