Styling 80s Hair For Modern Times



There’s no doubt about it: the 80s are back, and styling 80s hair is all the rage. But there’s no reason that loving this retro style means embracing all of the cringe-worthy bad hairdos as well. Instead, you can modernize an 80s hairstyle to look chic, feminine, and modern while still rocking your era-love.

The Basics of Styling 80s Hair

First, remember that the fundamentals of most 80s styles were:

  • BIG hair
  • Chaotic curls
  • Funky colors
  • Layers
  • Bangs

The first key to modernizing an 80s hairstyle is to choose just one or two from the list above — PLEASE do not try to go for them all! Once you’ve decided the look you want to achieve, the right cut and color application are essential to make sure your looks says “I did this on purpose” and not “I had a really bad night.

The Most Popular Styles Right Now

The most popular 80s styles at the moment are big hair and peekaboo streaks or chunks of funky colors.

For example, Miley Cyrus is sporting some mighty big hair these days, and the look can be achieved without shaving your locks. A soft, big hairstyle is perfect for a night out or to give your hair the illusion of lots of volume.

Another fun idea is to add a streak or two of fun colors like pink, purple, blue, or red. Even when hair is unstyled, a surprise streak of color adds interest and a bit of fun. If you are not so daring, or you are sure your boss would not appreciate this idea, the look can be achieved with starkly contrasting natural colors as well. Ask your stylist for ideas that will look great on you.

Styling 80s Hair at Home

Once you have the proper cut/color, you should ask your stylist for tips on the right tools and techniques for styling your hair without damaging it. Stylists should be well-versed in the perfect hairspray, gel, wax, shampoo, and conditioner you will want to use to keep your hair looking great and healthy.

How We Can Help Your 80’s Style

If you are doing an 80s style for a special occasion, then it’s a great idea to have it done professionally. Make sure that it will look perfect all day or night, and that you will be able to undo it without damage whenever you want to! If you’d like more information on professionals skilled in 80s hairstyles, please contact us at Evergreen Beauty College. Our salon service professionals are expertly trained to  tackle any style.

No matter how you decide to pursue one of these retro looks, be sure to pair it with classic wardrobe pieces. Remember some of the worst mistakes of styling 80s hair was when it was paired with over-the-top clothes. Balancing your look will keep you looking fabulous!

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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80s Hair
4 years ago

This 80s Hair is making a real comeback now with legit trend setting celebs rocken things like mullets. Oh yah I said it MULLET LOL.