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Old 10-02-2012, 09:40 AM   #1
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80s/90s hair?

Do you remember the smell of your favorite hairspray? As a child of the 1980s and early 1990s, the smell of Rave and Aqua Net bring back horrible images of gigantic, crunchy bangs. You know, the kind that wouldn?t budge for 3 days if you were walking through 80 mph winds in a rainstorm. My mom called my bangs ?The Claw,? and, unfortunately has many photographs to prove how unflattering and ridiculous the hairstyle was. But, oh, on school picture day, how the girls? bathroom smelled like Rave. We?d be lined up in a row, much like a firing squad, only our weapons were a can of aerosol hairspray in one hand and a pick in the other. Teasing our bangs until they stood up on end, we would have competitions to see who could get their bangs off of their forehead the highest. What was your spray of choice and how high was the highest hair in your school!?
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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I never had that hair. I wore mine straight and long.
However, my first college roommate did use copious amounts of Aqua Net. She usually had two canisters on her dresser. And it was a pervasive smell...but not too unpleasant.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:07 AM   #3
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Ah, the big hair days! My kids love to laugh at my pics....long spiral permed hair down to my butt and the top at 6 inches off my head. At only 5 foot 1, I was taller back then..

I used stiff stuff to obtain that glamorous look!
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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I used stiff stuff to obtain that glamorous look!
Me, too! That stuff was amazing. I didn't have tall hair- mine was more the News Anchorlady hair- a bob that stuck out from the sides of my head (kind of like the "brown football helmet" Sally Field wore in Steel Magnolias).

I was also a big fan of the huge hairbow that you wore on the back of your head. Back in my UGA college days, all us sorority girls were called Bowheads!!
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:05 PM   #5
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I'm sad to say I was an Aqua Net girl. Only stuff that worked on my big hair, lol.

Not only did it coat my hair really well, but my entire room of bedroom furniture!
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:10 PM   #6
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Rave all the way. it was the only thing that could hold my hair. The new Rave is not even close to the same. I do big hair very well.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:56 PM   #7
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I'm sad to say I was an Aqua Net girl. Only stuff that worked on my big hair, lol.

Not only did it coat my hair really well, but my entire room of bedroom furniture!
I can remember having to Windex my bathroom mirrors a lot more often in the 80s, being that they were always caked with stick hair spray.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:54 PM   #8
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Ah, the big hair days! My kids love to laugh at my pics....long spiral permed hair down to my butt and the top at 6 inches off my head. At only 5 foot 1, I was taller back then..

I used stiff stuff to obtain that glamorous look!
Big hair was a lifesaver for us short girls wasn't it?

I was a Paul Mitchell freeze and shine girl too. My hair was perfect for the late 80s, all my friends were going to get spiral perms, mine was naturally a spiral perm. And big doesn't even begin to cover it.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:00 PM   #9
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Ah, the big hair days! My kids love to laugh at my pics....long spiral permed hair down to my butt and the top at 6 inches off my head. At only 5 foot 1, I was taller back then..

I used stiff stuff to obtain that glamorous look!
I used stiff stuff as well with a long spiral perm and big bangs.

Also used Aussie Sprunch Spray (see tag)
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:11 PM   #10
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Oh how I miss the big hair days.... NOT!! I was definitely a Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine girl. Now I can't get my hair straight enough and I barely use any hair spray at all.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:56 PM   #11
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Aqua net girl here! The cans were lined up on my dresser! I've always felt I was personally responsible for the problems with the ozone layer.

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:08 PM   #12
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delete duplicate, tried to edit and reposted.

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:10 PM   #13
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Aussie Sprunch Spray....just can't beat the smell of that!


As a teenager in the late 80s, I did the big hair thing with poofy bangs
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:19 PM   #14
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I didn't have airplane bangs (you know...bangs that could snag a passing airplane). Instead I used Wet by Sebastian to get that "Wet" look on my awful perm.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:09 AM   #15
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Mine was either Paul mitchel Freeze & Shine or Sebastian Spritz Forte'. Funny thing is they both have been reformulated & are not as strong as they used to be. But I worked at a Drug Store & sold a crap ton of White & purple cans of Aqua Net bought in 2's with a 1.75 of cheap vodka.

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