The 18 Edgiest Examples of Punk Hairstyles

Punk hair ideas

Nowadays, it seems that anything goes when it comes to hair. Punk hairstyles that used to be deemed too extreme are now commonplace. They can be seen in on the runway, in fashion magazines and on brave souls with daring street style. If your personal style is a bit eccentric, or if you simply like to be different, take a peek at these edgy punk hairstyles. You’ll find candy-colored creations, great undercuts, and twisted, disconnected hair looks for the punk in all of us. Show off your twisted style and declare your independence from mediocrity. Be bold, be brilliant, be YOU and make a bold statement with one of these edgy looks!

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Dark Short Punk Hair with Dark Red Highlights

Dark Short Punk Hair with Dark Red Highlights
Instagram @cindyhstyles

Fiery highlights steal the show on this short punk hairstyle. Contrasting dark colors compliment each other, leaving a wonderful red and black canvas for those layered textures to arise in the bob.

Edgy Blue Punk Hairstyle

Anyone who’s brave to rock this super funky hairstyle deserves to be crowned an eternal blue goddess. Pair with an undercut and some waves for added style and some serious punk rock mermaid vibes.

Fab Faux Hawk for Punk Girls

Fab Faux Hawk for Punk Girls
Instagram @bevy_studio6a

Q&A with style creator, Bevy Moreno
Licensed Cosmetologist / Stylist @ Studio 6a Salon and Spa in Westlake, OH

How would you describe this?

This faux hawk for punk girls is edgy! The patterns are so different but go perfectly together. All women can pull off punk girl hairstyles like this.

What’s your best advice?

This is such a fun and unique punk haircut for a special event. All women can rock this style, with lots of hairsprays!

A Super Edgy Punk Hairstyle

A Super Edgy Punk Hairstyle
Instagram @allison_hair

Q&A with style creator, Allison Shiffman
Colorist / Stylist @ Classique Salon in Staten Island, NY


How would you describe this?

This super edgy punk hairstyle was buzzed all around. A heartbeat design was carved on the side using a trimmer. The top was razored for texture to give it an effortless punk style that can be achieved at home.

What’s your best advice?

This cut is extremely easy for a woman who wants to just style and go. Depending on your hair type, all you’d need to do is smooth your punk hair using a hairdryer and brush. For fine hair, you can add mousse before drying.

A trick for extra volume or spikiness is drying the hair in the opposite direction you plan on wearing it, then take a pomade to rub it in your hands and push the hair back over using your fingers.

For coarse curly hair, a flatiron might be necessary after drying. You can use a texture spray or dry shampoo on the roots to fluff it up and make it messier.

Adding a hairspray will help keep your punk hair in place. The amount of volume on top and how you wear the front/bangs area can be adjusted to complement your face shape! An experienced stylist will discuss this during the haircut consultation and recommend what is best for you.

Hot Pink A-line Punk Hairstyle

Picture of a hot pink a-line punk hairstyle
Instagram @themarciek

Q&A with style creator, Marcie Kowalski
Color Specialist / Future Professional @ Paul Mitchell The School Jessup in Jessup, MD


How would you describe this?

This a-line punk hairstyle is edgy, youthful and fun. The color used in this photo is from the new Manic Panic Professional line. Punk rock is making a comeback, and Manic Panic, which was one of the first punk hair color companies has evolved as well. The placement of the hot pink is offset by the natural gray hairs. It’s a fun blending of those three colors using slices and weaving techniques.

What’s your best advice?

Fashion colors are super fun but also incredibly difficult to maintain. Pink hair is probably the most difficult. If you’re going to take the leap to fashion colors, just know you’ll potentially bleed on pillowcases and towels. Cold water is key.

70’s Punk Blue Mohawk

Picture of a 70s punk blue mohawk
Instagram @missvintage82

Q&A with style creator, Alexandra Karen
Alternative Barber in Manchester, UK


How would you describe this?

