Gothic clothing? Check. Black eyeliner? Check. And what about your hair? Maybe you've had the same haircut for a while and are ready to change it.
If that sounds like you, you've come to the right place! Here are seven alternative haircuts for those who want to make a rebellious statement - complete with tips on how to style them.
An asymmetrical hairstyle is trendy in the alternative fashion world. The great thing about this hairstyle is that you can do it at any length! A bob where one side is longer than the other is an everyday asymmetric hairstyle, while another cut is the A-line cut where the back is short, and the front is long.
Asymmetric hairstyles look good with any hair type, but for the most daring look use a straightening iron to straighten your hair. Asymmetric cuts look good with intense colours, so feel free to add a few strands of light colour.
Would you like something more extreme than an asymmetric cut? Try an undercut. In an undercut, you shave part of one side of your hair thoroughly, generally keeping the hair long at the top (some shave just one part forward, others the whole side). A variation of the traditional undercut is the undercut at the back of the head. This is very suitable for people with thick hair, as it makes the hair thinner. Some people also shave designs into their hair!
The great thing about this look is how you can style it! If you want to show off your undercut, parting your hair to the side and letting the shaved side come out. Do you want to hide it? Give yourself a centre parting or split your hair on the opposite side of the undercut. Not sure if you're going to go undercut yet? Try French braiding: braid a piece of hair in front of the ear on the side of your head and tuck it back. This creates the illusion of an undercut!
A razor haircut consists of many chopped off steps, often dyed deep black (but the colours you choose are entirely up to you). Short, choppy steps make you look more extreme, and longer steps have a more subtle effect. This haircut often has deep sides and broad, curved fringes that cover the eyes. This cut looks best on hair that is chin-length and longer - but feel free to mix it up and experiment with different lengths!
Style your razor cut by straightening your hair entirely and then teasing the upper layers and adding some hairspray or accessories to make it last. If you have shorter hair, you can wear hair extensions to add length.
Pixie cuts are a great way to show off your features! No matter if you decide on a sharp short cut or a more feminine shaved cut. One of the most prominent features of a pixie cut is the fringe. You can make it short everywhere, with a longer fringe over the eyes, or you can create short asymmetrical fringes. Super short pixie haircuts are also great for all hair types, but if you want something even more daring than a pixie haircut, try a buzz cut! This style is easy to maintain and will make you stand out from the crowd.
There are countless ways to style a pixie haircut. For example, you can use hair gel for a messy bedhead look. For a retro pompadour look, comb the hairline back and fauxhawk it.
Dreadlocks are less about the haircut and more about how to style it. Still, they are so common in the gothic and alternative community that they are worth mentioning. Dreadlocks can be long, short or somewhere in between, and they work best when your hair is usually the same length.
You can get your dreadlocks styled with your own hair in a hairdressing salon or at home. You will need to comb your hair back regularly and exercise to keep it in curls. So it goes without saying that this is a hairstyle that requires a lot of care and needs to be groomed regularly. If you are not sure whether you want to commit to dreadlocks, try it first by separating your hair with hair pomade and twisting it into temporary curls.
A traditional gothic haircut is long and straight, without layers; the ends are cut very blunt, and you can wear this style with or without fringes. This style often has a centre parting, but if you want to add a modern twist, try a light side parting. If you want a fringe hairstyle, ask for V-shaped fringe hairstyles, which are pointed in the middle and more extended. Depending on your style, you can do this more or less pronounced.
Gothic hair in the traditional sense is usually straight, so get out your straightening iron. And be aware that black is probably the most common hair colour for this particular style. So consider having your hair dyed. With this style, it is essential to keep your hair in top condition. So make sure that you take good care of it to keep it smooth and shiny. You can read our article about how to avoid damaged hair.
Now you know six different alternative haircuts, you could try out. Which haircut will you get?