Ranking The 13 Most Important Celeb Ponytails Of The ’90s

It was the golden era of scrunchies.

13. The Sporty Spice simple pullback:

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While all the other Spice Girls got more elaborate coiffed dos, Sporty proved that less is sometimes more. Her tightly pulled back hair showed that she meant business.

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12. The Kapowski sloppy tail:

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OK, so this is barely a ponytail, but her tousled hair, held loosely together by giant claw clip, is total early ’90s sexiness — and giving Zack a peak at what her bedroom hair looks like.

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11. Lauryn Hill’s rebel girl ponytail in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

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Lauryn’s ponytail proved that her character was not only a badass, but also chic.

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10. Alyssa Milano’s fountain ponytail:

Alyssa puts a twist on the old Southern saying, in this case, the bigger the ponytail, the closer to God.

Also, she might be wearing more than one scrunchie

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9. Madonna’s Blond Ambition-era ponytail:

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What do you accessorize your cone-bra bustier with? Well, if you’re Madonna, a giant ponytail held together by a braid.

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8. Clarissa’s funky side ponytail:


A funky sense of style needs an equally funky hair-do, and her side ponytail fits the bill perfectly. Also, she holds it together with a coordinating, but fun, scrunchie.

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7. Rayanne Graff’s twist tail:

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Oh Rayanne, everyone’s favorite rebellious alcoholic teenager, whose ponytail was probably more of necessity — from not showering.

But, she does get points for accessorizing her hair to draw maximum attention to her ponytail.

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6. Janet Jackson’s Poetic Justice-era braids tail:

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Nobody rocked braids in the ’90s better than Janet, and this ponytail, held together by a hair wrap, is the perfect way to show-off her hair.

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5. The Stephanie Tanner side ponytail:

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The queen of the ’90s side ponytail. Her look is perfectly complemented with teased side-swept bangs (sprayed with pink can Aquanet, I’m sure) and brightly colored scrunchie.

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4. The Lisa Turtle party tail:


Lisa’s ponytail is a play on a mullet: teased-up party in the front, sleeked down business in the middle, and a crazy party in the back.

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3. Topanga’s Maltese ponytail:

OK, so maybe she wasn’t trying to emulate a dog with her hair, but it all works. Also, the flat-ironed hair is the perfect late ’90s touch.

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2. Totally Hair Barbie’s totally big ponytail:


In the early ’90s Barbie pushed the limits on big hair. Of course with such a big ponytail you need to accessorize with something equally as big — and she certainly did, with her teased out bangs and whatever that thing that’s on her hair.

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1. D.J. Tanner’s frosted side ponytail:

What makes this the most epic ponytail of the ’90s? Well, we have a lot of early ’90s trends going on at once. First off, there’s the side ponytail, secondly, it’s held together by a scrunchie (polka dot, no less), third, she has teased out bangs, and fourth, and most importantly, she has frosted hair. FROSTED HAIR.

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