39 of the Boldest Short Spiky Hair Pictures and Ideas for 2024

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Short spiky hair is a women’s short haircut with a ton of layers, finished withholding products to create a spiky texture.

Defying the norm for women, celebrities Miley Cyrus, Angela Bassett, Pink, and Halle Berry have had this spicy look that got everyone raging about it. It’s no surprise that in just a matter of time, these edgy cuts became as popular as ever!

Short hair artist and colorist Stephanie Paul shows how to do short spiky hairstyles in various colors and shapes. With a bit of a hold product, such as a quality gel or clay, you’re able to lift those strands up and create an easy-to-manage, textured look that’s both fresh and feisty.

A spiky haircut also benefits thin hair because it gives fullness to the overall look. No matter your age, there’s no doubt that the result is always youthful and full of glam! Plan on looking effortlessly unique and sassy?

Then before your next hair appointment, check out these inspiring photos of the most eye-catching short spiky hair haircuts and hairstyles!


#1: Low-Maintenance Cut for Women Over 60

This low-maintenance cut was created using a scissor over-comb closely cropped to this woman’s head shape. From the parietal ridge up to the top, texturized deep peaks encourage the hair to swoop up and have a spiky look. It’s a smart hairstyle for any occasion, for sure.

Related: See more short spiky haircuts for women over 60.

Short Spiky Haircut for Women with Round Faces

#2 Short Spiky Haircut for Women with Round Faces

A short spiky haircut for women with round faces gives a lot of volume that is especially flattering. Adding height to short women’s haircuts creates the illusion that the face shape is longer.

Woman with Neon Yellow-Green Undercut Pixie and Pink Tips

#3 Neon Splash Undercut Pixie

This neon splash undercut pixie is perfect for the bold at heart. The electric yellow-green hue with subtle pink tips adds a pop of fun to any look, ideal for making a statement. The cut, which keeps the sides and back low while playing up volume on top, is great for fine to medium hair and can work wonders to elongate round face shapes. Be ready for the maintenance that comes with vibrant colors to keep this look fresh. It’s a high-impact, low-upkeep hairstyle that will turn heads wherever you go.

Woman with Fiery Orange Tousled Spiky Hairstyle

#4 Fiery Tousled Spiky Mane

A cut like this fiery tousled mane is for those who don’t shy away from making a bold statement. The vibrant orange color is a head-turner and pairs beautifully with a sassy, layered cut that frames the face. It’s an excellent choice for those with straight hair looking for volume and movement. This style will require some upkeep, both in color and cut, to keep the layers defined and the color vivid. It’s a perfect match for oval and long face shapes and requires some styling product to keep the tousled look in place all day.

Woman with Short Feathered Salt-and-Pepper Spiky Pixie Cut

#5 Feathered Salt-and-Pepper Pixie

Embrace the elegance of maturity with this feathered salt-and-pepper pixie cut. Ideal for thick hair, the texture on top adds a youthful twist to the classic pixie, while the natural gray palette exudes confidence and grace. It’s tailored for those with an oval or angular face shape and makes a statement without trying too hard. A strong-hold product can help maintain those peppy spikes. On the practical side, keep in mind this cut needs regular trims to keep the volume in check. It’s a stylish cut that brings an artsy flair to your natural grays and requires minimal daily styling.

Stylish Woman with Tousled Spiky Pixie Cut

#6 Elegant Tousled Pixie Elegance

This elegantly tousled pixie cut offers a blend of sophistication and edge, suitable for someone looking to add height and dimension to their style. The cut’s natural color is rich and deep, providing a timeless quality, while the textured layers on top bring a modern twist that’s perfect for medium-density hair. A little wax or pomade can enhance the texture and define the layers. While the style is inherently chic, it requires regular trims to maintain its shape and volume.

Edgy Pixie Cut with Spiky Texture and Shaved Sides

#7 Edgy Pixie with Contrasting Textures

Sporting a bold contrast of closely shorn sides and a tousled crown, this edgy pixie cut is perfect for those who embrace a modern and audacious look. It’s particularly flattering for petite face shapes and works well with fine to medium hair that needs a boost. The cut brings attention to the eyes and accentuates cheekbones. While this style screams confidence and is low on daily fuss, it does require frequent trims to maintain its distinct shape. Styling is a breeze with a dab of pomade for texture. Ideal for those looking to make a statement without the high maintenance of longer locks.

