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!