95 Classic 80s Hair Ideas if You Want to Go Retro

The 80s were an era of good music and fashion trends; it’s always fun to take a walk down the golden era. In those days, celebs would pull off elegant hairstyles with effortlessly beautiful makeup.  Many celebrities still wear hairstyles from the 80s on the red carpet and look fabulous as ever.  You don’t have to be a celebrity to rock the 80s look. Whether you are a millennial or you belong to generation Z, you can relive the hottest retro trends by wearing some of these stunning 80s hairstyles.

Side High Fluffy Ponytail

Side High Fluffy Ponytail

Side High Fluffy Ponytail

This Side high fluffy ponytail was the classic school-going look in the 80s, since then high ponytails have been quite a fashion trend till today. For a classic retro look, try out this simple yet stylish hairstyle. All you have to do is create a high ponytail in the side and get some forehead bangs. This hairstyle is perfect for when you’re working out or for a busy day at work.

Feathered Look

80s Hair Ideas

This feathered look hairstyle is the perfect look for any formal occasion; it was quite a trendsetter in the 80s. The feathered look is still commonly worn today and helps you achieve the perfect elegant and glamorous look. For this hairstyle, you have to get a feathered layer cut, create a middle part from your bang, and curl back the short side layers. Use hair foam to keep your hairstyle intact. This is the perfect hairstyle for a wedding or date night look.

Whitney Houston Inspired Curly Hair

Whitney Houston Inspired Curly Hair

The pop icon Whitney Houston debuted her famous spiral curly hairstyle in her music video in the 80s ‘’I wanna dance with somebody,’’ and since then this hairstyle has been a banger. This hairstyle includes thick spirals all over with some fringy bangs. While this hairstyle looks best on long hair, you can also try pulling this off on shoulder-length hair. This is the perfect hairstyle for a retro-themed prom or dance party.

Madonna Inspired Chignon

Madonna Inspired Chignon

Madonna was the style Goddess in the 80s and her hairstyles are still worn today by many famous celebrities. This Madonna inspired chignon has got to be one of her best retro hairstyles and will make you look stylish as ever. This hairstyle includes a loose teased chignon with some wavy side bangs in the front. Madonna topped off this hairstyle with a stylish bandana that gave an amazing retro touch. Try out this hairstyle for your next summer vacation and style with some fancy earrings.

The Cute Whale Sprout Hairstyle

The Cute Whale Sprout Hairstyle

This Whale sprout hairstyle was one of the cutest hairstyles in the 80s and got every school girl obsessed with it. This hairstyle involves making a half high sprouted out ponytail to get the fringes out in the hair while leaving the rest of the hair as it is. The best part about this hairstyle is the forehead bangs and the funky scrunchies that secure the ponytail. Complete this look with some big earrings and you’re ready for your afternoon lunch.

Deep Side Part with Headband

Deep Side Part with Headband

If you are wondering where the famous deep side part hairstyle started from, here is the answer. It was in the amazing 80s where this hairstyle was quite a banger. This hairstyle features a deep side part on curly hair; you can even try it on straight or wavy hair. The curly hair gives a more retro-like feel. In the 80s, headbands were a huge fashion trend, and were worn on almost every hairstyle. For a finishing touch, style your deep side part with a headband, and viola you’ll look like the perfect 80s retro girl!

Side Mini Braids

Side Mini Braids

This side mini braids hairstyle is one of the most stylish hairstyles from the 80s yet it has a very modern touch to it. If you want to try out this hairstyle, first gather all of your hair and tie it into a high side pony. Secure the ponytail with a tight fancy hair tie for a funkier look. After this, take a few strands and start braiding thin braids using the three strand technique. Make at least 4-5 braids and spread out your remaining hair. This is the perfect hairstyle for a festival.

80s Rockstar Look

80s Rockstar Look

This 80s Rockstar hairstyle is a showstopper, and helps to achieve the perfect chic look. For this hairstyle, you have to first back comb your front hair and create a high bumpy puff. Secure the puff with hairpins and put your remaining hair into a ponytail connecting it with your puff. Make one small braid in your ponytail using the three strand method and keep your hair straight. You can add in hair color extensions for a funkier look.

