So, what was a bow head, exactly? In mid-eighties parlance, it meant a
girl who wore a huge bow in her hair. Since hair was generally pretty
big in the 1980’s, no demure little hair clip would work; we needed hair
accessories that would stand up to our perms and teasing. It was a
preppy look in general, although there were edgier deployments of the
hair bow. Bows in general were huge (literally AND figuratively) in the
80’s; we loved them on our rear ends when we wore dresses, too, a.k.a.
the “butt bow”.
I was into hair bows at the same time I liked Laura Ashley-esque dropwaist
dresses and tailored, ruffled blouses. I had a navy blue one, a red one,
and a white one, and felt like my hair wardrobe was complete. It was so
easy to pull my hair back into a ponytail and slide a bow barrette onto
it. Voila! Eighties girls also loved them on the tops of their heads
(you know, behind The Bangs and in front of the Main Mane) or saucily
placed to one side. Some bows were attached to thin headbands, too,
which was a nice option.
The first bows I remember were stiff, tailored ones that resembled men’s
bow ties. They looked crisp and freshly ironed. I loved the fact that
the bows were often so wide that they could be seen on either side of
your ponytail when you were looking straight at someone.
These sassy paint spatter-look hair bows have a great pop of neon color
that screams EIGHTIES at the top of its voice. Awesome!
Here’s a black velvet and gold hair bow that would look lovely with your
ruffled black and gold formal dress.
The next generation of bows was a floppy, chiffon type. These gave a
softer, more touchable look, and were precursors to the
scrunchies we loved in
the early 90’s.
This eye catching hair bow sparkles with silver dots. It begs for big ol’
silver hoops, don’t you think?
I love these animal print bows. The would look SO cute this fall and
winter with your toasty black and brown sweaters:
This turquoise and fuchsia set has added flair in the form of gold
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Like a bazillion trends of the eighties, big hair bows are totally back.
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