Anyone who’s been keeping up with the latest trends knows that the ’80s are back in a big way. And one of the most dramatic signs of the return of the Go-Go Decade? The resurgence of 80s-style big hair!
On the red carpet, celebs like Zendaya and Tracee Ellis Ross are experimenting with the look, which always screams glamour and confidence. Whether natural or augmented, and whether set in lustrous, bouncing curls or permed, big hair adds a whopping dose of fun and playfulness to any outfit.
There’s also a noticeable uptick in volume among street style pros. Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth never fails to amaze when she lets loose with her springy spirals. Other street style pros are choosing to their curls hang loose for casual looks, or scooping them into chic updos to top off classy ensembles.
Whether sculpted into an afro or worn long and loose, these hairstyles definitely have ’80s vibes. At the same time, they’re totally contemporary and unmistakably modern.
If you really want to see a trend coming from a mile off, take a close look at what the makeup artists are wearing backstage. MUAs are always two steps ahead of the curve on every trend. They’re also endlessly creative and not afraid to use themselves as guinea pigs when it comes to daring looks their clients might not be willing to try.
This fashion savvy artist was spotted backstage during the most recent Barcelona Fashion Week. Yeah, we noticed her perm, too. Take note, because this hairstyle — a hallmark of the ’80s and ’90s — is coming back in a (dare we say it) big, big way. Right now, few would dare to match her volume — but that might change in the next few months as we see more of this trend.
Let’s face it: the Quann sisters Cipriana and Takenya are beyond any trend. They redefine the meaning of “big hair.” Not many people can pull off this level of volume, but they make it seem effortless.
No matter where you look, it’s clear that ’80s-style big hair is back, and the trend only likely to grow in the coming months. For one thing, nobody missed Rachel Goodwin’s Instagram post hinting that Emma Stone got a perm. However, we have yet to see the final result! This implies that Emma’s saving the big reveal for the Oscars. When Emma debuts the look on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, the trend is really going to explode, if it hasn’t already.
Whether you have naturally curly hair or access to a hairstylist willing to renew the almost-lost art of the perm, are you considering kicking up the volume in your own beauty routine? More power to you! — jas