You won't need a DeLorean to take you back in time to authentic '80s style. Instead, simply slip on a pair of neon leggings, a ruffled shirt, a pair of black, lace gloves and -- of course -- finish your look with big, sprayed hair. Here's how.
Wash your hair and air-dry or blow-dry just long enough to leave it damp. Spray a generous amount of mousse in your palm and rub your hands together. Work the mousse through your hair, paying extra attention to your roots.
Turn your hairdryer to the "warm" setting. Flip over your moussed hair and finish drying in this position in order to achieve maximum body. Another way to get the same effect is to lift pieces of your hair straight up, away from your head, as you blow dry. The outcome should be hair full of body with cuticles lifting away from your scalp.
Take a 2-inch-wide section of your hair and lift it straight up. With your other hand, use a comb or round brush and gently tease, or brush backward, the lower section of the lifted hair that's closest to your head. Don't tease vigorously or your hair will get tangled. Continue working in 2-inch sections all over the crown of your head. Use your round brush to gently brush the top layer of your hair so that it looks voluminous, yet smooth on top.
Add some texture by crimping multiple, 2-inch strips of hair randomly throughout your entire head. Take a 2-inch strip of hair and lift it away from your scalp, in the opposite direction of where it normally grows. Starting closest to your scalp, crimp the entire strip of hair. The effect should be random strips of crimped hair lifting up from your head. Choose at least three strips of hair to crimp in the back of your head and two on the sides.
Curl your bangs by splitting them into two horizontal sections. Lift the top section and curl it away from your forehead and to the side to create a sideways, top curl characteristic of '80s hairstyles. Take the bottom section of bangs and curl it towards your forehead for a round, front fringe. Add popular '80s "wings" to your hairdo by taking sections of hair on either side of your face and curling them back. Fluff your hair with your fingers or tease sections that need extra body.
Apply hairspray generously to your hair. Lift up your hair and spray underneath and towards your roots. Don't worry about applying too much hairspray -- the '80s look was stiff, sprayed, big hair.
Add synthetic extensions of bright colors to your hair for more flair.
Liza R. McDaniel is a private-school teacher who has been writing and editing since 2000, when she was first published in "A Celebration of Poets." She specializes writing in interior design-related articles for eHow. McDaniel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Carlow University.