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37 Iconic ’80s Hairstyles You Need To Try

Over the past few seasons, we’ve been turning our attention more to days gone by for hairstyle inspiration. Yet, while we love the retro looks of past decades, none have captured our hearts quite like ’80s hairstyles.

Donned by the likes of Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen, modern ’80s hair looks are regularly seen on the red carpets and runways, seriously tempting us to try them out for ourselves.

So if, like us, you’ve been persuaded to try out a 1980s hairstyle, but don’t know where to start, you’re in luck. Read on to discover 37 hairstyles from the ’80s we’re loving right now, from modern mullets to shaggy perms.

’80s Blowdry

80s hairstyles: Young Brooke Shields with brown big blow dried '80s hair wearing a pattern blazer with her arms crossed

The ’80s blowdry that still inspires us. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The bigger, the better rule certainly applies to ’80s hair. Voluminous locks like Brooke Shield’s are an iconic staple, that still look just as glamorous if you sport the style today. For the ultimate ’80s look, team your vintage ‘do with a power blazer (shoulder pads optional).

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Editor’s tip: A key trait of ’80s hairstyles is that they have masses of volume and body! So if you don’t have naturally full locks, you’ll need a little extra help from a body-boosting styling product like the TRESemmé Volume and Lift Mousse

Squeeze a tennis ball-sized amount of mousse into your palm and evenly distribute it through damp hair. Then blowdry and curl your strands to activate the mousse and watch as your ’80s hair comes to life.

’80s Curls

80s hairstyles: Kim Basinger long blonde hair in side parted '80s style with off the shoulder white dress
Picture perfect tresses for this Bond girl. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Whether you turn to your blowdryer and large barrel brush or a set of heated rollers to create this high-impact look, there’s no denying that the effort will be worth it. Wear this look for a special occasion and you’ll get heads turning.

Short Hair

80s hair: Grace Jones high top afro natural hair wearing a black hood in '80s image
Grace Jones certainly knows how to turn heads. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Travel back to the ’80s with this look. Here, Grace Jones rocks a cropped high top cut, proving that short hair can still stand out. The overall look? Sassy and fierce.

Punk Updo

80s hairstyles: Madonna with '80s style curly updo with a black headband wearing a leather jacket and bold make-uo
Madonna’s punk tresses are iconic. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

For anyone looking for an iconic hairstyle that is instantly recognisable, turn to Madonna’s punk-esque updo, complete with a black bow. This wasn’t Madonna’s only standout style from the decade, the queen of pop also sported a platinum blonde Marilyn Monroe ‘do.

Fluffy Curls

80s hairstyles: Young Demi Moore with brown curly wavy big '80s hair wearing a drop earring in close up image
Hair goals by Demi, back in the ’80s. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Demi Moore may be more recognisable with her long straight locks, but with her fluffy curls, bold lips and strong brow game, we think this ’80s style might be one of her best looks ever.

Tight Curls

80s hairstyles: Rex by Shutterstock
Textured cropped curls would become Whitney’s signature look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

While we might not be able to have Whitney’s singing talents, we can at least attempt to have her tight ’80s curls. Don’t have naturally curly hair? Fear not, even those with straight hair can get in on this look with a modern day perm.

Feathered Layers

80s hairstyles: Michelle Pfeiffer medium shoulder length blonde blow dried hair in side parting with off the shoulder dress in seductive pose
Who wouldn’t want to wear this ’80s look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Who can forget Michelle Pfeiffer’s girl boss hair in the ’80s hit movie Scarface? The glossy blonde bob and bangs combo was, and still is, iconic – just ask Bella Hadid. But that’s not the only ’80s hairstyle we adore by Michelle. Wearing her blonde shoulder-length tresses with feathered layers, Michelle adds oomph to her look by sweeping her hair over to a side-parting.

Braided Ponytail

80s hairstyles: Side profile of Sade with long dark brown hair styled in a smooth ponytail braid
Add this smooth operator to your ’80s inspo list. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

When it comes to 1980s women’s hairstyles, it doesn’t get more timeless than Sade’s signature style. Keeping it oh-so-simple yet chic, Sade would often wear her dark brown tresses in a smooth low ponytail braid.

Cher Curls

Cher 80s curly long hair
Do like Cher, always. Credit: heartlovingcher

Yep, we’re calling them Cher Curls because, really, they don’t need an introduction. Forever a style icon, Cher’s tumbling black curls are a look she’s still sporting today – and they look just as incredible, too, might we add.