This 70’s punk blue mohawk is edgy, alternative, and not for the faint-hearted. The color works amazingly with alt girl hairstyles like this one.

What’s your best advice?

This punk rock hair isn’t for women with very fine or fair hair, or with a round or oval face shape.

It’s more of a music-inspired look from the late 70’s punk era. So if you’re into punk music, this would be perfect.

Try Swartzkopf Mowhawk Dust with an extra hold molding spray. If you use wax, it can weigh down the Mohawk and it won’t stay in the style for long.

Pinky Bob Punk Haircut

Q&A with style creator, Chantelle Haines
Apprentice Stylist @ The Headroom in Grande Prairie, AB


How would you describe this?

This is soft punk bob. The different shades of pink hair color and the soft layers, with the blunt perimeter, make this punk look the perfect transitional step to going full punk!

What’s your best advice?

The versatility of this cut is amazing! You can wear this sleek and sophisticated or rock it out with some crazy texture and curl!

Try a smoothing balm and a strong-hold mousse. The smoothing balm and mousse allow more control over those crazy strands!

Take a leap with a semi-permanent color and let your freak flag fly with confidence!

Punk Rock for Straight Hair

Punk Rock for Straight Hair
Instagram @amber.cuttinup

Attitude meets style as you wear rock ‘n roll on your mane. Stylist Amber partnered a dark ginger hue to liven up straight hair.

Disconnected Mullet Punk Hairstyle

Disconnected Mullet Punk hairstyle
Instagram @_hairwitch_

Q&A with style creator, Corrie Sweat
Hairstylist @ Salon Twenty-ten in Savannah, GA


How would you describe this?

This modern mullet is very disconnected with tons of texture. This is a playful take on one of the most popular punk rock hairstyles from the 80s.

This style can fall into so many categories from whimsical and pixieish to rocker chic.

What’s your best advice?

This is definitely a more fashion-forward style of possible rocker hairstyles. A bold personality and aesthetic are required to pull this style off. The best thing about the modern mullet is that it works best when slightly unkempt, so not a lot of styling is required.

At most, use a dry shampoo and texturing paste such as Aveda’s Control Paste or Verb’s Sea Texture Creme for a piecey, undone punk vibe.

Wild Thang Hairstyle for Punks

Q&A with style creator, Ruth Phillips
Independent Stylist @ Roots Salon & Wellness Spa in Youngstown, OH


How would you describe this?

This wild thing hairstyle for punks is a disconnected haircut with shaved sides. It features a deep violet against the yellow, and of course, a hand-painted leopard pattern!

What’s your best advice?

For women considering punk haircuts, remember that this print can easily be cut out after your sides grow a bit to leave a fairly low commitment color.

Conversely, if it’s something you’d like to keep long term, you will need to sit and have your color done and the pattern painted back on at each haircut, or possibly every other, depending on how much of the pattern is cut out.

The Green Lantern Punk Hairstyle

The Green Lantern Punk hairstyle
Instagram @jaysonstylist

Q&A with style creator, Jason Murray
Co-owner / Stylist @ Edwards Salon in Mill Valley, CA


How would you describe this?

This undercut pixie is called the “The Green Lantern” of punk hairstyles. It features strong lines, texture, and the color makes it all pop.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To pull off alt hairstyles, understand there’s a lot of maintenance to keeping high fashion colors. This means changing it up. Keeping it sharp is essential!

Awesome Spiky Hair for Punk Rock Girls

Awesome Spiky Hair for Punk Rock Girls
Instagram @staygold31

Not as dangerous as it looks, spikes on your punk hair is exhilarating cool. You could go all in with a bold hair color and some visual undercut.

Pompadour Mohawk Punk Hairstyle

Pompadour Mohawk Punk hairstyle
Instagram @studio_wolf

Q&A with style creator, Lindsay Wolf
Color & Blonding Specialist @ Studio Wolf in Portland, OR


How would you describe this?

This is a pompadour mohawk! The punk style features lots of height built up from the front all the way to the nape of the neck, with each side buzzed.

