Everyone knows that clothing trends change throughout the decades, but, have you ever thought about hair trends? If you look back, the way people styled their hair in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and even the 90’s, is way different than how people style it today. If I showed you a picture of someone from a certain decade, you’ll probably be able to tell what time period it’s from not only from the clothes they’re wearing, but by their hairstyle too. In today’s TBT, I’m going to talk about 80’s hair, and how to get the look, just in case you have an 80’s themed party coming up.
The one thing you should know about 80’s hair, is that it’s BIG. Many women teased their hair, got perms, and used lots of product to get that extra volume. Not only that, but many people had mullets. If you don’t know, a mullet is when the hair is super short and chunky in the front and at the top, and long and straight in the back. The mullet slogan is “business in the front, party in the back,” and that pretty much sums it up.
Another popular hairstyle in the 80’s was called the ‘whale spout.’ It was called that because of the way the ponytail sticks up on the top. This hairstyle is sort of like the half bun, except it’s not a bun, but instead, a pony tail. If I wanted any 80’s hairstyle to come back, it would definitely be this one. This look is really similar to the half-bun, but instead of making a bun, you leave it in a ponytail. You can read about the half-bun here, but if you’re trying to do the whale spout, make sure you add a scrunchie for the full 80’s look!
So, how do you get these hairstyles, you ask? Well, I’m going to go step by step on how to get that big volume, so you can rock it anytime you want.
1. Dampen Your Hair
The first thing you want to do is make sure your hair is damp. You can do this by wetting a brush and combing it through your hair, or wetting your entire head in the shower and then blow drying it. I prefer the second method, but, if you’re short on time and want to use a wet brush, just be sure to get every section of your hair. If you do use a wet brush, you can also wet your hands and run them through your hair to make sure you get every piece, which is what I did.
2. Use a Good Mousse
The second step is to apply a good amount of hair mousse all throughout your head, making sure you focus on your scalp and roots. I used Pantene’s Volume Mousse from Target. It’s perfect for this look because it “boosts body, fullness, and lift.”
If you didn’t blow-dry your hair in the first step, you’re going to have to blow-dry it now. You’re going to want to fully dry your hair with a blow-dryer, and while you’re blow-drying, you want to brush your hair upwards, straight up into the air.
This is the tricky part. You’re going to want to tease the top section of your hair, (around the crown of your head), to give your hair even more volume. To tease, simply hold a small section of your hair straight up, and brush the backside downward toward your scalp. You want to be careful not to get your hair knotted, and you should lightly brush the top of the tease so that your hair looks smooth on the top and not frizzy and/or messy.
5. Hairspray It
The last step, and probably the most important one, is to use LOTS of hairspray all around your head. Use as much as you want, but don’t use too little. I used the Masterpiece by Bed Head, and you can get it here.
TA-DA! That’s how you get voluminous 80’s hair! Check out the before and after, it’s insane!
What do you think of 80’s hair? Do you want it to come back? Let me know in the comments!
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