47 Very Edgy Hairstyles You’ll See in 2018

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 some edgier hair styles by stepping outside of your comfort zone. Changing your hair is just a fun way to discover an interesting version of you, and it’s all about the details. Celebrities like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Ashlee Simpson, Miley Cyrus & Halle Berry and inspired millions of women to embrace an edgy look. Try one of these daring edgy hairstyles that will keep those heads turning.

Super Short Bob

Super Short Bob
Instagram @hairbyjessical

An angled layered jaw-line cut offers volume and texture that complements thin and fine hair stunningly. This simple yet trendy style works well on any hair texture, wavy, curly, or straight!

Super Dark Hair with Fishtail Braids

Super Dark Hair with Fishtail Braids
Instagram @glamwithdenise

Anyone can surely recreate this chic festive style! Cute loosely braided pigtails like this go beautifully with even the simplest black hair and still provides edge and interest to the whole look.

High Bun with a Twist

High Bun with a Twist
Instagram @freshlengths

Braids on a top knot is an exciting style to create for every occasion. It shows off your stunning facial features and brightens your face, giving you a feminine and fresh look.

Get-Noticed Fauxhawk

Get-Noticed Fauxhawk
Instagram @harlotofhair

Let your creativity go wild and turn it into a reality like this super awesome long fohawk! An eye-catching piece of art that only suits those who are brave and confident to rock this one-of-a-kind hairstyle.

Head-Turning Updo

Head-Turning Updo
Instagram @iulianurlan

It might seem hard to execute this gorgeous top bun, but in reality anyone can do it! A do that is great on long hair and perfect if you’re wanting to have beautiful volume.

Super Short Undercut Bob

Super Short Undercut Bob
Instagram @noralanaca

A smart way to handle high upkeep colors is to paint them on shorter hair! This particular cut requires less time of styling yet leaves you looking trendy and on-point all the time.

Pompadour with Shaved Sides

Pompadour with Shaved Sides
Instagram @evandellbespokebarber

The easiest and coolest way to get hair out of your face – this super stylish short cut is for the brave and modern women who want to look classy yet fun and edgy.

Very Deep Side Part

Very Deep Side Part
Instagram @igobygina

Ideal for round or oval faces, this parting style easily gives the illusion of length and symmetry. You can also show off your layered cut and the dimensions of your new fashion color by doing this look.

Unicorn Braids

Unicorn Braids
Instagram @katkolors

Ponytail braids are mainstream but when you paint them with these rainbow pastels, you’ll definitely have an edgy hairstyle that’s gonna be envied by all!

Edgy Long Hair with a Braided Ponytail

Edgy Long Hair with a Braided Ponytail
Instagram @hairby_chrissy

Another easy to create look, this style can be obtained just by doing a loose fishtail and keeping your long flirty side fringe loose. It works beautifully with long balayaged hair that can give contrast to the pieces.

Long Messy Beachy Hair

Q&A with style creator, Madison Lea Ann
Hairstylist @ Tony’s Hair Co. in The Colony, TX

How would you describe this look?

I really love this look just for the pure fact that it was so bold, but yet looked so natural. I took her from a grown out balayage from back in April. She told me she wanted to be super blond but still liked that when it was growing out there was no define line and that she couldn’t tell it was growing out so fast. So I decided to do part balayage and part foliage. I toned it with the Shades EQ line which I love because it always helps pull together a color. Now, cut wise we didn’t do much because she likes her hair long so I just trimmed up her ends and did layers, nothing fancy.

For styling, I always put a detangler in all my clients’ hair I’ve done color services on whether or not it’s super tangled. I also use a blow dry product in! It’s always different, just depends on what I want to see for end results. I used a 1-inch curling iron for this look as well and then I ran my fingers through it to break up the curls for her finishing look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Almost anyone who can pull off being a blond can wear this. Now, if you style your hair every day or even pretty often that’s where we get into at-home care. You have to use good professional shampoo and conditioner if you want it to stay in good shape. Because if you buy from a grocery store let’s say, for example, I can’t assure you it’ll do the job and I also can’t assure you that what’s in it is actually true. (Sulfate free, and color-protected shampoos are the most important to have). Also, sometimes with certain people’s hair, it doesn’t hold the “toner” as long so I always suggest a purple or blue shampoo for at-home keep.

