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 called this
lovely style “feathered.”
There was a girl at my new junior high school who had the most perfectly
feathered bangs in the whole wide world. All fourteen-year-old girls at
Buchanan Junior High School longed for Paige Peterson’s perfect
Page Peterson – along with her perfect hair she also had the perfect name.
I tried my best to duplicate Paige’s feathered bangs. At the time I was
using my blow dryer like a rocket scientist, figuring out different
methods to get my hair to mold into that perfect layered, fringy, winged
My hair is naturally curly so it was a challenge but one I was up for.
Step one was mousse of course. I didn’t know if this was the correct
product for my hair type, all I knew was that every other girl at school
used Studio Fix by L’Oreal – the one with the color-blocking on the can
– so of course I used it too.
Using my hot pink and turquoise Goody brand brush I flipped those
bangs back and shot them with a painful blast of hot air from the blow
Sometimes I would shoot some Aqua Net on my feathered bangs and then shoot
them with the hair dryer blast of hot air. Talk about crunchy.
When the feathered bang process was complete you could lift away the
feathered part in one giant chunk, pulling it away from the rest of my
head like it was its own entity. It was a solid mass of hairspray in the
shape of a chicken breast.
Between the mousse and the hairspray there was no way any boy had a chance
of running their hands through this:
Which, well, honestly I didn’t really have to worry about.
The feathered bang thing really didn’t work for me. My naturally curly
hair rebelled. It did not want to flip back, it wanted to flip out.
If only I knew then of my personal hair-glory-days to come.
I just needed to wait a few more years for my own “Page Peterson”
moment in the spotlight.
For more feathered bangs goodness,
check out our gallery of pics! To add your own feathered
fabulousness, email your pic to
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.