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What happened in the 1980s, exactly? Was it something to do with the air pollution? Some freak event in around 1981, that changed atmospheric conditions? Because at some point in the early 1980s, hair grew. And I don't just mean that it grew longer - the 70s were filled with long hair after all. I mean that it grew. In every conceivable dimension. Maybe it was all those aerosols that people used to use, reaching peak saturation levels prior to their removal from sale? I've been watching Remington Steele recently (I may have mentioned that here and there), and the hair is a constant source of fascination. Not the stars, so much. Pierce Brosnan is a bit of a hairspray disaster area to begin with, although fortunately he soon gets liberated, but Stephanie Zimbalist always has very sensible hair (as you'd expect from Laura Holt). But the guest cast...

Here's Cassie Brosnan as Anna Simpson, one of Steele's former dodgy associates:



I would never say a word against Cassie, but blimey! Usually she plays Felicia, who's altogether more sensible in the hair department (well - usually), but Anna appears to be going for the alarmingly-blow-dried-spaniel look.

And then here's Shannon Wilson as raunchy novelist Charlotte Knight:



Her curls have curls. And her curls' curls have curls. Did she stick her fingers in an electrical socket? Does she have some sort of alien being on her head? This may be the case, as she seems to be trying to conceal it under a hat.

And here's Rebecca Holden as wannabe crusading reporter Windsor Thomas:



Her hair is the biggest so far. It just seems to explode out of her head in every direction. She accompanies it with some gloriously eighties jewellery, just in case there might be any doubt as to which decade she's living in.

I am agog. I know that I managed to live through the eighties without my hair growing to catastrophic proportions, so possibly it was just an American thing? Something related to the LA smog? A side-effect of all the chemicals in Hershey's 'chocolate'?

I await further examples of the phenomenon with breath suitably bated. But not baited, 'cause that would be weird.

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liadtbunny
Mar. 15th, 2015 12:08 pm (UTC)
My Mum and aunt had hair like Shannon Wilson in the 80's! I'm not sure Shannon isn't my Aunt! Doreen's hair is biggish in 'Boon' and in 'Bulman' Lucy's hair was sensible in the first series and then went mad in the second. I think everyone was having one last fling with their CFCs!
swordznsorcery
Mar. 15th, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
There must certainly have been good money to be made from hairspray back then. It's a wonder they didn't all gas themselves.
meathiel
Mar. 15th, 2015 12:09 pm (UTC)
I'm guilty of that myself.

Proof?

 photo 1985_Maumlrz_01_1.jpg
swordznsorcery
Mar. 15th, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
Excellent! :)
lost_spook
Mar. 15th, 2015 02:41 pm (UTC)
I think my family got through the 80s mostly unaffected. It could be done, but it was definitely a decade for out of control hair!!
swordznsorcery
Mar. 15th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, my family managed to stay sensible in the hair department too. Mind you, there are some pretty dodgy outfits in one or two photographs, so "sensible" clearly only goes so far!
emeraldarrows
Mar. 15th, 2015 04:25 pm (UTC)
That hair is something else. :P

My mom (who was a teen) seemed to get through it okay hair-wise (the clothes is an entirely different story), but some of her classmates (especially her best friend) in her yearbook didn't. :P

Edited at 2015-03-15 07:26 pm (UTC)
swordznsorcery
Mar. 15th, 2015 09:09 pm (UTC)
Heh. We don't do yearbooks over here. I'll bet there's a fair bit of entertainment value in some of the pictures!
emeraldarrows
Mar. 15th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
Ah, I didn't know that! They're quite hilarious. :D
heartonsnow
Mar. 15th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
Hair gel was invented.
swordznsorcery
Mar. 16th, 2015 05:14 am (UTC)
They've had that for decades! Originally hair oil (hence antimacassars on chairs), then Brylcreem (without which no Teddy Boys), then psychedelic gloop. I think they just loved it more in the eighties. Or it became intelligent, and took over.
heartonsnow
Mar. 16th, 2015 08:46 am (UTC)
Hair gel was revolutionary in it's floof-ability.
oonaseckar
Mar. 16th, 2015 09:52 am (UTC)
And her curls' curls have curls. Did she stick her fingers in an electrical socket? Does she have some sort of alien being on her head?
Yes, that's it, that last. Maybe they landed quietly, no fuss, just laid eggs in people's heads that took over their hair follicles and signalled that way to identify fellow 2nd-generation invaders. And took over the brains at the same time, so that the host didn't see anything wrong with her new barnet. Or baggy saggy batwing sleeves, or horrible bluey-green everything.
swordznsorcery
Mar. 16th, 2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
I like your theory. It all makes perfect sense.

Terrifyingly, this makes it altogether likely that the alien eggs are out there somewhere, in a state of anabiosis, ready to strike again when conditions are right.

Fear the big hair. It will get you in the end.
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