Hairstyles that were popular in the 1970s include the shag, the wedge, feathered hairstyles, the afro and the pageboy. 1970s hairstyles were known for being long, unkempt and requiring little care.
Long hair was common among both men and women in the 1970s. Women wore their hair straight and parted it down the middle. The shag was a messy hairstyle with a soft, layered cut. It didn't require much styling. The wedge was a short hairstyle with angled layers cut to form a triangular shape. The feathered hairstyle was made popular by Farrah Fawcett. Hair was parted in the center and layered, with backward facing curls around the face. The style required hair with lots of volume. The afro was a popular hairstyle among African-Americans. It required very curly hair, and the style was achieved by letting the hair grow straight out. The afro was worn by many celebrities, such as Marvin Gaye, Richard Pryor and the members of The Jackson Five. The pageboy was a rounded, bowl-cut hairstyle. The shorter version of the style was called a Purdey, based on the character Purdey in the television show "The New Avenger," who had that hairstyle. Hair coloring became more common in the 1970s, with women coloring their hair completely or getting highlights.