From Madonna’s signature puffed-up platinum curls to Joan Collins’ iconic Dynasty headwear, the 1980s were BIG on hair. With perms and parabens galore, the 80s obsession with shape and style continues to have a lasting impression on the beauty industry as we know it today. So we’re paying homage to the raddest retro decade with these 7 hair products 80s babes used to love.
1. Clairol Bender Curlers
TBT to when perms were a thing. With flexible, comfortable foam, Clairol’s iconic curlers were the overnight secret to those ultra-tight, Jennifer Grey-esque curls.
2. Aqua Net Hairspray
That fluffed-up, 1980s glam rock hair wouldn’t have been possible without Aqua Net, the decades’ choice of hairspray. This super-stay spray kept those teased up tresses looking larger than life and our 80s babes looking like MTV video vixens all day long.
3. Conair Crimping Iron
It’s not a 1980s nostalgia piece without an homage to crimping. Conair’s Fashion Plates crimper was the go-to styling tool for those popular micro-waves. Crimping had a recent resurgence on the runways of Paris Couture Week, so it might be time to revisit this retro trend.
4. Banana Clips
Banana clips served some power boss vibes back in the day. These curvy clips kept those strands slicked back, sleek, and business-ready. Feeling nostalgic? These bad boys are only $4 at Walmart. Go ahead and unleash your inner 80s babe.
5. L’Oréal Studio Line
The brand that brought mousse to America. L’Oréal’s de stijl themed studio line had everything an 80s babe might need: mousse, gel, spray, and a catchy-cringey advertisement.
6. Teasing Combs
80s babes never left home without a teasing comb. These travel sized, fine-toothed combs were an instant fix to lackluster locks. Hair falling flat? Back comb those tresses to voluminous perfection.
7. Wella Balsam’s Instant Conditioner
With ads featuring 80s superstar Brooke Shields, it’s no wonder Wella Balsam was basically a household name. Wella Balsam’s Instant Conditioner promised shine, body, and healthy looking locks.