Worst Hairstyles of the 1980s

The 1980s was a decade of big, bright fashion fails. Some of the hairstyles of this decade took a small army to achieve, and the results often left us wondering why we even bothered. Forget the leg warmers, Hammer pants, and scrunchies. Those were minor fashion faux pas when compared with the worst hairstyles of the 1980s.

12 Bowl Cut

The Bowl Cut was one of the popular and worst hairstyles of the 80s


It was a popular hairstyle in the 90s. You would almost find every boy having this cut

Although better than the Mullet when appearance is considered but it was also one of the 80s worst hairstyles.

Imagine someone spotting this hair without the image of mushroom coming to mind.

Almost impossible!

11 The “Rachel” Haircut

The Rachel cut was popular in the early 90s but also one of the worst



This particular hairstyle was made popular by the  early 90s sitcom, Friends, especially by Jennifer Aniston. However, the origin of the hair can be traced to singer Billy Ray Cyrus haircut.

Although popular, Jenifer Aniston was reportedly never a fan of the hair.


10 Feathered Mullet

The feathered mullet is an offshoot of the mullet but it still remained one of the worst hairstyles of the 80s


It was probably the second worst hair style in the 80s after the Mullet.

This hairstyle is an offspring of the mullet. It gained popularity in the 80s but still maintained that popularity into the early 90s.

However, the mullet-inspired style became extinct when people probably decided it didn’t look good on any one just like the original Mullet.

9 Wild Hair

The Wild Hair was one of the worst hairstyle made popular by pop icon Madonna


Championed mainly by pop star Madonna.

Just like the name; the hair was wild, dyed into so many colors. This wild hair was a popular thing in the 80s but was also one of the worst hairstyles in the 80s.

8 Perms

Perm was one of the worst hairstyle due to the amount of chemical needed to make it



The curly look of the hair was obtained with the use of chemicals.

The chemically altered hair was turned into small tight curls that became known as the perm.

7 Punk

The Punk Hairstyle was also one of the worst hairstyle still popular today


The Punk hair arrived with the assimilation of the gothic culture especially be young people and teens.

Teens and young adults were expressed their style  through the Gothic attires and the Punk hairstyle which was mostly long Mohawks, spiked hair that had been bleached and dyed into various colors.

6 Flock of Seagulls

The hairstyle was not only one of the worst in the 80s. it was a sight to behold!


This hairstyle looks pretty much like it sounds—maybe a little worse. Imagine trying to make your hair look like a bird taking flight.

Awesome, right?

Slicked down straight in the middle with mousse or gel, and then sprayed up on both sides, like wings, the flock of seagulls hairstyle defied reason.

Blame Mike Score, lead singer of the synth-pop band Flock of Seagulls, who started the trend. No one perfected it quite like Score, but they sure tried.

It definitely belongs on the list of 80’s worst hairstyles.


5 Jheri Curls

Jheri curl was one of the worst hairstyle from the 90s


Rocked by mostly the Afro-American folks, the Jheri curls was made popular by entrepreneur Cotrell.

The Jheri Curls involved a two-step process of first turning the hair straight and then turning the hair into coils.

The look of the coils were probably the reason this hair looked ridiculous

4 High-Top Fade

Will Smith with the high-top fade cut. It was on the list of popular but one of the worst hairstyles in the 80s


The high-top fade, also known as the MC and the Nib, became popular in the 1980s and persisted into the 1990s. Hip-hop artists made it a fad, with everyone from Jay-Z to Kid ‘n Play and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air doing the high-top.

If you think it’s bad on the guys, imagine the women who tried the style, like Grace Jones. It’s OK to shudder a bit. Perhaps its popularity was due to how easy it was to maintain. Consider how difficult it is to make tight, dense curls do anything they don’t want to do. With the high-top, you just grew out the top so it stood nice and high, and shaved the back and sides. Trim it into an eraser shape, and you were styling with the ’80s hip-hop elite.

3 Rattail

The Rat tail hairstyle was one of the worst and weird hair cuts of the 80s


Who remembers the rattail?

It made a resurgence in the 1990’s, but this truly awful unwanted offspring of the mullet which originated in the 80’s was certainly one of the worst hairstyles at that time. Particularly popular with the male population, the rattail is exactly what it sounds like, a short cut with a long “tail” of hair extending from the back.

Some devotees of this style braided the tail, others dyed it bright colors, but everyone looked ridiculous.

2 Mullet

The mullet hair was probably the most popular hair among men in the 80s but also one of the worst


Business in the front, party in the back, and stupid all over: The mullet is a hairstyle that seems to linger. Defined by hair long in the back and cropped short at the front and sides, this hairstyle was worn by men and women, and looked ugly on everyone.

However, there’s something to be said for the mullet’s versatility. Some kept it conservative, with the hair reaching the shoulders and the front cropped close to the scalp. Others went wild, growing the back to great lengths and teasing the front to heights that defied the laws of gravity.

1 Big, High and Fuzzy

Bangs were popular in the 80s, but were one of the worst hairstyles because it involved a lot of anti-natural substances


To say that hair in the 1980s was processed would be an understatement. This decade brought back the home perm, in which your friend or your mother used a home kit to give you the fuzziest, poodle-lookingest perm possible.

Short hair, long hair, already curly hair: It didn’t matter. Everyone did the perm. Included in this atrocity of fashion were the big bangs of the 1980’s, teased and sprayed mercilessly to create sky-high bangs that could hold their ground in a hurricane.

Maybe there was something in the water back then that short-circuited the part of our brain that said, “This looks ridiculous.”

Wait — it was probably the chemicals in all the hair products needed to achieve ’80s rock band hair.

Women carried cans of hairspray just in case their hair dared to move, but the ladies weren’t the only ones guilty of this style choice. Men, primarily hair band rockers, also adopted this hairstyle, with higher, poofier results.

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