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BEAUTY FLASHBACK TO THE 80s

I often wonder how much of the tips and tricks I share – and that now remain on the internet forever – will bring about more than a chuckle from the next generation of style followers.

Remember that piece of advice from a 1955 article in Housekeeping Monthly? There were lots of gems contained within on how to be a better housewife and support your man.

This was just one of them:

Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives.

Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot ...

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  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Simone Johnston

    Nikki that is too funny and I am sure that a lot of us children/teens of the 80′s will be nodding and internally cringing at this.

    For me it was spiral perms. Really, why didn’t anyone tell me how bad it was???

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      I know! My spiral perm was done on a very short bob so I had horizontal hair until it grew out!!

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Zohra

    Nikki, those hair combs NEVER stayed put in my fine hair. I so wanted to use them!

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      I had thick hair and they never stayed in without bobby pins!

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Mrs Woog

    HAVING YOUR HEAR STREAKED!!! Putting that cap on and having the hairdresser pull out whispy bits. Pure torture x

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      I would have to take Panadol before every session! Could have cried when they invented foils.

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    SawHole

    Agree. Strap those buggers down.

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      Only way … short of surgery!

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Fiona

    Mine would be that I plucked my eyebrows SOOO thin, NOBODY informed me that they would NEVER grow back and now it costs me a bomb every month to try and wax, tint and shape the sparse hairs that left there to look like some semblence of eyebrows!!!

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      Ah, yes, thankfully I modelled mine on Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon. Only thing that saved me from that!

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Lisa

    That book sure has some giglle worthy material in it,I am very glad that 50 is the new 40 etc etc,and I’m with you on the getting my makeup off part ,when my husband gets home he is more likely to see me in my pjs and the makeup of,and if your man stinks tell him to get clean ,no man is sharing my bed stinky.
    I did the spiral perm and I have curly hair ,go figure it took 2 years to grow out and looked like a triangle and I sunbaked like mad and had streaks that were more suited to a tiger and I’m sure I owned the same leotard in the pic,for areobics:)

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      Triangle hair! Love it Lisa x

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    bigwords

    Yep, streaks for me too. Brassy blonde hair is not a good look and man, it hurt.

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      But we thought we were HAWT!!

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Aeron Winters

    For me it was the spiral perm. I had hair that was well past my bra strap and ended up with it just touching my shoulders when it was done. I couldn’t even touch it when it was dry or I ended up looking like bozo the clown. It had to be wetted down, picked and gelled just to sit properly all day. Actually, may the worst was when I decided I had had enough of the spiral perm and got my hair chemically straightened, after bleaching it…oops, big no no. I ended up shaving it down to a number two all over, bar a small fringe front and back.

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      Oh Aeron, that is some hair torture story!

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Jane

    I had a brief fling with aerobics and bought myself an exercise outfit. When I switched to yoga in 1987, I showed up for my first class in electric blue lycra tights and a matching blue and pink stripey leotard with the bum missing…. and the perm. I still blush.
    BTW if you want to keep the combs in your fine hair, slide another comb in behind first one. Useful to know, because they will come back!

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      Oh yes, the leotards without bums in them … remember them well. And thanks for the comb trick, I’d forgotten that one. Really, really hope I don’t have to remember it again though!

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Lydia

    Oh dear… the cover of The Great Aussie Beauty Book is strangely familiar….!! eek!! Seriously… 1984? I was in year 11 and would have been so in love with that sort of thing back then. I’m sure I had it.

    But I have to say that I really dislike all the 80s stuff now – it’s so naff – I cringe too, Jane, when I remember what I wore to yoga. And work. And on the street. And to parties. And…. and….

    I saw a dress in an upmarket boutique the other day. It had the same retina-burning grandma-ish floral print that I remember from a dress I had in the 80s. It brought bacj some horrible memories. The only thing different was that this ‘new’ version was not a batwing tshirt dress with massive shoulder pads (yes, I kid you not… in a TSHIRT dress! MASSIVE shoulder pads. Quelle horreur. But it went well with my blonde streaked bob with spiky – really spiky! – fringe and combs holding the sides up).

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      They can try to re-create the ’80s but they couldn’t come close to the “gems” that we paraded ourselves in. I could work a good fringe in my time too – with half a can of CFC-full hairspray!

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    tintin

    Aaw I don’t know..I think the 80′s were kind to those of us heavier on the bottom balanced out by super wide shoulder pads

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      There is that redeeming advantage of the shoulder pad, yes!

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Mary

    I had a friend who plucked out all her eyelashes because she read that they will grow back longer. OUCH. They didn’t of course. They also don’t grow back at the same time so she had ages of being embarrassed becuse unfortunetly mistakes on your face are hard to hide and mascara just made it more noticable.So many people looked at her trying to work out what was wrong. We could only laugh every time we looked at her. When she got married she wouldn’t let her husband see her without makeup because she had freckles on her face. She went to bed after him and got up begore him. She also turned up bright orange one day, overdoing the fake tan. I haven’t seen her for many years so I hope she isn’t still suffering for beauty.

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      Oh Mary, that poor, poor girl. I hope that beauty is not her slave now too!

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Jane

    I did plenty of silly things in the 80′s and some in the name of beauty, however the silliest would be the expensive purchase of tablets to tan my fair skin. My Dad laughed and then despaired that I could have been so stupid. My skin had an orange hue to it, my poo turned orange and I recall squeezing a zit and that was orange too.

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      I remember those tablets – oh my – orange poo!

  • Reply November 10, 2012

    Engineer Mum

    I’m half Asian and I permed my hair. Twice. Why???

  • Reply November 11, 2012

    YY

    can’t remember – it’s either denial or early onset of dementia!

  • Reply November 11, 2012

    YY

    Oh god! I do remember something! Adam Ant war paint on the cheeks!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

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