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Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive April 2006: 80's Hair
By Tunnia on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 08:00 am:

I'm hoping someone here (a pagent mom, perhaps:)) will have ideas about how to create a curly 80's hairstyle that will stay on my dd. She has long, ultra-fine hair that doesn't like to hold a curl. Next Thursday is her chorus concert and she has a solo singing "What a Feeling" from Flashdance and she is to dress in 80's style. We have the dress, I'm looking for the shoes, and I don't have a clue about the hair. I don't want to give her a perm because her hair is so beautiful and I think it would ruin it. So, any ideas that would work, but be temporary???

By Sandysmom on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 08:16 am:

The big thing in my school during the eighties was one big ponytail off to the side with the ponytail being curled and teased to make it look big(you would have to use hairspray)and with a headband on. Good luck :)

By Colette on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 08:38 am:

another 80's trick was blowdrying upside down for more volume.

I was a big hair pro in the 80's - early 90's.

By Pamt on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 08:38 am:

Pink foam rollers? (Do they even still make these?) I had a good friend in high school with stick straight blonde hair and she sleep in these every night and they worked-LOL

By Happynerdmom on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 08:38 am:

Yep, a ponytail high and to the side. You wouldn't even have to tease it or anything. Bonus points for a ribbon or scarf tied around the ponythail that matches the dress! Have fun!

By Sandysmom on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 08:42 am:

Pam, they do make pink foam rollers. I have a set and still use them. LOL They're perfect for thin straight hair.

By Tayjar on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 09:40 am:

Make sure her hair is dirty when you do it and the curl will last longer. And, lots of hairspray.

By Luvn29 on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 09:55 am:

Yes, My trick to fixing my daughter's fine, thin straight hair is not letting her wash it the day before. If she does, there is just no making it stay in any style.

Someone told me there is a styling product she uses that she gets from a hair product store here called Sally's that you spray on and it makes hair hold curl. Try finding something like that if that's the look you want to go with.

By Eve on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 10:00 am:

I would go with the very high-off to the side pony tail too!:)

By Eve on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 10:00 am:

Or a banana clip--do they even still make them?

By Amecmom on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 10:12 am:

How about a wig? It would be alot easier on her hair.

By Amy~moderator on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 10:58 am:

I vote for the ponytail high off to the side - I wore my hair that way a lot in the eighties and so did most of the girls I knew.

Another common hair trend was feathering your bangs. If she has bangs, just tease and feather them back (to look poofy) and hold with lots and lots of hairspray, lol

Good luck!

By Karen~moderator on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 11:32 am:

Ditto Tayjar too - dirty hair and lots of styling product/spray. That will definitely help it keep it's curl/style/whatever. Ditto Amy too on the feathering and teasing of bangs. Jules and Jason both had the layered/feathered hairstyles in the 80's - big hair! LOL

By Tripletmom on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 01:29 pm:

A wig would be fun.I also like the pony tail off to the side idea.

By Rayanne on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 02:56 pm:

I did the feathering of the bangs. It looked like a huge wave. Oh gosh...what was I thinking? LOL

By Amy~moderator on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 03:41 pm:

LOL Rayanne! I know, what were we thinking??? LOL

By Karen~moderator on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 04:04 pm:

Amy & Rayanne, *I* had those same bangs, and I could be your mom. What was I thinking?!?

Remember all the big hair bands of the 80's? I'm a fan, much to my childrens' embarrassment. LOL But remember the guys' hair???

By Tunnia on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 04:07 pm:

Thanks so much ladies!

A banana clip, OMG!!! I still have two of those and I never even thought about using one for the 80's style. LOL I don't even know why I still have them. I haven't worn them in years. Dd really wants the curly hair since she is singing a song from Flashdance so I figured we'd give that a try first. I'm still looking for a matching scarf to go in her hair, but no luck yet. The dress is black with a sheer overlay in electric blue and a skirt that flies up when she spins. It really is quite pretty. Anyway, back to the hair...I just got back from Walmart where I purchased 48 of the smallest foam perm curlers I could find (they were blue, the pink were there too, but bigger) and a huge can of major hold hairspray (I think it is Rave 4x). I already have mousse and gel. I thought of the feathering at first, but her bangs are simply too long since she's been growing them out for almost a year. We are going to give the curly hair a trial run this weekend to see if it is going to work. You'd think that since I was a teen in the 80's (graduated h.s. in 1990) I'd have this down, but my hair is like dd's and I never was able to achieve the "big hair" without a perm and then half the time the perm would end up falling out.

By Marcia on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 04:17 pm:

See if anyone you know has hot rollers. The curl should stay in for a while, with lots of spray.

By Unschoolmom on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 04:36 pm:

The other thing I remember...Crimping. Know anyone with a hair crimper in their closet?

By Kaye on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 04:37 pm:

Another way to do the curly curly hair is pin curls. Take small sections and twist twist twist while wet and bobby pin the am, she should have very curly hair. You would want to do at least 20-40 bunches of hair.

By Dana on Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 10:32 am:

I graduated HS in 1980. The girls with straight hair just wore their hair parted on the side with a hair band holding the rest back. None had bangs, just LONG very straight hair.

Their was another style that requires bangs. It was a thin decorative band that you wore around your forehead. You pulled the top layer of hair, including the bangs over the band. If you get the original version of The Terminator, you will see that style I mean. They might even have them in Flashdance. It was quite popular.

By Dana on Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 10:33 am:

Oh, another popular accesory was a hair clip that had feathers hanging from strings on the clip.

By Kay on Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 11:11 pm:

I put up girls' hair for special events, and one beauty product I will not be without is Redken Hot Sets - it's a setting spray that you spray on a piece of hair, then use a curling iron (it will make sizzling sounds, but it's protecting your hair). This keeps curls in the finest, thinnest of hair (I should know - I use it, and my hair is very 'soft' and straight, and it works very well on mine)

By Luvn29 on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 10:10 am:

Kay, I think this may be the product this mother was telling me about...!!!

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