The Fashionable Girl’s Guide to Edgy Hairstyles

Searching for a way to bring out your edgy side? Edgy is anything you make it – whatever may be different for you. No need to rock a rainbow mohawk to get attention. Simply try something new by stepping outside of your comfort zone. Changing your hair is just a fun way to discover a interesting version of you, and it’s all about the details. Try one of these daring edgy hairstyles that will keep those heads turning.

Emerald Green Faux Pixie

Emerald Green Faux Pixie hairstyleInstagram @thebeautygenie_

Q&A with style creator, Esther Spicer
Mini Salon Owner & Hairstylist @ Salon Lofts – Roswell Marketplace in Roswell, GA

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this as an emerald green faux pixie. I love how the green is jewel toned and rich green is definitely one of the harder colors to pull off if you don’t get the vibrancy right.

Also, I love the diversity within the style. We didn’t have to cut any of her long hair to create this illusion of a short hairstyle. So when she takes it out, she will still have her long hair just melted into green in an ombre style. It’s so fun to be able to switch up your look without the commitment.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I use Brazilian Bond Builder (B3) in every chemical service I do to ensure the hair’s integrity after every service. I always recommend that my clients take home the shampoo and conditioner to keep the bond builder in their hair which also helps the color stay vibrant longer than other color-safe shampoos.

I prelightened the hair up to a level 9, power dried, and custom mixed Pulp Riot color for the green. As for the style, I blow dried with Surface orange bassu oil, which serves as a heat protectant and keeps hair hydrated, as well as Paul Mitchell’s Neon smoothing cream which can smooth out even the most stubborn texture. I used Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shaping cream to isolate and control the hair while I braided the sides.

For the top, I used a 1-inch curling iron to smooth out and create a tousled curl effect while spraying Kenra’s Volume hairspray for volume and a high hold. This style can easily last up to a week, refreshing it with dry shampoo and wrapping the top at night to keep the curls in tact.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is perfect for the guest that has some texture but hates to do her hair. With only having to touch up the top, it will save a lot of time in the mornings. It’s great for someone that loves to change up their look but isn’t ready to chop off all their hair. I think we’ve all been curious as to what we’d look like with a pixie.

The green is great for someone with a funky style or bold personality. Expect to turn heads and be approached left and right when you are rocking any fun color in your hair!

Always keep in mind that vibrant “fashion” colors are going to be a lot more high maintenance than natural hues. Say goodbye to hot showers, make dry shampoo your best friend, and come in every four to six weeks to touch it up. All in all, it’s totally worth the extra maintenance. Once you go unicorn you don’t go back!

Unique & Funky

Unique & Funky hairstyleInstagram @jacoblinden

Q&A with style creator, Jacob Linden
Stylist & Colourist @ Urban Nirvana in Charleston, SC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a truly unique and funky look! The radiant vibes leave one contemplating whether to look at the color or the haircut first. The color is mesmerizing in the way that it melts to this multi-dimensional mossy green, which is my favorite part of the whole style.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain and recreate this look, I recommend using a texture spray such as Shu Uemura Texture Wave. The texture spray is what provides the hair with a full and layered look for this particular style.

I also recommend having an oil on hand, preferably Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oil. This particular oil will do a number of things such as give the hair a polished finish, bring in the shine, and accentuate the color.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a style that can be glamorized by anyone, depending on the mood and feel of the individual. The color is exquisite and can give off a number of facades. It can play the part of being the spotlight of an individual’s style, or be relegated to toning down a style that needs a more deepening tone.

The bangs are employed to bring out the features in a more narrow-faced client, while the short layers provide a plethora of volume for this tasteful and edgy style.

Anime-Inspired

Anime-Inspired hairstyleInstagram @karelsilvester

Q&A with style creator, Karel Silvester
Hairstylist @ Kinki Kappers in Alkmaar, Noord-Holland,


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I was inspired by Anime for this look and I think it’s a daring and edgy style.

What I love most about this look is that it really provokes people’s mind. Some love it, some hate it, and some grow to love it.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used a powder (Kinki’s Super Power Powder) for a dry and rough base, as well as a matte clay (Lock Stock & Barrel’s Ruck A) to give it more hold. I advise not to wash this hair more than two times a week and really rock that out of bed look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this style to my more daring customers, the ones who are not afraid to stand out and be different. Having thicker hair is also a plus. This technique of layering could also be used on a lob at the front. You could really accentuate the layers by using different colors for each layer.

My client on the photo has been rocking a bob for some time and was looking for something different. The front is a classic asymmetrical bob which makes the back stand out even more. This client is in her 60s and way cooler than most of my clients in their 20s!

