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1980s Hairstyles and Attitudes

1980s Hairstyles
Colourful streaks, flamboyant makeup, and bright nail colours are typical of the 1980s (left). On the right, we show a toned down version of the style with pink lips, soft waves and slogan shirt
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Now is the time for adventures in colourful and expressive fashions. There is no better inspiration for going all out and showing your colourful and daring side than the 1980s fashions. Even if creating fashion shock waves is not quite your cup of tea you will still adore our softer versions of the 1980s style!

  • Everything goes! This is the motto of the wild 1980s. With so many colourful fashion and hair styling tools at hand and in style it is little wonder that some styles may be on the far side of tasteful expression. Among the more appealing 1980s fashion attributes are oversized blazers, leggings, and jump suits. Most women will find a few old and new versions of those items in the back of their closets. 1980s hairstyles show plenty of volume, the side flip is back and the front hair is shorter than the back hair.

    Crimped waves are typical of the 1980s. We show crimped waves and other 1980s styles in our photo gallery.

  • Gallery: Hairstyles Inspired by the 1980s

    1980s Hairstyles: Crimped Waves

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    1980s Hairstyles: Crimped Waves

    Singer Annie Clark (on the left) and the models for the Stella McCartney Show (right) wear crimped waves. Annie Clark crimped her hair and created a just-out-of-bed style. Her green eye shadow completes her sassy appearance. On the catwalk, the models for Stella McCartney demonstrate a less conspicuous version of crimped styling. Only strands of hair and ponytails show the tightly crimped waves

    1980s Hairstyles: Short Front Hair, Long Back Hair

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    1980s Hairstyles: Short Front Hair, Long Back Hair

    Models for designer Marc Jacobs demonstrate the hairstyle with the hair length gradually increasing toward the back. This hairstyle combines well with the punk fashion of the 1980s. The same can be said for the black-rimmed eyes, which are reminiscent of the dark gothic movement of the time

    1980s Hairstyles: High-Volume Curls

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    1980s Hairstyles: High-Volume Curls

    None of the in-your-face styles of the 1980s were ever in danger of being overlooked. The model for Marc Jacobs demonstrates the impact of extreme-volume curls. Reserved attitudes definitely did not have a chance in the 1980s. On the more pleasing side are the bright colours, high-waisted jeans and belts around the waistline

    1980s Hairstyles: The Side Flip

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    1980s Hairstyles: The Side Flip

    The side flip is one of the more enduring hairstyles of the 1980s. The hair is creatively draped to one side over the crown of the head. This feminine hairstyle contrasts vividly with the rigid business attire of the 1980s with oversized outfits and shoulder pads

    1980s Hairstyles: Using Scrunchies

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    1980s Hairstyles: Using Scrunchies

    Eye-catching fashion scrunchies used to be the most popular hair accessories in the 1980s. Scrunchy styles range from basic to exotic. They can be a colourful accent for 1980s-style updos and semi-updos. Create your own fashion scrunchies for your unique version of the 1980s hair fashion

  • 1980s Styling Then and Now – from Flashy to Soft

    Retro hairstyles are the trend right now. However, signs of our time keep sneaking into the retro hairstyles. The new 1980s hairstyles mirror the bygone era but also reflect our current preference for natural and minimal styles. This takes the edge off the otherwise flashy colours and fashions of the 1980s.

  • 1980s Hairstyles
    Daring or ladylike? Uncovered midriff, neon colours and a short sassy haircut versus business attire

    Left photo: The 1980s style in all its glory: The young model wears sassy short hair with long fringes and a neon-coloured short jacket over a short slogan T-shirt, which both leave the midriff bare. The shiny neon-coloured high-waisted leggings and accessories cannot fail to attract attention to this 1980s style.

    Right photo: Completely different but still in the 1980s style: This is the ladylike 1980s style. The short hair is styled upward in a sophisticated way; the short sweater covers the midriff and the model wears a high-waisted skirt rather than the popular leggings. The colours of the outfit are suitable for any business environment and show sophisticated taste but do not entice. The sole colour accent is the neon pink shoulder bag, which lends focus and spark to the outfit. It is a contradiction in terms: the minimal 1980s style!


  • These female chart breakers of the 1980s provide inspiration and perfect sound for venturing into 1980s hair styling.
    Here are their hits:

    Kim Wilde: You Keep Me Hangin' On

    Cindy Lauper: I Drove All Night

    Tiffany: I Think We’re Alone Now

    Bananarama: Venus

    Nena: 99 Luftballons

    Bonnie Tyler: Holding Out For a Hero

    Belinda Carlisle: Heaven Is a Place on Earth

    Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody