Big Hair Styles Are Taking Root
Remember the 80s hair styles? The ones that went inches above a woman's head and required bottles and bottles of hairspray to defy gravity? Yes, big hair "up to there" is making a comeback, thanks to the TV show Jersey Shore, as women headed to weddings and graduations are asking stylists to give them bigger tresses, bouncier curls, bumps and updos.
"Everything is always revamped but in a bigger way," said Lisa Stuppino, a stylist at Rejuvenessence in Plains Township, Pa. "It seems like it always revives itself.
"You're seeing the younger generation asking for much bigger than what it was," Stuppino said. She said clients are arriving with magazine pictures for stylists to copy, mirroring a national trend of consumers emulating those '80s dos seen on MTV's popular reality show "Jersey Shore."
The trend started last summer, she said, with girls wanting more volume and higher hair, which they refer to in the industry as "elevated crowns."
"We keep seeing it every few years; it comes and it goes, but it's always there somewhere from way back in the '50s until now," says Linda Mink of Sakari Salon in Forty Fort, Pa.
The style is popular in Philadelphia, as well as other bigger metropolitan cities such as New York, New Jersey and beyond.
"They're actually even doing it in Hollywood," Stuppino said. "Everything that's going on there people are influenced by."
But it doesn't just have to be for special occasions.
In fact, some women are asking for the not-so-overly-styled, looser hair as their everyday hairstyle.
"It can be casual or not so casual," Mink said.
That goes for the bumps, too.
"No matter how you dress you can pull off the bump," Mink added. "You can dress it up; dress it down, it doesn't really matter."