big hair

noun

Definition of big hair

: hair that is styled and teased to occupy an unusually large amount of space above and around the head

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Ricki starred in the 1988 version of Hairspray as Tracy Turnblad (who flaunted really big hair). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Get All 'The Masked Singer' Spoilers You Could Ever Want," 10 Jan. 2019 Now check out Dolly Parton's biggest hair moments: Follow Marci on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to Allure's newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kaia Gerber Wore the Most Voluminous Hair Ever on the Valentino Couture Runway," 6 July 2018 And the 80s are tough, because the 80s are big hair and neon colors. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The Front Runner’ director Jason Reitman says technology has taught today’s young people how to be great filmmakers," 1 Nov. 2018 Take, for instance, the big hair at Miu Miu and Sonia Rykiel this season, the major eye makeup looks at Altuzarra and Yves Saint Laurent, and the glitter bombs that exploded backstage at Giambattista Valli. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Paris Fashion Week Fall 2018: The Best Hair and Makeup Looks of the Season," 7 Mar. 2018 For the next month, all eyes will be on you, so embrace flamboyance with big hair, animal prints, and plenty of bold choices. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's July 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 June 2018 The big hair, the crunchy bangs, the blue eyeshadow, the balls-to-the-walls blush: The era was all about more is more is more. Djuna Bel, Glamour, "It's Time to Give '80s Beauty Another Shot," 28 June 2018 There's big hair, then there's the hair at Valentino's latest couture show. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Are Freaking Out Over Kaia Gerber's Massive Hair Moment at Valentino," 5 July 2018 From Maison Margiela's Cubist cat eye to Valentino's jaw-dropping big hair, here are the seven best couture beauty looks of the week. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Blew Up on the Paris Runways," 6 July 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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