Women's hairdos from the 70s and 80s

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Women's hairdos from the 70s and 80s
Women's hairdos from the 70s and 80s. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

The 70s saw a break from the rigid curls and mod 'dos of the 60s and instead focused on free-flowing long hair, shag cuts, bowl cuts and feathered hairstyles. These softer hairstyles gave way to the hairspray-laden 'dos of the 1980s, which included big, teased poufs, fringe and side ponytails. Try putting your own spin on some of these classic hairdos.

The Farrah Flip

Late actress Farrah Fawcett's feathered hairstyle from her "Charlie's Angels" television series days is one of the most iconic hairstyles in pop culture history. Soft, full waves defined this feathered look, which can be re-created by using a lightweight hair styling product on towel-dry hair before blow-drying to make hair fluffy rather than frizzy. Blow dry hair in sections using a boar bristle brush and a round brush to encourage volume and texture. Roll the round brush backwards away from the face while blow-drying and part and finger-comb as desired.

Women's hairdos from the 70s and 80s
Paris Hilton with the famous Farrah Flip. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)


The afro hairstyle was a popular hairstyle for both male and female African-Americans. "The style of the decade for black Americans," according to Classic 70s, the "fro" as it is sometimes called required hair to grow long and stick straight out from the head in a rounded shape. The style worked best on African-Americans with naturally curly or frizzy hair though hair was often braided and curled before styling to achieve a highly frizzy look.

Women's hairdos from the 70s and 80s
The "fro." (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Big and Crimped

Big hair was a staple of 80s hairstyles and required lots of hairspray. The crimper was a popular hairstyling tool of the 80s, a type of iron that gave hair a crinkled rather than straight look. Hair was crimped, curled and teased to create texture and volume, then sprayed to keep strands in place. This hairstyle often featured a teased pouf that was secured with hair clips and even more hairspray. Hair accessories, such as poufy cloth headbands, were also used.

Women's hairdos from the 70s and 80s
80s...boom. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Side Ponytail

The side ponytail hairstyle of the 1980s was popularised by "bubblegum pop and valley girl mallrats," according to Like Totally 80s. An easy hairstyle to do as it requires gathering hair into a ponytail on either side of the head, the side ponytail has several variations. Create a ponytail high on one side using large clips and accessories or wrap a scrunchie around the hair and tease and crimp the ponytail. Another option is to create side ponytails closer to the nape of the neck and curl the ends.

Women's hairdos from the 70s and 80s
Choice of the 80s. (Angela Weiss/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

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