Punk Girl Hairstyles

Updated April 17, 2017

Punk hairstyles are a way to show originality. From skinheads to rockabilly girls, these hairstyles radiate a personal statement by their unconventional style. Adding bright colours make these already edgy hairstyles even more unique.

Skinhead Haircuts

Skinhead girls usually wear a Chelsea haircut or a completely shaved head. The most common form of the Chelsea haircut, or fringe, is when the head is shaved down, having about a quarter-inch of hair all over except for fringe that have about a two-inch length.


The Mohawk is a hairstyle that is named after a Native American tribe. Punk rockers started wearing the mohawk as a daily hairstyle in the late 1970s. One of the most extreme hairstyles, it is done by shaving the head and leaving a strip down the middle that is stood up by products such as egg whites or even Elmer's glue. There are variations of this hairstyle, such as a reverse mohawk, bihawk and trihawk, and liberty spikes.


Dreadlocks are created by letting the hair dread naturally, or buying a kit that contains hair products to speed up the process. Some use no products, wear a wool cap and twist the hair until dreadlocks appear. Depending on the person's hair, the dreadlocks can be very thin or thick. The only way to rid yourself of this hairstyle once it is done is to cut off the hair, so many will use dread extensions that are temporary and made of synthetic hair.


Rockabilly women wear hairstyles that were popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Pin curls, victory rolls, and finger waves are examples of the most common rockabilly styles. These hairstyles take skill and practice and can be worn for a couple of days by not washing the hair and sleeping in a headscarf to protect the style.

Hair Dye

Colouring a hairstyle in bright, outrageous colours is the last step in procuring a punk hairstyle. Companies such as Manic Panic and Punky Color offer a rainbow of colours in a semi-permanent dye. Colour Fiend offers temporary dyes that are washed out more easily with less commitment. A bleach kit can turn the hair white and then black dye can be added to the tips, or stripes and patches of colour can be added.


When using hair bleach, follow the directions carefully and wear gloves to avoid burns to the skin, scalp and eyes. Try extensions for dreadlocks first before committing to this hairstyle. These hairstyles might be considered unprofessional and might result in negative feedback at work. Check with your boss before deciding to cut or colour your hair.

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Maude Coffey retired after 10 years working as a professional body modification artist in the tattoo industry. She is certified in principles of infection control and blood-borne pathogens. Coffey received additional training and classes, such as anatomy, jewelry standards and aftercare, from the Association of Professional Piercers. Coffey aims to educate about safe tattooing and piercing practices while writing for various websites.