Crimped Side Ponytail

'80s hairstyles: runway model with side high ponytail with crimps wearing purple shiny outfit
Which side will you rock your ’80s ponytail on? Credit:

If you love Gossip Girl and all the preppy hairstyles the characters wore on the show, the ’80s equivalent is the side ponytail.

While this throwback hairstyle was once reserved for cheerleaders, the modern version features playful crimps and is absolutely perfect for a night out.

Corkscrew Curls

80s hairstyles: topshop model with brown long hair styled with a modern 80s waves on the runway
Spiral into action with these ’80s curls. Credit:

Hello, spiralled corkscrew curls. This fresh take on the classic ’80s look features loose spiral curls that are full of volume and swept to the side.

Half-Up High Pony

80s hairstyles: girl with 80s hair styled into a half up look with a scrunchie winking at the camera
Scrunchies are having a moment. Credit:

Looking for a modern half-up, half-down ’80s hairstyle? Prepare to fall in love with this playful ponytail, complete with a scrunchie, of course. This easy-peasy style is perfect if you want a quick hair fix. Pair it with some beachy waves for maximum impact.

Crimped Hair

80s hairstyles: blonde model with long hair styled in a modern crimped hairstyle wearing jeans and top in studio
Crimped hair, don’t care. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Lately we’ve seen stars like Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner with crimped hairstyles, giving this late ’80s hair look the modern day seal of approval.

You could either use a straightener to create the look or crimp different sections of hair for a dual-texture effect that’s super playful.

Hot Rollers

80s hairstyles: model with hot rolled brushed out golden blonde curls on the runway
Hot roller your hair to ’80s heights to get the look. Credit:

Ever wondered why ’80s hairstyles are so voluminous? Well, the answer lies in hot rollers! Heated rollers are renowned for their ability to provide you with big, bouncy and long-lasting curls, which is why they were heavily relied on back in the day.

Want to learn how to use hot rollers? Just follow our nifty hair tutorial, then brush out your beautiful curls to give your dance-floor look a modern edge.

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Editor’s tip: No one wants their curls to drop out. So, to ensure they stay put, generously spritz your final look with TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray. With humidity protection and all day hold, this hairspray is a must-have product.

Angular Afro with Undercut

80s hairstyles: model with grace jones inspired afro fade hairstyle in side profile picture
Grace Jones, that you!? Credit:

We love this look. This beauty sports a high-angular afro that seamlessly fades into a shaved buzzcut. And we’re sure you’ll agree, it’s the coolest cut around. 

Modern Mullet

80s hairstyles: woman with electric blue mullet '80s haircut wearing glasses and striped shirt backstage at balmain
Business in front, party in the back. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Not sure about a mullet hairstyle? One look at this fashionista’s denim-hued choppy mullet and you’ll be sold. With its sophisticated and rounded ‘business’ bangs at the front, along with the choppy layered ‘party’ at the back, this modern-day spin on the vintage style is sexy, stylish and unique.

Muted Neon Hair

80s hairstyles: women with 80s flipped hair with waves and peachy hair colour wearing bold red lipstick
Are you desperately seeking the ’80s? Channel them with this muted neon hair colour. Credit:

Tempted to pair your ’80s hairstyle with a bright new shade? Well, this muted, pinkish-peach is a great ’80s-inspired choice for those who miss the days of neon everything.

For extra style points, pair your new hair hue with undone waves and a bold red lippie.

Natural Disco Curls

80s hairstyles: woman with natural curly hairstyle with golden tones in it in selfie picture wearing large hoops
Hello, gorgeous curls. Credit:

Put away the blow dryer, because air drying is where it’s at – especially if you’ve got natural curls. Get ready to rock the dance floor!

’80s Headband Hair

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Big and beautiful curls (topped off with a glitzy bow headband, obviously) are back. Embrace this party-perfect look to get into the ’80s groove.

Tip: If you want to take this retro look a step further, try your hand at our bow bun hair tutorial. You’ll totally make Madonna proud.

Colourful Mohawk

Colourful pink mohawk

We’re loving the Barbie pink hue. Credit:

Introducing this punk rocker hairstyle, which we’re obsessing over right now. The ultimate colourful mohawk to channel the ’80s, it’s fun. adventurous and care-free.

The Faux Curly Mohawk

Faux colourful mohawk
Clever, eh? Credit:

If you’re not quite ready to rock an ’80s mohawk in a permanent way, we urge you to try this faux mohawk instead.’We say it’s a fun way to embrace the trend without having to commit to the era wholeheartedly.

