big hair


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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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 Because sometimes big hair calls for an equally sizable accessory. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Blew Up on the Paris Runways," 6 July 2018 Or, do as Julia Roberts does and test out what appears to be summer's biggest hair trend with a seriously realistic-looking wig. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Julia Roberts Looks Almost Unrecognizable With Her New Brown Lob and Bangs," 6 June 2018 And DeJoria updated the company for the 1980s: Products like Freeze & Shine hair spray provided the hold required for the decade’s big hair, but with a cool factor not found with brands like Aqua Net. Andrew Goldman, Town & Country, "John Paul Dejoria's Philanthropy Makes the Case That Tequila and Shampoo Might Save the World," 29 May 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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