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Unflattering Hairstyles of the Last 50 Years

Updated on July 13, 2014


What Were We Thinking?

What were we thinking all those years? Every decade has its own styles, and a lot of them were great, but some were just plain weird. As a matter of fact, in my opinion (for whatever it's worth) the more heinous and weird they were, the more cool we thought they were. I am sure when my grandkids grow up (they are getting there quickly) they will look back on my photo's and wonder if I had been missing my faculties all my life.

My comments are strictly on fashion trends and in no way reflects on the individuals themselves. I would have to include myself if I did.

Well let's get started, bet you can't wait.

The awesome Jackson Five in their "Fro" days
The awesome Jackson Five in their "Fro" days | Source

The Afro

Without a doubt, the Afro from the late 60's and early 70's was just plain weird. Why would someone want to have hair that was 3 or 4 feet out in circumference? You could plunge a telephone down into it never find it again.

Those Dreaded Dreadlocks

When I see dreadlocks I think Neandrathal. Why? Because it looks like they've never washed or combed there hair. It looks matted. Gross man. Bob Marely introduced dreadlocks into modern culture. I'm not impressed, but to each his own.

Mohawk | Source


Came out in the 80's I think and there are still many out there today. They are usually found in the punk rock scene. I hate it when parents cut their children's hair this way. If they don't feel like spending an hour or more spiking their hair, it just sits flopped over on their head.


Emo cuts are strange. Now they are using every color of the rainbow. I am no longer opposed to bright colors within reason, but the emo cuts I can do without.

Mama's Home Cut Bangs

How many of you had home cut bangs like this from your mother back in the 50's. Bless their hearts, our Mama's meant well. They were being thrifty by doing it themselves. My own mother never cut my sister's bangs like this. One sister didn't wear bangs for a long time, and the other had medium straight bangs. I still take this personally.

My home cut bangs. No wonder I'm about to bite my own hand
My home cut bangs. No wonder I'm about to bite my own hand | Source
This was my idea of trendy 80's perm. I look like I stuck my tongue in a light socket.
This was my idea of trendy 80's perm. I look like I stuck my tongue in a light socket. | Source

The Horrid 80's - Big, Curly, and Frizzy

I hated, and still do, everything about 80's style hair and music. In regards to hair, women always had big and curly. Stevie Nicks, Grace Slick, Madonna, Cindi Lauper and many others teased, blow dried, curled and permed. What were they thinking? I got my own crazy idea back then to perm my hair. As you can see in the photo to the right, I looked like I had stuck my tongue in a light socket. So very glad the 80's have come and gone.

Cyndi and Stevie

Cyndi Lauper Do of the 80's
Cyndi Lauper Do of the 80's | Source
Big, frizzy, and very 80's, but oh can she sing.
Big, frizzy, and very 80's, but oh can she sing. | Source

Dolly's Country Big Hair

From the very beginning, Dolly's had big hair.
From the very beginning, Dolly's had big hair. | Source

Big Hair for Country and Gospel Folks

I've always wondered why country and gospel performers, and some evangelists from not so long ago, always had big hair. Check out any video with the Gaither's, or turn on TBN and watch Jan Crouch or Tammy Faye Baker, and often with gobs of make-up too. Even the men had big hair.

All this being said, I am a huge fan of the Gaither's and company, and Dolly too. Gifted vocalists and songwriters and with big hearts for Jesus. I won't comment on Crouch or Baker except the word "overkill."

Fonda Shag

A not so flattering cut for Jane, aside from the fact it's her mug shot.
A not so flattering cut for Jane, aside from the fact it's her mug shot. | Source

Aging Hippie Look

Random Hairstyles I Dislike

The following hairstyles I find unbecoming.

Mug-shot Fonda: Fonda is beautiful and is as good as they come as an actress, but I always thought this 'do was yucky. Joan Jett had a similar 'do for a while.

Beehive: Remember the Beehives from the 60's? A little too high for my taste. It must have taken forever to rig those up.

Aging Hippie: I live in a rural community and we have a lot of these types. Funny thing is, they are usually such nice people. I think it's more of the beards I dislike. If you're not going to keep your beard short and trimmed, don't kiss me.

Redneck 'Do: The styles vary of course, but this one particularly annoys me.

The Dreaded Comb-over: The Donald is rich enough to get a good toupee. But he's settled for this. Come on Donnie.

Beehive of the 60's


Redneck Mullett

Rather like a mullet cut
Rather like a mullet cut

The Dreaded Comb-over


Definition of "comb-over"

A rearrangement of surrounding hair to cover a bald spot as completely as possible. Usually accomplished by flattening strands of hair in widely-spaced parallel stripes across the afflicted region. Rarely successful, often calls attention to the follically-challenged zone in question.

Famous Quotes on Hair

Gray hair is God's graffiti.
Bill Cosby

I'd luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.
Bette Davis

My concern today is not with the length of a person's hair but with his conduct.
Richard M. Nixon

It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

I'm undaunted in my quest to amuse myself by constantly changing my hair.
Hillary Clinton

Every president, if you watch what they look like when they come into office, you can see their hair turn white because it's such a hard job.
Hillary Clinton

I don't consider myself bald, I'm just taller than my hair.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It's not the hair on your head that matters. It's the kind of hair you have inside. Garry Shandling

Famous people with unruly hair

The infamous Don King
The infamous Don King | Source
The brilliant and beloved Albert Einstein
The brilliant and beloved Albert Einstein | Source

Women Washing Their Hair ~ A Poem by Carl Sandburg

THEY have painted and sung
the women washing their hair,
and the plaits and strands in the sun,
and the golden combs
and the combs of elephant tusks
and the combs of buffalo horn and hoof.

The sun has been good to women,
drying their heads of hair
as they stooped and shook their shoulders
and framed their faces with copper
and framed their eyes with dusk or chestnut.

The rain has been good to women.
If the rain should forget,
if the rain left off for a year—
the heads of women would wither,
the copper, the dusk and chestnuts, go.

They have painted and sung
the women washing their hair—
reckon the sun and rain in, too.


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      Gloria Siess 

      7 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      cute hub--I loved Jacyln smith's 1980s hair style in Charlies Angels..have you seen it? It was so soft and feminine, and shoulder length--have a blessed Easter!

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      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I loved it! Nostalgia is the word. And with that are so many memories. Thanks for stirring my memory bank today.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This sure brought back memories. I had the big and curly. But then my hair is naturally curly. Some of these pictures make me want to grab a water hose and bathe some people. lol

      What a fun and interesting Hub!

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      7 years ago from Canada

      This is great! I love looking at these hairstyles, which are pretty ridiculous. Of all of them, the mullet still has to be the worst. Great hub!


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