As the saying goes, what goes up, must come down. And when it comes to fashion and beauty, what goes out of style, must come back. While there was once a time when you laughed at old pictures of your mom, we bet you kind of wish she had saved some pieces for you to put a vintage twist on your modern ensembles. And while some fads are better left in the 80's, others have become mainstream once more.
Ahead, 15 hairstyles from the 1980's that are back and better than ever.
Even Cher temporarily ditched her famous pin-straight mane for chemically treated curls. The trend was without a doubt one of the most popular fads back in the 80's, and it's finding new life in the 21st century. Instead of the tightly coiled strands you remember from music videos, people are headed into the salon for beach wave perms and more relaxed iterations of the those bouncy coils.
If you watched Lizzie Mcguire, chances are you've put your strands through a crimper at least once. This trend might have gained traction among millenials for being spotted on Hilary Duff, but it actually originated in the 1980's. For a modern spin, crimp hair throughout and brush through for brilliant texture, as seen on the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway.
Much like the claw clips you might be more familiar with, banana clips served as a replacement for hair ties in the 80's (since ties and scrunchies could create kinks in the volume you worked so hard to create). Your basic version is usually just a monochromatic piece of plastic, but this modern iteration features pearl details for zero-effort style.
The Boss-Lady Blowout
Power suits and windblown blowouts were a staple of the 80's, just as they are now. The secret to this look is achieving a cotton-candy airiness that sits directly at the top of your head. To create the look, flip your head forward and blow dry— lifting up at the roots. For added height, work a volumizer into your scalp before flipping your head upright. For a take on the throwback style à la Prabal Gurung, run a pomade through your strands beginning at your hairline and moving back to the crown of your head.
Hair barrettes have been back for the better part of 2019, and we're so glad to see that clip-in bows got the memo. Style these any way you so please (at the nape of your ponytail, pinned into a top-knot, etc.), but we love how this side-part detail gives a definitive nod to the 1980's.
The Shag Haircut
We can't think of a better way to reference the popular '80s haircut than to shoutout Debbie Harry's effortless punk-rock shag. Paired with a set of dark roots contrasting her pale blonde ends, Harry was clearly ahead of her time with this trendy look. Since then, the shag hasn't changed much at all. It was cool then, and it's even cooler now. Spotted on almost every runway this year, the new shag incorporates soft layers, long bangs, and tons of body (and sometimes contrasting roots, if you so please). To recreate, ask your stylist for a layered cut, then add plenty of texturizing spray and give your hair a good shake.
The Farrah Fawcett
Arguably one of the most famous styles from the decade, the 1980's ushered in the era of feathery Farrah Fawcett hair. To recreate on your own, you'll need two barrel brushes (one large one to create volume and looser curls in the back, plus one smaller one to create the feathery face-framing pieces), then hairspray to hold everything together.
The Whale Spout
Named for the "water spout" effect created by this super-high ponytail, the whale spout is definitely back in 2019. Style half-up or all-up, positioning your ponytail as high as you can get it so it splits into the desired whale spout shape. Wrap a section of your hair around your hair tie for an elevated, modern touch.