Update: Oct 25, 2009 – We
ran across this great blog post, “That
80’s Hair!” chock full of 80s-inspired hairstyles (with
pictures) as they appear from designers and in magazines now.
These give a great perspective on how we are re-inventing the
looks of 80s hairstyles. Time to get back out the crimping iron!
those of us who were there, 80s hairstyles make us cringe with
embarrassment. For those who weren't, well, you can stop
laughing now. What was it that caused us to wear our funky 80s
hairstyles like a badge of honor? From the bangs that reached
for the heavens with frizzy passion, to the extremely
wave social hair statement, to the funky side ponytails walking
hair-in-hair with the mullets, hairstyles in the 1980s
were about excess, experimentation, and enough hairspray
to protect our heads when the Russians dropped the bomb.
But rumor has it, 1980s
hairstyles are making a return to the fashion scene - with a
vengeance. So lighten up, Frances. Take a look at these eighties
hairstyles and find the one that's right for you. Bone
straight hair is so aughts. Wave, bobs and more altitude than
we've seen in a while are all reminiscent of the days of big hair.
Enjoy our rundown of the essentials of 80s hair below.
the time to break out your old yearbooks (or your parents' yearbooks)
and find that girl - you know, the popular one who had the most jelly
bracelets and the complete set of Poison albums - and make her big 80s
hairstyle yours. You know, the one that drove
The monstrous hair that made all of the girls jealous, as she walked
around in her skintight Gloria Vanderbilts, Chic or Jordache jeans with
a hair pick tucked haughtily in the back pocket. Well, now that hair can
be yours, and you won't be a wannabe anymore. Survey says, by now her
hair's probably grody to the max. Check out the
yearbook pictures for a glimpse of the big hair that was.
This look was HUGE (sorry for the awful pun) at my high school. We
were the very definition of big, nay, gargantuan hair. Bring on
the Aqua Net baby, we're going UP. >>
80s Big Hair t-shirt
The Asymmetrical, New Wave
New wave hair styles were the baddest of the bad, the predecessor to all
that is goth today. Only the coolest and angriest people could pull off
the "in-your-face, society" 'do. And even now, there's no such thing as
too cool. New wave hair styles are catching on again like Michael
Jackson's head in a Pepsi commercial.
The asymmetrical aspect is obvious in
these photos. While they are not of 80s hair, they are examples of the style on its way
back -- note Rhianna's asym duo. Even the preppies got in on this hair
style back in the 80s. In the preppy version, the hair style
overall would be otherwise completely normal, but one side would be
markedly shorter than the other.
The Side Ponytail: Only In My
Dreams, Debbie Gibson.
pop and valley girl mallrats popularized this 80s hairstyle to epic
proportions. They were most gnarly, though, when you broke out the
crimper for a little pizzaz and added a new frizzy friend to the side of
your head. Fer Shur. Whether you're crimped (if you don't have your
crimping iron anymore, fear not, you can get one new from the links to
the right) or straight, when you're ready to try this 80s hairstyle,
remember, it's not tight enough until one of your eyes squints to half
about the Side Ponytail here!
The 80s side ponytail has even been
rocked by Deb (Tina Majorino) in the very funny movie, Napoleon
Dynamite, and most recently by Jennifer Lopez at the Nickelodeon
Kid's Choice Awards.
The Rodent or Water Fowl
Back in the 80s, ne'er a day went by
when a little urchin didn't cross your path with either a
rat tail or a
duck tail. You always knew the kids to avoid based on how long their
extra little hair appendages were. And if a guy with a mullet or a gal
with long frizzy hair had a rat tail snaking out the bottom of their
already extensive locks, there's one thing you could assume immediately:
They were hardcore, dedicated to the 80s, to the max.
while 1980s hair styles may be gone, they're not forgotten. Don't be a
McFly and miss the boat the second time around. Call your hairdresser
today, stock up on the Aquanet hairspray and Dippity-do, and let the
party commence, retro-style. Bill and Ted said it best: "Our journey
through time has taken a most excellent turn!"
Do-it-Yourself 80s Curls
> 80s Mullet: Business up Front, Party in the Back