The 80’s no doubt contained some of the strangest hairstyles known to man and womankind – a fact nobody can quite argue. Some would say it was artistic, while others would be reluctant to even divulge into conversation regarding hair, fashion, or style from the era due to extreme embarrassment. Lionesse would like to take a look at some of the wildest, most far-out styles of that time frame, and help you reminisce on a time gone by with many beloved – yet incredibly strange – hairstyles.
Bud Bundy was best known for rocking this ridiculous style, and it became popularized among not only men, but women as well. This style featured a shorter, spiked back or flat style on top with longer hair in the back that usually hung to the shoulders or just past them. This style was on its way out in the early 90’s – and luckily, we don’t see too much of this style anymore.
Big, High Teased Bang Styles
This style is one hair faux pas that many women (and guys alike) probably regard as one of their biggest regrets of the 80’s. Although, at the time, it was super cool and trendy, the big, high bangs were overly teased into terrible bendy styles and blown with a round brush back or under, giving the appearance of a small rodent’s nest sitting atop one’s head. We’re sure glad this crazy style has said it’s goodbyes!
Frizzy Spiral Perms (or any Spiral Perm)
Spiral perms were a huge trend throughout the 1980’s, but frizzed out, really big hair was one of the biggest hair trends of the time. Nearly every rocker, mama and daddy had this hairstyle, and we must admit, it was one of the coolest, most tolerable styles to grace the era.
The ‘A Flock of Seagulls’ Look
For any guy who was a fan of ‘A Flock of Seagulls’, you just had to have the look. The lead man of this synth pop group from England actually brought his hairstyling skills which he gained before becoming a part of the band to the forefront and developed his notorious ‘do, which fans around the world mimicked in unison. This look comprised what we would now call ‘emo’ hair with a foreword brushed longer front and middle section, covering one of the eyes, while the sides were brushed up into a style reminiscent of animal ears or something from out of space, we can’t really tell. Regardless – this is another style that died with the 80’s. Again, luckily.
Bright Neon Colored Styles
Bright pink hair was a huge hit during this era – as was blonde hair – and why not combine the two, thought nearly ever woman to live through the 80s?
Flat On One Side, Poof on the Other
The flat on one side, poof on the other hairstyle was one of the weirdest and most unattractive styles, in our opinions, during the 80’s – but it made sense at the time for many. The look comprised slicking the hair from one side of the head back, and pinning the hair over the opposite shoulder. From there, massive bangs were created, no doubt using boatloads of Aqua Net Hairspray, and the remainder of the hair was teased, hairsprayed, and teased some more. The wavier and frizzier the better. …We just don’t understand the concept.
Teased all Over
Overly teased, big hair was obviously the most stylish hair during the time, and the amount of time spent teasing the hair was the hardest part. The sides, top of the hair, and back of the hair had to contain tons of volume to look just right, and be sprayed with enough hairspray to contain the style for up to a week’s time. Not really – but hairspray was definitely a girl’s best friend.