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'80s side ponytail hairstyles

Updated April 17, 2017

The 1980s were wild times with even wilder fashions, and hairstyles were no exception. The '80s were all about big hair, but even the most glamorous Valley Girl couldn't wear all her hair big every single day, so side ponytails came into vogue. It was the '80s, so if a ponytail was fine, a big, quirky, fountain-top ponytail on the side of the head was even better.

Side Fountain-Top Ponytail

The easiest way to achieve this look is to bend at the waist and brush all the hair to the top of the head, then pull it slightly to one side and wrap a scrunchy around the base of the ponytail. Stand up straight, separate the ponytail into two parts and pull down so that the scrunchy is resting against the scalp. Arrange the hair in the ponytail so that it falls over the scrunchy like a fountain.

Side Ponytail with Big Bangs

Sky-high fringe were all the rage in the '80s and made a good match for a side ponytail. For this style, brush all the hair to one side of the head and make a ponytail about an inch above the ear. To get big fringe, wet the fringe and blow dry them by bending at the waist and letting gravity bring the fringe in the opposite direction of the face. For lasting height, tease the fringe and apply a generous amount of hairspray.

Low Side Ponytail

Wearing a low side ponytail was a way for women in the workplace to play it safe in the '80s. The low side ponytail had the hip factor of a side ponytail without the wild factor of a big fountain-top ponytail. To achieve this look, brush all the hair to one side, and make a ponytail behind one ear, just lower than the ear lobe. This look can be worn with or without big fringe.

Side French Braid

The French braid was a very popular hairstyle in the '80s, and wearing it to the side gave it an ultra-contemporary twist. Like the rest of the ponytails, this can be worn with or without big fringe. Unlike the fountain-top side ponytail, the side French braid was acceptable in the '80s workplace.To achieve this look, make a French braid that starts on one side of the head and ends on the opposite side.

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Kay Whittenhauer has been a freelance writer since 2007, specializing in lifestyle articles. Her work has appeared on various websites. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Western Michigan University.