Editorial With an Edge

Editorial With an Edge hairstyleInstagram @lizfridaymuah

Q&A with style creator, Liz Friday
Hairstylist & Make-up Artist @ Atomic Hair Studio in Ladner, BC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is edgy, editorial and fashion forward. It’s all about versatility and texture.

My favorite thing about this look is the contrast. It’s smooth and sleek around the face with lots of layers and textures making up the back.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Since this look is all about texture, I would definitely recommend a texturizing spray or paste for styling, as well as a strong hold hairspray to hold everything in place. As for maintenance, a volumizing shampoo and conditioner would work beautifully.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is for the edgy client that’s looking for the perfect alternative yet wearable hairstyle.

ROSETTE UPDO

This intricate hairstyle looks complicated, but it’s actually very easy to achieve with a few loops and twists.

Intricate Rosette UpdoEdgy Hairstyles

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light hold spray. Curl hair ends using a large barrel curling iron.
  2. Divide the hair into three sections:  fringe/crown area, right side, and back.
  3. Take the back area and create a ponytail. Create a large three-stand braid, fold it over to the left side and secure with bobby pins.
  4. Next, move to the fringe/crown area and combine the right temple side area. Sweep the fringe area over to the side and create a big pin curl loop and secure with bobby pins. Tug at the braid a bit to create more texture for a deconstructed feel.
  5. Set this style with a hard hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with a vintage hair pin.

CRIMPED FRENCH BRAIDS

Break out that crimping iron and set it on high to create this dramatic and elegantly styled french-braided updo.

Crimped French Braid UpdoCrimped French Braid Updo Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light hold hairspray.
  2. Start by crimping all of your hair with a crimping iron from roots to ends.
  3. Next, create an off-center parting and divide the hair all the way down the head.
  4. Take the section on the left side and begin a (reverse) upside-down French braid. Secure end with a small rubber band and tuck it under. Repeat on the right side. Tug at the braid a bit to create more texture for a deconstructed feel.
  5. Set this style with a hard hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER Leave-In for massive texture and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Use Kevin Murphy SHIMMER BUG to accent texture.

TRIPLE TEXTURED BRAIDS

Experiment with a new “ponytail” style! This look features a variety of textures that take this look above and beyond the norm of edgy hairstyles.

Textured Braids UpdoTextured Braids Updo Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light hold hairspray.
  2. Divide the hair into three sections:  top crown and sides, back, and a small section of the lower left nape area.
  3. Start by crimping all of your hair with a mini crimping iron from roots to ends, except for the lower left nape area.
  4. Take the top crown and sides and sweep them up into a high ponytail at the top of your head and create a three-strand braid. Loop it around and over to create your design and secure with bobby pins.
  5. Next, take the back area (leave the lower left nape area out) and sweep it over to the left side. Twist the hair up and create a three-strand braid, then loop it around and secure with bobby pins.
  6. Finally, take the lower left nape area and brush to smooth. Take small sections and use your mini crimper to create drama by crimping every other section as you move down the hair.
  7. Set this style with a hard hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try TIGI Bed Head HARD HEAD Hairspray for superior hold and high shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Gather braids up into a top knot for a fresh, new look.

PURPLE POMP SPLASH

Here’s a fun variation of the pompadour femme-hawk. Crimped texture and splashes of purple add points of interest.

Pompadour Updo with a Splash of Purple ColorPompadour Updo with a Splash of Purple Color Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light hold hairspray.
  2. Section the fringe away for now. Create a deep side part and brush the right side back smoothly. Secure with bobby pins.
  3. Take remaining hair, gather it in the nape area and sweep it around in a clockwise fashion to create a swirled design. Secure with bobby pins as  needed.
  4. Next, take the fringe and smooth it with a straightening iron.
  5. Set this style with a hard hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy HAIR.RESORT.SPRAY for a textured finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Add colorful extensions for a playful look.

MINI DREADS ‘DO

Growing out dreadlocks might be tricky, but you can try this elaborately styled look for ultimate control.

Elaborate Dreadlock UpdoElaborate Dreadlock Updo Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light defining gel.
  2. Start by sectioning the fringe away.
  3. Begin your braids in the back crown area then work your way down the head. To create this corn-rowed look, you simply use an inverted French braiding style. (You can accent a few braids with neon green hair extensions for maximum contrast!)
  4. Next, move over to the right side and create three swept-away braids in the same manner, keeping the hairline smooth.
  5. Leave remaining curls in their natural state.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DevaCurl LIGHT DEFINING GEL for control and shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or heart shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Gather hair into a vintage snood for retro appeal.

