80s Hairstyles That Should Stay In The 80s
Apr14

80s Hairstyles That Should Stay In The 80s

Styles in the 80s were bright and big. The 80s hairstyles were no exception. Big, bigger, and biggest, the more hair, the better. Perms, teased hair, and crimped hair were in. Even the guys heads were full of it, whether they wore a mullet or had a perm themselves.  The 80s certainly had their own way when it came to hair looks and that’s where these styles should stay. You really shouldn’t even own a scrunchie, and if you...

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Two more 80s Goodies – Goody Hair Combs and Round Barrettes
Nov10

Two more 80s Goodies – Goody Hair Combs and Round Barrettes

Ladies, think back to your hair in the 80s before it was gigantic and shellacked with Aqua Net and Stiff Stuff. Let’s go back to the early 1980s, when you were crafting and wearing your ribbon barrettes, perhaps a tortoise shell plastic headband, or maybe even clipping a roach clip into your hair with some feathers and beads? (Did anyone else wear a roach clip in their hair? No? Anyone?) Think back to when you pulled back the sides of...

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Oh Goody! – The Goody Snap-Tight Barrette Card
Jun22

Oh Goody! – The Goody Snap-Tight Barrette Card

Fact: Hair and hair accessories were a big deal in the 80s. Back in the early 1980s, after the youthful look of pigtails with that big ropey colored yarn, but before the “cool” of ribbon barrettes and banana clips, girls across America were sporting these in their hair: the Goody Snap-Tight Kiddie Barrettes (yup, that’s the official name). These Goody Snap-Tight Barrettes were an everyday choice for my hair. And why wouldn’t you wear...

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80s Rat Tail Hairstyles – The Tale of the Tail
May05

80s Rat Tail Hairstyles – The Tale of the Tail

By Lori Ferraro When you think back to 80s hair, the first images that most likely pop into your brain are of us girls, with our giant, can-of-spray-a-day, moussed-up, permed, blown-out helmet heads, right? But . . . The boys of the 80s had some serious hair action going on as well. We’re all familiar with the decade’s most popular dude-do the mullet. I’d say 95% of the boys walking the halls of my junior high and high schools rocked...

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Just Dippity Do It!
Feb18

Just Dippity Do It!

By Lori Ferraro Back in the day our hair gel options were endless…tubes of Dep, L’oreal Studio Fix and LA Looks covered drug store shelves. I was a certified gel junkie, and only one reigned supreme due to its glue-like texture. Two words: DIPPITY-DO. My ‘do needed some Do…that’s fer sure. “For all the crazy looks inside of you, Dippity-Do it!” That commercial brings back huge memories of huge hair — the jingle will...

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80s Comb with Hair Spray Pump
Jan27

80s Comb with Hair Spray Pump

If there was one thing about 80s hair, it required copious amounts of hair spray. The needed volume could not be achieved any other way. I was partial to L’Oreal’s Studio Line, mostly because the smell appealed to me. But, my best friend was an Aqua Net girl, all the way. I’ve had the same, one sad thing of hair spray now for several years. I just don’t use it enough to ever finish the bottle. Not so in the 80s. It was the sheer...

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The Return of Big Hair?
Sep11

The Return of Big Hair?

I spy with my little eye: mousse, gel, teasing combs, and (gasp!) perms? Is the flat-hair era dead at last? It’s an 80s girl’s dream come true! Celebrities Go Big With Hair Celebrities are boldly going where many of us have gone before—into brazenly big hair territory. Here’s a look at some trendsetters who are inflating their locks for that sexy, fluffy, decidedly THERE hair we loved in the me decade: Lady Gaga sported an enormous...

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Feathered Bangs Photo Gallery
May30

Feathered Bangs Photo Gallery

Before the I’m-Closer-to-God-Than-You bangs trend took hold, feathered bangs were all the rage in the 80s. Check out these radical user submitted photos. To add your own bodacious feathered bang photos, email your pic to [email protected]...

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Feathered Bangs
May29

Feathered Bangs

By Lori Ferraro Before the gigantic hair movement of the late ‘80s all us girls back in junior high were vying for one look and one look only. Feathered hair with feathered bangs. In New York we called feathered hair “wings” – like you would go in for a haircut and request wings and know you weren’t in for something spicy with a side of ranch. At thirteen my family moved from New York to Florida (perfect age for a big move) where they...

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Beautifully Bushy Brows of the 80s
Jan31

Beautifully Bushy Brows of the 80s

By Lori Ferraro In the eighties, we thought that skinny, over-plucked, penciled eyebrows were, like, totally for bluehairs. We wanted our brows to be luxuriantly full and natural, like chic little caterpillars over our eyes. The poster child of the full brow look was, of course, Brooke Shields. Here’s some footage of the Pretty Baby herself with her mother, Terri, and Barbara Walters showing just how lovely a natural brow can be: Not...

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80s New Wave Hairstyles – The Cure for Boring Hair
Oct28

80s New Wave Hairstyles – The Cure for Boring Hair

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 mainstream. 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 decade of excess has resurfaced and can be seen in everything from movies to fashion to hair. Most notably, the hair styles of the 80s are...

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You’re Such a Bow Head!
Oct11

You’re Such a Bow Head!

By Julie Anderson 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 1980s, 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...

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Feather Roach Clips
Aug25

Feather Roach Clips

Back in the early 80s, feathered roach clips were all the rage in my elementary school. They were coveted prizes at the county and state fairs. Between rides on the Himalayan and the Swinger, you and your girlfriends might have won them by, say, tossing a ping-pong ball into an aluminum milk jug or playing Whack-a-Mole. (Meanwhile, the dudes were angling for framed mirrors sporting images of a Trans Am or Def Leppard.) These feathered...

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Sun-In: Sun-Kissed 80s Hair
Apr05

Sun-In: Sun-Kissed 80s Hair

It wasn’t enough to have a deep, dark tan in the 1980s. Especially in the summer, we wanted our hair to look sun-ravaged as well. Sure, there were professional highlights you could get at a beauty salon, but it was a lot cheaper to go the DIY route. Plus, it was fun to know that while you were bronzing your skin, you were getting natural, beautiful highlights in your hair. It was like MAGIC! The most popular product was Sun-In. It was...

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Ribbon Barrettes
Mar01

Ribbon Barrettes

By Julie Anderson If you were a crafty girl of the early 80s, you might have produced some ribbon barrettes. Or perhaps you were the lucky recipient of a set, fashioned for you with love by someone with nimble fingers and a little free time. Maybe they were in your school colors. Maybe they were embellished with beads at the bottom. If you had them, I’m betting you wore them with pride. Like me, you probably loved the way the ribbons...

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