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We’re Entering an Indie Sleaze Renaissance

We’ve been fawning over Y2K trends for more than a hot minute. Baby braids, middle parts, butterfly clips—these looks, among others, have been dominating the beauty scene. But this fall, we’re seeing those early aughts moments moving into the background. So what retro renaissance will take its place? TikTokers already have an idea. Think Tumblr, first-gen iPhones, and emo music. That’s right: indie sleaze style is back. Characterized by heavy bangs, deep side parts, and lots of texture, 2010 aesthetics are getting a 2020 revival. Here are 13 indie sleaze hairstyles we’re bound to see more of this fall.

1. Bright Dyes

Think Florence and the Machine or Hayley Williams. Bold, bright, single color dyes are a 2010 fad we’re excited to see back this season.

 

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2. Punk Accents

Emma Corrin is taking on an indie sleaze-esque platinum pixie with a twist in this Olivier Awards snap. Safe to say we’ll be seeing many more short hairstyles this autumn.

 

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3. High Pony

Laidback buns and low ponytails can step aside, the slick high pony is giving that Gossip Girl era preppy-ness we’ve been missing.

 

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4. Tons of Texture

Indie muse meets indie sleaze. Model and musician Suki Waterhouse has the ultimate bedhead—a quintessential indie sleaze hairstyle.

 

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5. Minimal Styling

Alexa Chung was the ultimate indie sleaze hairstyle icon. And to this day, she’s still rocking an updated take on her classic low-maintenance mane.

 

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6. Two-Toned

The chokehold ombré hair color (and Vanessa Hudgens for that matter) had  on the 2010s. Two-toned tresses are definitely making a comeback.

7. Headbands

From boho floral accessories to Adidas sport headbands, the straight-across-the-forehead look was a total vibe a decade ago. We’re not so sure we’re on board with this one yet but…to each their own.

 

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8. Long Roots

The indie sleaze era had just the right amount of grunge. Loving this long roots look on Halsey—it’s totally on trend.

 

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9. The Bowl

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontwoman Karen O is no stranger to the style spotlight. Her heavy fringe bowl cut is taking us back to that late aughts era.

 

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10. Super Deep Side Part

While the ’90s/’00s had a center part phase, the ’10s were dominated by the deep side part. It’s giving MySpace in the best possible way.

 

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11. Heavy Fringe

From side fringe to classic front-framing, blocky bangs are kind of back in a big way. Think your Tumblr feed circa 2011.

 

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12. Dyed Black Strands

Another hair dye trend we’re not too mad about. Emo-inspired dye jobs are the moody answer to early aughts blonde obsession.

 

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13. Boho Waves

Blake Lively’s impact on the beauty industry is encapsulated by the 2010s obsession with boho waves. Overnight braids it is this autumn.

 

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Want to really lean into the emo aesthetic? HERE are plenty of scene hairstyles to try!



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