1980s hairstyles were big. Really big. An epic kind of big. After the gender revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s, there was an anything goes attitude to be found in the fashion and hairstyles of the 1980s. The decade was all about the power suit, hair rock bands and really big bangs.
Everyone had big bangs in the 1980s. Most were lacquered straight up like a wall sticking from the top of the head. Sometimes they were curled, sometimes they were ratted. They could be worn with short or long hair. However they were worn, though, they were always big.
The jheri curl was wildly popular for black men in the 1980s. The curls were created by slicking down and greasing tightly curled hair. Hundreds of greasy ringlets resulted, creating a shiny and silky head of hair.
The Mohawk was chic for punk rockers when it came to 1980s hair. A Mohawk is achieved when you shave all of your hair off, except for a small strip in the middle. The strip runs from the middle of your forehead to the back of your head. The Mohawk could be worn short, or spiked out with hair gel and worn long.
The mullet rose to fame in the 1970s, but it was also staying strong in the 1980s. The mullet also became more extreme in the 1980s. A typical 1980s mullet was extremely short in the front, sometimes just an inch long. The hair in the back was slightly layered and very long.
Side ponytails were hot with younger girls in the 1980s. The hair was pulling smoothly to one side of the head and secured into a ponytail. Sometimes they were worn high on the head, sometimes they were worn low. Most often, they were worn with two or three hair scrunchies layered together, making the ponytail rise far from the head.
Side wings were created by coating the hair above the ear with hairspray so that it would stick up and out. This look was almost always paired with big bangs.
The topknot hairstyle of the 1980s was simply a ponytail worn at the top of the head. Usually, the ponytail was worn with a layering of hair ties, creating a very high top knot. The bangs were left out of the ponytail and tended to be worn rather big.
The wave hairstyle of the 1980s is almost like a reverse mullet. A wave hairstyle was extremely short, usually shaved, in the back and along at least one side. The hair then lengthened dramatically towards the front of the face. The wave was usually worn as a side swept style, with the long bangs sweeping over one eye.
What set the tone for 1920's fashion was an idea of rebellion, scandal and otherwise mixing things up.