Fashion History 1980s Typical Hairstyles
in the 1980s were mostly large and large. Look at any
picture of the Princess of Wales and you will see every hair
style women followed throughout the decade. The decade began with
a continuance of the Purdey cult hair cut.
The New Avenger series
of 1976-79 and which starred Joanna Lumley left above, is recalled as
much as anything for its famous Purdey Haircut. The Purdey streamlined
hair style was simply a version of a slick bob with a definite back
Versions were seen throughout the 1980s and the
hairstyle worn by Princess Diana at her engagement above is a version of
this bobbed combed forward style with shaped nape of neck style.
Once Dynasty the TV Show about millionaire lifestyles appeared on our TV screens,
overblown long hair as shown in the promotional picture
above was widely copied.
This row of pictures show late 1980's images
of short, but full high hairstyles which owed much to the
popularity of earlier punk hair styles of the late 1970s.
The effect was quiff like.
Everyone had big hair even those people with short hair. But as always there were variations and working women opted for styles
which could be easily blow dried and tonged with a cordless or electric
Carmen style heated rollers and hair rollers
disappeared from most dressing tables as blow drying plus finger shaping
of strands with wax firmly established itself as the favourite way to finish hair
for the majority of women.
Hair was frequently brushed forward and stranded to
create another popular style such as the far right bob picture.
Flicks continued to be popular especially as hair got
bigger. Indeed it was the flicks that gave extra volume along with
new hair products like hair mousse and hair gel.
the pictures on this page the dropped shoulder
styles, large shoulders and oversized jackets are very representative of
fashions ordinary working women wore.
Right - 1980s Plus model from J C Penney catalogue
Other styles in fashion in the very early
1980s were the afro perm worn by white people of both
genders. Naturally curly hair that was long or medium
length continued to be in fashion and long curly spiral or
just curled permed styles were also popular.
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