I was so amused at the comments about big 1980s big hair on my story about the abundant flower border

that I thought I would treat you to a laugh in lieu of flower photos today.

In 1983, I somehow got the notion that a big mop of curly hair would be attractive on me. It took a vast quantity of chemicals to make my fine, straight hair do this:



I look like my hair is on fire. As I recall, it took me nearly an hour to get ready in the morning, what with all the products and blow drying and all. And my biggest fear was wind. My afro did not do well in wind.

Still, I suppose it is better than when I was 11 years old:



This may come as a surprise to you, but I was not the most popular girl in my class.

That’s my baby brother Dale on the left. He’s a big boy now. My mom had her own fashion issues, what with the fake hair and polyester dress. My dad looked fetching in his shiny double breasted suit, pink shirt and yellow tie though, don’t you think? That’s my brother Chris in the back on the right. He’s a nice guy, but has fashion issues of his own. And we all have that crazy-eyed stare. What was that about?

So what about you? I have bared all. Where are your ’80s big hair photos? Let me know if you post so I can share them with the world. I give you until July 15–if you dare.

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  • JeanAnnVK says:

    That is absolutley hair-sterical! I had a similar problem with spiral perms and mall bangs…

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  • Rick says:

    Well, with straight fine hair, you can now have the Jennifer Aniston look, instead of trying to have the Farrah Fawcett of the 80’s look. Or just wear it short and let it go at that. Easier to take care of, and doesn’t get in the way while in the garden.
    I wish I could just throw together some plants like that and get them to come together as well as you have, and to bloom in concert as well. They all look good together, which is what counts anyway!

  • Love, love, love the big hair. I had short big hair that was platinum blonde. I’ll see if I can find it. Phooka is a cutie.~~Dee

  • . . . and we thought we were looking pretty fine in the 80s! Did we not look at pictures of ourselves? Sorry no big hair pics to share – I burned them all 🙂

  • Hey, it was the 70s – everybody looked bad. I’ll have to hunt for my 80s big hair photos, although in 1984, I had my hair cut very short & spiky.

  • Man… I didn’t get to have much fun in the 80s; I wasn’t officially a teenager until 1989 when I turned 13! So all of my crazy teenage hairdos are grunge inspired instead of Flashdancesque. Bummer.

    I once shaved off the back half of my hair, though. My Mom didn’t know about that until she came to my basketball game a couple of days later. (My hair is so thick that when it’s down, it just looked like a normal head of hair for once.) I ran out onto the court and HEARD her gasp. lol.

  • meems says:

    Thanks for sharing, Robin. How lovely your big hair!

    In the 80’s I was the person giving in-homes perms to all my neighbors, relatives, friends for the ‘big-hair’ look to die for. My own fine hair had to be permed and sprayed to high heaven to get the look. I’ll try to round up some photos but I can’t promise finding any worthy of scanning.


    So you were a pusher of ’80s hair, huh? You owe it to us to show us your photos then!

    Robin at Bumblebee

  • Angela says:

    I never had big hair! *whew*

    Except in my retarded prom picture when I decided to overdo it with the curlers. But I believe I burnt all those pics.

  • RuthieJ says:

    When I think of how many hours I wasted styling and how many CFCs I released into the atmosphere with hairspray on my 80’s hairdos, I’m ashamed. But I’m going to dig through the photo albums anyway and see if I can come up with anything for your challenge, Robin.

  • Layanee says:

    Oh yeah! I had an afro in the late 70’s/early 80’s. No pictures I am going to share! You are brave and beautiful! LOL!

  • Water Roots says:

    This is just hilarious… In the 80s, one of my best friends permed and coloured our hair at her house… We’d skip school (bad, bad girls), pick up our hair products from the pharmacy and head over to her house after her parents had left for school. Her basement was the ‘hair transformation’ room. Not only did we have BIG permed hair, but we also bleached it with peroxide! It seemed like a good idea at the time…now it’s good for a laugh when I share those days with my kids! Great site! I’m glad I found it.