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Big hair is making a comeback, baby. The 1980s might be long gone, but the current wave of hairstyling trends mean the celebrated decade hasn’t left our collective consciousness. If you’re interested in texture, volume, and oversize hair accessories, you’re in the right place. We’re about to break down the ‘80s hairstyle ideas that have officially made a comeback.
Traditional bands can tug and snap at your fragile hairs, which means many women have officially moved on to tangle-free elastics and ribbon hairbands. For a nostalgic touch, top off your ponytail or bun with a fabric scrunchie. These days, they even come in trendy velvet and velour.
You heard it here first: Crimped hair is cool again. This textured style can be crafted with either a crimping iron or tiny braids, although the former is a much quicker choice. We recommend trying a crimped accent section or adding all over waves to your lob.
If there’s one single element that defines ‘80s hair trends, it’s volume. This decade never met a can of hairspray it didn’t love. Technology has improved quite a bit in the past 40 years, which means hairspray formulas are neither stinky nor sticky. For an added dose of volume, backcomb your crown before lightly spraying the teased portion to keep it in place.
Big hair isn’t your thing? Not to worry. Opt for an undercut, asking your stylist to shave away a portion of hair just above one ear. If you’re worried about making a permanent change, a tight braid can create the illusion of a real undercut.
In the past year, we’ve seen just about every kind of bangs take over the hair world. Whether you’re a baby bang fan or more likely to choose sweeping curtain bangs, channel your inner ‘80s diva by making bangs the centerpiece of your look.
What was that we were saying about volume? The ‘80s-inspired blowout isn’t the same kind you know from your local salon. This one involves a healthy application of mousse and (if you’re feeling ambitious) an oversize round brush to make sure your pageant hair reaches new heights.
The modern idea of layers is subtle and natural, highlighting your facial features instead of overwhelming them. In the ‘80s, however, layers were all about making a statement. To channel this look, ask your stylist to incorporate punk rock inspiration into your look with dramatically different layer lengths.
The bob is a cut that will never go out of style. To channel your mom in all those photo albums she loves to show you, your bob should feature a crisp line that’s maintained with regular salon appointments. The genius of this style is that you can pair it with any other ‘80s trend for a vintage look.
Blonde highlights have had quite the journey since the ‘80s, but we’re still not over the iconic frosted tips that our favorite stars and singers loved to wear. To modernize the trend, ask your colorist for a cool blonde that feels youthful.
Whether they’re satin, silk, or velvet, hair bows always make a impact. This feminine trend has found its way back onto our heads (and into our hearts) again. While ‘80s bows often featured elaborate pleating and bright colors, we’d recommend wearing a neutral shade—think navy or black—on a simple ponytail.
It’s not just pop stars who can’t get enough of the half ponytail. This vintage style has been updated with clip-in extensions to create a mermaid-like cascade of hair down the back. We’d recommend trying this one out for date night, making sure the ponytail portion sits up as high as possible on your crown.
In the ‘80s, women played with perms and curls more than they ever had before. If you’re blessed with natural texture, let it be the focal point of your look!
We’ve never met an accessory we didn’t like, particularly when it comes to the kind that can disguise bad hair days. If you’re skipping a wash, tie a folded bandana around your hairline and create a quick bun or ponytail. No one will guess you didn’t have time to shampoo.
Few styles scream “1980s” quite like the high ponytail does. To recreate this topsy trend, tie a tail at the crown of your head, then backcomb the actual ponytail for added volume. If you’re really feeling bold, this is the perfect opportunity to make use of a scrunchie or bow.
Feathered hair was predominantly a trend of the early ‘80s, a holdover from the decade before. That said, this is a trend we see frequently in 2018. To mimic the bouncy, voluminous style, ask your stylist for wispy layers around the face. Brushing them will create the movie star look you’re seeking.
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