Now leave-in conditioner is always a good idea if you’re this blond because you want it to stay hydrated and moisturized so it doesn’t get dried out and feel brittle. A heat protectant along with it is even better! Always have a heat protectant if you’re going to be styling your hair with any type of hot tools. The upkeep on this look is actually quite easy if you have all the right products! You can do so much with this look as well. Wear it natural, curl it, and even straighten it. You can wear it in braids or a top knot. It’s such a pretty natural bold look that you can do about anything with it and people will still compliment you on it!

Big Bold Afro

Big Bold Afro
Instagram @aggie_hair

Q&A with style creator, Aggie
Freelance Hair Artist in PG County, MD


How would you describe this look?

This is a huge purple afro hairstyle with messy kinky curls. I wanted it to look like a 5-day old twist out. The best thing about this look is how big, bold, and vibrant it is. I cut and styled it to frame my face and also to bring out my facial features.

Anyone considering this look has to be willing to wear it with confidence. It is very “out there” and you’ll draw a lot of attention so just be ready for that. As far as maintenance and products, water is your best friend. Just spray it with water, finger detangle, and clip off the stray bits. To achieve this look, I used 5 packs of purple crochet hair. I also brushed it out to make it less defined and much bigger. I have a round face and I love framing my hair around it. If you have a long face, a middle part will look great. Side parts will also work for anyone if you are unsure how to style/frame it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This hairstyle doesn’t need a special occasion, it could be your everyday look especially if you love playing with colors and big hair. It also works for festivals, artistic events, and photo shoots. Remember, water is your best friend! A bit of leave in conditioner is fine as well, just don’t overdo it. Last but not least, wear it with confidence!

Jet Black Retro Curls

Jet Black Retro Curls
Instagram @hairkitty13

Q&A with style creator, Ronella Santhumayor
Freelance Hairstylist in Mumbai, India


How would you describe this look?

This particular style is one of my favorites. It’s a very boho, retro like hair. You can wear it as a casual hairstyle or can team it up with a hair-tie or bandana to give it that extra edgy retro look. It works well with someone who has long hair with medium to a thick density that isn’t too layered. Her hair has a dark tint almost chocolate brown like which goes well with her skin tone. However, lighter hues or highlighted hair work well with this kind of style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are looking at creating such a hairstyle for yourself, you should have hair that isn’t too straight, heavy or limp. The hair should have a slight grit which can hold curls. To create that grit, one should prep the hair well.

Start by applying a small amount of hair mousse evenly to damp hair (I use the Schwarzkopf Taft hair mousse.) Then blow dry the hair to completely dry. I used a 22-inch barrel tong and vertically tonged the hair in one direction and away from the face. Finish with some hair or shine spray. Toss your hair around a bit scrunching it with your fingers and voila you have big retro hair. Perfect for a cocktail party or a night out.

Retro Beehive

Q&A with style creator, Tess Bradley
Stylist @ Douglas J Salon in Rochester Hills, MI


How would you describe this look?

I love how dressed up women used to get for everyday life. My goal for this look was to use hair color and wardrobe to modernize a retro shape creating an updated version of that 1950’s everyday glamour. The greatest part of this look is how the vibrant hair color really highlights the bold shape.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is bound to turn heads but can be customized to suit many different face shapes, hair textures, and personal styles. The height in this style will elongate round or pear face shapes but could be less exaggerated to suit longer face shapes as well.

I used a hair pad to create extra fullness, height, and longevity. This technique could also be used for clients with finer hair to create the illusion of more fullness. Thick-haired clients could use their own hair as hair padding.

Someone with a retro/rockabilly look could rock this every day, wrapping it in a scarf at night to help it last the whole week. This would also suit someone with more of a classic style, especially for a wedding or special occasion.

It would be difficult to achieve this look on hair shorter than the shoulders but a talented stylist with a passion for hair styling has lots of creative solutions. I would call around to local salons or search Instagram to find a stylist who is passionate about classic styling techniques. If you are thinking of trying something new, I say go for it! Styling is a great way to try something new and express your style to the world. Why not have fun with it!

Incredibly Shaggy Mid-Length Cut

Q&A with style creator, Sandra Ulloa
Stylist @ The Lab A Salon in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look?

There are so many variations of the shag these days. I cater to a lot of artistic types and hand full of musicians these days. This shag, in particular, that’s on Ame is a disconnected one. Due to the fact that she has finer hair through the sides and back, I can’t take too much length or layers. She’s ever so slightly top heavy.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this type of disconnected shag on finer to medium hair types and if you don’t want to spend too much time in the morning styling it. I do mostly dry cutting. Her hair is unforgiving so the soft texture is key, no bold lines whatsoever. I love dry cutting. It’s like tailoring a cut to your head.

