The Iconic 1980’s Hairstyles

Over the past few seasons, we’ve been turning our attention more and 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 that of ’80s hairstyles.

Donned by the likes of Jessica Biel and Chrissy Teigen, updated ’80s hair looks have also been seen on the red carpets and runways, seriously tempting us to try them out for ourselves.

So if, like us, you’ve also been persuaded to try a hot 1980s hairstyle, but don’t know where to begin, you’re in luck as we have hairstyles from the 1980s that will make you want to update your look.

Brooke Shields

The bigger, the better rule certainly applies when it comes to ’80s hair and voluminous tresses like Brooke Shield’s are an iconic staple. For the ultimate ’80s look, team your vintage ‘do with a power blazer – shoulder pads optional.

Kim Basinger

Whether you turn to your blowdryer and large barrel brush or a set or trusty rollers to create this high-impact look, there is no denying that the effort will be worth it. Wear this look for a special occasion and just watch all the admiring looks you’ll get.

Grace Jones

Thought having short hair would stop you living out your ’80s dreams? Think again. As Grace Jones’ cropped high top is not only one of the most stand out looks from the ’80s but it’s totally on trend too.


For anyone looking for an iconic hairstyle that is instantly recognisable, all you need simply do is turn to Madonna’s punk-esque updo. Now, this wasn’t Madonna’s only standout style from the decade, the queen of pop also sported a platinum blonde Marilyn Monroe cropped ‘do.

Demi Moore

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

Whitney Houston

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

Michelle Pfeiffer

Who can forget Michelle Pfeiffer’s girl boss hair in the ’80s hit movie Scarface? The glossy blonde bob and bangs combination was and still is iconic – just ask Bella Hadid. But that’s not Michelle’s only ’80s hairstyle we adore.

Wearing her blonde shoulder-length tresses with feathered layers, Michelle adds extra oomph to her look by sweeping her tresses over to a side-parting.


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

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