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Katy Perry Suddenly Looks Like a '90s American Sweetheart

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What did you do if you were a hair stylist in the '90s tasked with making an actress look like a sweet ingenue? You gave them a chin-length bob. Or a waterfall of bushy brown curls. Or you plopped on a headband. Each did the job, and hair stylists are doing it all over again.

Consider Katy Perry's hair at last night's GO Campaign Gala, pictured above. If you're suddenly hearing the lyrics to Friends, it's because it's nearly identical to Courteney Cox's in 1995:

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It's not just Katy Perry, either. Earlier yesterday, Gigi Hadid left a photoshoot not with her usual Victoria's Secret model hair, but with a short perm that looks like a cross between Meg Ryan at the height of her Meg Ryan-ness:

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And Keri Russell during her Felicity years (for whatever reason pictured here with N*SYNC):

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But the trend actually goes back further this year — lest you were distracted by her dress, Rihanna's hair during this spring's Met Gala looked like this:

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Which flips out just like the signature hairstyle of a certain beloved teenage witch:

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It's not even just a girl thing — consider Justin Bieber's most recent cut:

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It bears a resemblance to '90s male sweetheart Kurt Cobain:

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What does this mean, exactly? That fashion is cyclical? That there are no longer any more original ideas whatsoever? That we're about to see a lot more sitcoms about teens with the ability to perform magic? Yes, obviously.