The 80s was a decade known for its style. Fashion was fun, playful, big,
bold, and wild, and the
hairstyles were no different. If you’re interested in capturing the
whimsy and fun of 80s style for yourself, then there’s no better way to
do it than with your hair. Whether you want to make a total change or
just go all out for a costume party or an event, it’s easy to capture
the spirit of the 80s by experimenting with your hair. Go to hair
products for all of the looks shown here: Aqua Net and Dippity Do!
#1 The Side Ponytail
One of the simplest 80s hairstyles that virtually anyone with medium to
long hair can pull off is the side ponytail.
The higher the ponytail and the bigger the scrunchie, the better this do
will look. Simply gather your hair as if you were preparing a normal
ponytail and then brush it to the side. Use a big, colorful scrunchie to
hold it in place
If you have bangs, try teasing them to
their fullest for an added punch of 80s playfulness. This look goes best
with big, dangling earrings, baggy sweaters paired with tight leggings,
and/or anything that’s every bit as colorful and bold as this daring
Take a look at the vintage prom pic
below to see an awesome side ponytail formal do.
#2 The Big Perm
A more permanent 80s look is the big
perm. Think Madonna/Julia Roberts wild, full curls. You can get a perm
at virtually any salon and then use special volume enhancing products to
give your hair that full look. A perm looks even better and even more
80s if you already have natural curls. Just make sure that you don’t
perm too often, as this can severely dry out and damage your hair. Keep
those curls moisturized. If you’re not ready to commit to a perm, you
can get temporary curls by using small rollers overnight or using a
curling iron. Just remember that this look is meant to appear
just-rolled-out-of-bed-casual, so don’t spend too much time on it.
Simply condition your hair, let it air dry, and then use a pick to get
through the tough knots and tangles. The great thing about the perm is
that you can make it work with any clothing style. When you want to look
classy, simply put on your best dress and pin the curls into a French
twist. For a fun, wild look, let that hair flow and wear tight dresses,
mini-skirts, thigh high boots or anything else that makes you feel sexy.
This very vintage photo illustrates the
power of the perm. It also highlights the cross-gender nature of this
particular 80s hair trend. We love the two guys on the left! Rock on,
man. The other important aspect of 80s hair that this picture features
is the unbeatable combination of a perm with big bangs (discussed
below). They go together like Hall and Oates.
Another big tip to remember when going
for that 80s look is that it’s al about the bangs. The bigger and
crazier your bangs are, the better. We suggest teasing your bangs to the
max, either straight up or into a feathered style, and then spraying
with as much maximum hold hair spray as you can stand. Just be sure to
give your hair a good washing at the end of the day to keep it from
getting stiff and brittle and to wash away the hairspray smell. When you
sport this hairstyle, however, keep in mind that all the attention
should be on your hair, not on your clothes. So for once, you can tone
down the wild clothing. This hairstyle looks best with a simple, solid
colored blouse or t-shirt, jeans or slacks, and basic jewelry and
Crimping is another popular style that
can give you that 80s vibe, and it’s incredibly easy to get the look. If
you have the time, you can get crimps just by braiding all of your hair
into tiny braids and sleeping on them overnight. When you take the
braids out in the morning, you’ll have an instant head full of crimps
and you can simply spray and go. If you don’t want to sleep on a head
full of braids, you can also get the look with any curling iron or flat
iron set to maximum heat. You simply make crimps by closing the iron on
your hair and then in a wave-like motion moving down the section of hair
to create crimps throughout. If you’re really dedicated to the look and
think you’ll want to do it often, you might want to purchase a crimping
iron for quicker, more polished looking crimps. While crimps can go with
any ensemble, we just love when they are paired with long, flowing
dresses with bold, floral prints or patterns. This look gives the wearer
a sensuous-but-sweet wild child of the 80s look.
So, yes, it’s incredibly easy and fun to
get the 80s look that you want. Don’t be afraid to experiment and to try
out even the craziest of styles. You can use articles such as this for
inspiration or even watch 80s movies or music videos for further ideas.
Above all, express yourself and have a good time. You only live once!
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