How To Wear '70s Feathered Hair In 2015

Good morning, angels.
Publish date:
January 14, 2015
curls, big hair, curling iron, 70s beauty, 70s hair, feathered hair, teased hair

I’m surely not the first person to tell you this, and I won’t be the last, but the '70s are back in a BIG way. From fashion to beauty to music, the “Me Decade” is back and that makes ME very happy.

There are so many ways you can embrace the '70s aesthetic in your beauty routine.

  • You could part your hair in the middle and wear it long and straight, a la Queen Cher.
  • You could go the punk route, shave your head and pile on the piercings.
  • You could go full American Hustle, disco, updo glamour.
  • OR you could feather and tease your hair and channel your inner Charlie’s Angel, which is what I’ve been very into lately.

I say this all the time, but everyone's hair looks better with a bit of volume. It’s glamorous, sexy, and fun. Feathered hair might seem dated, but when done right, it can look super chic in 2015.

STEP 1: Prep & Blow-Dry

PREP: Because my natural hair is curly, I have to blow it out first to get this look. Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo, avoiding anything too heavy. I used Pantene Pro-V’s Aqua Light Shampoo, which is free of dyes, parabens, or silicones. It makes hair feel clean and smell good.

BLOW-DRY: Using a big-barrel brush, blow-dry hair up and away from the face. Remember to hold the brush and the dryer so that air is blowing in the direction of the hair shaft. We want volume, not frizz. You can part your hair in the middle or off to the side, but don’t go with too deep of a side part.

Don't worry if your hair doesn't look big enough. We're going in with a curling iron in a minute.

STEP 2: Curl Hair Away From The Face

You can use either a flat iron or a curling iron. I prefer a curling iron, mostly because I don’t own a flat iron and I hate them. If you have layers, curl each layer on its own. If you don’t, curl hair in 1 to 2 inch sections. Make sure all the curls are facing away from the face. If you've got 'em, curl your bangs, too! You can also fake bangs by pulling some hair down into the front as if they were bangs, curling them, and then styling them into the rest of the hair.

After everything is curled in Shirley Temple-esque ringlets, let them sit like that for a few moments. Use this time to fix your lip gloss.

STEP 3: Tease, Flip, Spray

Use a comb to slightly tease the hair near your roots and at your crown. Flip your head over and shake it to loosen and break apart the curls. Then flip back over and use your hands to bend each wave into a “feather” shape before spraying it to death with some strong-hold hair spray. You can style the bangs off your face, or push them down over your forehead, either way works.

Spray some more.

Pair with sparkly jewelry, cleavage, and some platform heels. See you at Studio 54!

  • Are you as into 1970s beauty as I am?
  • Which retro look are you hoping comes back into style soon?