What Were Hair Styles Like in the '80s?

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During the 1980s hair was an essential part of self expression and the trend was to wear it big and full or in a unique way. Some individuals chose to wear accessories such as scarves, headbands, bows or barrettes to complete their hairstyle and complement their outfit. Some men and women dyed, bleached and chemically treated their hair to achieve the desired volume.

Usually, these hairstyles required a lot of teasing and hairspray to maintain on a daily basis. Other common hairstyles were the side ponytail, asymmetrical hair, feathered bangs, the mullet and the rat tail. A rat tail is a short haircut with only a section of hair right above the neck that remains long and creates a tail. An asymmetrical hairstyle is when side one is obviously longer or shorter than side two. Many of these hairstyles were made popular by celebrities such as Cyndi Lauper, John Stamos, Whitney Houston and Madonna.

Unique hair is not the only thing that the 1980s is known for. Many fashion trends made a splash during this decade, including shoulder pads, miniskirts, leg warmers, fingerless gloves, oversized tops, stirrup pants and huge earrings. As of 2014, some of these trends are still in style.