’80s Curly Perm

80s perm curly hair
A true ’80s perm. Credit:

’80s hairstyles are unapologetically big and bold – and the perm certainly ticks those boxes. So now’s the time to give your look a refresh with a curly perm. You won’t regret it, we promise.

Retro Curls

Girl with retro curls sitting with colourful jacket.
Curl fever. Credit:

If you’re a fan of the ’80s aesthetic, these retro curls will be right up your street. Perfect for a night out, this look has all the volume and flair without being OTT. Pair with a bright eyeshadow and you’re good to go.

Bowl Haircut

Woman with bowl cut short brown hair
Short, sweet and sassy. Credit:

This cropped look is giving us all the iconic Demi Moore’s hair vibes from Ghost. The bowl cut was one of the hallmarks of the decade and we’re here to confirm it looks just as good today.

Shaggy Perm

Woman with shaggy perm
A modern-day shaggy perm. Credit:

Oh-em-gee. This look absolutely slays, don’t you think? The ’80s were all about shaggy perms for women and men and this modern variation is giving us all the Stranger Things vibes.

Curly ’80s Bangs

'80s hairstyles: side view of a woman with curly 80s style bangs and braids
Rock these voluminous bangs to be an ’80s babe. Credit:

Do like Rihanna and Zendaya and try curly ’80s bangs. It has that bedhead vibe but also looks effortlessly stylish. In other words, it’s a must-try if you’re looking for a new hairstyle this season.

Front Puff

'80s hairstyles: front view of Sarah Jessica Parker in 80s clothes and her blonde naturally curly hair styled with a large pink headband
Do like Sarah Jessica Parker in ‘Sex and the City 2’ with this ’80s look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The ultimate ’80s hair idol? Sarah Jessica Parker, dressed in her ’80s get up in Sex and the City 2.

We love the front puff, created by pushing her voluminous, curly locks forwards with a giant bow. This is a fun look to recreate and definitely one to copy if you’ve got an ’80s party to go to.

Curls with Neon Undercut Braid

Woman undercut braid and pink hair
Undercut with a pop of colour. Credit:

Bright, electric fashion defined the ’80s and this certainly extended to hair too. Featuring side-swept, springy curls and a hot pink braided undercut, this look is the perfect nod to the decade of neon.

Voluminous Waves

Voluminous hair 80s hairstyle
It’s all about the volume. Credit:

Big waves might be a trend we’re familiar with now, but they were also a popular look in the ’80s. The bright pink eyeshadow, blusher and glossy lips are worth a shoutout too!


Side-Swept Hair

Side-swept 80s hairstyle
The side-swept look is simple yet effective. Credit:

This one’s easy to do. Simply flip your hair over to one side to bring out the retro vibes. Bonus points if you’ve curled your hair with tongs beforehand.

Shag Cut

Layered shag cut 80s hairstyle
This is all about layers, layers, layers. Credit:

A firm favourite of Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, the authentic ’80s shag haircut is all about layers and a bold fringe.

Disco Curls

Woman with '80s disco curls

Disco vibes. Credit:

You’re not dancefloor-ready without these disco curls. Believe it or not, crimped curls like these have been around since the ’80s, but don’t just reserve them for dressing up in. We love these for your everyday look, too!

Curly Shag Haircut

Woman with curly shag cut
It looks oh-so-natural. Credit:

Ok, this curly shag cut deserves it’s own moment because, well, it looks divine. The ultimate face-framing haircut inspired by the ’80s, this look really makes your coils pop! Want to switch it up? Try out curtain bangs instead of a fringe.

Tight Spiral Curls

Woman with tight spiral curls '80s hairstyle
An ‘80s hairstyle that still looks contemporary. Credit:

Go big or go home! Grow out your curls and wear them long for a major statement. Isn’t this look simply gorgeous?

’80s Rock Perm

'80s rock perm hairstyle
Rock chick. Credit:

If you’re big on volume and want something that’ll stand out from the crowd, this rock-n-roll inspired ‘do might just be for you. The fringe and backcombed crown give this permed style a too-cool-to-care bedhead vibe that we just love.

’80s Head Scarf

Coloured headscarf '80s look

What a look. Credit:

Head scarves were one of the most popular hair accessories of choice in the ’80s. Make yours more modern with an on-trend organza scarf like this. Perfection!

Hair Bows

Woman with '80s hairstyle and bow
It’s all about the bow. Credit:

Last but not least, your ’80s look isn’t complete without a colouRful, oversized hair bow. Now, you’re good to go.

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