The 8 Worst Beauty and Hair Trends of All Time

Beauty and hair trends fade but the evidence of them lasts forever. And, when it comes to the more shameful of the beauty fads, every decade can plead guilty — especially the excess of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s. The lists of laughably horrible trends can go on and on, as there is no shortage of the worst beauty trends that have walked the face of the earth.

The beauty and hair trends that rank absolute worst are truly in the eye of the beholder, but here are the ones that we’d put at the top of the heap.

1. Fluffy bangs

Fluffy bangs

Fluffy bangs are not a good look. | iStock.com/Anastasiia_Guseva

Bangs have been enjoying something of a heyday the past few seasons with many a celebrity and style-setters showing off a sleek, blunt fringe that strikes the right balance between making a substantial statement without weighing too heavily. This cool fringe is worlds away from one of the worst beauty trends when it comes to hair: fluffy bangs (sometimes referred to as wall bangs). Call them what you will, but the fluffy, backcombed, teased to the ceiling, wall bangs were laughably bad — and bad for the environment too, what with all the Aquanet required to keep them in place. And while females fell victim to the fluffiness more so than their male counterparts, these bangs still showed their face on many a man ’do. Any child of the ’80s likely has at least one school photo with the over-hair-sprayed bangs that certainly were doing their best to get extra credit. Of course, the family group photos are the real zingers, too.