Women's hairstyles in the 1980s were influenced by a variety of trends, including power
suits, primetime dramas, and musical culture. The majority of hairstyles at this time
emphasized volume and size, keeping with the decades concern with wealth and
influence. While big hair seems to become popular in nearly every decade, the
Eighties are famous for the astonishing variety of voluptuous hairstyles sported by women.
Other styles popular at the time mimicked the full, romantic fashions seen on popular
soap's such as "Dallas" and "Knots Landing." The rise in popularity of New Wave music
also influenced 1980s hairstyles, contributing to the rise in short, asymmetrical haircuts.
The following images demonstrate some of the typical hairstyles common in the 1980s.
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These looks reveal the remarkable variations available in 1980s hairstyles.
While many of these haircuts share similar elements, styling choices created great
variety in women's hairstyles. Elements of these hairstyles can still be seen in many
of today's popular looks, including asymmetrical cuts, romantic curls, and high-volume waves.