These '80s Hair Trends Are BACK — & It's Weird

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As the saying goes, everything that's old is new again. We saw this in the '70s-inspired long hair of earlier this year, the '90s makeup trends of the past few, and even in the return of the aughts-favorite belly button ring. Now it's time to get ready for the era we conveniently skipped, because the opulent, teased, gelled-to-oblivion '80s are creeping back into the beauty zeitgeist.
Don't break out the Aqua Net just yet, because it's not as over-the-top as you may expect. There are no side ponytails, feathered bangs, or poofs teased toward heaven here (although, never say never). Instead, we're talking about shaggy bobs, rainbow colors, and soft curls, each with a twist. These looks are straight from the most glamorous modern decade, and no matter your impressions of the era, that's hard to not get excited about.
Click ahead to check out the '80s-inspired styles that are so good, they're bad.
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Neon Hair

Some might say it was the birth of Manic Panic in the late '70s — or maybe even Cyndi Lauper's killer style — that made every '80s kid with a punk disposition want to let their brightest selves shine through.
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Today, stars like Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Keke Palmer have all gone neon a time or two. (Albeit, many of these attempts at candy-colored hair are of the help of a realistic wig.) Nonetheless, we dig the bold moves — and don't see them stopping anytime soon.
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Bouncy Curls

Whitney Houston wasn't just the queen of timeless ballads. Back in the '80s and '90s this pop superstar made voluminous curls something every beauty would strive for.
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Celebrities are making strides for natural hair pride all over the world. For example, Gabrielle Union's bouncy natural curls are giving us major '80s flashbacks — and for all the right reasons. We're used to the actress rocking her sleek style, but this takes her vibes to a whole new level.
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The Punk-Rock Shag

Debbie Harry's punk-rock shag was fun, bold, and looked totally effortless. Paired with a set of dark roots and a box of bleach, Harry made women everywhere yearn for such a contrasted look. Unsurprisingly, the urge hasn't faded.
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This year, the runway sported shags, shags, and more shags. Even better, this model showed off grown-out roots and platinum ends like a total boss. It's a look even we'd go to extreme lengths to try.
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Tight Perm

For the last year, we've been wondering one big beauty question: Is the perm back? The trend was, without a doubt, one of the most popular fads back in the '80s, and with celebrities like Meg Ryan and Olivia Newton-John making the tight curls look cool, we can't blame 'em.
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Lily Collins might always experiment with her makeup, but she switches up her hair far less often. But this year, things are changing. Just earlier this summer, Collins was spotted in Cannes rocking fluffy, perm-like curls. Even stars like Karlie Kloss and Bella Hadid have rocked the '80s-inspired look this year. Moral of the story: The perm may just be back after all.
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