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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Blast from the Past: 80s Hair

A couple weeks back we looked at celebrity inspired hair styles.  Today, grab your pick, teasing comb, and Aqua Net ‘cause we’re looking back at the BIG hairstyles of the 80s.  Frankly, I’m not sure WHAT inspired these disasters  creations, but they were all the rage.  
Jheri Curl – The Jheri Curl was worn by African Americans in the 70s and 80s, so its trend lasted quite a while.  It gave the wearer a glossy, loosely curled look.  Copious amounts of moisturizer and curl activator was needed daily to maintain this look.
Perms (Curly) – Along the same vein, curly perms were all the rage during the 80s and worn by men and women alike.  The poodle-like style created volume for those with thin hair and helped disguise cow-licks.  I know this because all three of my brothers and I sported this easy-care do.  Please don’t hate me.  It could be worse…

Mullets – Like most trends, this gem of a haircut garners quite a bit of ridicule since it fell from grace.  Although it is comedian fodder now (Joe Dirt), it was all the rage and many celebrities sported a mullet, including Paul McCartney, David Bowie, and Bono.  

It is a style of extremes: very short and spiky on the top and sides and worn long in the back.  It is so funny because there is a boy on Joel’s football team that sports a mullet…I think as a joke….at least I hope so!
Rat-tails – As if the mullet isn’t bad enough on its own, in the 80s it was many times accompanied by a Rat-tail.   The rat-tail usually curls naturally; however, it can also be braided, curled with a curling iron, or treated and worn as a dread, permed, or straightened.

Flock of Seagulls Hairstyle – I don’t get it.  Never have…never will.

Fess up boys and girls, how did you wear your hair in the 80s? 



  1. And we complain about today's hairstyles. I think they are pretty tame compared to these.

  2. Never again would I ever get a perm, I had long hair permed, it took half an hour just combing it through with conditioner while in the shower! Every day of the week! xo,

  3. Lots of men still love big hair on women woo hoo!

  4. And you're just showing the women! Some of the male singer's hair was even worse:@)

  5. There are some of the guys! A lot of them actually looked like the women too! My boys had short hair and rat tails... you have to choose your battles and I let them have that one:@)

  6. Oh wow, love this, La. My hair was short in the 80s and you know how people spiked their hair? Mine wouldn't spike--I was so mad! lol

  7. Believe it or not that curly perm use to be me years ago, only I called myself the French Poodle. I got so sick of it, now I am just natural ole me, straight as a stick and learning to accept it :)

  8. I still love big hair and always will! I'm lovin your new header and back ground!

  9. Yikes, there are some seriously awful hair styles here! I stayed traditional and never went with these trends.... Thank goodness! Did you sign up for my $50 gift card to Lowe's? I wish I scrap-booked- I'd sign up for yours! But you can always use bucks to the hardware store, right? Come on over. Are you going to French Hen Farm this weekend? I'm going on Friday to pick up some things I ordered from Linda. Plus, shop for more, I'm sure... LOL


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