The Chemistry Behind the Crimping, Curling and Styling Products That Made Hair So Very Big in the 1980s

In a hirsute episode of ACS Reactions, a perfectly coiffed Ms. Beautyphile explains the chemical compounds and reactions behind all those crazy crimping, curling and styling products used to make hair so very big in the 1980s.

The 80s was a decade full of neon leg warmers, power ballads, and big hair. But how did we get that big hair so bad it’s good? A little bit of teasing and a lot of chemistry.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.