What’s your best advice?

If you’re considering punk hair styles like this, it’s ideal for women with a strong bone structure and an oval face shape. This punk hairstyle requires time for styling and a few amazing products, so it’s definitely not a low maintenance style!

Try Oribe Volumista Mist for volume. Spray from your roots to the ends prior to blow drying with a small to medium round brush. Follow up with Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray to lock in hold, then lightly mist with Oribe Shine Reflecting Spray for a glossy, glass-like finish. Voíla!

Dope Short Punk Hair

Dope Short Punk Hair
Instagram @andreajoy_styliste

Mohawk and bold hair color just scream punk, doesn’t it?

Joan Jett Shag for Modern Day Punks

Joan Jett Shag for Modern Day Punks
Instagram @cutxcolor

Q&A with style creator, Brit Taddei
Master Colorist / Creative Hair Artist @ Vanity Junkie Salon in Beaverton, OR


How would you describe this?

This is a classic Joan Jett shag for modern day punks that can be worn many ways. The versatility of this cut can be worn super textured and styled very dramatically, or it can be kept simple and toned down while still having an edge.

This punk cut can be accentuated with many color options as well, which makes it such a diverse and classic rock and roll haircut for women wanting to try something edgier.

What’s your best advice?

You definitely have to be bold to rock alternative hairstyles. This cut can be customized for any face shape. You can also wear it with or without a fringe. It also looks amazing on mid-length to long hair.

Texture paste and volume boosters will be your friend while styling this hairstyle. Try Kevin Murphy Volume.Boost, Bedroom.Hair, and Night.Rider texture paste.

Recreated Mullet Punk Hairstyle

Q&A with style creator, Sophie Wilson
Creative Hair Artist @ Marli Rose Hairdressing in Sydney, AU


How would you describe this?

This is a statement hairstyle that is not for the faint-hearted! The recreated mullet is back with more dramatic angles and texture in all the right places.

What’s your best advice?

Blow dry in a volume cream for texture and shine. Once dry, spray in a salt mist and scrunch the hair for that gritty punk vibe. Lastly, use a matte wax to piece out and accentuate the alt style.

This is so versatile and can be tailored to all women, but it would work best on a woman with medium to thick hair. It will flatter a heart, oval or diamond face shape.

This cut is also nice for women with a large nose, as it draws attention away from it with the hard angles. It can also open up the face of punk rock women with small features.

Deathhawk Hairstyle for Punk Girls

Deathhawk hairstyle for Punk Girls
Instagram @daveyterror

Q&A with style creator, Crystal (Davey) Terror
Owner @ Toxic Salon in San Antonio, TX


How would you describe this?

This is a teased mohawk called “Deathhawk” hairstyle for punk girls. Punk hairstyles for long hair like this, are super punk rock.

What’s your best advice?

Use Joico Cobalt/Peacock Green semi-permanent color and Pravana Neon Greens. For the shave, use a Wahls peanut trimmer. As for the style, it was backcombed and teased. The whole hawk was sprayed with Bedhead Masterpieces.

Women with medium to coarse textured hair are the easiest to tease into a style like the Deathhawk. It’s not a good idea to style fine/thinning hair like this. Most face shapes work with this style, too.

Punk With Style

Punk With Style hairstyle
Instagram @hairtonomy

Q&A with style creator, Angel Indelicato
Hairstylist @ Talking Headz Salon in Philadelphia, PA


How would you describe this?

This cut could be described as punk with style, the grungy answer to a precision haircut. It’s got some triangular shape with very choppy short layers. It looks great on her naturally wavy hair.

What’s your best advice?

Try top products like Lanza’s Texture Spray, Puff Me Volumizing Powder, or even Kevin Murphy’s Rough.Rider. You really need a dryer feeling, gritty product to get that hair to stand up and to provide the broken up texture in the ends.

This short punk hairstyle works great on hair types between straight and wavy. You could go for it curly though! Depending on how you push this haircut around makes it more punk or more polished.