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Posted 10/3/2012 by missinny in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 10/3/2012 3:13:19 PM
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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Posted: 10/3/2012 3:19:20 PM
I remember that smell very well... Mine were not as high as some, but they were high enough. We knew we looked cool, even when our parents told us how ridiculous we

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Posted: 10/3/2012 3:28:05 PM
I remember Scrunch Spray (aussie brand) and Spray Net as well as a hairspray from a pro line called Joico.......

I am a child of the 80's and I refuse to grow up.....

I even would dip my bangs in Peroxide cause my mom would not allow me to dye my hair......I wanted Lighter bangs with my dark hair just like John Taylor of Duran Duran......I have the pics to prove it too. LOL

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Posted: 10/3/2012 3:34:03 PM
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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:23:24 PM
LOL! It was Aqua Net in this house. My daughter was the user to create what I called the Cockatiel. If it wasn't high enough and the bus was coming down the road there would be panic. LOL!! To this day, I still can't get all the hairspray off the top of the dresser. LOL!

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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:27:31 PM
I think at least 10x10 area of the hole in the the ozone layer is my personal fault. I use to use 2 cans of Aqua Net a week in the late 80s. I never tested it but I think at one point my hair might have been bullet proof.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 6:39:38 PM
Too funny! I walked into 7-11 the other day and was instantly hit with the smell of Aqua Net from the customer in line to check out. I was like being transported back to 1982.

When I got back to my car I laughed myself silly thinking of all the hours we spent doing our hair in jr high and high school and buying magazines that were entirely centered on hair styles.

We would beg for hair dryers, curling irons, hot rollers etc.

These days I'm lucky my hair gets washed and blow dried every night, lol.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:46:12 PM
Aussie was my spray of choice.

My bang philosophy back then = go big, or go home.
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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:22:22 PM
Aussie or Aqua Net here, too.

I totally agree with the "go big or go home" philosophy - that was my motto, too!


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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:05:19 PM
Thankfully, I got out of school in 1978 so I didn't do the giant crunchy bang thing. Our hair was "feathered." lol But, there was a girl I was on color guard with for 2 years. She had beautiful sandy blonde hair. It was straight, just below her shoulders. The hair around her face was slightly layered. She would stand in front of the mirror and comb comb comb comb comb comb comb until every.single.strand on each side was in perfect place. Then out would come the White Rain extra hold. She would spraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay one side, then spraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay the other side. I swear we could have hit her in the head with a ball bat and the bat would have cracked!

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Posted: 10/4/2012 12:28:03 AM
I am more of the "feathered" era too (Class of 80) and from a small town, so it wasn't quite so focused on hairspray. I just did a scrapbook page a few weeks ago about the homecoming princesses and queen from my senior year, so my guess is the princess standing on the left was the one who could get the "feather" up the best, even though in this photo it's the princess standing on the right.

A couple of homecoming princesses with fantastically feathered hair and 1 princess and 1 queen who were more down to earth

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Posted: 10/4/2012 12:57:01 AM
I had those crazy claw bangs. I used Rave hairspray.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:45:01 AM
Ahh eighties hair!!! My hairspray was called "Stiff Stuff" and yes it was like liquid hair glue and I thought it was the most wonderful stuff!!! Gag!!



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Posted: 10/4/2012 8:05:54 AM
Class of '79 here.....feathered Farrah Fawcett hair! Even the guys got their hair feathered!

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Posted: 10/4/2012 8:12:34 AM
I had puffy bangs but it was never really high. Hairspray would've been whatever my mother got and/or was the cheapest.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 8:37:23 AM
Early-mid '80's girl here; and I thankfully avoided the big bangs era. My roommate was an early devotee of the trend and the hairspray in our apartment was always thick. She would wrap her bangs in the HUGE curling iron and then SPRAY THE HOT IRON WHILE IT WAS WRAPPED AROUND HER HAIR to get the stiffest, crunchiest look.

My niece was a teen in the late '80s and my husband used to call her bangs the Sears Tower (they were in Chicago).

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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:44:21 AM
I am laughing so hard at this thread, lol!!

I had what my friend called a "buh-furfur", which was mall bangs but about three inches shorter and all curled up. I need to find a picture, it was hilarious.

Remember pulling your hair out from around your ears and spraying it in place? I'm not describing it well, but anyone in the Houston area circa 1988 would remember. LOL!!


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Posted: 10/4/2012 12:23:24 PM
Oh the memories! I still see someone with them once in a while. Don't they look in a mirror? Read In Style?



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Posted: 10/4/2012 1:07:05 PM
My BF in high school used so much Aqua Net to keep her hair up that the tops of her ears looked like glazed donuts!


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Posted: 10/4/2012 1:47:18 PM

Remember pulling your hair out from around your ears and spraying it in place? I'm not describing it well, but anyone in the Houston area circa 1988 would remember. LOL!!

LOL, oh yeah!! I think that's why I have hearing loss, today. My eardrum is coated in Aqua Net! That and listening to that 80's synthesizor (sp?) music really, REALLY loudly!


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Posted: 10/5/2012 3:31:42 AM

Early-mid '80's girl here; and I thankfully avoided the big bangs era. My roommate was an early devotee of the trend and the hairspray in our apartment was always thick. She would wrap her bangs in the HUGE curling iron and then SPRAY THE HOT IRON WHILE IT WAS WRAPPED AROUND HER HAIR to get the stiffest, crunchiest look

BTDT! My curling irons always had a layer of baked hair spray on them. Eeeww, is all I can say now. And Aussie Scrunch Spray. omg. I can smell it just thinking about it.

The best caricature of this EVER is in the movie Fargo. Anyone seen it? When the police are interrogating the two barflies in Brainerd, Minnesota (where dh is from, btw, and about 90 minutes from my hometown), the two girls' bangs are straight up in the air, like they pasted them against a wall and then backed away. Hilarious!


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