6 Ways To Avoid 80s Bangs

When it comes to changing up your look, you’ve probably wondered about how bangs would suit your face. Getting bangs can be risky, especially if it isn’t done right. It’s intimidating because you’ll have to commit to it once it’s done.

If you have textured hair, you’ll need to use styling tools to make sure it looks great. You’ve probably seen a lot of videos of how people tried to cut their bangs at home, only for it to go wrong! The truth is, cutting your bangs at home is rarely going to end right. It’s possible to do simple hair trimming at home, but getting bangs would require professional skills. 

Besides, there’s also the risk of getting bangs that don’t suit your face shape at all. Three are all kinds of styles such as straight across, wispy, curtain bangs, side-swept bangs. It might be a hard pill to swallow, but some of these styles are difficult to pull off given the shape of your face. But, the good news is, some are also forgiving and easier for most people to rock.

However, the worst possibility is you might end up with the dreaded 80s bangs, and nobody wants that. A lot of vintage styles are making a comeback. The 90s grunge era became quite popular, especially in the makeup community. Even a few 80s styles like wearing colorful outfits with all kinds of patterns have become trendy. But, there’s one thing that we have yet to see come back in style, and that’s 80s bangs. Even with more people sporting a mullet, it’s easy to tell the difference between the 80s hairstyle and a more modern take on it. 

The truth is, 80s hair had its time, and the rest of the world has moved past it. It might make a comeback in the future, but not right now. So, if you want to have bangs, the number one rule you have to stick to is to make sure it doesn’t look like 80’s bangs, and here’s how you can do it. 

Tame Your Mane

When it comes to 80s bangs, it’s probably teased, permed, bleach damaged, and made to look wild, a lot like the era itself. To avoid this, you’ll need to tame your mane to make sure it’s more manageable. And you don’t have to straighten it necessarily. If you have textured hair already, you can keep it natural, but you can make it more manageable with frizzy hair products.  

If you have a cowlick that will disrupt your bangs’ shape, make sure to use a blow-dryer to set it in the right direction. Then you can add a bit of hair wax to make sure it stays down. 

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Ask Your Hair Dresser

The next important step is to make sure you talk to your hairdresser and show them the picture of the kind of bangs you want. They’ll be able to tell you if it will suit your face shape and if your hair will look good in that style. For example, if you have a heart-shaped face, you can get wispy bangs. If you have a square face, go for a brow-grazing fringe. Round-shaped faces will be perfect for side-swept bangs. You can also get straight-across volumized bangs. If you have an oval face, you can rock any fringe (aside from the 80s bangs, of course).

Know Your Hair Texture

The kinds of bangs you can get also depend on the texture of your hair. If you have straight and thick hair, blunt bangs will be gorgeous on you. It’s going to stay in place and won’t require a lot of styling. You can also try side bangs if you have straight hair, and the great thing about it is that it also suits more mature ladies. If you have a bit of a bend in your hair, you can probably rock curtain bangs, just like Brigitte Bardot! 

If you’re looking for a more edgy style, you can try out micro bangs. But, be forewarned that this isn’t for the faint of heart! If you have straight to wavy hair, you can pull this off. Nonetheless, you’ll be doing a bit of styling so that it looks perfect all day long. 

Even girls with natural curls can have bangs by pulling down some curled pieces to the front. Besides, it’s a little strange to see a full head of naturally curly hair and then straightened bangs. If there are unruly strands, you can always add a bit of heat and styling gel to keep them in style.

Don’t Fry Your Hair

Another thing to remember to avoid 80s bangs is to keep them healthy. The more damaged your hair is, the more it’s going to look like you’re stuck in the 80s. Treat your tresses to hair masks, and try to avoid heat, bleach, and other damaging substances to keep them gorgeous and healthy.

Put Down the Hairspray

It’s well known that 80s hair relies on two things: teasing and strong-hold hairspray. Hair spray is great if used sparingly and only when necessary. To avoid crusty-looking bangs, put the hairspray down. You can use a bit of natural wax or a teensy bit of hairspray; never overdo it! 

Get Bangs with Movement

Aside from being crusty, 80s bangs also don’t move. Make sure you get a cut that allows your hair to have movement. Adding layers and adjusting the cut to your face shape and texture will do the trick. If your hair looks heavy and stiff, then you’re doing it wrong. 


Unless you’re going to an 80s-themed party, there’s no need for you to have hair that looks perfect for a glam rock concert of that time. There’s a lot of amazing things about the 80s, but hair isn’t one of them. So, make sure that you style without damaging, get professional advice, and never overuse hairspray!