27 Punk Hairstyles for Women (Trending in 2023)

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

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 on the runway, in fashion magazines, and on brave souls with daring street style. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a part of a punk group or punk subculture to rock one of these hairdos.

If your personal style is a bit eccentric, or if you simply like to be different, take a peek at these edgy punk hairstyles for females. You’ll find candy-colored creations, great undercuts, and twisted, disconnected hair looks for the pop 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!

Before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of punk hairstyles.

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Lived-In Blonde Curls with a V-Shape Taper and shaved for Punk Rock Women
Instagram @cococurlss

#1: Lived-In Blonde Curls with a V-Shape Taper

Have you wanted to level up your style? Try this edgy and cool haircut – a v-shape taper, shaved in for a bold finish. This look is perfect for making a fashion-forward yet chic punk rock haircut. Be sure to use a volumizing product to get the most out of the curls, and use a lightweight wax to keep them in place. Work the wax through the curls using your fingers to give your hair separation and texture.

Undercut Purple Spiked Pixie Cut Punk Hairstyles
Instagram @titan_barber

#2: Undercut Purple Spiked Pixie Cut

The undercut purple spiked pixie cut is a bold and unique haircut that can take your look to the next level. This style is all about emphasizing your rebellious and daring side. The undercut adds structure to the cut. While the bright purple hue adds a pop of color to make your overall look stand out. Use a texture wax or spray to show off your inner rocker when styling!

Punk Hair Textured Blood Red Pixie Mullet for women with an edgy side
Instagram @inawesalon

#3: Textured Blood Red Pixie Mullet

Try a blood-red color on a textured pixie mullet if you want a trendy punk hairstyle. The fun, multi-colored fringe is great for edgy women looking to spice up their hair. I suggest your hairstylist do block color placements with red and black to make the color pop. This look is high maintenance, so be prepared to visit the salon often.

Two-Toned Long Wolf Cut with Short Fringe Punk Hairstyle for women with an edgy style
Instagram @heavy.metal.hairdresser

#4: Two-Toned Long Wolf Cut with Short Fringe

This two-toned wolf cut with a short fringe is a great color and cut if you want a new trendy look! Try and opt for consulting with your stylist first. Avoid using non-professional maintenance care at home. This will help to ensure your color lasts as long as possible.

Dark Short Punk Hair with Dark Red Highlights
Instagram @cindyhstyles

#5: Dark Short Hair with Dark Red Highlights for Punks

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.

Punk Orange and Teal Spiky Pixie Cut
Instagram @titan_barber

#6: Orange and Teal Spiky Pixie Cut

Some like to stand out from the crowd and make a statement, and this orange and teal spiky pixie cut fits the bill. The side has been disconnected from the top with a line design allowing the color to be separate. Ask your stylist for advice if your hair needs a decent product to keep the style. They will often either be able to direct you or have the best product to sell you.

Medium length afro for black punk girls
Instagram @curlfactor

#7: Medium-Length Afro for Black Punk Girls

Give extra bounce to medium-length afro for black punk girls for extra height and a sleek silhouette. Lifting the hair away from the sides into a mohawk with curly hair adds a versatile look without too much effort, giving an abundance of life to the curls and an edgy vibe to your style.

#8: Platinum Mullet

An edgy yet chic style can be the only way to describe a platinum mullet. One of the best ways to get the mullet is to avoid removing too much on the sides. That way your density on top can still conceal or reveal, on demand.

Short hair mohawk with dreadlocks
Instagram @vonsbraids

#9: Short Hair Mohawk with Dreadlocks

Add a super cool vibe to your short hair mohawk with dreadlocks to get height and faux bangs to completely overhaul your style. Play around with the bangs – make them sit to the side or go for full on.

Shoulder length punk hair with a side part
Instagram @ayhanonluel

#10: Shoulder-Length Punk Hair with a Side Part

Shoulder-length punk hair with a side part just shouts attitude. The over swept bangs are where it really shines. Create this look with a round brush, some volumizer, and a blowdryer. Try using the nozzle on the dryer to direct the heat right at the roots, to get lift.

#11: Edgy Blue Punk Hairstyle

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

Fab Faux Hawk for Curly Punk Girls
Instagram @bevy_studio6a

#12: Fab Faux Hawk for Curly Punk Girls

This faux hawk for punk girls is edgy! It was created by licensed cosmetologist Bevy Moreno of Westlake, OH. “The patterns are so different but go perfectly together. All women can pull off punk girl hairstyles like this,” says Moreno.

Moreno believe this is such a fun and unique punk haircut for a special event. “All women can rock this style, with lots of hairsprays,” she adds.

