If you’re like us, the ‘90s played an important part in your existence when it comes to beauty, culture and style. In fact, in 2019 we’re still following so many trends that our faves used to rock. Here’s what we know to be true with our curls, thanks to inspiration provided from our ‘90s curl crushes.

You can rock fringe bangs on curls.

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A young Mariah Carey did it so naturally on her type 3a/b curls. We live for a fresh wind-blown look that looks both effortless and flirty.  

The middle part defies age and time.

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Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker is a prime example that some hairstyles can be worn over and over, decade after decade, and still look great. Her famous middle part is one she’s worn since the ‘80s and continues to do so with class and sophistication. 

Make your middle part even smoother using Giovanni Anti-Frizz Polishing Serum to tame flyaways and add shine.

Bantu knots are fun and protective.

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From Mel B (Scary Spice) to Janet Jackson, the ‘90s were all about experimenting with color while embracing historic cultural traditions. As the black power visuals had a new wave of influence, Bantu knots embellished with colorful twine were all the rage. 

Bombshell waves are the perfect “Girl Next Door” look.

In the ‘90s, Minnie Driver and Andie MacDowell played America’s Sweetheart with their innocent but playful curls.

Want to achieve the look for a fun date night? Use a curl-friendly heat protectant like Cantu Thermal Shield with a curling wand for voluminous waves that will last through the evening.

Box braids are super versatile.

‘90s box braid styles are protective and last for months. Brandy proved that they are also versatile and can be worn in many styles. 

To prolong and maintain your box braids or other braided protective style, don’t forget to oil your scalp in between dry shampoo washes. Alikay Naturals Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil after refreshing with Batiste Dry Shampoo.

Backcombed curls can be sexy.

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Iconic beauty Julia Roberts proves to us, time and time again, that using a wide tooth comb to brush back curly bangs is a refreshing twist on a classic look.

On dry but recently cleansed waves, take your NaturallyCurly Shower Comb and gently rake back your bangs. This look is great for a hot summer day or for a casual office style.

Curly bobs and pixies aren’t childish.

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And actually, they can be quite elegant and polished. Meg Ryan has always shown us that it’s possible to rock Shirley Temple-esque ringlets past age 40. Remember that infamous Felicity haircut worn by Keri Russell?

Use a strong hold product like Jessicurl Spiralicious Styling Gel for touchable, frizz-free ear to chin-length curls that don’t give you helmet head.

Hair spritz isn’t off the table.

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Big hair doesn’t care, and ‘90s curly volume can actually benefit from hairspray when used right. From Boy Meets World’s Danielle Fishel as Topanga to 

Try Alex Anthony Curl System Touchable Hairspray holding sections of your hair, focusing on your roots for more lift and shape. 

Accessories will add flair to any updo.

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Back in the ‘90s, butterfly clips and scrunchies did the trick for adorning any bright and colorful outfit, whether it was in the office or at the gym. Saved by the Bell’s Elizabeth Berkley was known for her chunky headbands that showed off chandelier earrings and such. Lisa Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, also rocked gaudy hair accessories over her curls and locs like no other. 

You can get the look, too - shop our Loza Tam headbands. This line doubles as satin-lined nightly protection from unwanted frizz or can be worn around during the day. 

Our locs can flourish.

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‘90s Lauryn Hill honed in the beauty of locs during the ‘90s black empowerment movement. She played with various lengths, letting us know that they don’t have to be dull or a long-term commitment if we wanted to switch it up. She supported the fact that wearing locs are simultaneously classy and edgy, all while paying homage to our roots.

SheaMoisture JBCO Loc & Braid Butter is great for starting locs that are healthy and moisturized.

Who was your ‘90s curl crush?

Let us know on NaturallyCurly Instagram!