'80s Rock Star Hairstyles

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'80s Rock Star Hairstyles
Volume was a major component of '80s rock star hairstyles. (Dick Luria/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The '80s produced a variety of hairstyles, with most rock stars creating their own looks based on the theme of "anything goes." Today, many of these hairstyles are making an appearance again, with youths incorporating more and more of the '80s look into their everyday style, including teased hair, spikes and the mullet.

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi became famous in the '80s, receiving his first recording contract in 1983 and producing four records during the decade. His hairstyle throughout the years has changed on a regular basis, but during the '80s, it hung below his shoulders and was teased to create volume. He had a distinct fringe, which was cut right above the eyebrows. His hair had an unkept look, with lots of volume and curls. His hair colour was a bleached dark blond, with the darker roots clearly showing. Bon Jovi was never photographed with his hair tied up, but always loose and free to be blown into shape by the wind.

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper also became famous in the '80s, releasing her first record in 1980 with the band Blue Angel and three more during the decade as a solo artist. She changed her hair regularly, sometimes having it styled specifically for record covers. Two of her styles throughout the '80s were an uneven cut, with the hair hanging below her shoulder on the right and shaved on the left, with black coloured roots and shaved areas and flame red locks, and an interpretation of the "Cruella de Vil hairstyle," with hair cut into a bob style, bleached white with a black patch on the front and teased to stand on end to create extra volume.

Billy Idol

Billy Idol became famous in 1980 with the band Generation X, but quit the band soon after its first record release, launching his solo career in 1981 and producing six records during the '80s. He kept the same look throughout the decade, only styling it differently throughout the years. His hair was in a medium length men's cut, gelled to create a spiky, big hair look. It was bleached blond, with the darker roots clearly showing. In the early '80s, his hair was styled to create an overall "big-head" look, but later it was gelled into specific directions to create a long head shape.


Madonna became famous in 1982 with the release of her debut single "Everybody," and she released four other albums during the '80s. Her hair changed drastically throughout the years, starting with a short boyish cut in the beginning of the '80s, bleached blond and styled in a wavy look. In the mid '80s, Madonna's hair was styled in a Marilyn Monroe interpretation, gelled back to create a sleek and wavy "stay in place" look. At the end of the '80s, the blond Madonna had her hair dyed a deep dark brown and grew it into a longer, naturally curly style.

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