Totally Rad Hairstyles of the 1980s

April 12, 2017 · CLASSMATES FUN

We’ll admit it. We kind of have a soft spot for the 1980s. While other decades may have been more momentous, this one did bring us some pretty awesome things in the pop culture department: MTV and the golden age of music videos (before the station became dominated by reality programming); Thriller (the album AND the wonderfully catchy and creepy title track); classic movies like The Breakfast Club (perhaps the best high school movie of all time), Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Princess Bride, The Shining, Scarface, The Goonies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Stand By Me (we could go on and on in the movie category); video games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Tetris. And some epic hairstyles.

We thought it would be fun to recreate some of the iconic looks from the ’80s. (We’re not sure how our models felt about it.):

The Mullet

What more can be said about this, perhaps the most quintessential of 1980s hairdos? Sported by such big names as Bono, Patrick Swayze, John Stamos, David Hasselhoff, and Richard Dean Anderson (the ORIGINAL MacGyver, for those of you who are too young), this style said “I rock” like no other could.

The Asymmetrical Hairdo

Asymmetry was really big in the ‘80s. (Remember the popular one-exposed-shoulder look from Flashdance?)  We’re still not sure why.

The Robert Smith

The MTV generation sometimes went a little too far in picking up fashion cues from music video stars.

The High Side Ponytail

Popularized by Debbie Gibson and Full House’s D.J. Tanner, this look was sassy and easy to pull together (and could be very convenient if you just rolled out of bed to catch the bus).

The Perm

Lots of people went through a perm phase in the ‘80s. It didn’t usually last long.

The Wall Street Villain Look

For those guys who wanted to look more like Pat Riley or Wall Street’s Gordon Gecko. Gel is good. Gel is right.

Big Hair

For some in this decade, bigger was always better. This generally involved crimping, teasing, and/or mass quantities of hairspray.


Which of these looks is your favorite? What hairstyles would you add to this list?