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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Original 80s Hair Styles - Pictures

For this post I've gathered together some more original pictures/photos of 80s hair styles. I hope these will give you a little inspiration for how to dress your hair for a 1980s party or event.

Steve Strange on the cover of Smash Hits in Jan 1981
Smash Hits Jan 22 - Feb 4th 1981 ft. Steve Strange
You may remember that I discussed 80s pop stars sweeping their hair over one eye in my recent post Big and Bold Hair Styles from the 80s. Phil Oakey from Human League and Mike Score from A Flock of Seagulls were two prime examples of this. As you can see, New Romantic Steve Strange from Visage was also at it, and he added a wonky hat for good measure- a strange hat in every sense of the word!

Peter Murphy Bauhaus - 80s hair
Smash Hits Oct 1982 ft. Peter Murphy from Bauhaus
Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy was still replicating the hair over one eye style in late 1982.

Nancy Wilson from Heart in the 1980s
Nancy Wilson from Heart (1980s)
I actually went to see Heart perform at the NEC, Birmingham, UK during their comeback years in the second half of the 80s. I wasn't a huge fan, but as my friends had joined me to see Simple Minds at a previous concert, it was only fair that I returned the favour. I remember that it was a very decent performance and they certainly had the audience out of their seats. Nancy Wilson gives us a fine example of an 80s rock hair style here.

Warrant - 80s glam metal band

Warrant are an American glam metal band who formed in 1984, although they didn't achieve any commercial success until 1989 with the album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich which achieved 2 x Platinum sales in the U.S. For 80s metal hair you'll need to grow it long, obviously, and add a girl perm and an animal print headband for the ultimate 80s look.

Britny Fox 80s glam metal hair
Britny Fox
Now this is a proper glam metal hair - just look at its awesomeness! These hair styles were worn by both male and female glam metal bands, and sometimes it was hard to decipher which gender a band was! This would be a fun a style to create for 80s dress-up, although your easiest option is to just buy a hair metal wig. Britny Fox were never successful in the UK. In the U.S., their self-titled album (released in June 1988) was their most successful.

Men's Heavy Metal Wig at Amazon UK


80s hair - side ponytail
Side Ponytail
Out of all the bold and wild hairstyles to come out of the 80s, the side ponytail is probably the easiest to recreate - but only if you have long hair, of course! See More Side Ponytail Pictures

80s Permed Side Ponytail
Permed Side Ponytail
Here we have two hairstyles from the 1980s in one - a side ponytail with a perm.

American actress and singer Pia Zadora in the 80s
Pia Zadora
Pia Zadora became infamous in 1982 after her role in one of the worst films of the eighties, Butterfly. She won a Golden Raspberry award for worst actress and worst new star. After this, she ventured into the music world releasing several successful European hit singles, although none entered the UK Top 40. Make your hair big and messy, add a headband and you have an instant 80s style!


1980s Australian fashion - Debbi Whitford
From the 1987 book Fashion Australia!
Not sure which is more extreme here, the hair or the clothing? This picture featured in an Australian fashion book.

Follow Me magazine, March 1987
Chelo Winter Collection 1987
So what do you do when you're having a bad 80s hair day? You cover it with a silly hat, of course!

Sunsilk hair protection 80s advert
Sunsilk Advert

When you've used half a can of hairspray to hold your 80s bouffant hair style in place you certainly won't be needing a space helmet - nothing is going to shift it!

Short With Volume
Bold 80s style

80s Troll Doll
80s Troll Doll
Maybe this is where Jedward got their inspiration from?

You may also be interested in;

Iconic and Infamous 80s Perms

For lots more info on 80s Fashion visit my website at SimplyEighties.com

80s costumes at Amazon.com
80s Costumes

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