Hairstyles of the '80s

Updated March 23, 2017

In the 1980s it was all about wearing it big: big shoulder pads, big sweaters, big earrings and really big hair. Whether you are a child from the '80s and taking a trip down memory lane, or you are interested in a retro look from way back when, the hairstyles of the 1980s are certainly ones that you will not easily forget.

Princess Diana

From the moment Diana became known as the woman that would marry Prince Charles, girls and women everywhere wanted her hairstyle. With her hair parted on the left and feathered down the sides, she kept it shoulder length in the back and a good bit longer than the styles she would favour later on. For those that weren't quite sure what to do with their "Farrah Flip," this early style of the '80s quickly caught on.

Noah Drake

The mullet took on a new look when Rick Springfield's song, "Jesse's Girl," hit the airwaves and he appeared on "General Hospital" as Dr. Noah Drake at the same time. Long and wavy in the back with shorter hair on top, it was a mullet with attitude and men everywhere were suddenly flocking to hair stylists to get permanents and waves for this hot 1980s style.

Miami Vice

Clothes may not make the man, but for Don Johnson they certainly did not hurt, and neither did his "Miami Vice" hairstyle. For men tired of their "Jesse's Girl" mullet, going with a slightly shorter haircut that was a version of Johnson's "Sonny Crockett" became the way to go. This cut still allowed men to keep those feathered (but now slightly tapered) sides and left the hair long enough to touch just below the collar, giving men their next 1980s in-fashion thing.

Sarah Connor

By 1984 women had left the softer look of the Princess Diana, and hair was well on its way to getting taller and more tousled. Linda Hamilton's portrayal of Sarah Connor in "The Terminator" brought the epitome of the "get out of bed and go" look. The hair was not as tall on top, but a perm was still needed and the hair dryer was not your friend. Full bodied hair, shoulder length or longer, was the way to go, and hot curlers and hairspray topped the list of must-haves for women everywhere.

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Based in Atlanta, Casey Kennedy has been writing online content since 2009. She specializes in writing about small business, careers, real estate, and ecommerce. She also enjoys writing about a variety of other subjects, including home improvement, gardening, and pet care. She attended the Academy of Art online, studying interior architecture and design while pursuing commercial flight training at Aviation Atlanta in Georgia.