from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Long hair dressed so as to puff out from the head, as by teasing or ratting.


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  • I desperately wanted to be one of those women like then socialite Pat Buckley with big hair and glittering jewelry who were going to the Met ball and other glamorous events that seemed to take place in another world.

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  • Daddy’s lawyer, Luke, drew up the papers to make her my legal guardian, but in a soap opera-ish twist of fate, the day before everything was finalized, a woman with big hair and a Southern accent came into the house all gangbusters and announced that SHE should be my legal guardian, not Maria.

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  • Big hair is a term that can refer to hairstyles that emphasize large volume or largely styled hair. Big hair was popular in the late 1970s, as popularized by Dolly Parton and Farrah Fawcett, a development from earlier bouffant styles. The term is also used in the punk, goth and alternative cultures and is particularly associated with alternative fashion of the 1980s, or inspired by the period. In either usage, big hair in modern times generally suggests an eye-catching, untidy, tangled, voluminous hairstyle, worn by conformist women in the 1970s, non-conformist of all sexes in the 1980s.

    Often achieved through teasing, backcombing or ratting the hair.

    February 3, 2008