There are a lot of wild hairstyles on this list. Okay, so some of these are seriously cute, but recreating them would take at least 5 hours and a pound of hair gel! Over the last couple of decades, trendy women have resorted to all sorts of crazy hairstyles to look their best! And a lot of them were a real pain to style and maintain. Some of them even required the use of harsh chemicals to get the hair to look a certain way. But who’s got 10 hours to craft a Marie Antoinette hairdo? We sure don’t! Then again, most hairstyles reflected the era’s politics and social movements, but we’re sure you’ll agree that these dos’ were quite ballsy.
These days, modern women would rather go for a more effortless look, like beachy waves, long bobs, and natural fros. They’re just easier to maintain! After all, today’s women have more important things to take care of like managing their business, studying, handling their hectic kids' schedules, or running for office. So, they certainly wouldn’t pick many of these hairstyles because they’re outdated and pretty time-consuming! Most women would rather focus on haircuts that complement the shape of their faces too, and we’re totally on board with that. But if you thought that messy beehives were making a comeback, guess again! Most of these are staying in the past, thankfully!
20 "The Flip" Required An Excessive Amount Of Hairstyling. Today? Ain't Nobody Got Time For That!
Back in the 60s, everyone flipped over “The Flip” ‘do. The trend was made ten times more popular by Mary Tyler Moore when she played Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
But achieving that look wasn’t easy.
In fact, it took a lot of hard work, and we do mean a lot! Women actually had to go to bed wearing hair rollers to make sure that their flip wouldn’t flop before lunchtime. There was also a great deal of hair teasing and hair spraying involved. But today’s working gal has more important things to worry about like getting that smoky eye to look just right.
19 The Carol Brady Is A Major NO Unless You're On An European Catwalk. Sorry!
The shaggy haircut trend that began with a bob in the front and a mullet tail in the back was pretty popular in the 70s. In fact, Florence Henderson was seen sporting the look when she played Carol Brady in “The Brady Bunch”. These days, people rock bangs, but they would never go all Mr. Spock in the front. Well, Justin Bieber did for a while, but he’s the Biebs. He can rock anything! But the "Carol Brady" style would be too difficult to style today. Plus, the unevenness of the hair length would likely make you look kind of...hum, "vintage" today and not in a cute way!
18 The Palm Tree Hairstyle That Made Being Lazy Totally Popular
In the 80s, high school girls and secretaries used their scrunchies to turn their ponytails into a palm tree. It actually didn’t look so bad, and it was the easiest way to style your hair when you were in a rush.
Plus, you didn’t have to worry about your hair getting all in your face when you were writing something down or reading a book.
But it also gave off that Barbara Eden in “I Dream of Jeannie” 60s look, and no one wants to wear the same hairdo their moms or grandmothers used to wear back in the day.
17 Soccer Mom Bob Hair Is Both Tragic And Outdated, But An Updated Version Of This Trend Might Work For Some
It was longer in the front and shorter in the back. Some even called it a reverse mullet, but it made anyone wearing it look like they were dealing with a case of bad soccer mom hair, which is so yesterday. Fortunately, those who experimented with this look took comfort in knowing that their hair would eventually grow out again. Don’t get us wrong. This hairdo framed people’s faces beautifully, but sadly, it just makes some of us look old! Today, you’d need to spend some extra cash on a stylist who knows how to snip things just right if you want to make it work. Otherwise, your head will end up looking like a football.
16 Thankfully, No One's Serving Emo Shaggy Hair Realness In This Day And Age
It’s a good thing Emo shaggy hair isn’t as popular anymore. It was time-consuming and costly as heck. To get emo hair, you need to comb your hair into a side part so that your bangs fall across your eyes. You might have to separate your hair into several layers and clip it to snip your way towards that blunt layered look.
And if your hair isn’t long enough, you’ll have to use hair extensions.
Plus, you’ll need to spend lots of cash on hair dye, hair bleach, toners, and accessories. Just reading that list kind of stressed us out!
