5:13 PM

In defense of my 80s hair

Posted by texasholly |

I graduated in 1988 which means I am supposed to go to a 20 year reunion in a few weeks. I pulled out a few yearbooks this week to find...

The year is 1984.

80s Holly is living with her family in the mid-west.


Why did I sign my own yearbook?

As you can see, 80s Holly had a lot of hair. She took her hair styling seriously and could be found to occupy the bathroom for hours.


What is with the disturbed expression on my face?

80s Holly would spread out her necessary equipment.

First she would wash her hair daily with Suave.

Then she would apply thick foamy mousse for additional body.

She would blow dry her hair while carefully feathering with a round brush.

A curling iron would then further fluff where the blow dryer failed.

A little spritz of Suave hairspray.

Upside down blow drying for just a sec. (shhhh...that is the secret ingredient).

And then a final full spray of aqua net.



Why did I cut my hair?

80s hair in the 1980s was very serious business.

Fluffy was a must.


Whew...it grew out a bit.

It was all for looks.

God forbid someone try to run fingers through hair...

ARGGGGGGHHHHHHH!

That would cause serious scalp injury.



Class officer picture. I was Sargent at Arms...why?

I have an explanation for my hair.

Now can someone please explain my plaid pilgrim dress with the bow on the round collar?


*shudder*

56 comments:

Roger said...

So can you still make your hair do that?

...I always KNEW there was a secret to that poof look. :)

Headless Mom said...

Oy. That is SOME hair! The dress? Mmmm, not so much. I'm sure I had one similar but there was no excuse for them.

Hey-Have a FAB time at the reunion! I loooooved mine-2 years ago.

jubilee said...

At least you didn't have "wings". Now, THAT took a lot of Aqua Net.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You did way midwest, right? 'Cause I'm pretty sure that dress would never have made it in California.

The hair? I'm still jealous.

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

Oh! My! Gosh! You are my long lost twin :). The only question I have is: Why did it take so long for someone to invent or market flat irons.

My reunion is in October. We'll have to compare notes. I didn't go to my 10-year and don't keep in contact with many people. It should prove interesting.

As far as the dress... wow! All I can say is WOW! I had a similar reaction when looking at an old family picture. I was wearing a lavender hat and the ugliest dress ever made. Why would my mom have let that happen? Why?

Barb said...

I have to laugh at the things we did to ourself in the name of beauty in the 80's. Love the hair and the outfit!

Kalynne Pudner said...

That is some serious hair! I mean, from the bigness of it, I'da sworn you were living in Texas already. As for the dress...well, I like the pilgrim collar better than the Shakespearean dust ruffle on the other girl.

Misty said...

i do love that you signed your own book...

80's hair rocks.

Anonymous said...

There's only one word for what I've just seen...
Impressive!!
( from one 80's "I'm not kidding around about my hair and you shouldn't either" big hair queen to another).
By the way I just had my reunion this year and had a blast! Sheela

the planet of janet said...

you are a very very brave woman to post photos of '80s hair.

sometimes those things are better left buried back in another decade.

Gin said...

Mommy dressed you? ;)

Happy Campers said...

I like to call photo #2 "Pensive Holly"

Rachael said...

Wow, that is some dress!

I graduated in 90. 2 years behind you. By then (ha) we had evolved to the Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman look. You know, permed, long, and poufy. Only with a special twist of very big, hairsprayed bangs. Shudder.

Oh, The Joys said...

You were rockin' the 80's!

Beck said...

The goal in my area in the 80s and WELL into the 90s was to have REALLY BIG BANGS, a lovely look that young men called "The Claw." I was a rebel and my parents wouldn't let me own hairspray (WTF, MOM AND DAD?) so I had flat hair.

frogpondsrock said...

Farrah Fawcett certainly has a lot to answer for... hehehehee

Melizzard said...

I think Holly might have been channeling her inner Princess Dianna of Wales - because that dress is totally Dianna the early years.

spinning in our own direction said...

Ha Ha I love 80's Holly... That is just way to funny.

MoziEsmé said...

I would have LOVED hair like this back then . . .

Kaye said...

Love this post. Love the comment about running fingers through you hair. Love the sargeant at arms comment (really, what were your job duties there?). Love the whole thing. The 80s were cool, even if we can't appreciate them today.

Marcy Writes said...

Oh the hair 'process'....and mousse! I remember it all too well. I think I am most surprise by how serious you look in some of the photos!

But the plaid pilgrim dress...now I think you should wear that to the reunion.

Madge said...

and we all thought we were so COOL then. we did, i remember.

it scares me, it really does...

Barbara said...

At least you weren't a blue power ranger!

Suzie said...

I died my hair blue and shaved on side of it in the 80's. And yet It still took a long time to do each day

Danielle said...

ok...I tried to post twice now....did MY comment land in your fruit bowl???