Confident Woman with Textured Spiky Pixie Cut

#8 Dimensional Spiky Layered Pixie

This dimensional spiky layered pixie offers a mix of sass and class. It’s flattering on a diamond or heart-shaped face, balancing the features with its volume on top. With its choppy layers, this cut is superb for those with thick hair looking to achieve a weightless feel. Keep in mind, this textured look might need a bit of product, like a matte pomade, for definition. Also, you’ll want to visit the salon every few weeks to keep the layers distinct and the shape intact. It’s a dynamic cut that’s as practical as it is stylish.

Woman with Copper Color Pixie Cut and Side-Swept Fringe

#9 Copper Swept Fringe Pixie

This copper swept fringe pixie cut is a showstopper, offering an eye-catching color that warms the complexion and adds vibrancy. Ideal for medium hair density, the side-swept fringe provides volume and frames the face, complementing those with oval or square face shapes. The color requires upkeep to stay vivid, but the cut itself is fairly low-maintenance. To style, a volumizing product at the roots and a light hairspray can keep the fringe perfectly in place. Be ready for regular color touch-ups to keep the copper tone luminous and rich.

Woman with Short Textured Balayage Bob with Waves and Spikes

#10 Textured Waves and Spikes on Balayage Bob

This ear-length balayage bob is peppered with textured waves and spikes, creating a playful yet polished look. Perfect for the girl who wants to keep a bit of length while rocking a modern edge, this style frames the face beautifully, working well with oval and heart-shaped faces. Medium hair density will hold this style best. The color technique used here is smart—it adds visual depth without high maintenance. However, this cut does require regular salon visits to maintain its shape. For styling, a light texturizing product can emphasize the wavy contours and spikes. It’s an ideal blend of edge and softness.

Chic Woman with Spiky Pixie Cut and Highlighted Tips

#11 Spiky Textured Pixie with Highlighted Tips

This spiky textured pixie cut with highlighted tips exudes chic urbanity and modern flair. Its layers are tailored to create volume, making it an excellent choice for those with fine to medium hair. The lifted strands on top can accentuate the eyes and cheekbones, while the lightened tips add a playful touch to the natural hair color. This hairstyle does require some effort with styling products for texture and hold. Suitable for an array of face shapes, this low-maintenance yet fashionable cut can keep you looking sharp with regular trims.

Elegant Woman with Sun-Kissed Voluminous Spiky Pixie Hairstyle

#12 Sun-Kissed Voluminous Pixie

This sun-kissed voluminous pixie cut with dynamic layers offers a stylish and buoyant look, fitting for those who want to blend professionalism with playfulness. The gradual lightening of color adds an elegant dimension and could be a graceful nod to embracing natural grays while giving a sense of fullness to fine hair types. It requires some styling prowess—think volumizing mousse and a dash of hairspray for all-day hold. Ideal for oval face shapes, this hairstyle is a chic choice that needs upkeep to maintain the color gradient and fresh-cut feel.

The structured spiky faux hawk pictured here is not just a cut but a statement of confidence and boldness. Ideal for those who want to express a fierce, fashion-forward persona, this style requires a thick hair type to maintain volume and structure. The cut is versatile and flatters most face shapes, especially enhancing strong jawlines or angular features. While this look is high-impact, it also demands regular salon visits to keep the precision of the sides and the textured height on top. For styling, a strong-hold gel or wax is essential to keep the spikes defined throughout the day.

#13 Structured Spiky Faux Hawk Drama

The structured spiky faux hawk pictured here is not just a cut but a statement of confidence and boldness. Ideal for those who want to express a fierce, fashion-forward persona, this style requires a thick hair type to maintain volume and structure. The cut is versatile and flatters most face shapes, especially enhancing strong jawlines or angular features. While this look is high-impact, it also demands regular salon visits to keep the precision of the sides and the textured height on top. For styling, a strong-hold gel or wax is essential to keep the spikes defined throughout the day.

Fashion-Forward Woman with Platinum Blonde Undercut Spiky Pixie

#14 Platinum Undercut with Attitude

Flaunt a bold statement with this platinum undercut pixie—a cut that pairs minimalism with maximum impact. The dark roots add an urban grit to the ice-blonde top, making it a stellar choice for those ready to embrace a dual-tone trend. While it works wonders for adding volume to straight hair, it’s an edgy style that’s not for the faint of heart. Keep in mind, the stark color contrast will need upkeep to maintain its striking appeal. Tailored for diamond or angular face shapes, this look is as much a fashion statement as it is a haircut.