#13: A Super Edgy Punk Hairstyle

Consider a super edgy punk hairstyle that’s buzzed all around. The top was razored for texture to give it an effortless punk style that can be achieved at home.

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 locks back over using your fingers.

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!

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

#14: Hot Pink A-line Punk Hairstyle

This a-line punk hairstyle is edgy, youthful, and fun. It was created by stylist and colorist Marcie Kowalski of Jessup, MD.

“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 dye is offset by the natural gray hairs on her head. It’s a fun blending of those three colors using slices and weaving techniques,” she explains.

She goes on to say, “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. Coldwater is key.”

Picture of a 70s punk blue mohawk
Instagram @missvintage82

#15: 70’s Punk Blue Mohawk

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,” says alternative barber Alexandra Karen of the UK.

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

“Spiked hairstyles like this are more of the music-inspired mohawks from the late 70’s punk era. So if you’re into punk music, this would be perfect,” she states.

For styling, Karen suggests trying 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.”

#16: Pinky Bob Punk Haircut

This soft punk bob was handcrafted by apprentice stylist Chantelle Haines of Grande Prairie, AB. “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,” says Haines.

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

Haines says to 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,” she adds.

Punk Rock for Straight Hair
Instagram @amber.cuttinup

#17: Punk Rock for Straight Hair

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

#18: Disconnected Mullet Punk Hairstyle

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

This is definitely a more fashion-forward style of possible rocker hairstyles. It’s not just punks of the 80s that can pull this style off. A bold personality and aesthetic are required, too! 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.

#19: Wild Thang Hairstyle with Shaved Sides for Punks

The wild thing hairstyle for punks is a disconnected haircut with shaved sides. It was created by independent stylist Ruth Phillips of Youngstown, OH. “It features a deep violet against the yellow, and of course, a hand-painted leopard pattern!”

For women considering punk haircuts, Phillips says to 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,” she adds.

The Undercut Pixie Punk Hairstyle
Instagram @shmoakin_hair

#20: The Undercut Pixie Punk Hairstyle

This undercut pixie is one of the best punk hairstyles. It features strong lines, texture, and the dark color makes it all pop. To pull off alt hairstyles, there’s a lot of maintenance to keeping the cut looking its best. This means changing it up. Keeping it sharp is essential!

Awesome Spiky Hair for Punk Rock Girls
Instagram @staygold31

#21: Awesome Spiky Hair for Punk Rock Girls

Not as dangerous as it looks, spikes on your punk hair are exhilarating cool. Pair your spiky short hair with bold hair color and some visual undercut.

Pompadour Mohawk Punk hairstyle
Instagram @studio_wolf

#22: Pompadour Mohawk Punk Hairstyle

A pompadour mohawk was created by stylist Lindsay Wolf of Portland, OR. “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,” explains Wolf.

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,” she adds.

For styling, Wolf says to 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!”

#23: Dope Short Punk Hair with a Long Emo Top

Mohawk and bold hair color just scream punk, doesn’t it? This emo hair pairs well with shaved sides and a longer top.

messy Joan Jett shag for modern day punks
Instagram @joeprofita

#24: Messy Joan Jett Shag for Modern Day Punks

This is a classic Joan Jett shag for modern day punks that can be worn in many ways. The versatility of this cut can be worn super messy and 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.

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 with bangs punk hairstyle
Instagram @hirohair

#25: Recreated Mullet with Bangs Punk Hairstyle

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.

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
Instagram @daveyterror

#26: Deathhawk Hairstyle for Punk Girls

Opt for a teased punk mohawk called “Deathhawk” hairstyle for punk girls. It was handcrafted by salon owner and stylist Crystal Terror of San Antonio, TX. “Punk hairstyles for long hair like this, aren’t just a fashion statement, they’re super punk rock.”

“Use Joico Cobalt/Peacock Green semi-permanent color and Pravana Neon Greens,” explains Terror. “For the shaved side, use a Wahls peanut trimmer. As for the style, it was backcombed and teased. The whole hawk was sprayed with Bedhead Masterpieces. Ask your stylist about hair gel that’s just as effective a for long-lasting hold.”

Women with medium to coarse textured hair are the easiest to tease into a wider mohawk 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.

Blonde Punk with Style on Top
Instagram @cuts.by.rasa

#27: Blonde Punk With Style on Top

A blonde 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 naturally straight hair.

Try top products like Lanza’s Texture Spray, Puff Me Volumizing Powder, or even Kevin Murphy’s Rough.Rider, which are perfect for grunge hair. 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.

A 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.

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