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Subject: Hair products - more popular in the 90's?

Written By: 90steen on 05/24/09 at 4:48 pm

I was in the store looking at hair products recently, and I wanted to get some mousse for my sister's wedding this June. I was looking around and only saw about 2 cans. I also noticed young people don't seem to be using stuff like gel, mousse, or even hairspray anymore like they used to. It looks like young girls just get about of bed and flat iron their hair and go to school or wherever. I remember in the 90's everyone was using mousse, gel, hairspray, etc... The wet look was popular as well as the curly look, and then the spiky look, all these styles. Hairspray was popular, in highschool I remember some of my classmates brushing their hair and spraying it in class, which made teachers mad. It wasn't really all that cool to have your hair just hang there with nothing in it, for neither guys or gals. Not everybody used hair products but a good majority of people did. Seems like the look of straight down hair is what's in now. I haven't seen much use of hair product since 2002.

Does anybody else notice a decline in this?

Subject: Re: Hair products - more popular in the 90's?

Written By: Samwise on 05/25/09 at 11:25 pm

Definitely. Actually, I was watching a teen movie on TV a while ago that was filmed in the early-to-mid-90's and it struck me how stereotypically 90's the love interest's hair looked. She didn't have giant bangs or anything. She just had a basic bob that went down to a little below her ears. So I was thinking, "Why does that look so out of date? It's such a simple haircut." Then it struck me: not a single hair was out of place. It was so perfectly coiffed and smooth. These days, a little messiness is to be expected. I see way fewer people with obvious product than I remember growing up. I remember when a guy looked cool if his hair was spiked up with so much gel that it literally looked wet and shiny. Now that same guy just looks like a sleazy used car salesman to me.

Subject: Re: Hair products - more popular in the 90's?

Written By: Marty McFly on 06/01/09 at 2:12 pm

I agree too. People still style it to an extent, but it doesn't seem like they care as much. One thing that makes a time seem dated right away are its hairstyles, maybe that's why this era isn't as trendy with fashion. Even with me, like I used to bleach it blonde around 1999-2001, and that would look pretty standout now (especially since the boybands had them! ;D). One I also remember guys had back then was where it's buzzed on the bottom and a bowl cut on top.

Hair was really diverse in the 90s too (especially early on when you still had a little of the 80s influence left over), everything from Sinead OConnor type buzzcuts/shaved heads, to really long rocker hair on guys. Everything inbetween too. You don't really see either extreme anymore. There's some stuff like mohawks, but that's pretty timeless it seems.

Subject: Re: Hair products - more popular in the 90's?

Written By: 90steen on 06/01/09 at 5:57 pm


I agree too. People still style it to an extent, but it doesn't seem like they care as much. One thing that makes a time seem dated right away are its hairstyles, maybe that's why this era isn't as trendy with fashion. Even with me, like I used to bleach it blonde around 1999-2001, and that would look pretty standout now (especially since the boybands had them! ;D). One I also remember guys had back then was where it's buzzed on the bottom and a bowl cut on top.

Hair was really diverse in the 90s too (especially early on when you still had a little of the 80s influence left over), everything from Sinead OConnor type buzzcuts/shaved heads, to really long rocker hair on guys. Everything inbetween too. You don't really see either extreme anymore. There's some stuff like mohawks, but that's pretty timeless it seems.


Maybe it's just increase of laziness or if it's just the change of fashion? In the 70's natural hair was a pretty in thing. 80's and 90's, and early 2000's had hair products overload. I guess because in the 80's it was a new thing, and now it's an old thing?

Subject: Re: Hair products - more popular in the 90's?

Written By: Gis on 06/02/09 at 6:29 am

I would say in the U.K it hasn't changed. people are still using products on their hair it's just those products have evolved which is why you don't see moose that much anymore there are other products that are better and less sticky!

Subject: Re: Hair products - more popular in the 90's?

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 06/02/09 at 9:13 am

there are still quite a lot of products out there, but looking around at the hairstyles of today, it doesn't appear that they are used in such a hardcore way, as the '80s and '90s. I remember when I was in middle school....you were not cool unless you used almost an entire bottle of Aqua Net on your teased bangs. LOL! The products nowadays are almost "classier" I suppose. For instance, I use a product called, "Big Sexy Hair".....but you can't tell that I even have any of it in my hair by the time I dry it. Less is best, I suppose.

Subject: Re: Hair products - more popular in the 90's?

Written By: Midas on 06/03/09 at 9:41 am

People had more hair in the 90's :D

Subject: Re: Hair products - more popular in the 90's?

Written By: Marty McFly on 06/04/09 at 1:01 am


Maybe it's just increase of laziness or if it's just the change of fashion? In the 70's natural hair was a pretty in thing. 80's and 90's, and early 2000's had hair products overload. I guess because in the 80's it was a new thing, and now it's an old thing?


Yeah I think probably people are just so used to it that it isn't as big of a deal anymore. Fashion seems to be all over the place now, without a one defining style. There's no over the top stuff like mullets anymore either, lol.

Subject: Re: Hair products - more popular in the 90's?

Written By: tv on 06/04/09 at 12:01 pm


I agree too. People still style it to an extent, but it doesn't seem like they care as much. One thing that makes a time seem dated right away are its hairstyles, maybe that's why this era isn't as trendy with fashion. Even with me, like I used to bleach it blonde around 1999-2001, and that would look pretty standout now (especially since the boybands had them! ;D). One I also remember guys had back then was where it's buzzed on the bottom and a bowl cut on top.

Hair was really diverse in the 90s too (especially early on when you still had a little of the 80s influence left over), everything from Sinead OConnor type buzzcuts/shaved heads, to really long rocker hair on guys. Everything inbetween too. You don't really see either extreme anymore. There's some stuff like mohawks, but that's pretty timeless it seems.
Whatever happened to the long rocker hair on guys? It was fashionable like the grunge artists they had long hair and Michael Bolton. I noticed in 1995-1996(my sophmore year) a couple of guys in High School who had long hair shaved totally their head or had their hair long on top but shaved in the back. I guess long hair just went out of fashion.

Subject: Re: Hair products - more popular in the 90's?

Written By: 90steen on 06/12/09 at 10:56 pm


Whatever happened to the long rocker hair on guys? It was fashionable like the grunge artists they had long hair and Michael Bolton. I noticed in 1995-1996(my sophmore year) a couple of guys in High School who had long hair shaved totally their head or had their hair long on top but shaved in the back. I guess long hair just went out of fashion.


I was a sophomore in 95/96 too and long hair was kind of half in and half out. I never had long hair, but my best friend had the hair parted to the side thing going on. The Leo DiCaprio haircut? And during that year, that was a big hairstyle. It was actually pretty big in all of my highschool years now that I think of it. Late '94 - Mid '98.

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