Unpopular Opinion: Why Did The Mid-00s Hair Pouf Ever Fall Out Of Fashion?

Bring it back.

Remember during the mid-00s, when we were all obsessed with The Hills and The OC, and our style icons were Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens? Along with the thin eyebrows, chunky highlights, sparkly tank tops and low-slung distressed flares, there was another major trend: hair poufs.

There are plenty of variations of this iconic 00s hairstyle, and plenty of names. The pouf, pompadour, coiffe, or hair bump was a staple in 00s teen dramas, fashion magazines, and on red carpets of the rich and famous.

Ashley Tisdale. Credit: Jesse Grant/WireImage

If like me, the pouf brings back lovely nostalgic memories, I’ve got some good news for you. It could be making a return, and we’ve got the upcoming Little Women film to thank.

In a feature from earlier this week, The Cut pointed out a recent LA Times interview with Little Women stars Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh, in which Pugh is sporting a good ol’ fashioned hair pouf like it was no big deal.

That’s not the first time the hair pouf has made a teased and hair sprayed comeback in recent times. In the newly released Hustlers, Lili Reinhart’s character Annabelle proudly rocks a teased bump in her pony amongst other 00s fashion and beauty trends from the decade in which the film is set. 

At the 2019 SAG Awards, Bohemian Rhapsody actress Lucy Boynton rocked a variation on the hair pouf with a middle part and hair bow. 

Lucy Boynton. Credit: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images

This hairstyle might bring back memories of other cringeworthy 00s trends, but I’m welcoming its return – and I’m not the only one:

For many, the hair pouf was the perfect, fuss-free, second day hairstyle that required little effort and just a whole lot of bobby pins, if you could find them, of course. Side note: where do all our bobby pins go!? 


The real question here is, why did the humble hair pouf ever fall out of fashion? The 90s had its moment in the sun with tiny sunglasses, scrunchies and hair clips, perhaps the hair pouf is a sign that the 00s are back and better than ever.

These 00s Emo Bands That Need To Make A Comeback With My Chemical Romance

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If you’re anything like me and went through a full-blown emo phase in high school, you’d be fully across My Chemical Romance and the news of their comeback. 

Last week, MCR sent the emo and scene kids of yesteryear into an absolute tailspin when the band announced they’d be returning for a reunion show which sold out in just minutes

Much to the delight of Aussie fans, it was also announced today that My Chem would be headlining Download Festival 2020 alongside the equally-as-nostalgic Deftones and Jimmy Eat World. 

It’s a pretty exciting time for the kids who grew up on mid-00s emo and pop punk music, and it begs the question – what other iconic 00s emo bands need to return to the mainstream in 2019 and onwards?

Here are some suggestions  from a former emo kid:

Taking Back Sunday

Remember Taking Back Sunday? This pop punk emo band was huge in 2006 with the album Louder Now, and most notably, their hit ‘MakeDamnSure’ which peaked at no. 2 on the US Billboard 200. Taking Back Sunday are much-loved for their tracks ‘Cute Without The ‘E’’and ‘You’re So Last Summer.’ Despite a fair few changes in band members, TBS are still making music and touring. 


Compared to Taking Back Sunday, Alexisonfire was far more hardcore. The band, who described their music as “the sound of two Catholic high-school girls in mid-knife-fight,” were well-known for their post-hardcore sound and big tracks like ‘This Could Be Anywhere In The World’ and my personal favourite, ‘Pulmonary Archery.’ This year, Alexisonfire reunited, released two new tracks and toured the world.

Hawthorne Heights

Like Alexisonfire, Hawthorne Heights was heavy on the screamo. When I think of this band, the track ‘Ohio Is For Lovers’ comes to mind, and I’m not surprised – it has a whopping 36M streams on Spotify. 

The Used

The Used were icons of the mid-00s emo scene. Their 2002 album In Love and Death, filled all our playlists with tracks like ‘The Taste Of Ink,’ ‘Blue and Yellow’ and ‘All That I’ve Got.’ If you’re having many happy flashbacks, the good news continues because The Used are currently working on their eighth album, set to drop next year.


Christian hardcore band Underoath made waves in 2004-2005 with tracks like ‘Reinventing Your Exit.’ Despite announcing their split in 2013, Underoath reunited in 2015 and last year with their eighth studio album, ‘Erase Me.’ 

While many of these iconic bands are still making music and touring the world, does MCR’s reunion signify a return of emo music to the mainstream? My 13-year-old self truly hopes it does.

Kate Moss And Marky Mark’s Calvin Klein Shoot Sounded Like A Nightmare

"I had a nervous breakdown."

Remember Kate Moss and Marky Mark’s iconic Calvin Klein ad from the 90s? You know – the one where the scantily-clad pair are cuddling in nothin’ but their jeans and CK knickers

Well, according to Moss, the shoot wasn’t as sexy and glamorous as it looks.

According to, Moss felt pressured to shoot topless. Speaking to Megyn Kelly last year, the model said, “I worked with a woman photographer called Corrine Day and she always liked me with no top on and I did not like it at all when I first started.”

In 2017, Moss told Interview magazine’s Glen O’Brien that she was “nervous wreck” during the shoot. She also told O’Brien that Mark Wahlberg (known at the time as Marky Mark) was “such a dickhead.”

“He wasn’t very nice,” she added. In response, Wahlberg told Nuts magazine the shoot “was OK. I wasn’t into the waif thing.”

“She kind of looked like my nephew,” he said. “I mean she’s beautiful – she’s a very pretty nephew – but I’m more into curvy women.”

Even Calvin Klein himself was aware of the tension between Mark and Kate. In 2013, Interview mag that “Mark was trouble…He and Kate couldn’t stand each other.”

It wasn’t just the beef with Marky Mark that made Moss’s CK shoot a bad experience. The model admitted to Vanity Fair in 2012 that she had a “nervous breakdown” when she had to work with the actor.

“It didn’t feel like me at all,” she said. “I felt really bad about straddling this buff guy. I didn’t like it. I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die.”

“There’s massive pressure to do what you have to do,” she added.

As for the advice Kate Moss would give other young models who feel pressured to shoot nude, she said, “They don’t have to do it if they don’t want to do it.”

“I wouldn’t let my daughter do it – I look at her now and she’s 15, and to think that I was going topless at her age is crazy,” she said. 

With over 30 years experience under her belt, Kate Moss has seen it all. Kudos to the supermodel for keeping it real.

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