Curly Locks

Curly Locks

This curly locks hairstyle is one of the most chic hairstyles that will help you achieve a stylish look. In order to achieve this hairstyle, you have to curl all your hair with a curling iron and set your curls with proper hair foam to prevent them from opening up. After that, using your bangs create a puff and secure it with hairpins. Add in some highlights for a more stylish look. Flaunt this amazing hairstyle at your next girl’s night out.

Wavy Hair Don’t Cary

Wavy Hair Don’t Cary

You will fall in love with this simple wavy hairstyle from the 80s. This hairstyle requires no effort at all, and even though it’s very simple, it still gives out a very retro and stylish vibe. Simple hairstyles depend on how well you carry it. For this hairstyle, you have to simply get wavy hair and some wavy bangs on your forehead. This hairstyle is perfect for a normal day at work, especially when you’re running late. There is no need of hair spray or accessories.

Punk Rock Style

Punk Rock Style

Punk rock styles were quite epic back in the days, especially along with the popularity of punk rock music. Punk rock music may not be as popular now as it was in the 80s, but this hairstyle is something that you can never forget. This hairstyle includes a feathered shoulder-length cut with fringy outward hair on right on top of the head and longer sides. Try out this hairstyle and achieve the perfect retro look. You can try out this punk rock style for your next Halloween party.

Ribbon Barrette Hairstyles

Ribbon Barrette Hairstyles

There was a popular use of ribbon barrettes in the 80s, especially among little school and college girls. Ribbon barrettes were the perfect hair accessory and they helped to achieve a stylish look. You should definitely try out this ribbon barite hairstyle if you want to achieve a soft and sweet look. The perfect way to use a ribbon barrette is in a pulled back style. Pull back your hair and secure it with a fancy ribbon barrette. This is a very low-maintenance hairstyle and will look amazingly well for a wedding or any other formal occasion.

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Put a Big Bow on It

Put a Big Bow on It

This big bow hairstyle is another Madonna-inspired 80s hairstyle. This hairstyle includes short curly hair with a big black bow on it. The bow lights up the whole hairstyle and gives the best fashionable look. Try out this spectacular hairstyle and put on a big bow in the middle that matches with your outfit. This is the perfect 80s hairstyle that you can try on for a fancy award show or even a fashion show. Get funky and put that big bow on.

The Messy Haircut Look

The Messy Haircut Look

The messy punk rock hairstyle has got to be one of the most fashionable 80s hairstyle that has hit the fashion runway. This hairstyle gives the perfect messy and stylish look. In order to achieve this hairstyle, you have to get a layered haircut and apply lots of hair texturizing spray to give your hair that messy and settled look. This hairstyle requires very low maintenance; there’s no need to style it, as the haircut is stylish itself. Try out this hairstyle as your next winter look and rock the holidays looking retro as ever.

Windblown Blowouts

Windblown Blowouts

Windblown blowouts are one of the famous 80s hairstyles which were regularly worn by people in those day s. This hairstyle helps you achieve a fierce and stylish look. In order to achieve this hot look, you have to first blow-dry your hair by flipping your head forwards. This way, you will be able to lift up the roots with the blow-dryer. Apply some volumizer on your scalp, and then flip your head upright. This is the perfect hairstyle for an evening look. Put on some nice accessories and you’re ready to slay this hairstyle.

Crimp it up

Crimp it up

Crimped hairstyles were another staple in the fashion world during the 80s. Crimped hairstyles have played a major role in the fashion industry, and are still popular today, thanks to the brilliant fashion icons from the 80s. A crimped look is amazing if you want to achieve a formal look for a wedding or a dinner. For this hairstyle, you have to crimp your hair using a crimping iron and apply some hair spray to keep your crimps alive. There are many ways you can style your crimped hair, but the best is to leave it as it is, and flaunt it by leaving your hair open.

