18 celebrity hairstyles from the ’80s that you completely forgot about

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George Clooney then and now. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images, Ron Tom/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

The ’80s brought us mullets, crimped looks, and heavy hairspray. The bigger the better.

Prepare to relive the rise of Calvin Klein jeans by Brooke Shields, Pac-Man, the Walkman, Jane Fonda’s workout videos, and, of course, the hairstyles.

We’ve compiled some of the most memorable looks of the decade. Rewind back to the ’80s and see how the stars wore their locks.


Sarah Jessica Parker wears her long locks straightened now.

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Sarah Jessica Parker today. Ian Gavan / Getty Images

She’s best known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City.”


Back in 1985, she showed off her very curly crop in “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

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Sarah Jessica Parker in ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun.’ New World Pictures

She starred alongside Lee Montgomery, Shannen Doherty, and Helen Hunt.


These days, Cyndi Lauper’s hair is short and wavy.

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Cyndi Lauper present day. Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

In a commencement speech at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, Lauper told graduates to “Make your bad luck your good luck.


During the ’80s, it flowed like a lion’s mane.

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Cyndi Lauper in the ’80s. AP Photo

Lauper won best new artist at the Grammys in 1985.


Rob Lowe’s hair isn’t particularly notable now.

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Rob Lowe in 2013. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

He starred on “Parks and Recreation” from 2010 to 2015.


But before he was on “Parks and Recreation,” he was rocking a mullet.

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Rob Lowe in 1985. Nick Ut/AP

Lowe was spotted walking around Los Angeles in 1985 sporting sunglasses and a perfectly coiffed mullet.


Madonna has had many hairstyles over the years, but she has stuck with loose blonde waves in recent years.

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Madonna today. Stephen Lovekin/Getty

She’s won seven Grammys and sold over 300 million records.


In 1987, she chopped off her hair and performed with a short ‘do during her “Who’s That Girl” tour.

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Madonna in 1987. AP photo

Her first tour was two years prior in 1985.


Jon Bon Jovi keeps his hair short these days.

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Jon Bon Jovi. AP / Invision / Jeff Daly

In addition to his music, he runs a charity restaurant called JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey.


But back in the day, he waved his shaggy ‘do around on stage back.

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With Les Paul in 1988. Frankie Ziths / AP

He posed with electric guitar creator Les Paul in 1988.


English pop singer Boy George has a colourful collection of hats now.

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Boy George. Ernesto Ruscio / Getty Images

His band, Culture Club, was responsible for hits such as “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me.”


Back in the ’80s, though, he rocked a rainbow frock of colourful braids and crimped long hair.

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Boy George with his wax double. AP Photo

He visited his wax double at Madame Tussauds in June 1984.


Janet Jackson wears her hair straight as a pin today.

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Janet Jackson. Getty Images Entertainment

She is the youngest of the Jackson family’s 10 kids.


During the release of her 1986 album, “Control,” she had serious curls on display.

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Janet Jackson in 1987. Lennox McLendon / AP

Her song “Nasty” won two awards at the 1987 American Music Awards.


George Clooney’s closely cropped grey hair suits him.

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George Clooney. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

The longtime bachelor married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in 2014.


There’s no replacing his voluminous curls on “Facts of Life.”

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George Clooney on ‘The Facts of Life.’ Ron Tom/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

He starred on “The Facts of Life” from 1985 to 1987.


Julia Roberts rarely wears her hair curly these days.

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Julia Roberts. Getty

Her recent movies have included “Ben Is Back” and “Wonder.”


But her famous locks made her a household name in “Mystic Pizza” and later in “Pretty Woman.”

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Julia Roberts with her Golden Globe. AP

She won a Golden Globe for her iconic role in “Pretty Woman.”


Nicole Kidman sometimes shows off subtle waves.

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Nicole Kidman in 2019. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Kidman attended the annual ELLE Women in Hollywood event in Los Angeles in 2019.


Back in the ’80s and early ’90s, she was known for her curly mane.

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Nicole Kidman in 1983. Patrick Riviere/Getty Images

1983 was a big year for Kidman. She starred in “Bush Christmas,” “BMX Bandits,” “Skin Deep,” and “Chase Through the Night.”


Glenn Close wears her hair in tousled waves.

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Glenn Close. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

Close has been nominated for seven Oscars.


At the Tony Awards in 1984, Close wore it in tight curls.

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Glenn Close, second from the left. Richard Drew/AP

Close won the Tony for best actress in a play for “Annie in The Real Thing.”


John Stamos reprised his “Full House” role in the “Fuller House” reboot in 2016.

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John Stamos. Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Stamos played Jesse Katsopolis, one of the show’s main characters.


Back in the ’80s, hair-obsessed Uncle Jesse had a slick mullet.

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John Stamos on ‘Full House.’ ABC

Stamos appeared on “Full House” from 1987 to 1995.


Cher has been the reigning Goddess of Pop since the 1960s.

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Cher performing on the ‘Today’ show. Frankie Ziths / AP

Cher rose fame as one half of Sonny and Cher, and became known for frequently reinventing herself and her music.


Many will recall Cher’s hair-raising look at the 1986 Oscars.

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Cher at the 1986 Oscars. Lennox McLendon/AP

She won best actress at the 1988 Oscars for “Moonstruck.”


Ozzy Osbourne’s hair is around shoulder length these days.

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Ozzy Osbourne. Larry Busacca/Getty Images

His recent projects include voiceover work in “Gnomeo & Juliet” and “Sherlock Gnomes.”


It was much wilder in 1985.

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Ozzy Osbourne in 1985. Rusty Kennedy / AP

In 1985, he joined Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi at a Live Aid concert.


Kylie Minogue wears her hair in sleek tresses to award shows.

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Kylie Minogue. Valerie Macon / Getty Images

Her song “Come Into My World” won a Grammy in 2004.


Back in her soap opera days, she styled her hair for maximum volume.

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Kylie Minogue in the 1980s. Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Minogue starred in the Australian soap opera “Neighbours” from 1986 to 1988, making her an international star.


Michelle Pfeiffer starred in the movie version of the hit musical “Hairspray” in 2007.

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Michelle Pfeiffer. Chris Jackson / Getty Images

She also joined the Marvel universe as Janet Van Dyne in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”


Back in the ’80s, she used a lot of hairspray when she was “Married to the Mob.”

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Michelle Pfeiffer in ‘Married to the Mob.’ Orion Pictures

Pfeiffer starred in “Married to the Mob” alongside Alec Baldwin, Paul Lazar, and Dean Stockwell.


Jane Fonda embraced her grey hair at the 2020 Academy Awards.

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Jane Fonda in 2020. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Hair colorist Jack Martin helped Fonda go grey.


In the ’80s, when her hair was longer and wavy, she took a risk releasing workout videos, which became a surprise success.

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Jane Fonda in the 1980s. Reed Saxon/AP

She also appeared in classic ’80s movies like “9 to 5.”


Linda Hamilton is best known for starring in the “Terminator” movie series.

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Linda Hamilton. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

She reprised her role of Sarah Connor in “Terminator: Dark Fate” in 2019.


Her hair in the first “Terminator” was also memorable.

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Linda Hamilton in 1984. Orion Pictures

The first “Terminator” movie came out in 1984.