Gothic clothing? Check. Black eyeliner? Check. Now, what about your hair? Maybe you’ve had the same haircut for a while and are ready to change it up.
If this sounds like you, then you've come to the right place! Here are seven alternative haircuts for anyone who wants to make a rebellious statement - complete with tips on how you can style them.
An asymmetrical hairstyle is very popular among the alternative fashion community. What’s great about this hairstyle is you can do it at any length! A bob with one side longer than the other is a common asymmetrical hairstyle, while another cut is the A-line cut, where the back is short and the front is long.
Asymmetrical hairstyles look good with any type of hair, but for the most daring look use a flat iron to straighten your hair. Asymmetrical cuts look good with bold hair colors, so go ahead and add in some streaks of a bright color.
Want something more extreme than an asymmetrical cut? Try an undercut. An undercut is where you shave all of part of one side of your hair, generally keeping it long on the top (some people just shave a patch towards the front, while others do the entire side). A twist on the traditional undercut is to do the undercut on the back of your head. This is great for people with thick hair, since it thins it out. Some people shave designs into the hair too!
What’s great about this look is how you can style it! If you want to show off your undercut, part your hair to the side and let the shaved side show. Want to hide it? Give yourself a middle part, or part your hair on the opposite side of your undercut. Not sure if you want to commit to an undercut yet? Try french braiding a section of hair in front of the ear on the side of your head and pinning it back. This gives the illusion of an undercut!
A definite throwback to the golden era of Emo, a razor haircut consists of lots of choppy layers, often dyed jet black (but the colors you choose remain completely up to you). Short, choppy layers will make your look more extreme, and longer layers will have a more subtle effect. This haircut often has a deep side part and big, swooping bangs that cover the eyes. This cut looks best on hair chin length and longer - but feel free to mix it up and experiment with different lengths!
Style your razored haircut by straightening your hair completely and then teasing the upper layers and adding some product or secure with accessories to make sure it holds. If you have shorter hair, you can wear hair extensions to add length.
The mohawk is a classic punk haircut. The original mohawk has shaved sides with the center strip of hair fixed up, but there are actually many variations on the classic mohawk. One is liberty spikes, which is where the hair is worn up in spikes. A deathhawk is also a popular mohawk style,particularly among goth subcultures. A deathhawk can be completely shaved on the sides or just short, with the middle part backcombed up. A Chelsea hawk is simply a mohawk with bangs, and fauxhawk is a mohawk without the shaved sides - often constructed by french braiding the sides of the head and creating a layered ponytail over the crown to give the appearance of a mohawk. This is a great option to test out the mohawk if you’re not sure you want to commit to it.
Pixie cuts are a great way to show off your features! Whether you go for a spiky short cut or a more feminine, razored cut, there’s a pixie haircut for you. One of the biggest features of a pixie is the bangs. You can do short all over with a longer fringe over the eyes, or you could do asymmetrical short bangs. Super short pixie cuts are also great for all types of hair; but if you want something even bolder than a pixie, try a buzz cut! This style is easy to take care of and will make you stand out from the crowd.
There are tons of ways to style a pixie haircut. For example, you can use hair gel for a messy, bedhead look. For a retro pompadour look, backcomb the bang area and pin it back in fauxhawk fashion.
Dreadlocks are less about the haircut and more about how you style it, but they are so prevalent in the goth and alternative community that they’re worth a mention. Dreadlocks can be worn long, short, or somewhere in between, and they work best if your hair is mostly the same length.
You can get your dreadlocks styled at a salon, or you can do it at home with your own hair. You will need to backcomb your hair regularly and train it to stay in locks, so it goes without saying that this is a high-maintenance hairstyle and it requires regular upkeep. If you’re not sure you want to commit to dreadlocks, try it out first by using hair pomade to separate out and twist your hair into temporary locks.
A traditional gothic haircut is long and straight with no layers; the ends are cut very bluntly, and you can wear this style with or without bangs. This style often has a middle part, but if you want to add a modern twist, try a slight side part. If you want bangs, ask for V-shaped bangs that are pointed and longer in the center. Depending on your style, you can make this more or less pronounced.
Gothic hair in the traditional sense is usually straight, so get out your flat iron. And be aware that black is arguably the most common hair color for this particular style, so consider getting your hair dyed if you don’t already have black hair. With this style, it’s important to keep your hair in top condition, so make sure you take good care of it so that it stays smooth and shiny.
Now you know seven different alternative haircuts that you can try out. Which haircut will you get?