What 80s hair really looked like
A page from the University of Maryland class of 1982 college yearbook.
Do any of the women in the show The Americans have hair looking remotely like that? The answer is no.
We also learn from viewing this yearbook page that the typical young woman in 1982 was not as beautiful as Susanna Hoffs from The Bangles.
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“maj” writes in a comment:
Susannah Hoffs’ hair is from 86 or 87 I believe, which was a much flashier era of fashion than the early 80s. What we think of as classic 80s hair, the hair band and mall hair era, did not really occur until the late 80s. Early 80s hairstyles, as exemplified by your 1982 pic, were much more bland and 70s-like. I bet if you posted yearbook photos from the late 80s the differences would be stark.
I captured a page from the 1986 yearbook above, and I think that the size of the hair increased since 1982, but none of it looks as good as Susanna Hoffs’ hair.