Color: Balayage Wella Lights 20v with B3, L’Oreal Majiblonde 20 V with B3, L’Oreal 6n + 7bg-10v

I look at my clients’ fashion, but honestly, the girls who request this kind of cut normally is fashion conscious already. I’ve never had a woman who approached me with this cut who couldn’t pull it off already. I mean this cut goes with very well with high fashion, punk, rocker, boho chic, and trendy, all of the above fits into a shag.

Long Asymmetric Cut

Q&A with style creator, Erika Volivitch
Hairstylist @ Hair Design by Erika Volivitch in Orange County, CA


How would you describe this look?

I had so much fun doing this cut and color. I love the asymmetrical haircut because it makes it stand out and is different from what’s “normal”. The cut looks super cute both straight and curled!

This client has been doing this color for a long time because she rocks it so good! She’s got that sassy personality to go with this “sassy” haircut. I use Keune color for her deep red base color and then Pravana for her bright red ends. Now for this color, I did have to use bleach on her ends to create the bright red balayage look. But as long as your client is ok to keep up with possibly some treatments at home to keep those ends healthy then go for it! Her base is also red but a deep red.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Her face shape is more oval/diamond. Short haircuts look great so their face doesn’t look even longer with long haircuts. Her hair is naturally pretty straight with just a slight wave to it, so for her, it’s pretty easy to go straight or curled. Because it’s short for this client, her curls stay in really well with little to no hairspray.

She’s on a good regimen at home using Keune styling products: 2 phase moisturizing spray (for damp hair after shower, before blow-dry) & shine serum (before or after blow-dry). She also uses a Keune deep conditioning treatment once a week at home: Keune Care Line Vital Nutrition. For shampoo and conditioner, she uses Keune Care Line Vital Nutrition. She’s a client who is good about taking care of her hair at home, and in turn, keeping her hair color last longer in between salon visits! Upkeep on her hair is a salon visit about every 5-6 weeks.

Long Shag with Micro Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Shelby Grassman
Stylist @ Bishops Clifton Heights in Cincinnati, OH


How would you describe this look?

This haircut is a messy lived-in shag. The greatest thing about this cut is that it gives my model a high fashion edgy look without the need for excessive styling.

The cut is really versatile and customizable for any head of hair! It’s also very easy for my model to style, and it’s definitely a “get up and go” kind of look. Not to mention, it’s a really fun way to mix things up with long hair!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for achieving this look is attitude is everything. I am one of those stylists that believes that if you want something (cut, color, etc) then you should do it! You can rock it if you have the confidence. Of course, I would also say that with a cut like this most people will be styling their hair and using products on a daily basis.

My model is just lucky to have naturally wavy hair, as it really brings this cut to life and allows her to not style it as much. However with this haircut, we were a bit worried about her density, she has fine hair and not a whole lot of it. We styled her with her natural waves using Osis ‘Bouncy curls’ and ‘Tame wild’ and diffused. Then I took a flat iron and perfected some little pieces to give a more polished look.

The main finishing product we used was a texture powder from Osis called ‘Dust It’. I used it to fluff up her hair sprinkling it over her curls and her bangs to really give her that messy sexy “rock n roll” vibe.

Modern French Bob

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Badger
Hair Designer @ This or Die Salon in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this look?

This short haircut is a Mod Bob with a straight across fringe. What I love most about this is that you can make it sleek, mysterious and sexy or fun and playful (like in the photo). This particular client cut off about 8 inches of outgrown color, and with a proper cut, it looks like she just received fresh balayage color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are thinking about hair trends like this, ask yourself – are you a fun and funky person with an edge? This look can be worn by the majority of people. It’s just a matter of how you style it and how short/long the fringe is. The fringe makes it edgier if it’s short and bold versus a longer bang.

Messy Pixie with Long Side Bangs

Messy Pixie with Long Side Bangs
Instagram @courtneyxcentrichair

Stylist Courtney did an amazing job on this edgy pastel pixie with an undercut. It’s soft yet sexy short hair style and perfect for the girl-on-the-go!

Edgy Indie Razor Haircut

Q&A with style creator, Yvette Angelique
Stylist @ Yvette Angelique Sola Studio in Sunnyvale, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is an edgy, indie, razor haircut with blowout style using a flat iron. The color is a minimal blend ombré with an aquamarine combo. I love that it looks effortless!

Any advice for someone considering it?

