ICONIC AND INFAMOUS 80S PERMS

80s curly wig with quiff

80s spiral perm wig with quiff


Big Perms in the 80s


Poodle Perm and Spiral (Corkscrew) Perms


So who remembers having a permed hair style back in the 80s? Hair was crimped and curled to the limits, the bigger and more wild it looked the better (imagine a lion/poodle hybrid in a wind tunnel and you get the picture), and a huge supply of mousse and hair lacquer was the pretty much the norm back then.


Accessories such as head bands, scrunchies and bows were also popular. Whether it was hair metal bands or Dierdre Barlow, nobody wanted to be left out. Major celebs to wear the style included Whitney Houston, Sarah Jessica-Parker, Madonna, Cher and even George Clooney - he had a curly mullet in 1984, believe it or not!


Sarah Jessica-Parker 80s hair

Sarah Jessica-Parker in the 80s

Cher 80s perm

Cher in the 80s (poster)

Dolly Parton 80s spiral perm

Dolly Parton in the 80s (Poster)

There are big perms and then there are humongous ones. This has to be the biggest spiral perm ever! Well, actually, Dee Snider's may just have been bigger. It's a close call!


Europe The Final Countdown single sleeve

80s hair metal band Europe


Dee Snider corkscrew/spiral perm

Twisted Sister's frontman Dee Snider had one almighty corkscrew perm!

Michael Jackson spiral perm 1987


There were many guys who also had perms, particularly in 80s metal bands such as Poison, Van Halen, Cinderella and Europe, to name but a few - the latter are best remembered for their hit single and album The Final Countdown, of course.


Michael Jackson went from afros in the 70s, to looser curls during his "Thriller" period. By the time "Bad" was released in '87, his curls had become even looser, wetter and more spiralized.


Jon Bon Jovi in the 80s

Jon Bon Jovi in the 1980s (Poster)

His band was big in the 80s, but his hairstyle was even bigger!


Dierdre Barlow 80s perm and glasses

Dierdre Barlow

Anyone who grew up in the UK during the 1980s watching Coronation Street will remember this look. I'm not sure which is worse, the glasses or the hair. But the look became iconic, nonetheless. Maybe infamous is a better word to describe it!


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