HERRINGBONE HAWK

Is your short hair missing your long hair days? Add an ultra-long pony extension and style into a herringbone braid for extra fun.

Ultra Long Ponytail Extension with Heringbone Braid Ultra Long Ponytail Extension with Heringbone Braid Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light curl enhancing lotion.
  2. Create a horseshoe section from temple to temple. Leave the curls free.
  3. Next, move to the lower section and brush it smoothly before gathering into a high ponytail. Use a straightening iron to smooth if necessary.
  4. Take a long ponytail extension and create a herringbone/fishtail braid and secure with small rubber band.
  5. Attach the ponytail extension to your own small ponytail. Secure with large bobby pins.
  6. Move back up to the crown area to define and volumize your curls as desired.
  7. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DevaCurl MIRROR CURLS for maximum curl reflection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, heart or oval shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Add some sparkle with iron-on hair charm accessories like Hair Charmsies.

ORANGE CREAM DREAM

Creamy blonde hair offers the perfect palette to play with soft pastel tones. This short crop is dipped in a dreamy orange tone for the ultimate of all edgy hairstyles.

Short Blonde Hairstyle with Soft Pastel ColorShort Blonde Hairstyle with Soft Pastel Color Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight smoothing lotion.
  2. Create a deep side parting and blow dry hair using a paddle brush or Denman brush for a low volume hairstyle.
  3.  Once completely dry, smooth using a straightening iron for long lasting control.
  4. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.GUARD leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or square face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Use temporary hair colors to play with different shades.

SWEPT UP SOPHISTICATE

Work that face with this sleek ‘do that’s swept away with gentle texture and volume.

Sleek Hairstyle with Gentle Texture and Volume

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing foam.
  2. Blow dry the top and back with a round brush for volume, leaving the side areas sleek.
  3. Lightly backcomb the base of the hair all over the crown and back area. Smooth the surface area lightly.
  4. Sleek the sides down and tuck behind ears.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FRESH.HAIR for perfect next-day hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or round face shapes. This style works best on medium to fine hair.

Tip:

Use a mini crimping iron to create long-lasting internal volume at the base only.

SOFT BLONDE FINISH

This melange of subtle blonde tones offers gentle contrast to a sharp cut.

Sharp Short Soft Blonde HaircutSharp Short Soft Blonde Haircut Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight leave-in creme.
  2. Blow dry hair using a Denman brush for a low volume hairstyle.
  3. Create a deep side part and sweep the fringe over to the other side.
  4. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.GUARD leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, square or oval face shapes. This style works best on fine hair.

Tip:

Try a wet finger-waved style for a glam 20′s inspired look.

DUAL TONED BOB

This two-toned look is on the extreme side, so have fun with extensions or a wig…unless you’re ready to commit!

Dual Toned Bob HairstyleDual Toned Bob Hairstyle Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight oil serum.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush or Denman brush for a smooth, low volume hairstyle.
  3. Create a deep side parting and sweep fringe over to one side.
  4. For extra shine and control, use a straightening iron to set your look.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy YOUNG.AGAIN treatment oil for smooth, shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or round face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Backcomb the base for more volume with long lasting hold.

COILED BURST

Deep, forest green hair livens up this naturally textured look with an adorned side parting.

Naturally Textured Deep Forest Green Edgy Hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a thickening lotion to boost finely textured hair.
  2. Allow hair to air dry or use the diffuser attachment on your hair dryer.
  3. Rough up texture and create small piecey ends using your fingertips.
  4. Create a small braid along the off-center parting and detail with hair ornaments or jewels.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FULL.AGAIN thickening lotion for fullness and body with natural movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Create some small braids along the temple area to mimic an undercut.

UNDERCUT SASS

This sassy undercut allows you to streamline your profile for a sleek silhouette with a soft, beige-blonde color melt.

Sassy Undercut Hairstyle with Soft Beige Blonde ColorSassy Undercut Edgy Hairstyle with Soft Beige Blonde Color Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight oil serum.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush or Denman brush for a smooth, low volume hairstyle.
  3. Create a deep side parting and sweep fringe over to one side.
  4. For extra shine and control, use a straightening iron to set your look.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DermOrganic Leave-In treatment to smooth with the power of argan oil.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or round face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Use a spray shine for that extra glow!

CHAPEAU BRAIDS

Ever fancy wearing a hat, then realize you have enough thick hair to make a hat? Try this braided look and simply add extensions if you need extra hair!