The big thing to consider would be the maintenance of the color. Look for products and learn how to take care of it at home.

Use a color treatment paraben sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and also a protein hair mask once or twice a week depending on the health of your hair. Wash with cool water 2-3 times or less a week.

Apply a heat protectant styling product before subjecting to heat (blow dry, flat iron, curling iron, etc), and keep the heat low. Finish with an alcohol-free hairspray. You can use dry shampoo in between washing.

This look is for the non-conservative type of girls.

Not So Mellow Yellow

Picture of a not so mellow yellow edgy hairstyle
Instagram @hairbyjessbash

Q&A with style creator, Jess Basham
Hair Artist @ Heatwave Salon in Ridgecrest, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as fun, edgy, and unique. It’s definitely a “not so mellow yellow”. My client is so fun and has such a beautiful skin tone. She gave me free reign on her hair and I knew this color choice was a must!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Not a lot of people can wear neon yellow hair, but I knew she could! I would let anyone wanting this color to know that their hair needs to first be lifted to a pale yellow and treated with many different types of reconstructing and conditioning services prior to applying the creative color.

Aftercare consists of using color-protecting shampoo along with using heat protective products for styling. I used all Redken styling and color care products for her hair with a 1-inch iron for her waves.

Teal and Black Asymmetrical Cut

Q&A with style creator, Andrea Valle
Hairstylist @ Hair Loft Studio in New Orleans, LA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as powerful, strong, and fierce, yet still feminine. She came in with one side cut short and the other side longer hitting her shoulder, which I immediately loved. I cleaned up the existing cut and created an angle with graduation for fullness on the longer side. She had the best face shape for it.

I tapered the shorter side, so blending and connecting the two sides was my absolute favorite part. Most of all, she wore it with pure confidence.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Edgy hairstyles for short hair like this are for people who are looking to make a statement and aren’t afraid to be bold! Short cuts like these are definitely high maintenance when it comes to keeping the shorter side looking fresh.

As for styling, I believe it’s pretty low maintenance. Just add some curls and a little texture spray and carry on!

Edgy Asymmetrical Pixie

Picture of edgy asymmetrical pixie
Instagram @hair_by_aubrie

Q&A with style creator, Aubrie Davidson
Licensed Stylist @ Perfect Image Hair Design in Columbus, OH


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as an edgy hairstyle twist on a pixie cut. It is very versatile as well!

In this photo, we have it smoothed out with some texture on top, but you can also add a fun loose wave or even blow it out and comb it back for a fun pompadour! You can change the part or wear it flat and smooth. The looks are endless!

This pixie is asymmetrical which is my favorite thing about it. The long fringe in the front against the tight fade really makes for a fun and edgy look!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut is perfect for someone with a longer face. My client has a longer oval face shape and it really accentuates her! You have to be comfortable with a tight hairline and a little scalp exposure, although this cut can be modified!

My client’s favorite part about it is the length on the fringe. We wanted a pixie that showed off her beautiful face and slender neck without cutting it so short all over. The longer fringe allows her that comfort length in the front while still giving her an edge!

To achieve this style, we used Aquage Uplifting Foam and Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray before blow drying. After drying, we slid a flat iron through and pieced it out with Aquage Transforming Paste to really bring out the razor part of the haircut. We finished with Kenra Volume Spray to last her all day!

This cut is best achieved with a more dense hair texture. If you’re not looking to spend all morning on your hair routine, quick and easy hairstyles like this one are a great option!

Edgy Asymmetrical Bob

Edgy Asymmetrical Bob hairstyle
Instagram @hayleyhairxoxo

Q&A with style creator, Hayley Elizabeth
Hairstylist / Owner @ Prism Beauty Bar in Tyler, TX


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as an edgy asymmetrical bob with a shaved side.

My favorite thing about this look is the confidence it gives my guests. My favorite thing about the haircut itself is the texture and volume.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The first thing I would tell a guest interested in this haircut is that the haircut is a commitment. Contrary to popular belief, edgy short hairstyles are actually more maintenance than long hair! A client should come in to get edged up every two weeks to keep it looking clean, especially with a shaved side, and come in for regular haircuts every four to six weeks.

When thinking about a bob as a stylist, you want to take face shape into consideration because you don’t want to give your guest a haircut that isn’t going to accentuate her best features. This short, textured bob is perfect for heart-shaped faces and she can wear it curly, wavy, or straight.

