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A Definitive Ranking Of All The Daggy Hairstyles We Rocked In High School

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There is nothing that sends me into a blind panic like thinking about high school hairstyles from the ’00s. Memories may fade but photographic evidence lasts forever.

Luckily for me, I went to school just before Facebook exploded so most of my cringiest moments will never be unearthed. But that doesn’t mean I don’t remember all of the terrible hairstyles my classmates and I would rock, thinking we belonged in The O.C. The absolute horror.

The noughties really was a wild time to be alive and the high school hairstyles that reigned during that period were err… definitely unique.

A ranking of the daggy high school hairstyles we all rocked, from worst to best:

#18. Shaved on One Side

The worst kind of hair trend is the type that permanently ruins your hair. While for a couple of months it might have seemed cool to shave one side of your head, it would take years to grow back.

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#17. Peroxide Blonde

For a while it seemed like there was some kind of rite of passage for Year 7 boys to complete their ‘bad boy’ transformation by bleaching their hair. I assume it was supposed to turn blonde but always came out a shade of yellow, while they’re thinking they look like the next Slim Shady.

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#16. Zig-Zag Part

No offence but some of the ’00s hairstyles were extremely boring and the zig-zag part was peak basic.

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#15. Blonde with Black Underneath

I blame Christina Aguilera for this. Basically, all the hot blonde girls in high school started dying their layers underneath black. If you really wanted to commit, you’d chuck a few red streaks in too.

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Via Pinterest

#14. The Mullet

While this isn’t peak ’00s, there was always one kid who would think it’s still acceptable to have a mullet. Usually it was a guy you never actually saw in class but at the bus station every arvo trying to bum a ciggie.

#13. Chunky Headband

Now THIS was a style I could get around. Blair Waldorf, eat your heart out.

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#12. Spiky Hair with Too Much Gel

Did you even go to high school if you weren’t surrounded by a sea of spiky hair teens dripping in hair gel?

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Via YouTube

#11. Pinned Back Poof

For a period in the noughties the epitome of cool was teasing your fringe into a quiff and pinning it back with a handful of bobby pins. Things were simpler then.

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#10. The Bieber

I’m happy this trend was short-lived but as Justin Bieber exploded and became a fully-fledged phenomenon, his side-swept fringe became a massive trend among teens.

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#9. The Bowl Cut

There is no Bieber without the mighty bowl cut. Don’t get it twisted, Bieber’s hair is just a stylised bowl.

#8. Two Front Pieces

No updo was complete without two thin strands of hair framing your face. So chic.

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#7. Rat Tail

You can’t say it wasn’t low-maintenance…

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Via Men’s Hair Forum

#6. Pink Streaks

This look was typically achieved with coloured hair clips but if you were a real badass you’d actually dye your hair for real and wait for the pink to ruin all your white clothes.

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#5. Crimped

While you might envision looking like Lizzie McGuire, you’d more often end up looking like a possessed poodle.

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#4. The Bird’s Nest

Take your mind back to when Short Stack were the biggest band in Australia, this hot mess of a hairstyle was the absolute coolest.

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#3. Dead Straight Hair

This was by far the least imaginative ’00s trend. It was all about having completely straight hair, created via hair straighteners or if you old-school…just a straight-up iron and ironing board.

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#2. Frosted Tips

There was nothing more alluring at high school than that one popular guy in Year 8 with the frosted tips. It was the ultimate bad boy hairstyle.

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#1. Black Hair with an Emo Fringe

No hairstyle brings back nostalgia more than emo hair. Whether you were a guy, a girl or non-binary, all you needed was some black hair dye, a sharp fringe and to hack at the rest of your hair and you were ready for the Black Parade.

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I’m off to listen to 30 Seconds To Mars’ ‘The Kill’ and paint my keyboard black.