80s Rocker Hairstyles

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80s Rocker Hairstyles
Nikki Sixx had big hair in the '80s. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

During the '80s, there was a variety of different hairstyles for rockers. Rock fans tended to choose their hairstyle according to the scene or genre of music they were into. The 1980s is often looked back on as an unfortunate era for hairstyles, but some of the popular rocker hairstyles of the decade are still worn today.

Big Hair

Big hair was an '80s staple. Fans of glam rock and glam metal wore it, both male and female alike. Big '80s hair was usually worn one of two ways. It could either be long and curled or volumized all over, like Jon Bon Jovi. Or it was straightened at the front and sides and shorter and teased up at the top and back, then sprayed with hairspray to fix the style. This style was similar to that of Nikki Sixx.


The mohawk hairstyle was commonly seen on punk fans during the '80s. The height of the punk scene's popularity came in 1977, but the scene carried on right through the '80s, and still exists today. Bands such as Bad Brains, Black Flag and Dead Kennedys were popular in the '80s punk scene. Mohawks could be huge in this decade and were often held up with super glue or egg whites, as conventional hair products wouldn't keep them standing in place.

New Wave

New wave hairstyles were also popular in the '80s. They could be seen on members of new wave bands such as Adam and the Ants and The Human League. At their simplest, these styles were straight, choppy and asymmetrical, and could be achieved with a good haircut and some hair straightening irons. However, some people sported elaborately styled, sweeping hairdos, for instance in the Flock of Seagulls style.

The Mullet

The mullet is an '80s curiosity that was often seen on heavy metal fans during the decade. Sometimes referred to as "business in the front, party at the back," the mullet is short at the front and sides, but a long section is left at the back. This long portion is known as a rat tail. The style became popular in the middle of the decade, and was seen throughout the rest of the '80s.

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