The Best Hairstyles From The 80s?

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80s Hairstyles...which one did YOU have?


I think most people have their favorite era of fashion. Mine was the 80's. In my opinion, 80s fashion was fun and sexy. Not only were the clothes and accessories abundant and wild, but so were the era's crazy hairstyles. I've picked a few of my favorite styles from the age of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Bon Jovi, Warrant, Poison, and Prince. Here are a few, do you remember which style was your favorite?

80's Hairstyles


For Women....

  • The Spiral Perm
  • Super short and feathered on the sides
  • Big hair, bangs ratted to the ceiling; with Aqua Net of course
  • The bob
  • The Punk look, bright colored streaks and messy
  • The side ponytail
  • Sides up, rest of hair ratted like crazy
  • The Annie Lennox/Sinead O'Connor super-short cut


For Men....

  • Phrases shaved into their hair; or shaved only leaving a phrase or design made of hair
  • Spiked hair-spiked all over or on one side
  • The famous Joe Dirt mullet
  • The "Flock of Seagulls"
  • Jheri curls
  • The Mohawk
  • Big hair ratted to the ceiling

4 stars for Best 80's Hairstyles

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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

OH YEAH.. I do remember doing the sock thing to match each outfit... I would scrunch them down, one on top of the other.. OMG! I had totally forgotten about that. I saw that in your other hub I read but it didn't register for some reason but yeah, I sure do remember that! I know you know the twisty beads.. I'm probably not calling them the right name but if you saw them, I bet you would remember... they were SO popular. I am sure every female on the planet was wearing them back then, LOL!


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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Thanks again Jamie. I'm not sure If I remember the twisty beads but do you remember wearing three different pairs of socks to match every color of your outfit? That was fun!! And rolling your jeans? I think I talked about all that in my other 80's hub, but it was fun, I enjoyed that decade:)


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

Oh, my gosh.. talk about a blast from the past! I remember having to have my bangs curled and super big with lots of hair spray of course and like you said with AQUA NET! I used the one that was in the dark pink spray can. I did the side pony some and ALWAYS had a perm. Do you remember those twister beads? I think it was in the 80's those were popular. You got the strands of beads and twisted them and they had different clasps for them. I remember that and also those clothes that you could mix and match. I think they called them modulars or something like that. You could use one piece as a mini skirt or a belt and they had all kids of different ways you could mix and match. It's always fun to look back on the 80's! Great hub :)


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

I didn't personally care for the bob but I loved most of the fashion. Thanks for reading! I hope to write more about this fashion since it's really coming back now:)


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Paper--Thanks for sharing your 80's haircut styles. Sounds interesting [bit of sarcasm]:) I dated a guy in the early 90's that had straight hippy hair almost to his butt! It was sexy back then:) Thanks for reading!


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

I actually had a semi eraser head, though it sprouted out more like a mushroom. (that one was scary) Then just a spiky sting like cut. By 83, I went for the long natural hippy hair.


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

LOL...oh yeah, good one:)


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

Jamie, don't you mean "gag me with a spoon."


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Roo--I forgot to say thank you so much for the compliment on my picture:) Those were my "pretty" days, I miss them!

And not only 'spandex' pants, but stirrup pants................*barf*


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

RooBee--Thanks so much for your comments:) I actually mentioned to Ryan Hupfer(one of HP's moderators I think? lol), the person who requested that I do this hub, that I should write another addition. Great idea, thanks for helping me with that decision! Nice to meet you hon:)


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RooBee 7 years ago from Here

Your pic is stunning, btw.

Love this hub! As for me, I had the spiral perm AND the ratted, aqua-net bangs - kind of a combo look.

I'd love to see a part two of this hub or just an elaboration on the topic - especially since a lot of 80's styles are coming back. I was in the mall with my little sister and there are acid washed tapered jeans, pink spandex, and lace galore in the display windows!

Time warp!


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Randy--I totally know the look you're describing...some of them were disgusting weren't they? But I do think much of it was sexy:)

AE--So nice to see you:) Haven't been graced with your presence for awhile, but have been reading your stuff. Love it as always! Yes, the big belts were necessary and now my 11 (almost 12) year old is buying the same clothing, it's insane!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

What a beautiful picture of yourself and I remember the spiral perms and the big bangs... How funny lolololo can't forget the big belts. :)


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

yaaaa, I had the super short with sides feathered and the spiral perm with lace headband, "Desperately Seeking susan," before that. What the hell were we thinking.


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

DynamicS--You're right, she did have a good one. There are many people I could name. I may actually unpublish and add them, or just start another hub alltogether....Thanks for the great comment and thanks for reading:)


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

MissJamieD, what about Patty Labelle's hair style? That must have taken her 2 days to do...


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Thanks Ryan, thanks for the request, THAT was awesome. I feel special (not the short bus special either). lol

I'm waiting for my mom to send MY big hair picture but I couldn't wait to publish this first. I should've waited, but I'll share it, trust me. As I said, I had big hair with bangs to the ceiling:)

How about YOU?


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Ryan Hupfer 7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

haha! These are awesome! So I guess the quesiton is, which one did YOU have?

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