From Gwyneth to Halle, These Are the '90s Updos I'm Desperate to Re-Create

When it comes to beauty, no era is better than the '90s. The hair, the makeup, the nails...everything was executed to perfection, and nothing was ever too much. These days we've adopted a much more pared-back aesthetic, but this summer I'm ready to throw caution to the wind and give my favourite '90s hairstyles a go. If there's one hairstyle that this era did better than any other, it's an updo.

Cameron Diaz '90s updo

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All of our favourite '90s stars from Cameron Diaz to Jennifer Anniston and Halle Berry could be seen rocking some seriously cool updos back in the day, and much like many '90s fashion trends, these hairstyles are having a serious revival. From this season's runways to celebrity red carpets, I've been seeing everyone opt for these chic, old-Hollywood inspired looks. Below, I've rounded up some of my favourite '90s updos that I am desperate to recreate this spring, along with some tips and tricks on how to get the look. Just keep on scrolling...

The Best '90s Updo Hairstyles:

1. '90s Tendrils

Jennifer Aniston '90s hairstyle

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First up is '90s tendrils. Jennifer Aniston could often be seen sporting this chic updo back in the day, and the elegant style has remained a classic over the years. Simply secure your hair into a bun and then using your fingers or a comb, pull out one or two strands to fall loosely around your face. The trick is to make this look as effortless and natural as possible.

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2. Chignon Bun

Jennifer Lopez '90s hairstyle

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If you want something really elegant, you can't go wrong with a chignon bun. J-Lo looked so chic with this hairstyle back in the '90s, and it's perfect for any special occasions you may have this summer. To keep that classic chignon style, you want to secure your bun slightly lower than your usual top knot. Start with a low ponytail and then wrap the hair round before securing in place with a hair tie or pin.

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3. Wispy Fringe

Halle Berry '90s hairstyle

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Fringes are back this year, and they look great with an updo. Halle Berry sported this style back in the '90s, and I just know everyone will be recreating this look come spring and summer. To get that wispy finish, try using some small rollers in your fringe and setting in place with some texture spray.

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4. Loose Curls

Gwyneth Paltrow '90s hairstyle

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How stunning is Gwyneth's curly updo from back in the '90s? I am desperate to recreate this look, especially when I figured out how easy it was. Simply throw your hair up into a messy bun and pull out some longer strands to style. A small curling tong will help achieve these loose waves.

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5. Low Bun

Sarah Jessica Parker '90s hairstyle

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Similar to a chignon, the '90s was all about low-maintenance, low bun hairstyles. Not only do these styles look super chic, but they are a lot easier to achieve and don't feel as tight to wear compared to a slicked-back top knot.

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6. Side Fringe

Alicia Silverstone '90s hairstyle

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If you haven't heard, the side part is back with a vengeance, and it looks great with an updo. Alicia Silverstone's curly bun hairstyle looks so cool with her sharp side fringe and it's definitely giving Y2K, cool-girl vibes.

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7. High Pony

Britney Spears '90s hairstyle

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Is there anything more '90s than a high ponytail and a big scrunchie? I'm a big fan of this updo, and if this year's runways were anything to go by, ponytails are back in a big way this season.

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8. Voluminous Top Knot

Janet Jackson '90s hairstyle

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When it comes to '90s updos, the more volume the better. Janet Jackson's voluminous, effortlessly undone bun looks incredible with her wispy fringe, and I'm taking this photo straight to my hairdresser.

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9. Curly Tendrils

Cindy Crawford '90s hairstyle

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Cindy Crawford is always my inspo when it comes to '90s hair, and this look is no exception. Her tight curls perfectly frame her face and help give her updo a more relaxed feel.

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10. Braided Bun

Brandy '90s hairstyle

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Brandy always had the coolest braids in the '90s, and I am obsessed with her chic braided bun. The trick here is not to part your hair in the middle, but instead gather it all into a bun for voluminous-looking roots.

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11. Side Part

Lucy Liu 90s hairstyle

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Much like the side fringe, more dramatic side parts were super trendy in the '90s, and I love this side-parted updo that Lucy Liu wore on the red carpet.

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Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow.

As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.