80S CRIMPED AND SPIRAL PERM HAIR STYLES
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
By the mid-80s, almost every female wanted to crimp the living daylights out of their hair. Like most eighties hair styles you still had to make your barnet look voluminous, and every girl had a generous supply of mousse in their home.
Crimps are tight waves (not to be confused with spiral curls as these two styles can look the same from a distance!) that are created using crimping irons and are usually applied to longer hair. Crimps can be soft or harsh like a sawtooth wave and can also be added to curls. If you want to create a crimped style for an 80s party or event then you have three main options.
1. Get a professional to crimp your hair
2. Buy some crimpers and do it yourself
3. Buy a ready-made crimp wig
Doing it yourself it probably the most fun and adventurous option. Try to make your hair big, bold, and even slightly wild - try experimenting. Side ponytails were popular, so why not add a crimped one?
The spiral perm (also called a poodle perm) was also a much-remembered style from second half of the great decade, and Whitney Houston wore an iconic spiral-perm style in 1987.
Of course, it wasn't only women who crimped or permed their hair. There were plenty of hair metal band members who joined in with the craze. So fellas, if you're off to any 80s party and you're feeling brave then why not borrow your other half's crimping irons or perm rods?
Transvision Vamp's lead singer, Wendy James, with her wild and carefree 80s hair style which certainly suited her image.