Pictures of 80S HAIR STYLES

by Mark Nobes, chief editor

Do you remember when hair experimentation with perms, crimps and 50s-inspired waves was the norm? 80s stars such as Madonna and Brooke Shields made wearing heavily-styled, massive hair essential, particularly if you wanted to be at the forefront of 80s fashion.
For this post, I bring you another selection of original photos from the great decade, featuring big, bold and crazy hair styles. I hope these will give you a little inspiration for how to dress your hair for a 1980s party or event.

Poison 80s Glam Metal Band

80s Glam Metal band Poison - Fair Use image from Wikipedia

This is one of the most awesome band photos from the 1980s. Flashy clothes, make-up and long, bushy peroxide hair, and there's even a headband. It's just perfectly 80s!

Mike Score Hair

A Flock of Seagulls

Mike Score wore one of the most bizarre, but also iconic hairstyles of the 80s, which I'm pretty sure Keith Flint was influenced by for his own iconic 90s Firestarter style. Not only was this style difficult to maintain, but crossing the road must have been bloody dangerous! Of course, Score is not the only pop star to have swept his hair over one eye. The Human League's frontman Phil Oakey was also at it in the early 1980s, and singer Gabriel copied the style in the 90s to cover up a drooping eyelid, and she still wears the style, apparently. You may remember that she also wore a Pete Burns style eyepatch.


80s Side Ponytail - Brenda from Watching (Emma Wray)

Brenda from ITV comedy Watching (Emma Wray) sporting a side ponytail


Crazy 1989 Hair

Steve Strange hair swept over one eye - Smash Hits cover

Smash Hits Jan 22-Feb 4th 1981 ft. Steve Strange

You may remember several 80s pop stars sweeping their hair over one eye. Phil Oakey from Human League and Mike Score from A Flock of Seagulls were two prime examples of this. As you can see, New Romantic Steve Strange from Visage was also at it, and he added a wonky hat for good measure- a strange hat in every sense of the word!
Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy was still replicating the hair over one eye style in late 1982.

Peter Murphy Bauhaus - 80s hair

Smash Hits Oct 1982 ft. Peter Murphy from Bauhaus

Nancy Wilson from Heart in the 1980s

Nancy Wilson from Heart (1980s)

I actually went to see Heart perform at the NEC, Birmingham, UK during their comeback years in the second half of the 80s. I wasn't a huge fan, but as my friends had joined me to see Simple Minds at a previous concert, it was only fair that I returned the favour. I remember that it was a very decent performance and they certainly had the audience out of their seats. Nancy Wilson gives us a fine example of an 80s rock hair style here.

Warrant - 80s glam metal band

Warrant are an American glam metal band who formed in 1984, although they didn't achieve any commercial success until 1989 with the album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich which achieved 2 x Platinum sales in the U.S. For 80s metal hair you'll need to grow it long, obviously, and add a girl perm and an animal print headband for the ultimate 80s look.

Britny Fox 80s glam metal hair

Britny Fox

Now this is a proper glam metal hair - just look at its awesomeness! These hair styles were worn by both male and female glam metal bands, and sometimes it was hard to decipher which gender a band was! This would be a fun a style to create for 80s dress-up, although your easiest option is to just buy a hair metal wig. Britny Fox were never successful in the UK. In the U.S., their self-titled album (released in June 1988) was their most successful.

Men's Heavy Metal Wig at Amazon UK


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Out of all the bold and wild hairstyles to come out of the 80s, the side ponytail is probably the easiest to recreate - but only if you have long hair, of course!
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Here we have two hairstyles from the 1980s in one - a side ponytail with a perm.

Pia Zadora

Pia Zadora became infamous in 1982 after her role in one of the worst films of the eighties, Butterfly. She won a Golden Raspberry award for worst actress and worst new star. After this, she ventured into the music world releasing several successful European hit singles, although none entered the UK Top 40. Make your hair big and messy, add a headband and you have an instant 80s style!

Why Does She Need A Helmet?

80s Advert

When you've used half a can of hairspray to hold your 80s bouffant hair style in place you certainly won't be needing a space helmet - nothing is going to shift it!

Hi-top fade: A New Jack Swing vintage style:  BRYAN O'QUINN

This is a new jack swing style - a hi-top fade

My 80's Hair Hero: Daryl Hall

Daryl Hall from Hall & Oates

Short With Volume

Bold 80s Hairstyle

80s High School photo from the U.S. This is two styles in one, and having the top of your hair shorter than the sides is never a good look!
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Big lion's mane hair with shiny PVC - so very 80s!

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Another voluminous style - lot's of lacquer required!

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80s wedge style - she looks pleased with it, at least!

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Girl wearing a side ponytail in 1987

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Model and singer/songwriter Rosie Vela wearing a spiral perm

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Cheer up, love. It's the 80s!

Really Bad 80s Hairstyle 3

I told you not stick your finger in that socket!

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You know your hair is bad when it looked better before the makeover!

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Addicted to peroxide

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Lady Diana style

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This looks rather like a female mullet


Oh dear. What more can one say?

Good Hair Day!

80s Troll Doll

Maybe this is where Jedward got their inspiration from?l

80s costumes at

80s Costumes