15 Wispy Baby Bangs Don't Really Suit Every Face. Worst Of All? It Required A Ton Of Styling For It To Look Shaggy
Wispy baby bangs were ultra-cool in the 50s. Remember Audrey Hepburn? She rocked those micro fringes like a boss. But in today’s world, no one has time for this style. For one thing, this hairdo doesn’t suit everyone, unless you’re Audrey Hepburn’s reincarnation. Also, it’s not easy to style early in the morning before heading to school or for work. You have to wet the hair, dry it with a particular brush, and then use a bunch of expensive products to keep it looking red-carpet perfect. And because the bangs in the front are so short, there’s no way to really hide them if you mess it up.
14 Crimped Hair Kind Of Made It Look Like You Had Literally Fried Your Crusty Hair On Purpose
During the 90s, every kid wanted crimped hair. In fact, you may have seen Phoebe Buffay wearing this style on “Friends”. But this look wasn’t just for kids or teenage girls. We remember a ton of moms sporting the look, too!
But these days, no one wants to walk around looking like their hair suffered a mishap while doing a home perm.
What’s more unfair is that you’d end up making everyone hungry because your hair would remind them of wavy fries. Crimped hair was fun back in the day, but it needs to stay in the past.
13 Victorian-Age Rapunzel Floor-Length Hair Would Require A Thousand Shampoo Bottles Per Year
People in the 1800s had a thing for super long hair, and we don’t mean "long" as in below the shoulders. Women used to let their hair grow all the way down to the floor because they thought that it made them look more feminine and attractive. Either that or they were huge Rapunzel fans. Can you imagine how difficult it must have been to keep up with that hair? For one thing, you had to make sure that no one accidentally stepped on it. Washing it must have been a total nightmare too. But think about how much money you'd waste on shampoo and conditioner every year if this was still a trend?
12 Teased Bangs, Because Who Doesn't Love Spending Money On Detangling Products When It's Time To Take It Off?
In the 80s and 90s, teased bangs were totally in fashion. But bangs have always been tricky, even back then. Women didn’t want to have their bangs pressed flat against their forehead. So, they started teasing them.
After all, who could ever complain about a little extra hair volume?
Probably the same people who don’t want to get teased for looking like they’re wearing a bad wig! The issue with teased bangs was that the fringes were too fluffy and high. This made people wonder if wearing a hairpiece had become a new trend overnight. We’re so glad the nightmare is over.
11 Face Framing Tendrils Were All The Rage In The '90s, But They Always Ended Up Behind Your Ears
In the 90s, women started walking around with pieces of hair dangling on the side of their faces. Sometimes, these tendrils would get in their eyes. But it was a look that everyone loved to wear, especially when they were going to some fancy event like a high school prom. It was supposed to frame a person’s face, which is why so many celebrities, like Jenna Dewan or Kate Hudson, still sport this look on occasion. But for now, we’re glad that most people don’t have to run their fingers through their tendrils to be able to see in front of them.
10 The Marie Antoinette Big Pouf Hair Would Take Too Long To Pull Off Today
French Queen, Marie Antoinette may have worn a crown, but she was known mostly for her big pouf hair. She had hired Leonard Autie to do something extravagant with her weave one day. After hours of separating her hair and adding accessories, like white ostrich plumes, he had fastened her hair with a bow of pink ribbon, and that’s how her iconic pouf was born.
But these days, women don’t have that kind of help or the time to spend hours crafting such a royal hairdo.
We don’t know if Marie Antoinette used lard to keep her pouf from falling apart., but it was a common precursor to hair gel in the 1700s and a definite "no way" for today’s modern girl.
9 The Pompadour Hairdo Was All The Rage Back In The Day. Today? Hum... Well, It Depends On How You Style It!
Modern pop stars are keeping the Pompadour hairdo alive and kicking, but it seems like men have stolen the style because it suits all ages and face shapes. But the original style was named after Madame de Pompadour, one of King Louis XV’s "ladies" in the 1700s, who pulled off an array of elaborate hairdos. But modern women would have to tease their hair into a nest-like hairdo for hours using a comb. And we doubt that many women would enjoy slathering animal grease on their head to keep their hairstyle looking all shiny and in place. A total pass!
8 The Roaring Bobs Used To Take Time, Commitment, And A Lot Of Pomade
In the 20s, you were considered a total rebel if you got your hair cut into a bob. We get how weird that sounds since galaxy hair is the norm these days.
But back then, women wanted to look fierce, so they rocked the look when they were out and about.
