Sure, that title could easily refer to any hairstyle in any decade, but here, friends, we’re only going with the best of the best: The classic 80s bangs. But they weren’t so simple to achieve. No, ma’am… a lot of blood, sweat, and Aqua Net was involved.
‘Big’ was the general theme when it came to bangs in our beloved decade. Go big or go home (or just start over from scratch… whatever floats your boat.) Typically you needed two layers. The top layer (or multiple top layers if that’s what you were working with) was rolled back and then teased mercilessly until the desired height was achieved. Then you went to work on the bottom layer which was simply (‘simply’… ha! These bad boys took time! Dedication! Heart!) rolled under and then teased as well.
The finished look was a majestic tower of hair.
However, those strategically-tangled strands weren’t going to stay put on their own. And that’s where the trusty, essential Aqua Net came in. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. SPRAY. Your goal? Hair that would survive a hurricane.
And fellas, you weren’t shut out of the action, no sir. Thanks to hair metal super groups like Poison, Ratt, and Cinderella, the guys had plenty of reason to get in on the action, too.
Looking back, no one’s really sure why anyone would want that much weight on their head. And why was this accepted at movie theaters? (This was before stadium seating, mind you.) So many questions, but only one answer: It was the 80s. And that’s all you need to know.
We ♥ 80s bangs!