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Woman's depiction of the difference between millennial and Gen Z teen hairdos is amusingly accurate

The woman shows how the Gen Z sleek style has replaced the signature millennial teens' hairdo and many found it relatable.

Woman's depiction of the difference between millennial and Gen Z teen hairdos is amusingly accurate
Cover Image Source: TikTok | @natalie_oneillll

In history, it took several decades or even a few centuries for major evolutions in lifestyle or fashion to happen. But in the modern and fast-paced world that we live in, a new fashion trend seems to pop up every few months. The difference between the fashion choices of millennials and Gen Z is now too obvious, especially the hairstyles. Gen Z teens have drastically contrasting preferences compared to what millennials had as teens. To Gen Z teens, it is all about minimalism and sleekness. So, when skincare enthusiast Natalie O'Neill–who goes by @natalie_oneillll on TikTok–made a video about the glaring difference between millennials' and Gen Z teens' hairdos, people couldn't help but relate to it.  

Image Source: TikTok | @natalie_oneillll
Image Source: TikTok | @natalie_oneillll

If you think a nine-second video can't showcase how far fashion trends have transformed between two generations, then O'Neill proves you wrong. In the beginning, she starts to brush her hair away from her forehead and creates a clean, elegant hairdo with no stray hair popping up. While we might've been used to seeing this graceful way of styling hair using a gel to keep it intact, we won't understand how the trends have changed until we see the millennials' style. The text overlay reads, "Teenagers in 2024 VS me in 2012" and O'Neill transforms back to her teen days. Taking a lock of fringe from the front of the head and pinning it on the top while forming a bump, the woman's depiction takes us back to the 2010s when this pouf hairdo was all the rage.

Image Source: TikTok | @msshellyromantwo.0
Image Source: TikTok | @msshellyromantwo.0
Image Source: TikTok | @larocheposeus
Image Source: TikTok | @larocheposayus

With over 7.4 million views, the video went viral online and with it, many millennials were taking a trip down memory lane. "It was always lopsided because we twisted it too," said @saoirsemoss. "Nothing could stop me and my mini bump in 2009-2013," quipped @fae_vale. "My arms would hurt so bad from re-doing it because one side would be taller," pointed out @im.just.ken._. "Don't worry, Gen Alpha will be making these types of videos or holograms or whatever is popular when they're older about the Gen Z's slick back," added @val28262

Image Source: TikTok | @lydiarosehawken
Image Source: TikTok | @lydiarosehawken

On a similar note, a woman's hilarious sketch on TikTok about a questionable 2007 hairstyle trend was another nostalgic trip for the millennials online. Kate Steinberg (@itskatesteinberg) made a hilarious video about a DIY hair-lightening hack that girls used to have nearly two decades ago. Teen girls of the 2000s saved salon costs and made their hair blonde using lemon juice. Not only did she demonstrate the hack but also did so while looking exactly like a millennial teen. 

Image Source: TikTok | @itskatesteinberg
Image Source: TikTok | @itskatesteinberg

Her poker-straight hair, frosted shades of eye shadow and lipgloss gave away the perfect portrayal of a millennial teen's makeup. "What are you doing?" a voice in the background asks and Steinberg replies, "Um, highlighting my hair." When asked why she didn't go to a salon to do her hair, she says, "My mom won't let me." She then squeezed the lemon all over her hair, implying how the teens in the 2000s opted for this method to create blonde highlights. 

You can follow Natalie O'Neill (@natalieoneillll) on TikTok for more skincare content.

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