Short and spunky while still soft and feminine, what we love most about the Princess Diana haircut is more than just the way it perfectly framed her eyes and grazed her chin. At a time when women were supposed to look a certain way according to societal—and royal—standards, the short and choppy cut was itself rebellious. Sam McKnight, the stylist that cut her hair, has been quoted as saying that the Princess never even considered growing her hair out, because she didn’t want to look too “princess-y.” It wasn’t just an accessory to her non-conformist ways, it was a key part of it.
While side swept bangs and deep side parts don’t seem to be in line with the current middle part and curtain bang trends, the Princess Diana haircut is irrefutably on the rise. Now, everyone is talking about it and trying the style out for themselves. One TikToker, Rose Nora Anna, found her niche as a Diana look alike after a video of her following a vintage Princess Diana hair tutorial went viral. Maybe the trend is in part due to the TV show, The Crown, or the much-anticipated biopic, Spencer, starring Kristin Stewart. Or maybe the Princess Diana haircut is back because being unapologetically yourself has never gone out of style. Sounds about right!