Short spiky hair is a women’s short haircut with a ton of layers, finished with holding 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 photos of the most eye-catching short spiky hair haircuts and hairstyles!
Spiky and Choppy Cut for Women Over 50
Pixies are all about texture and sometimes spikes! If you have fine and straight hair, this choppy haircut gives you the texture and height you need.
This side-swept spiky style has a blonde hair color and is edgy and piece-y, but is still feminine and truly fits a similar personality.
When considering a very short haircut for women over 50, be prepared to style every day, but the best part is that it takes minutes!
If you want to avoid an old lady haircut and that’s easy to style, this is your cut!
The at-home secret to style this pixie is the messier, the better. Towel dry and apply KMS Thermashape Hot Flex Spray for heat protection. Once your hair is dry, work KMS hair, play messing creme throughout, and piece out your bangs for lived-in texture.
Spiky Pixie for Older Women with Front Blonde Strands
A really short spiky pixie for older women showcases that great hair transformations are possible. Stylist Val Vincent says she just did “a little natural sparkle enhancement” on this hair.
Emphasizing the white hair in the front to come up with a striking contrast is a genius idea. Now tell me who rocks a combination of spiky hair and a pixie cut better than anyone else?
Spiky and Messy Short Hair
Tapered cuts help achieve messy, wild spiked-up pixie hair ideas like this. Sleeker ends help create a sharper edge. And along with the soft purple and magenta hues, short spiky haircuts like this appear to be the most out-of-the-box look.
Spiked Pixie Undercut for Thick Hair
Consider a mohawk-inspired short spiky hairstyle by having a clean undercut on all sides and keeping the middle bunch thick and full. It works very well on ladies with medium to thick hair. The pinkish 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
Turn heads with a spiky and shaved faux hawk cut, which requires a lot of texture to remove weight. Match it with a fun color of silver-blonde. On the sides, it has a skin fade. Bengie Candelario, a barber from Puerto Rico is the mastermind behind this chop.
Candelario notes that it’s a cut that involves a lot of maintenance. The 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,” Candelario explains.
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. Barber Rolan Fernandez of Wauwatosa, WI is behind this look.
“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,” Fernandez explains.
Also, line and design work look great but don’t stay forever. Fernandez continues, “You need to know that if you want the cut to look sharp in that area, you need to get a clean-up every week. It’s a great wavy spiky pixie look, but it will take more than 5 minutes to achieve.”
Feminine Layered Pixie with Spikes
This short and spiky haircut is an edgy layered pixie cut by stylist Kristen Kimball of Redwood City, CA.
“The textured top gives the look style dimension and lift. Amp it up with a powdered texture wax to give it movement,” Kimball notes.
Kimball’s favorite thing about this look is the grow-out. A little dark root and textured short shag will bring her back in, eventually.
“We wanted an upgraded classic blonde pixie that includes a blonde hue and layers with spiked ends that wouldn’t take away this lady’s delicate features. We kept her hairline, around her face and neck, short and shattered with a razor cut. Her crown texture was cut with shears, careful to break up any bulkiness and create movement and texture,” Kimball explains.
with a texture powder such as PuffMe helps to create lightweight lift and volume.
Kimball points out that this short layered haircut is “meant to be a “rockin’ bedhead” look without much styling fuss – just a little product and go!”
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 artist Alexander Maud of Brighton, UK wanted to achieve something that was structured but soft. It was something that addressed a strong growth pattern on the hairline while keeping it feminine.
Hair type, face shape, and lifestyle play a pivotal role in how certain styles work for different people. Maud notes, “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.”
Modern Texture and Spiky Haircut for Thin Hair
This spiky style with modern texture for thinner hair is iconic, designed by London-based stylist Mo Safi.
Safi describes it as “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.”
Short spiky haircuts for women work on all hair density and texture with the correct adaptation of cutting techniques and cutting tools. Safi’s favorite element about this cut is the undone texture and the chewed-off fringe.
It’s one good edgy style for a girl who doesn’t want a commitment to styling but still wants a cutting-edge hairstyle. It’s a very versatile hairstyle that can be worn conservatively or, with a bit of manipulation.
Platinum Blonde Color on Short, Spiky 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.
Stylist Ilona Musaelyan of Santa Monica, CA describes how this look was created. “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. This created an ombre look from dark to light,” Musaelyan states.
Any woman can pull off this look as long as the cut and color are properly selected for her face shape and skin tone. Musaelyan recommends using no or very little product for girls short edgy cuts like this. If the hair is cut properly, it will do what it’s meant to.
Sassy Spiky Hair
This look is an edgy, fun pixie with spikes for a mature woman, made by stylist Jessica Hankins from Gainesville, FL.
Hankins explains, “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.”
Consultation is key. Hankins says to ask your stylist these questions, “How often do they want to be in the salon? Are you willing to invest in your regular trims? Short hair is a commitment, but I feel everyone at some point should explore. You can try out fun shades or undercuts/designs, and it’s fun because it will grow back out. Short hairstyles like this will need to be cleaned up about every 4-8 weeks, depending on the guest and how much they can tolerate hair growth.”
For shorter and textured cuts, think about what it will take to maintain the cut. It’s suggested that you do some research on a stylist that specializes in pixies and other extra short cut ideas.
Low-Maintenance Short Spiky Cut for Over 60
This low-maintenance pixie cut was created using a scissor over-comb closely cropped to this woman’s head shape. From the parietal ridge up to the top, stylist Laura Gallo of New York texturized deep peaks to encourage the hair to swoop up and have a spiky look. It’s a smart hairstyle for any occasion, for sure.
A spiky haircut for older women is for a bolder and more confident look. This closely cropped haircut for women over 60 with short hair complements the shape of the head.
Gallo explains, “Hair trends like this are probably the most liberating style, as they require minimal time and effort to look polished yet edgy and go great from day into night!”
Edgy Spiky Style with Bangs and Blue Highlights
This short and spiky hairstyle with bangs is versatile. California-based stylist Vicky Garza says, “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!