In lockdown Britain, the style worn by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 90s and Kurt Cobain today has been made gender neutral.
Each decade has its own signature cut. The 50s had short-back-and-sides, the 70s long flowing locks, and the 80s the mullet. It was curtains that became the defining feature of the 90s, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kurt Cobain as examples. They’re back, and not just for the boys.
Jackson Acton, the owner of Crab Salad salon south London, said that “they’re back, hugely so.” It’s a clear trend.
A grown-out fringe with a shaved back was the preferred style of choice for teens back in the day. The look was perfected in Britain by Paul Nicholls, Take That’s Mark Owen and others. Claire Danes, a US teen drama actress, swooned over Jared Leto’s curtains at school lockers in My So-Called Life. His curtains were then replaced by DiCaprio’s curtains in Baz Luhmann’s Romeo and Juliet.
DiCaprio and actor Timothee Chamet remain inspirations. But this time, Luke Hersheson of Hersheson salons says that curtains are more suitable for women. It’s synonymous with late 90s. Bella Hadid channeled the style of that time, and “it’s very grungy,” said he. Even putting your hair down in the middle is a sign of respect.
Liam Freeman is a journalist at Vogue. He said that he chose a look that was less gender-specific than the one he had when was 12. He said, “It’s below my earlobe and it’s not perfectly symmetrical.” He said that while Brad Pitt and Kurt Cobain are well-known for their curtains, Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow were also fans of curtains. Halle Berryand even Princess Diana all used curtains to frame their faces.
Celebrity hairdresser Charlie Le Mindu thinks the comeback is part of the trend for DIY hair products and fits in with the coronavirus lockdown “no-shampoo” movement.