Limahl from Kajagoogoo was good.
David Sylvian from Japan was better.
John Taylor from Duran Duran was best.
Speaking of hair, gorgeous blogger Sister Wolf asked me how I get my hair so shiny. This is a frequently asked question. Honestly, I’m not sure my hair is as shiny in real life as it is in photographs, but here’s my magic formula:
- Pert Plus shampoo from the supermarket (now with extra parabens!)
- Use of extremely hot flatiron every day.
I once told this to an employee at J.F. Lazartigue and enjoyed watched him keel over, clutching his heart. I admit that I’m not sure this hair plan would work for everyone. It might be similar to the way I got in tip-top shape on a diet of Harry & David‘s chocolate-covered cherries and Pringles. Most people would have died of malnutrition. So if you throw out all your fancy hair-care products and wind up with bad hair, don’t say I didn’t warn you that results may vary.
UPDATED TO ADD: Speaking of ’80s hair, does anyone else remember Tenax hair gel?
Bless you, I’ve been on a little 80’s nostalgia kick for a bit.
Sister Wolf says
Hahahahaha! No wonder my hair is so crap, I spend all my money on swanky conditioners!
♥ Marta ♥ says
that is some serious hair 😛
The Little Fashion Treasury says
OMG… that´s so funny… seeing Limahl in the very first picture of your post.
Have to confess .. 🙂
When I was a teen I was a Kajagoogoo fan and of course in love with Limahl and every single boy at home who had this blonde/ black hair…
HAPPY MONDAY TO YOU, WENDY!!!
The Little Fashion Treasury says
I´ll take you on my blog list 😉
Sounds like an effective hair care routine to me…my flat iron is my best friend. LOL.
LOL now I know which brand your hair smells like, I’ll stop stalking you. 😉
The Likkle Girl Who Wurves Pwetty Things says
Haha, Ms B, you weren’t kidding! But I thought you meant “thinking of getting an 80s haircut” for yourself.
Will be be getting a “80s Haircut For Musical Women” post soon? x
They just don’t make hair like they used to…
Sharon Rose says
Hi there-thanks for the hair tips my dear! Men seemed to be more daring with their hair back in the 80s!!
I’ve once had a hairdresser tell me I could use any old shampoo because my hair was that great. hehe, must be our similar diets 😉
Remember A Flock of Seagulls? My Mother used to call them A Covey of Doves…not intentionally
Film Upstart says
I used to be so infatuated with john taylor!!
John Taylor is still the best. Even hotter than when he was young & pretty.
I get a similar response from people when I tell them that I only wash my hair once a week, twice at most. They look a little ill.
Miss Peelpants says
I generally like to leave coherent comments on blogs, but now you’ve gone and posted two photos of the Bass God – including one with THE cherry red tint – I can only really gurgle at you…..
You forgot Nick Rhodes! He had very impressive 80s hair….but Mr Sylvian looks a little Rhodesian there so I’ll forgive you! 😉
Stylish Thought says
Lol… reminds me of Don’t Mess with Zohan
Always thought that $65 shampoo was a scam! I love your diet, only thing missing is martini, then you have all the food groups.
Couture Carrie says
Ick I just had a scent flashback to Pert Plus! One thing I do NOT miss about the 80s!
Such a fun post, per usual, WB!
wow…talk about a walk down memory lane…john taylor’s hair from duran dura DEFINITELY takes the cake 🙂 great post!
Paul Pincus says
i loved this. oh, and nick rhodes!!!
i’ll echo cc above … brilliant post, wb.
I saw someone wearing a haircut like this in real life the other day, I cringed. I guess for payback, with my bangs, this morning I had a similar hairstyle poofed up too.
Oh, no, Miss Peelpants, I didn’t forget Nick. He had great eyeliner and he sure tried in the hair department but John Taylor was the king!
Lisa, if you stop stalking me, I’ll have to find a new stalker. Craigslist, here I come.
Pert Plus says
Pert Plus & chocolate-covered cherries. What could be better?
Thrilled to hear Pert Plus is part of your beauty routine that results in such shiny & healthy locks!
~ Pert Plus
Oh, I had John Taylor hair in the 80’s. No joke. But here is the funny thing. I have ZERO photos of myself prior to 1992. I was moving once and thought it seemed like a lot to keep all of that stuff so I pitched it. But my class reuinion is this year and sure enough pics are surfacing. My husband is going to get to see my in all of my 80’s glory for the first time. And let me tell you, I was hot in the 80’s.
La Belette Rouge says
We used to use Pert Plus to wash our cats and they did have hair that the Flock of Seagulls would have envieed.
Nina (femme rationale) says
ah, john taylor…*sigh*. haha and is tenax the stuff that basically cemented your hair? people would use it for their mohawks and such?
Yep, Nina, that was the mohawk stuff. Or one of the mohawk ingredients, anyway.
Thansk for getting “My Own Way” by Durna Duran stuck in my head! those photos caused it!
I have never seen that gel before…it must be extra special stuff.
I used Studio Line by L’Oreal back in the day.
La Couturier says
Thank you for your birthday wishes! And haha; when I get to forty-one, I’ll be sure to =) I guess it’s just from my teenage perspective!
And you’re in your early forties? WendyB, you look goooooood!
Oh my… that really was some hair, wasn't it?! Yikes! Our very best product was Paul Mitchell "Freeze & Shine" hairspray, which we used to call "Spray & Paralyze". It was great for live shots outside in the elements because the wind might be blowing 45 miles an hour, but the hair did. not. move. at. all.
You know what we mean….some reporters still use it!
Thumbelina Fashionista says
I have to say…your hair is ABNORMALLY SHINY. Those products are working magic, or maybe you were born with it?
The Clothes Horse says
I don’t know Kajagoogoo gets points for lip pursing–is that a Zoolander face before there was Zoolander?
Aw, no David Bowie hair? Jareth weeps! 🙂
Also, I’m very pleased that your Pert system works well! Gives me more confidence in my ‘Suave and Air-Dry’ routine.
I love your haircare routine.
I used Pert back in the day when it first came out, and the shampoo and conditioner came in separate bottles. I’ve never tried the combo Pert, but I might just do it!
Lol wendy! Where’s Boy George…ever wonder how he smells like???
Ahhh! I love these posts! That firstpic reminds me of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie…can’t wait!
Oh I love it. 80s man-hair was just so good.
Glad I’m not the only one who uses cheap shampoo! I prefer Finesse, personally.
Nina (femme rationale) says
i was so excited by john taylor i forgot to ask which flat iron u use?
Oh, 800s hair! How I wished my hair was capable of the crazy contortions that were so popular then.
People just don’t have as much fun with hair and makeup as they did in the 80’s…though the idea of my man spending more time on his hair than me freaks me out a bit.
Why do these pictures make me think of the movie Twilight? I think it’s a combination of the hair, pale skin in picture #2 (wow he’s scary and I’m not talking about the lip gloss), and the intense stares.