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 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, at first.
And what are we seeing MUAs wearing right now? Perms. Take note, because this hallmark of the ’80s and ’90s is coming back in (dare we say it) a big way.
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. If you’re looking for the ultimate big hair role models, seek no further.
Do you have naturally curly hair or access to a hairstylist willing to renew the almost-lost art of the perm? If you’re considering kicking up the volume in your own beauty routine, more power to you! — jas