It was easier to achieve the 'do if you had straight hair, but you could do it with wavy or curly hair if you used tons of pomades and got your hair cut in sharp lines. But as empowering as it looked, a modern long bob and side swept bangs would be easier to manage.
7 Rockabilly Victory Rolls - The Antithesis Of Effortless And Natural
The Rockabilly victory rolls were inspired by World War II jets that left a roll of clouds in their wake. This effortless hairdo made women look like rich debutantes in the 40s, and many who wore the look absolutely loved it. The coiffed curls had to be done perfectly. There was no room for mistakes. And it was a very intricate process too. It required the use of metal hair combs, and a bunch of backcombing, rolling, pinning, and curling to get this style just right. In the end, the look became an iconic part of the 40s. But this retro vibe wouldn’t cut it in today’s modern world unless you had a ton of free time.
6 The Perm Nightmare Begins, And So Does Hair Damage
When the perm technique became trendy, everyone from Hollywood celebrities to your kid sister tried to make their straight locks curly.
Unfortunately, not everyone thought about going to a professional to get the job done right.
Those who went to a salon failed to go back every week to do a little maintenance on the style. So, in the end, their hair became a royal mess. Others tried to do home perms, which left them with crispy curls. Fortunately, we now have curling wands and YouTube tutorials to teach us how to get wavy and curly hair without damaging it.
5 The ‘50s Housewife Helmet Is Not Your Friend If You're The Type Of Gal Who Likes To Get Ready In 5 Minutes
In the 50s’ housewives wanted to replicate that Marilyn Monroe helmet hairstyle, and who could blame them? Monroe is a total icon. Some women even resorted to bleaching, dyeing, and giving themselves a perm to get the look. But that alone sounds like way too much work. Now imagine having to curl your hair, brush it, tease it, and then hairspray it until the Ozone Layer over you vanished? Ain't body got time for that! A blunt long bob with a soft blonde shade and some highlights will give you a modern twist on Monroe’s classic do’ without all the hassle.
4 The Bowl Cut Is The Type Of Hairstyle You Only See On The Runway...And There's A Reason Why
There are so many ways that you can cut your hair short and still look pretty. Take Kris Jenner for example. Her hair is short and it looks bangin’. But there’s no nice way to say this.
The bowl cut looked like someone put a bowl on their head upside down.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, you risked being called Moe from The Three Stooges, (and not because of your sense of humor.) There are tons of other alternatives out there. Remember Demi Moore’s short style in Ghost? So, it’s important to learn from our past so we don’t repeat it.
3 The Shaggy Mullet Is Both Iconic And Kind Of Depressing
The shaggy mullet is intended to look messy on purpose. It was extremely popular in the 80s and everyone thought it was beautiful and utterly stylish too. But it was also so complex. It was short in the front, long in the back, middle length, and the messy layers wound up framing the entire face. These days, you’d have to use a bunch of hairspray or hair gel to the shaggy mullet to look stylishly messy instead of a mess. Actress Katherine Moennig from The L Word rocked it when she played Shane. But imagine how this look would be affected on a humid day.
2 The Beehive Hairstyle Was Perfect For Those Who Loved Backcombing Their Hair Until They Created A Tangled Mess
Celebs like Brigitte Bardot made the beehive all the rage back in the 1960s. Soon enough, high schools were reaching new heights with this. But it took forever to get this done. You had to have long hair in order to backcomb the hair. Then you had to tease it until your hair practically high-fived the sky.
This made your hair look like a frizzy cone-shaped mess.
And then you smoothed it out so that it looked nice and neat. With the right products or a stylist, you could probably get the same look in half the time it took your grandmother decades ago. What a hassle! We'll probably just stick to long bobs and balayage techniques!
1 The Poodle Perm Is Definitely Not Everybody's Friend
Dogs might be everyone’s best friend, but the poodle perm sure wasn’t. But in the 80s’ poodle-perms started popping up left and right. And people went to the extreme to try to get this look to stick, even if it meant sacrificing the health of their hair in the process. They actually used harsh chemicals to get the curls all nice and tight to get the right height and volume. And that was only the beginning. This process took hours at the salon, and when they got home, they had to style each strand in the form of the right shape. That sounds positively exhausting. Don’t you think?