I am suspecting that either:
1. You were a huge Laura Ingels Wilder fan
or
2. Your Ma finished sewing that dress for you the night before...she made it special for the big picture!

I do have to ask...were you wearing pantaloons also?

Burgh Baby said...

I am so very grateful that I was 8 in 1984 and thereby too young for the craptacular hair. Who thought all that hair spray was a good idea anyway? *shudder*

Karen said...

Aah, feathered hair. I was fortunate enough to have a feathered "fem-mullet" with wings before going with the poodle perm/feathered on top look.

Elaine A. said...

Forget the hair. I totally would have wanted that awesome coat in the second picture. That is like SO RAD!

Courtney said...

Love all the pictures and the pilgrim dress? No explanations except it was the '80's and I guess you thought that was cool?

Kim said...

Personally, my favorite is the puffy, two-toned, collarless coat. Those 80's coats RAWKED!

Signed,

Another 80's Child

Tami W. said...

Your plaid pilgrim dress causes me to ask: Are you LDS?

That is still pretty much standard dress for Mormons. (at least at my stake it is.)

Chelle Parmele said...

Were we ever so young as that?

I can't tell who the girl next to Doug is? They say eyesight is the first thing to go.

Jennifer said...

OMG!! that is too funny. seriously who hasn't gone through something like this though... i think any of us that grew up in the 80's had the 80's hair look. :) scary now, but very in style and fashionable then. :) plus you look very pretty in the pictures!!

as for the dress... not sure. but the other girl has plaid on too, maybe you were only trying to make her feel better and like she fit in.

great post. thanks for the flash back!! :)

Jennifer said...

they are so freakin' cute... it doesn't matter much what they wear. lol

i love the blue power ranger, and i love that you just go with it... i have to work on being a cooler mom. :) also i love the chicken suit!! :) i bet he could make some money doing weddings... they are always looking for someone to wear the chicken costume. lol

xoxoxo great pics.

Fiesty Charlie said...

You are a good ol' fashion big hair Texas gal...

Fun to look back sometimes...

Always Home and Uncool said...

Sargent at Arms? Did you whip out the paddle on anyone?

Louise said...

Aqua Net? AQUA Net? You WERE serious.

I think the dress is cute.

Rick said...

80's Holly weren't so bad. At least you still HAVE hair.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

The '80s were a scary scary time. Why do kids today they think it was cool?!

Angie's Spot said...

That is a SERIOUS hair routine. Love those 80's pics. Priceless.

Angie's Spot said...

Oh my word, that's too funny. I can hear the chicken dance in my head already!

Angie's Spot said...

Ok, so my comment on the power ranger entry ended up on your hair entry. Let's see where this comment lands?! As always, I love the potluck. However, I have to say that your fruit bowl looks like it has fossilized plants in it. Is it just me? :-)

carmen said...

No answers....just much laughter!! And remember, I looked the same!

~annie said...

You were totally channeling Diane Chambers from "Cheers"

Pinky said...

Ahhh, the big hair, the big collars, the big shoulder pads.
Everything was big.
Our kids will have little jeans, little t shirts, little hair.
They'll look back and laugh.
Will they think WE were cool?
of course not.

Lisa said...

Now I feel old. I graduated in '90 so I'm right behind you.

Kudos for posting your pictures though. No way in hell I would do that LOL

JenniBeanV said...

The hair? I totally get the hair. Graduated in 1991...I lived that hair.

The dress...inexplicable. You were rocking it though!

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

That picture looks like it has been stuck in a 1890 time warp or something. No offense, if that is possible.

KEEP BELIEVING

Threeboys1mommy said...

-Let me preface by saying I was crossing my fingers for "full spray of Aqua Net". Classic! ( or so I've heard... I'm not from Texas so I wouldn't really know)

-Also I thank you for swinging by my page and I'd like to say "holy crap you are funny" to you too.

-Finally, I noticed you're a poker fan. Texas Holly, Texas Dolly cute. I get it, and I hope the fact that I went to high school with poker pro Allen Cunningham ( class of '94 not '84) will impress you, and make you want to be my blog friend FOREVER.

Brittany said...

WOW!

WOW!

And, there is no way it's your 20th...totally just your 10th.

Insta-mom said...

My students keep trying to tell me how cool the 80s were. And I keep telling them they cannot say that unless they actually lived through it.

Valarie said...

That last picture is so funny! You all look like you are standing behind an evil dictator or something. Wait was that the principal?

Kelly said...

That officer picture looks really creepy. It looks like an Adam's family picture.

exskindiver said...

oh holly,
these pictures are priceless!
actually i quite enjoyed them.

exskindiver said...

and by the way...
i graduated in 1988 too, but not from high school.

Holy Crappers said...

Sorry about the plaid dress and all.
I did have that same darn coat you are wearing in the one hair pic. I think I still have it. I may wear it this winter.

peace
#2

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