Also, for most edgy bob looks, the guest absolutely needs to make time to blow dry and style using a medium round brush (I used the Paul Mitchell Neuro medium round brush). While educating my guest on blow drying techniques, I also make sure they know what products to use in order to achieve this look at home. It’s always best to purchase take-home products from a stylist instead of the local beauty supply store because we can educate our clients on how to use each one specifically for different hair types and textures. It’s also supporting the stylist!

Because the guest pictured has fine hair, I used the Paul Mitchell Invisible Wear line. We started with the shampoo and conditioner to add volume and shine. For styling, I used the Invisible Wear Volume Whip and finished her look with the Invisible Wear Undone Texture Hairspray.

A texture hairspray is a MUST with any edgy hairstyles!

Vibrant & Fierce Pink Pastel Pixie

Vibrant & Fierce Pink Pastel Pixie
Instagram @theberrys4_

Q&A with style creator, Chelsea Marie Berry
Stylist @ Harlow Salon in Nashville, TN


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a very edgy, “be your own style” look. My favorite part about it is how you can’t miss this person when you pass them. It is vibrant and fierce.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are someone who has flexibility in your hairstyle and you like messy finishes as much as clean, this look could be a good option for you. This cut would be great for straight, wavy, curly, or fine to medium hair types. This style would be great for diamond, heart, oval, round or square face shapes.

The style time for this look would be as short or long as you like. I definitely suggest a root lifting product. My favorite is Milkshake’s Texturizing Spritz. I also recommend good leave-in conditioner like Milkshake’s Whipped Cream, and for hold, I love the Milkshake Shaping Foam. All of this goes on damp hair.

After drying, if using heat to style, I recommend a heat protectant like Heat Defender from Tigi. Finish with a texturizing paste like Milkshake’s Texturizing Cream. Keep the hair clean and sleek, or rock out it by messing things up a bit.

Edgy Undercut Design

Edgy Undercut Design
Instagram @jane.society

Q&A with style creator, Jane Yi
Hairstylist @ Society A Salon in Sumner, WA


How would you describe this look?

This look is bold, edgy, and definitely a head turner! I love how it gives someone the ability to change up their look by simply throwing their hair up in a bun. As soon as the hair is taken down, you can’t see the design!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look can be achieved on pretty much any hair length, type, and texture. It can start as high or low as you want, but I usually recommend a one, two or three guard on clippers for the perfect length to create a design. You can go longer if not.

Someone with extremely thick hair that wants to get rid of bulk can rock an undercut! I’ve also given mini undercuts to my short bob clients who have low hairlines. This is a little more upkeep because it’s so short and grows back so quickly, but that just means you can start fresh and try different designs!

Fruit Stripe Gum

Fruit Stripe Gum hairstyle
Instagram @lx3zombies

Q&A with style creator, Melissa Maria
Owner @ Seven Sins Salon in Lakewood, CO


How would you describe this look?

My favorite thing about this color in particular is that it is on a male client of mine. For years the beauty industry has shamed men and women for going out of the box when it comes to hair color. This color has boosted the confidence of this client. To have someone leave who is utterly happy and has the courage to rock a color so bright, warm, and vibrant such as this makes me feel altruistic and accomplished.

My salon is a place where women and men of all ages should feel comfortable about their appearance, even if that means thinking outside of the box! Who wants to be “normal” anyway? We didn’t have much of a plan for this color, so to describe it is a little difficult. I had to compare, I would say it’s like Fruit Stripe Gum on acid.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The advice I would give to someone who’s considering going with a colorful look would be to be mindful of upkeep and maintenance. A color like this can take anywhere from three to seven hours to create, depending on the length of your hair and how light we are able to get. In order to do colors such as these, lightening the hair past orange to a pale white yellow base (with no damage) is key!

Special Effects direct dyes are not permanent! They are semi permanent which means they do not penetrate the cuticle of the hair. It only stains and sits on top of the cuticle, meaning the color lasts only about three to six weeks. Maintenance on these colors is not the easiest. If you want these colors to last as long as possible, then you must wash in cold water, wash only one to two times a week, use a Sulfate Free Shampoo, and a Glycerin-Free Conditioner, stay out of chlorinated pools, and avoid heat styling.

Anyone can wear a color like this, but the most important things to remember are quality and value. You must find a hairstylist who has experience in conducting colors such as these and never expect to have something done like this last minute. It is always very crucial to have a consultation and a clear understanding of the process, how much you are going to be spending, and the pros and cons of having a color like this.

