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I’m going as the Ghost of Fashion Indescretions Past this coming Halloween. It’s overall going to be pretty easy. I had some embarasing old clothes around from my highschool days of the mid 1990s, I can still see out of my glasses from back then and I have absolutely no sense of shame whatsoever.

There’s only one small, tiny, fuzzy hitch. My hair.

Back in the day, I had a hideous, tedious, ass-length mop of virgin hair. I was too invested in keeping it LONG, and didn’t really do much of anything with it. I had big bangs for a little while, but I never went whole-hog 1990s dirtbag mall chick with it. I was so not fashionable.

Today, the lengthy locks are gone, gone, GONE! I got sick of that bullshit about five years ago, got it bobbed, and barely looked back. Oh sure, I got it down to brastrap length a couple of years ago, but a little injudicious bangs-cutting ended that losing streak. My hair is currently a blunt-cut, boring, chin-length bob which I need to preserve at least until after my sister and her fiance get married in November.

Now if it weren’t for that impending wedding, I’d be first in line at the drugstore with a box of home perm and a bottle of Sun-In, fixin’ to fry it old-school, but since I do have bridesmaid duty but two weeks after Halloween, I can’t re-enact period-appropriate hair desecrations.

So, here’s where you come in. Anyone who lived through the hair of the early-to-mid 1990s, can you steer me in the right direction? If you were a schoolgirl in 1994, how would you have made that preppy bob into something “cool”? What should I do to make it bigger, radder, and wrong-er? Suggestions that will survive a bike helmet get double bonus points.

Bear in mind that I have a couple of scrunchies that match my outfit. I was very into matching back then.

4 Responses to “Help me 1990s-ify my hair, please!”

  1. kju says:

    Was there crimping in the 1990s? I can’t remember – I’m too old, but you could crimp the shit out of that.

  2. Oh God. More hair problems. I’ve had too many of my own to count.


    I can’t help here, believe me. But I wish you the best of luck.

  3. gius says:

    it looks very stylish here 🙂
    long time no seeing you @ tFS

  4. Ginny says:

    Hey – found you through NaBloPoMo and love your blog! I don’t know if this will help, or if I’m too late, but the “bed head” look was very popular in the era of grunge:

    How to get that grunge girl bed-head look from the 90s

    “To get the grunge hairstyle, apply gel to towel-dry hair, running your fingers through until you can pull your hair up to stand on end. Blow-dry out a bit of dampness, making sure to put your hand flat on your hair and swirl your hair around so it doesn’t set in one direction. Next, take smaller sections at a time and spray with hair spray. Run your fingers through from the nape of your neck up to the top of the head so hair stands on end. Twist the ends as you pull sections up and out, creating cowlicks. Create wispy bangs by pulling some sections forward and tucking the rest back.”

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