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80s Headbands- Retro Trends

by Kim

The 80s were a time of big hair and even bigger accessories. The headband was the most popular way for ladies to keep their hair out of their faces. These headbands, which were worn on the forehead or around the head, were made out of fabric and could be worn with any outfit.

Headbands are such a great way to add some flare to your outfit, especially if you’re going for a more casual look. Wear them with some high-waisted jeans and a simple tank top for a cute casual outfit, or throw them on with a swingy skirt and beaded tank top for a night out on the town.

My favorite headbands are the big oversized ones that come in so many different colors. They are big enough that if you want to wear them around your head like a crown or tiara, they will still fit comfortably on your head. They’re also great because they have enough stretch to fit most people and can be worn by women of all ages.


How to create the 80s Headband

The most common type of 80s headband is made by taking a thin strip of fabric and scrunching it up. Once it’s in place, you can use bobby pins to hold it in place. You can also make one out of ribbon or bandana material. If you want to be a bit more elaborate, you can create a headband with a flower attached or some kind of decoration on the ends.



What colors were popular during the 80s

For fashion during the 80s, bright and vibrant colors were popular. Some popular choices included hot pink, neon green, electric blue, and bright orange. You could wear any color you wanted as long as your accessories matched!

The headbands were made popular by a variety of celebrities in the 80s. Some of the most famous celebrities to wear headbands were Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Janet Jackson.


How to do the 80s Headband

Scrunch up a piece of fabric and secure it with bobby pins. You can also make your own headband using a strip of ribbon or bandana material and a strip of elastic. Put your hair up in a high ponytail/bun/braid at the top of your head and secure it with bobby pins. Place your headband so that it sits on top of your hair, making sure it is even all around. You can hold this in place with bobby pins if needed. Use an elastic or ribbon to tie two pieces of fabric at each end of the headband for decoration.

Here are some of the popular types of headbands in the 1980s:


Bow Headband

The Bow Headband was a very popular style of the 80s. There were many different kinds of bow headbands, but one of the most popular styles featured two bows instead of one. It was usually worn across the forehead, but you could wear it in different ways to add flair to your outfit.



Headband with a Flower

These headbands resembled a flower due to their unique shapes and multiple petals. This style was very popular in the 80s and was worn by many celebrities and fashion icons.


Headband with Strips of Fabric or Ribbons

This type of headband was usually made up of two pieces of fabric that were tied together at either end or connected by a thin strip of elastic. They were often worn with an updo hairstyle, like the 80s Ponytail or Tress Updo, because they could be used to cover up any messy ends or flyaways.



Striped Headband

This headband comprised of a solid color that was striped with a second color. It was very popular during the 80s and you could get them in any color combination that you wanted. Some popular combinations included black and white stripes, white and hot pink, and black and yellow stripes.


Headband with a Bow in the Middle

There were many styles of headbands that had bows in the middle of them, but this particular style was very popular. The bow can be made out of ribbon or fabric, and it typically sits in front of your forehead so that it can be visible to others. If you want to wear this style without a bow, use two pieces of fabric to create the headband instead of one piece with an attached bow. You can also take a ribbon or piece of string and tie it on each end for decoration if you don’t want to use a bow at all.



Headband with an Eyelet Design or Flower Decoration on Each End

Another common type of 80s headband featured an eyelet design on each end, which gave it its iconic look. These designs were often made out of fabric or ribbon. Some headbands were decorated with a flower on each end.


Thin Fabric Headband with an Elastic Strip in the Middle

This headband was usually made out of two pieces of fabric that were tied together at each end by an elastic strip. The elastic allowed this type of headband to be stretched out and fit any sized head comfortably. This style was popular during the 80s because it could be worn with any outfit and gave your hair a boost without making it too obvious that you were wearing a headband.



Headband with a Bow on Each End

The headbands in this category were typically made out of fabric and had bows on each end. Some headbands had bows that were the same color as the rest of the band, while other headbands had two different colors. The bow in the middle of this type of headband could be worn forward or backwards depending on your preference.


Thin Fabric Headband with a Flower Decoration on Each End

The thin fabric headband with a flower decoration on each end was one of the most popular style and was worn by many celebrities during the 80s. These flowers were usually made out of ribbon and they sat on each side of your head to give off a more feminine look. You can also add beads or buttons to these flowers if you want to be more elaborate with your design.

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