French Braid with Hushy Bangs

French Braid with Hushy Bangs

Try out this glamorous 80s French braid with bangs hairstyle. This hairstyle requires creating a thick French braid right behind your head. In addition, make sure that you get the big standout bangs in the middle using a lot of hairspray. The use of hairspray was quite popular in the 80s and it helped achieve the perfect bulky hairstyles that are still worn today. Try out this flattering look for next girl’s night out and look retro as ever.

The Famous Mullet

The Famous Mullet

The famous mullet hairstyle was a banger in the 80s and is still adored by some celebrities like Zendaya, Rihanna, and many more. The best feature about this style is that both men and women can pull it off with style and achieve a fierce and killer look.  For this hairstyle, it is ideal to have short hair in the font with a higher volume and longer sleek hair at the back. This hairstyle is perfect if you want to bring out the fierce and fashionable look in you. Just use a lot of hairspray and you’re good to go. You can show off this hairstyle at your next prom.

Mohawk with French Braid

Mohawk with French Braid

Try out this other famous Rockstar look which is the famous Mohawk with French braid. This hairstyle is very unique and includes the perfect 80s look. For this hairstyle, you have to braid a thin French braid right though your scalp on each side and get a flowing Mohawk cut right in the middle. Set your Mohawk with hairspray. Let your remaining hair stay open and style yourself with some gothic jewellery. Try out this daring hairstyle and achieve the perfect retro look.

Rolled Out Mohawk

Rolled Out Mohawk

The next style on our list is another Mohawk look called the rolled out Mohawk hairstyle. This is one of the best 80s hairstyle that will help you to achieve a unique and stylish look. For this hairstyle, you have to get a Mohawk cut. The only thing different about this style is that you have to roll out your Mohawk by creating a slight curled out effect. Shave the sides of your head slightly (be careful), and apply lots of hairspray to keep the curly effect alive. Show-off this unique hairstyle as your next summer look and look flattering as ever.

High Backcomb with Bowtie

High Backcomb with Bowtie

This famous bowtie hairstyle is one of the easiest and stylish 80s hairstyle you should definitely try out. This hairstyle compliments well on long hair. In order to achieve this hairstyle, backcomb your hair properly by creating a high bump at the back. Secure the bump with bobby pins. Get slight side bangs for this look, and place a cute little bowtie headband on your hair. The headband brightens up your hair and makes you look cute and fashionable as ever. You can pull off this retro look with anything from your closet.

Big Feathered look

Big Feathered look

Big hairstyles were one big love of the 80s generation. These hairstyles may look a bit funny to you, but these were the iconic hairstyles that helped introduce different new hairstyles today. If you want to try out this fun unique 80s look, you will have to get a blown out feathered cut. The front remains short and the back and the edges are a bit longer compared to the front. You have to use a lot of hair spray to achieve that big look. Lastly, style this look with the famous headband around your forehead.

FAQ’s

Out of all the hairstyles, which one was the most famous in the 80s?

All the hairstyles from the 80s were quite a banger and most of them are still tried on today. It’s hard to say which one of them was most popular as all the great hairstyles derived right from the 80s. However, the mullet is one of the most famous 80s hairstyles; you will see many fashion icons, both men and women, wearing this classy hairstyle on the red carpets.

80s Hair Ideas

Christina Applegate (1998)
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80s Hair Ideas

Why is it called the Mullet Haircut?

The word Mullet has a connection to the famous rap group the beastie boys. Interestingly, the Oxford English dictionary recognizes it as a proper word. The word first appeared in one of the lyrics of the Beastie boys’ songs, and since then has been a famous name to an absolutely killer hairstyle.

Conclusion

These killer 80s hairstyles are hard to miss out on, you should go for at least one of these and achieve the perfect retro look. You may think that these hairstyles look absurd and funny to try on, especially in this new generation. However, we assure that once you try it, you will get an unbelievable response. People love seeing classic 80s hairstyles, especially hairstyles such as the mullet and Mohawk. These are daring and fun hairstyles. So, don’t hesitate and look stylish as ever with these 80s hairstyles mentioned above.

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