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Our 11 Fave Grunge Hairstyles From Teen Angst Movies

As the grunge trend continues to resurface and die out again, one thing that will always remain relevant is our love for all of the classic teen angst movies that the decade brought us. And with Halloween right around the corner, we’ve decided to round up some of the best teen angst movies’ hairstyles to serve as inspo for your Halloween costume or even just your everyday look. From Kat Stratford to Laney Boggs, keep reading to see the best grunge hair looks from teen angst movies.

Cruel Intentions

Cecile Caldwell’s brunette mane with the flipped-out ends and hair clips still stands as an iconic look for private school girls everywhere.

Selma Blair as Cecile Caldwell in Cruel Intentions
(Cruel Intentions via Sony Pictures Releasing)

The Breakfast Club

The two female Breakfast Club members made Saturday detention look super chic. Between Claire Standish’s wispy red locks and Allison Reynold’s thick brown mop and shaggy bangs, we’ve got plenty of grunge hair inspo going on.

Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish and Ally Sheedy as Allison Reynolds in The Breakfast Club
(The Breakfast Club via Universal Pictures)


The bigger the hair, the more popular the girl must have been. That was the name of the game in the movie Heathers, as Veronica and all three of the Heathers each rocked super voluminous locks.

The cast of Heathers all standing together in the cafeteria at the beginning of the film
(Heathers via New World Pictures)

Girl, Interrupted

Lisa’s short, jagged blonde bangs were so wrong that they were right in Girl, Interrupted.

Angelina Jolie as Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted
(Girl, Interrupted via Columbia Pictures)


While Daria is the only TV series on our list, we couldn’t talk about teen angst without including the cynical teen. While she may not have been the most popular teen at Lawndale High, her thick auburn mane (and sarcastic personality) makes her a star in our eyes.

Daria sitting in a movie theater with a straight face while everyone else is laughing around her
(Daria via MTV)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

The most important life lesson we learned from Ferris? If you’re going to skip school, then wearing a black beret is the perfect way to go incognito.

Ferris Bueller wearing a black beret and sunglasses in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
(Ferris Bueller’s Day Off via Paramount Pictures)

Empire Records

The staff at Empire Records is all about selling records without becoming a sell-out. Well, one could never become a sell-out with a classic-looking mane like Corey Mason’s long brunette locks and center part.

Liv Tyler as Corey Mason in Empire Records
(Empire Records via Warner Bros.)

Edward Scissorhands

While Edward created many works of art with his scissorhands, the best look of the movie was Edward’s own wild mane.

Edward Scissorhands cutting hair in the film
(Edward Scissorhands via 20th Century Fox)

10 Things I Hate About You

There was nothing to hate about Kat Stratford’s gelled, wet waves held up by a banana clip. The two pieces of hair that were placed in front of her face, however, made the look a grunge hair classic.

Julia Stiles as Katarina "Kat" Stratford in 10 Things I Hate About You
(10 Things I Hate About You via Buena Vista Pictures)

She’s All That

Laney Boggs’ makeover in She’s All That is proof that a little chop never hurt anybody. Zack Siler’s sister took Laney’s hair from a shabby, heavy mane to a layered flirty look we love.

Rachel Leigh Cook as Laney Boggs in She's All That walking down the stairs after the makeover scene
(She’s All That via Miramax Films)

Drive Me Crazy 

Nicole may not have won Brad’s affection but she definitely won the best-tressed award in our book. Drive Me Crazy is chock-full of the best grunge hairstyles of all teen angst movie hair looks.

Drive Me Crazy grunge hair looks from the '90s movie
(Drive Me Crazy via 20th Century Fox)

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