If you were a tween in the ’90s, you probably watched Boy Meets World. Which is why tonight’s premiere of Girl Meets World, a spin-off about Cory and Topanga’s daughter, is stirring excitement among a group of adults who haven’t tuned in to the Disney Channel in over a decade. I was a superfan of the show. I’m just going to come right out and admit that I’ve probably seen every episode and I’ve been furtively bingeing on reruns in anticipation of tonight’s premiere. My nostalgia is at a fever pitch, and I’m dreaming of slouchy jeans, crocheted vests, and Topanga Lawrence’s incredible hair. She had the thickest, shiniest, prettiest hair on TV, and she is—then, now, and forever—my hair idol. Here’s why.
The Length. When the show started, Topanga, played by Danielle Fishel, was just a recurring character, a flower child with a strange name and waist-length hair. But oh, that hair. It was the one thing I wanted as a child, but genetics and my mom would never allow it to grow to that length. Topanga’s hair was always crimped, braided, or curled in ways guaranteed to make a ten-year-old jealous. But it was never frizzy, never messy. And do you remember the episode when she lopped off a chunk of her hair in the middle of the school hallway to prove that beauty is superficial? That’s a TV moment that stuck with me as I grew up, so bravo, Boy Meets World.
The Accessories. Topanga wore every ’90s hair doodad available—scrunchies, headbands, butterfly clips—the whole shebang. I would wake up every day and wonder, How can I make my hair more Topanga? I’d pull it into a high ponytail and add a neon scrunchie or crimp my pigtails. (Yes, yes, I did that.) I love the fact that she had fun with her hair; she knew it was one of her best assets, and she worked it every which way. I hope that Riley, her daughter on* Girl Meets World, *takes a few cues from her mom. The ’90s are back, after all.
The Blowouts. I was too young to realize it at the time, but Topanga had some killer blowouts. I thought her hair just naturally had bounce and shine and swooped ends. Hers was the kind of perfectly coiffed hair you just don’t see in the age of normcore. But Topanga’s always been on trend, even as a mom. A quick look at a teaser for tonight’s episode shows her hair is still long and still thick, but a little less blonde. And it’s styled in perfectly undone beachy waves. Over a decade later and I’m still envious.
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