Famous Fly & Fresh Hairstyles in the 80s

High Top Fade Hairstyle in the 80s
High Top Fade Hairstyle in the 80s

1980s Looks

Hairstyles can make a big difference in a person's appearance. A fly hairstyle can help make your self-esteem increase and give you more confidence in your personal appearance. Because when you look fly, you will feel fly. Many of the hairstyles of the 1980s were popular because of TV media such as movies, sitcom shows, music videos, urban neighborhoods, schools, etc. Television in the 80s had an influence on the way people wore their hairstyles and clothes. For instance the singers Madonna and Cyndi Lauper had the high hairstyles, and other people wore their hair that way also in the 80s.

The singers Michael Jackson and Prince made the Jheri Curl hairstyles more popular in the 80s. Other people made 80s hairstyles famous such as Montel Williams the talk show host; he wore a clean bald head on TV which made other men began to wear their bald heads also. Wearing a bald head is not technically a hairstyle, but it is better for a guy to wear, than hair around their head and no hair at the top of their head.

The Hip Hop industry brought out many fly hairstyles in the 1980s. Some of the break-dancers in the 80s wore different hairstyles like words written into their low haircuts. The break-dancers also wore the hairstyle low top fades with duck tails. The low top fade haircuts were wore in many of the 80s Hip Hop music videos.

Huge Jamaican Braids in the 80s
Huge Jamaican Braids in the 80s
High Top Fade Tower
High Top Fade Tower

Popular 80s Trends

People that remember the 80s also wore blue jean outfits, with jean shirts, jean jackets, jean shoes, and of course jean pants. We can't forget the gold jewelry of the eighties, Black people and white people. . . basically many people wore a lot of jewelry in the 80s. The jewelry wearers didn't just wear one necklace, they wore more than one necklace; the look was something like Mr. T from the A-Team. Not only that, gold rings were worn on almost every finger, especially in the music videos. Other jewelry that was worn during the 80s; anklets, toe-rings, belly-chains, wrist-bracelets, hoop bamboo earrings, and 'link-chain' gold necklaces.

Do you remember the Kangol hats that were made of cashmere? When the guys and ladies wore these Kangol hats, they made a huge fashion statement. People back then use to watch the hip hop artists on TV wearing the Kangol hats that were made of; leather, swede, cashmere, etc. The hip hop artist that wore these hats in the late 80s; Slick Rick, L.L. Cool J, Run-DMC, and others. We can't forget the sunglasses in the 80s; Gazelles, Star track shades, Gucci, etc. Many of the styles in the 80s will definitely come back in style at some point.

Jheri Curl Hairstyle in the 80s
Jheri Curl Hairstyle in the 80s
Finger waves Hairstyle in the 80s
Finger waves Hairstyle in the 80s
Gumby Hairstyle in the 80s
Gumby Hairstyle in the 80s

Hairstyles in the 1980s

  • High top fades
  • Low top fades
  • Basket weave french braids
  • Jamaican Braids
  • Low cut waves
  • Punk rock
  • Duck tails
  • Mushroom
  • Feather
  • Jheri Curl
  • Finger waves
  • Mohawk
  • Crimped
  • Gumby
  • Teased
  • Mullet
  • Shag
  • Bob
  • etc.


The Gumby hairstyle was imitated by an animated character on television; children liked watching the green-clay animated character named Gumby on TV. Also the Finger-wave hairstyle was worn by the female rapper Missy Elliott more than other celebrities. The Finger-wave hairstyle is also famous on an animated character named Betty Boop.

Some hairstyles of the 80s were trend-setting and some were not. The hairstyles of the 80s are very memorable, and some people still wear those hairstyles today. Some things just never go out of style.

Hair Bobs of the 80s
Hair Bobs of the 80s

The 80s Hair Poll

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Low Haircut with Written Designs
Low Haircut with Written Designs
Crimped Hairstyle of the 80s
Crimped Hairstyle of the 80s
80s Hairdo
80s Hairdo

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Ely Maverick 4 years ago from The Beautiful Archipelago of the Philippines

Great hub. I have curly hair, just like Afro-Americans, but I'll settle for a barber's cut.


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libby1970 4 years ago from KY

Nice hub. I love remembering back to the good old days!


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Brinafr3sh 4 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

Hi Ely, the low barber's cut is a nice look these day, instead of the big curly afros, for some people like yourself, lol. Thanks for your comment.

@ Libby, glad you like this hub, thank you.

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