Edgy Purple and Green Undercut

Edgy Purple and Green Undercut
Instagram @arienneba

Q&A with style creator, Arienne Alvarado
Aveda Certified & Licenced Cosmetologist @ Ari’s Hair Lab in Mathis, TX


How would you describe this look?

If I had to put a name to this style I would call it “Edgy Elegance”. Even though the colors are a little unorthodox, I believe that if the hair is done well and it’s styled well, there is no reason why having a color in your hair that is not a “natural” hair color should be deemed unprofessional. With the right attire and the right makeup, you can easily take this look from everyday wear to a night out. It’s all about what you pair with it that can give the look its edge or it’s elegance.

The one thing I love about this look is the colors. The effect they have on each other and the style itself is incredible. The four colors that we applied in my client’s hair give her style depth and dimension that actually helped conture her mohawk in a way that having one solid color could not do.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look in particular is something that can be achieved by anyone that’s willing to take the time to maintain a mohawk. Many people believe that it’s all about face shape when it comes to what kind of style you should have. For me, that’s not the case. I believe that if you have the confidence to rock your look, then rock your look!

When it comes to the maintenance of having a mohawk, you have to be willing to either learn how to shave the sides of your head, or be willing to come into the salon at least twice a month to keep your style looking its best. When it comes to the products you would need for this, having one or two just isn’t going to cut it. For this client’s look, we used Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer to blow dry, our salon’s line of thermal primer for her curls, Sexy Hair’s Play Dirty texturizing spray once it was curled, and finished the look with Sexy Hair’s Spray and Stay firm hold hairspray.

This look in particular is fairly easy for her to maintain because of the fact that she is very thick and coarse curly hair. For fine or straight hair, having a mohawk is a little harder to keep up with. You’d have to train the hair to fall a certain way and use different products.

I always try to encourage my customers to take a chance on a new hairstyle because you never know if it’s going to change your look or your style for the better. One thing is for sure though, you’ll always wonder what you would look like in that cute little haircut if you don’t give it a chance!

Super Short Blonde and Jet Black Pixie

Super Short Blonde and Jet Black Pixie
Instagram @jothepro.vb

Q&A with style creator, Jo’Kita Johnson
Hairstylist @ Hair Cuttery in Virginia Beach, VA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a two-toned, edgy textured pixie cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for someone considering this look is to be fun and willing to go outside the box. This is a very low maintenance haircut because you only have to blow it dry, add some texture paste to break it up, then piece it apart.

If you like looking different, love texture and want your hair out of your face, then edgy hairstyles like this one is for you!

Emerald Green Short Edgy Hairstyle

Emerald Green Short Edgy Hairstyle
Instagram @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!

Dark Green Edgy Shoulder Length Hair

Dark Green Edgy Shoulder Length Hair
Instagram @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, funky edgy 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 tasteful and edgy hairstyles like this one.

Anime-Inspired

Anime-Inspired hairstyle
Instagram @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 hairstyle.

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!

Edgy Platinum Blonde Streaks & Red Tips

Edgy Platinum Blonde Streaks & Red Tips
Instagram @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.

Crimped French Braid Updo

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

Crimped French Braid Updo

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.

Tripple Textured Braids

Tripple Textured Braids

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

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.

Pompadour with Purple Streaks

Pompadour Updo with a Splash of Purple Color

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

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

Elaborate Dreadlock Updo Back

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

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.

Super Long Herringbone Fauxhawk

Super Long Herringbone Fauxhawk

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

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 and Creamy Blonde Pixie

orange and creamy blonde pixie

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

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 and Back

Sleek Hairstyle with Gentle Texture and Volume

Work that face with this sleek ‘do that’s swept away 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.

Jet Black and Blonde Bob

Jet Black and Blonde Bob

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

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.

Forest Green Naturally Curly Hair

Naturally Textured Deep Forest Green Edgy Hairstyle

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

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.

Short Edgy Haircut with an Undercut

Sassy Undercut Hairstyle with Soft Beige Blonde Color

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

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

Chapeau Braids Updo for Thick Hair

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!

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.

Black Hair with Royal Blue Highlights

Gorgeous Beachy Waves with Royal Blue Color

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

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 a 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.

Purple, Black and White Silky Bob

Purple, Black and White Silky Bob

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

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.

Blonde and Purple Disconnected Frohawk

Short Crop with Elongated Fringe and Pastel Color

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

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.

Neck-Length Edgy Haircut with Bangs

Color Block Hairstyle with High Pompadour and Strong Fringe

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

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.