Q: I am studying on different hairstyles from the 1980's but I cannot find any information on it! If you could, please help
by giving me a link - or sending pictures - or names of the different hairstyles from the 80's. I mostly need men’s 1980's haircuts.
A: The trouble with trying to give names of hairstyles from any given period is that the names used in one area of the world are not
necessarily the same in all areas of the world. In fact, the names given to a particular hairstyle can vary from salon to salon. The
best way to deal with the subject of 80’s hairstyles is to identify the style by the celebrities who wore them. Here are some of the
classic looks from the 80’s for men, listed with their distinguishing features and the celebrities who popularized them.
Long, layered, razored ‘big hair’ – These hairstyles were the trademark of rock groups like
Duran-Duran and Whitesnake. Whitesnake and other heavy rocker big hair bands featured symmetrically cut long-layered styles with
lots of wave and texture. The hair was usually past the shoulders and very full. Bands like Duran-Duran featured styles that were
usually shoulder-length, swept-back at the sides and fuller on top. The hair was layered and blown-out to give long smooth curves.
Shorter, shaggy or full, styles – 80’s hairstyles were longer than their counterparts from previous
decades, but they weren’t all long hair styles. Many celebrities popularized shorter hairstyles in the eighties. These shorter styles
covered the tops of the ears on the side and generally hung below the collar in back, but were most notable for the fullness at the
top and crown areas of the head. Whether the hair was curly or straight, the fullness and layering allowed the hair a lot of
movement. Prime examples of the shorter 80’s styles are seen in the films “St. Elmo’s Fire”, and “Pretty In Pink” as well as with
the pop group “Wham” (and George Michael continued to set trends in hair fashion largely because of his popularity with female fans
encouraged young men to copy his look).
Asymmetrical, Edgy styles – The 80’s were also responsible for the “New Wave” movement in music,
and with it came a new set of hairstyles that were trendy and expressive, but short-lived. Some of the New Wave styles featured truly
asymmetrical cuts (chin length on one side, and above the ear on the other side) or dramatically styled cuts (vertically swept
‘wings’ on the sides). These styles are readily seen in the music groups “Flock of Seagulls” and “Human League”.
Your best resource for images of these hairstyles is to perform internet searches using the
names of the bands, film and/or celebrities as keywords. You can also visit your local library and perform a search for periodicals
such as Rolling Stone, or other entertainment magazines (they should at least be available on micro-fiche). These images can then be
printed, giving you the chance to create a library of images.