Chapeau Braids Updo for Thick Hair SideChapeau Braids Updo for Thick Hair

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight gel.
  2. Smooth hair and gather into a high ponytail. Create a braid with any remaining length and secure with a small rubber band.
  3. Take a long ponytail extension, create a three-strand braid and secure the end with a small rubber band.
  4. Attach the ponytail extension to your own small ponytail. Secure with large bobby pins.
  5. Move the braid towards the face from the crown area and secure as you move along. Loops braid across the fringe area and sweep back. Secure with bobby pins as needed.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Prive STYLING GEL No.31 for major sculpting with a firm hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with hair jewels for a sparkly touch.

ROYAL WAVES

Gorgeous, beachy tendrils may not be considered “edgy”, but adding in a royal blue color sure makes it pop!

Gorgeous Beachy Waves with Royal Blue ColorGorgeous Beachy Waves with Royal Blue Color Front

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light texturizing spray.
  2. Create a slight off-center parting. Part hair from ear to ear and begin curling in the nape area.
  3. Begin curling hair by taking small sections and wrapping them around a large barrel curling iron.
  4. Add clip-in extensions or use liquid hair chalk for a color accent.
  5. Lightly deconstruct hair using your fingertips.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Oribe APRES BEACH for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Gather hair into a turban-style design for a fashion forward look.

ELECTRIC YELLOW

Add some brightness to your life with the color of sunshine. Naturally textured hair worn soft and full with tiny, piecey ends makes all the difference.

Naturally Textured Hair with Bright Yellow Color

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a thickening lotion to boost finely textured hair.
  2. Allow hair to air dry or use the diffuser attachment on your hair dryer.
  3. Rough up texture and create small piecey ends using your fingertips to detail your hairstyle.
  4. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Ouidad CURL QUENCHER styling cream designed for tighter curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Sweep the sides and back up to create a textured updo.

SCALLOPED BOB

Add some fun purple and white clip-in extensions to create this scalloped design with a straightening iron.

Bob Hairstyle with Purple and White Clip In ExtensionsBob Hairstyle with Purple and White Clip In Extensions Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight oil serum.
  2. Add colorful clip-in extensions.
  3. Using a straightening iron, create scalloped waves by taking small sections in the back, working them forward towards the face.
  4. Continue until all curls are set.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DevaCurl SET IT FREE to eliminate frizz, add shine and enhance curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Try different hair extension colors for fun, versatile looks.

UNICORN CROP

Who says unicorn hair is just for long hair? This finely shorn crop with an elongated fringe takes pastels to a new level.

Short Crop with Elongated Fringe and Pastel ColorShort Crop with Elongated Fringe and Pastel Color Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a volumizing mousse.
  2. Create large curls along the crown and fringe using a large barrel curling iron.
  3. Take small sections of hair and wrap them around the iron for a loose, deconstructed feel.
  4. Continue until all hair is curled.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Ouidad PLAYCURL Volumizing Foam to build body and boost the volume of fine, thin curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Play with different colors by using hair chalk.

BLOCK ROCK

This color blocked design will have you channeling the 80’s new wave with a high pomp and strong fringe.

Color Block Hairstyle with High Pompadour and Strong FringeColor Block Hairstyle with High Pompadour and Strong Fringe Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight texturizer.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush or a paddle brush for fullness.
  3. Section off the fringe and crown area for now.
  4. Sleek the sides and back smooth using a straightening iron.
  5. Take the sides and sweep them back, securing with bobby pins.
  6. Next, move to the crown area and create large curls using a large barrel curling iron. Backcomb the entire area and smooth the surface.
  7. Straighten the fringe with a straightening iron and sweep softly to one side.
  8. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or square face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Pair this look with dark red or black lipstick for new wave appeal.

APRICOT PIXIE

Short and sweet never looked so good. Warm up blonde tones with this delightful hue and highly textured short cut.

Short Pixie with Warm Blonde TonesShort Pixie with Warm Blonde Tones Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight texturizer.
  2. Blow dry hair using a Denman brush for a low volume hairstyle.
  3. Sweep all hair forward and over to to one side. Separate lightly with fingertips.
  4. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy UNDRESSED to create a loose, undone, natural look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Add a cute, vintage scarf for a flirty finish.

PLATINUM NOUVEAU

Pair feminine sensibilities with a short cut and you have this soft, blonde stylized crop.

Short Edgy Haircut with Platinum ColorShort Edgy Haircut with Platinum Color Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight leave-in treatment.
  2. Blow dry hair using a Denman brush for a low volume hairstyle.
  3. Create a deep side part and sweep the fringe over to the other side.
  4. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy STAYING ALIVE Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine hair.

Tip:

Accent with a dainty, sparkly headband.

Show off your unique personality with any of these edgy hairstyles!