#15: Short Pixie with a Spiky Texture

If you’re after a unique look, add a spiky texture to an edgy, short pixie. This style meshes well with a wispy hairline. Pixie cuts come in a variety of lengths and textures. If you’re fond of short, textured hair, add flair with spiky movement around the crown. Incorporating a soft bang adds another layer of interest to this style.

#16: Messy Spiky Pixie with Side Bangs

If you want height and volume in your hair, opt for a spiky and unkempt pixie cut. It has long swept bangs at the side. This will highlight your face and eyes. If you’re looking for a pixie cut, find the best salon. Do your homework and find a stylist who excels in short haircuts.

Layered Spiky Quiff Hairstyle with Highlights for Ladies
Instagram @gbhdesign

#17: Layered Quiff Hairstyle with Highlights

A layered quiff hairstyle with highlights is a slightly more satiable alternative to a disconnected short haircut. Short hairstyles with a quiff range from short crops to medium-length wavy styles. Wearing your quiff hairstyle pushed forward makes this haircut feel more soft and delicate. The haircut can be paired with subtle highlights for a softer, classic look.

#18: Spikiest Pixie Cut

The spikiest pixie cut is an option that adds volume and ensures texture to your hair. For a low-maintenance style, this cut works best for those with a busy lifestyle. I recommend applying a small amount of mousse to your hair and using your fingers to shape the spikes. To help define them, finish with the Paul Mitchell Spray Wax and a Extra-Body Finishing Spray. This cut is perfect for an easy yet stylish everyday look that requires minimal effort.

Sassy Spiky Hair
Instagram @shmoakin_hair

#19: Sassy Spiky Hair

This look is an edgy, fun pixie for a mature woman. I want to give my girls an easy way to look good no matter if they style their hair or leave it to air dry. This cut is easy to style and will last a few days. It gives the guest longevity in the shower/style category.

#20: Razor Cut Blonde Spikes

A razor cut will make your cut grow out better and it adds wonderful texture to your shape. One of the best ways to convey to your stylist exactly what hairstyle you would like is to show them a picture. Do keep in mind the spikiness requires straighter hair textures. Don’t forget to style your shape more foreword with a texture paste for the most awesome results.

Grey Blended Soft Spiky Hair
Instagram @kariebell_hair

#21: Grey Blended Soft Spiky Hair

Grey blended soft spiky hair will change your hair from boring to spectacular. You’ll want to avoid styling the top backward if you want to look current. Blow drying from the back towards your face helps you achieve the perfect finish. You can pop the front up for a bit of height around your face. Don’t forget to apply a small amount of paste or wax for control and shine, and frequent cuts are a must.

#22: Cute Hair Combover for Women

A cute hair combover for women is a fresh take on a pixie. If you have an oval face and can rock any length style, an asymmetrical spiky pixie is exciting and a great way to express your personal taste through your haircut. Schedule this type of haircut with an advanced level haircutting specialist, as inventive haircuts require a high level of precision and skill.

#23: Trendy Spiky and Feathered Faux Hawk

The spiky and feathered faux hawk gives personality and lightness to a woman’s hair. It adds more volume to your hair, leaving them very beautiful and bold-looking.

#24: Ear-Length Spiked Haircut for Black Women

An ear-length spiked haircut for black women is an ultra-cool way to showcase a personal style. Hair that has been relaxed by way of smoothing treatment, will help with managing the short lengths. Electric hot combs, paddle brushes are great tools to have when styling these women’s short edgy cuts.

#25: Short and Spiky with Choppy Bangs

Short and spiky with choppy bangs draw attention wherever it goes and shows your personality. The undercut is a great option to reduce the volume of thick hair, while the choppy bangs frame your facial features.

Spiky choppy cut for over 50
Instagram @hair_by_pedro

#26: Spiky and Choppy Cut for Women Over 50

Pixies are all about texture! If you have fine and straight hair, this choppy haircut gives you the texture and height you need.  If you want to avoid an old lady haircut that’s easy to style, this is your cut!

Voluminous Textured Pixie Spiky Quiff for Women
Instagram @gbhdesign

#27: Textured Pixie Quiff

A textured pixie quiff is an edgy and interesting haircut that works on thicker or coarse hair types. A pixie quiff is similar to a mohawk but is easier to wear. If you enjoy voluminous hair, this is a great option. The short sides and the long top make the pixie quiff a style for the adventurous person.

