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2000s Hair : The Definitive Ranking

Butterfly hair clips, half up-do's, and bangs, Oh my!

Not all 2000s hair trends were created equal. While we hope some trends will never see the light of day again (cough cough, crimped hair), others could totally use a comeback. Who is who, which is which? Read on, and find out more.

11. Streaky Highlights

RCA Records

Sorry, Kelly - we're glad this trend is long gone. Bold highlights (and lowlights) may have dominated the early 2000's, but we hope they never make a comeback.  Unblended streaks of color can make hair look dirty and unkempt; we suggest something more subtle instead.

10. Crimped Hair

Disney

Google crimped hair and you'll find at least 20 articles claiming that crimped hair is back. No, crimped hair is not back. It had its moment, and now it's done, and thank goodness for that because hair crimpers were awful for hair health. Buh-bye, hair burns!

9. Butterfly Clips

NBC

Be honest - how much time did you dedicate to achieving perfectly spaced butterfly clips? Even though butterfly clips are technically considered to be a styling aid, they're almost hilariously inconvenient for anyone with more than a few strands of hair to clip back.

8. Low Pigtails

The WB

Oh, Lorelei Gilmore. Queen of low pigtails. While she made low pigtails look cute and minimal-effort, everyone who tried to make them happen IRL knew they were anything but easy. Sure, one side might look great, but getting both pigtails to match consistently proved nearly impossible to the casual at-home stylist.

7. Piecey Bangs

NBC

Piecey bangs are somewhat controversial, since they're such an easy look to go wrong on, and aren't a great choice for all face shapes. Still, when whispy, piecey bangs go right, they go so right. The trick is to find a stylist who can get the right level of bang fullness, since too much whispiness can look unintentional and clumpy.

6. Poker Straight Hair

Dreamworks

Poker straight hair; you'll know you're done straightening when you can literally smell your hair burning. We cringe just thinking of the damage.

5. Side-Swept Bangs That Cover The Eyes

NBC

Long, vision-obscuring bangs were incredibly popular in the 2000s; even hair queen Jennifer Aniston jumped on this style-train during the last season of Friends. You could argue that eye-covering bangs are the epitome of the 2000's bangs craze - what does it really mean when we'd rather have trendy bangs than the ability to see clearly?

4.Updos With Loose Side-Swept Bangs

UPN

An updo with loose side bangs is the perfect 2000's way to say, Hi, I have the confidence to wear my hair pulled back but also super cool and low key and couldn't be bothered to tuck in these strands. Plus, it gave 2000's gals the chance to flirtily twirl their hair even when in updo form - a win for everyone involved.

3. Choppy Layers

NBC

Did choppy layers ever really go away? Or did they just evolve with the times? Elliot from Scrubs's post-bad-gal makeover bangs might feel a little dated now, but choppy layers sure are still abundant on Instagram.

2. Flippy Bob

Warner

Flippy bobs are delightful. They're cute, typically pretty easy to style, and are just really, really, really fun to wear. The flippy bob was ideal in the 2000's era for the dramatic hair flip + flounce away, and it hasn't lost any of its power in the intervening years. Check out its modern cousin: the flippy lob.

1. Funky Half-Updo

Warner

Half up-dos were GREAT in the 2000s. There was never a dull moment with a half up-do - it allowed for the endless combination of 2000s hair trends, all in one style. Flippy ends, butterfly clips, side-swept bangs, and countless other styles could peacefully coexist within the 2000s half up-do; It was basically a 2000s hair utopia.

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