The general statement that fashion is cyclical has been proven time and
time again as
hairstyles from the past have made their way back into the
At the same time, just a few years ago many fashion industry experts said
that the 80s were possibly the worst time for fashion, but the Me
Generation has resurfaced and can be seen in everything from movies to
fashion to hair. Most notably, the hair styles of the 80s are starting
to appear more often on the heads of celebrities. While the sky high
bangs of this decade have yet to return to being in vogue, other hair
styles of the time are becoming more popular than ever.
Among the 80s hair styles making a comeback, the most popular is clearly
the branch of new wave styles that emerged in the early 80s from the
music genre of the same name, popularized by bands such as Soft Cell,
The Cure, The Smiths, New Order, and, of course, A Flock of Seagulls.
The basic principle of this new wave haircut involves
asymmetry—specifically having hair on one side noticeably longer than
the other side. Big names, such as Rihanna, and Evan Rachel Wood have
brought the style back to popular culture, emphasizing the flat and
pressed sides as well as sharp lines that bring more attention to the
contours of the face.
Flock of Seagulls Styling
Another new wave hair style that has enjoyed new acceptance is the aptly
titled Flock of Seagulls haircut. Named after the band, the style
features short sides and back with a flowing top that comes down over
the front of the face. The most popular celebrity to sport this look
today is the singer La Roux, on whom the haircut matches the androgynous
style of the performer.
Score (Flock of Seagulls)
New Wave Spikes
If you were a fan of David Gahan, or his band Depeche Mode in the eighties
than you are sure to recognize one of his trademark eighties styles
coming back. Justin Bieber can be found rocking this up and lightly
spiked look. This new wave look can be achieved with short sides and the
top brushed straight up and then back, with the modern version very
light spike twists can be found making an appearance in the style.
Gahan (Depeche Mode)
One of the best things about 80s hair styles coming back into fashion is
the wealth of reference pictures that are available for women to bring
to the hairdresser. In addition, many of the haircuts rely on simple
techniques to create the desired effect and even moderately competent
hairdressers can achieve a good look with effort. To get the best
possible 80s haircut, it is a good idea for a woman to bring several
pictures to the salon and be as clear as possible in describing the
desired hair style. If the theory of cyclical hair styles holds true,
then time is running out and a woman should enjoy the 80s one last time
before the haircuts go out of style for another 30 years.
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