#28: Short Spiky Asymmetrical Haircut

A short spiky asymmetrical hair cut translates to a fearless, decisive, and practical woman. Style this cut with a styling gel to hold the spiky finish longer.

spiky pixie for older women with front blonde strands
Instagram @sm_lawless

#29: Spiky Pixie for Older Women with Front Blonde Strands

A really short spiky pixie for older women showcases that great hair transformations are possible. Emphasizing the white-blonde hair in the front to come up with a subtle contrast is a genius idea. Now tell me who rocks a combination of spiky hair and a pixie cut better than anyone else?

#30: Vivid Spiky and Messy Short Hair

Tapered cuts help achieve messy, wild spiked-up pixie hair ideas. Sleeker ends help create a sharper edge. And along with the soft purple hues, short spiky haircuts will appear to be the most out-of-the-box look.

#31: Spiked Pixie Undercut for Thick Hair

Consider a short spiky hairstyle by having a clean undercut on all sides and keeping the middle bunch thick and full. It’s perfect if you’re getting tired of a bob cut but still want a short length. It works very well on ladies with medium to thick hair. The dark burgundy hair color adds all the attitude to this spiky pixie undercut that’s both cute and charismatic.

Very Short Piece-y and Spiky Faux Hawk Cut for Women
Instagram @kratkovlasky.cz

#32: Very Short Piece-y and Spiky Faux Hawk Cut

Turn heads with a spiky and shaved faux hawk cut, which requires a lot of texture to remove weight. Match this mohawk-inspired cut with a fun color of silver-blonde. On the sides, it has a skin fade.

It’s a cut that involves a lot of maintenance. Your hair must be textured enough. It can be done on any type of hair, and you can use the iron and the dryer. It’s a very modern short spiky hairstyle, and you have to be willing to undergo a change with this type of cut.

#33: Wavy Spiked Pixie Cut with Long Bangs

Opt for a messy spiky pixie crop cut with length on top and design flowing with texture and waves on the side of the head.  I’m all about definition, texture, and volume, and if you combine all of that with a nice line or design, it’s the perfect hairdo! This piece was a collaboration with a makeup artist and photographer, so all that also helps to come out with this extraordinary hair creation.

#34: Feminine Layered Pixie

This short and spiky haircut is an edgy layered pixie cut. The textured top gives the look style dimension and lift. Amp it up with a powdered texture wax to give it movement. The best part about this cut is the grow-out. A little dark root and textured short shag will bring her back in, eventually.

soft spikes for fine hair
Instagram @marianagorini

#35: Soft Spikes for Fine Hair

Consider a short haircut with soft spikes for fine hair, which is a great way to flaunt a casual look. Hair type, face shape, and lifestyle play a pivotal role in how certain styles work for different people. Be open to the professional opinion from your stylist on how a particular style might need to be adapted in different ways to suit you.

#36: Modern Texture and Spiky Haircut for Thin Hair

This spiky style with modern texture for thinner hair is iconic. It’s a strongly textured haircut yet feminine and wearable. It’s a combination of a pixie cut with a bit of extra length at the nape and the side area, which adds the current modern mullet twist to the look.

Platinum Blonde Color on Spiky, Short Haircut
Instagram @kat_a_combs

#37: Platinum Blonde Color on Spiky, Short Haircut

Here’s a spiky modern punk-rock style in a minimal hair length, but a lot softer and more feminine than the one from the ’80s. I lightened her hair to a platinum blonde and created a shadow root to give it an illusion of depth. I used light cool lavender color at the roots and left the rest of the hair platinum.

Edgy Spiky Style with Bangs and Blue Highlights
Instagram @hairocd

#38: Edgy Spiky Style with Bangs and Blue Highlights

This short and spiky hairstyle with bangs is versatile. With the haircut, the sides are cut shorter because the disconnection gave her an edge and more body, but when combed down can be very commercial as well. This short style is for women who like switching it up from a day look but a fun nightlife!

#39: Blonde Soft Spiky Curls

Blonde, soft, spiky curls give a formal style to your short hair. Perfect for the lady who wants a short, spiky look but has length on top, play, and style. It can be styled in so many ways and is easy to maintain. It is universally flattering on all hair textures.