I’m back on a Deep-Fried Friday with another installment in my High School Halls series. I’m taking a look at the teenage years back when I experienced them and now.
A few weeks ago, I covered the fashion trends, but I stated that hair would need its own post. Today young adult author Lori Freeland joins me to talk about hairstyles, then and now. I recently met Lori at a Margie Lawson workshop hosted by the Houston Writers Guild. She’s even more delightful in person (and has beautiful hair).
Welcome, Lori! So thrilled to have you here.
Thanks for asking me! We went to high school at the same time, so this should be fun.
That Was Then
Flock of Seagulls. Yep, that’s where I want to start. Because when I think about all of the crazy hairdos of the 1980s when I was in high school, this is the picture that comes to mind:
Can you explain this? What were we thinking?
Were we trying to mix genders? Or maybe switch them? Not sure. I do know my boyfriend at the time, who’s now my husband, liked the Duran Duran look.
What hairdos were popular when you were in high school? Did they have anything in common?
Big hair. I had a tight perm than I teased the crap out of it. I do have to say, my best hair? Eighties big when the perm had grown out halfway.
Do any celebrity hairstyles stand out as getting a lot of attention back then?
Madonna was hot when I was in high school. Whatever she did, we did. The high side ponytail comes to mind. Along with the mandatory leg warmers. Not sayin’ I ever sported either.
What was your usual hairstyle? Did you do ever anything unusual with your hair?
Big and bold. I had Texas hair in Wisconsin. In the picture of me in the red dress, there’s more hair than girl!
What hairstyle tools were imperative for a teenager living in the 1980s? What did we need to get the right look?
Like a said, a perm provided a great foundation. Add a sturdy comb for teasing and a huge bottle of extra-hold Aqua Net. A curling iron and hot rollers always sat on my bathroom counter.
My hair is too fine and too straight, so I could never achieve the big hair look. Perms fell out in less than a month! Here’s one of my 80’s looks–not very “in,” I’m sure.
This Is Now
I have noticed that girls aren’t getting perms these days; they are straightening their hair instead. What do you notice most about hairstyles today versus the hairstyles of our past?
We definitely went from one extreme to the other—super high to super sleek. Although neither look is wash-and-wear. We use flat irons now in place of hot rollers and perms.
What about the guys versus the girls? What characterizes their hairstyles?
There will always be the guys that keep their hair long and I have to say, some of those guys are hot. But gone are the feathery styles and mullets. Girls are wearing their hair more “guy short” these days and the crop looks great—on some girls. I will never be a short hair girl. I think guy hair runs the gamut from sport short to boy band long.
What current celebrities inspire teens’ hairstyles?
I think whatever is popular in Hollywood and on the cover of People magazine eventually trickles down. Everything from royalty and Princess Kate to pop and Pink. There are so many choices and bold seems to rock.
What hairstyle tools should a teenager have in his/her bathroom cabinet today? What do they need to get the right look?
I’ve moved on from Aqua Net, but I do still own a bottle of pump hairspray and a set of hot rollers. The rollers mostly live under my sink but some days they emerge. Tools now are wide-tooth combs, diffusers, bed head type products, and of course the flat iron.
Thanks for coming by, Lori! Maybe someday you can show me how to get the proper tease going. 🙂
Lori Freeland is a Young Adult author that lives in the Dallas area. In addition to being addicted to flavored coffee with just the right amount of cream, she’s a little obsessed with imaginary people.
Lori’s short story, “Refugee” can be found in the Wild at Heart, Volume II, anthology for young adults.
What do you remember from hairstyles in high school? What are high schoolers sporting today? What grooming tools are a must for your look?