Tuesday, 6 January 2009

What Happened To Deirdre's Hair In The 1980s?

Barbara writes:

What on earth happened to Deirdre Barlow's hair in the 1980s?

What happened to a lot of people's hair in the 1980s, Barbara? Gel, mousse, curling tongs - we had them all! And we misused them gleefully.

I was never without hair gel from the early '80s onwards and when I first saw mousse on shop shelves ("St. St. St. Studio, Studio, Studio Line...") I started using that as well.

The style Deirdre sported around 1987 was, I believe, known as a "shaggy perm" - one of the decade's "triumphs", but a little later she had what I can only describe as a brillo pad/bird's nest perm. The consistency was all wrong for a bubble and it was too short to be a shaggy! This style saw her into the 1990s.

The thing is, we didn't think those styles at all strange or unsightly back in the '80s/early '90s.

But it's so easy to spot fashion atrocities in retrospect!

3 comments:

  1. John in OaklandJanuary 07, 2009

    nowt worse than 80's curly hair

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  2. The best decade for hair has to be the 1960s. But then the '60s was the best decade for EVERYTHING! I thought '80s hair was fun though - at the time!!!!

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  3. I adore 1980's fashion - so much better than being stuck in 60's flares, 60's hippy gear or 50's Ted gear in the 1970's! The '80's were more varied, and there was a lot more freedom!

    Having said all that, Deirdre's hair looks absolutely terrible in your pic.

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