80s Hairstyles for Teens

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80s Hairstyles for Teens
Teens can add a fun 80s twist to modern hairstyles. (hip teen image by Kelly Kane from Fotolia.com)

Modern fashion often looks to the past for inspiration. The vibrant 80s look is making a big comeback and many of these retro hairstyles can be adapted for a cool, new look. Hairstyles of the 80s are famous for being extravagant, textured, voluminous and requiring an ample amount of styling product. Teenagers can easily recreate authentic 80s hairstyles that are perfect for a themed party or to add some attitude to their everyday look.

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Big Hair

Big hair with huge fringe was all the rage in the 1980s. Sleek, smooth hair was the enemy, so texture and volume were added by perming, teasing or curling the hair. A blow dryer, curling iron and lots of hairspray are necessary for big hair. A crimping iron can add another dimension of texture for a genuine 80s look.

Side Ponytail

The side ponytail is a quick and easy style for most girls with long hair. Simply brush the hair to one side and sweep it into a high ponytail over one ear. Girls with shorter hair can do the same thing with just the top section of hair, or make a fountain ponytail on the top of the head to splay out like a water fountain.


The punk look can be accomplished in a variety of ways with spikes, streaks of bright colour, teasing and plenty of hair gel or mousse. The mohawk is a bit more extreme, with both sides shaved off and the middle section of hair left long and spiked straight up. The faux-hawk is a modern version that doesn't require shaving and can be done easily with short hair.


For an edgy, experimental look hair can be cut shorter on one side than the other. Angled fringe or an inverted bob with hair that is short in the back and long in the front take inspiration from this 80s look without going to the extreme.


This hairstyle is short in front and long in the back. It was particularly popular among guys but can be sported by either gender. A mullet takes a bit more time and effort to accomplish, as hair needs to be grown out and then cut into the proper shape. The short hair on top can be also be spiked with gel.

French Braid

French braids are a bit less wild than many other popular 80s hairstyles. It is possible to french braid your own hair, but most people find it easier to have someone else do it. Even though it is not a very common look today, chances are you know someone who can french braid.

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