Punk style is all about self-expression. Since the movement began in the 1970s, punk hairstyles for girls have ranged from multi-coloured mohawks to platinum blonde bobs. The early harsh looks have given way to cuter, more natural styles and many of the punk hairstyle ideas have found their way into popular culture. The punk aesthetic is anti-establishment, so new hairstyles have evolved as old ones become popular with the mainstream. The punk trend has influenced Goth, grunge and psychobilly styles and paved the way for emo hair fashions.
The spirit of rebellion was evident in the 1970s punk. Non-conformist and definitely not conservative, punk girls spent hours backcombing, dyeing and spiking their manes into wild, artistic styles. Godmother of British punk style, Dame Vivienne Westwood, favoured bright copper ringlets while her protege, model and actress Jordan, became an icon with her Marilyn-blonde pixie cut. As the influence of punk cut a swathe through UK salons, bland haircuts a la Farrah Fawcett metamorphosed into the untamed coupe sauvage -- literally "wild cut". Punk had hit the high street.
Colour is a cornerstone of punk coiffure. Block colour applied to the whole head makes a statement. Jet black, favoured by Siouxsie Sioux, works well with a heavy fringe or asymmetrical cuts. At the other extreme, white blonde adds Hollywood glamour to punky shag cuts or spikes. Debbie Harry and Gwen Stefani carry off the cute factor while Lady Gaga's blonde tresses are styled to be more edgy.
Short and sweet
A host of softer short styles have evolved from the archetypal spiky punk look. A mischievous waif-like cut with teased-out fringe suits an oval face while the wispy and tapered ends of a graduated bob hide the fullness of a round face. Both styles accentuate your features. To highlight strong cheekbones choose the punk favourite of a blunt-cut bob with full fringe. Gwen Stefani softens her strong jawline with short ringlets or tiny twists of chignon.
A highly back-combed bouffant adds to Amy Winehouse's fiercely individual signature look. This towering hairdo needs lots of hairspray and pins to keep everything firmly in place. You can achieve a more mellow version of her punked up look by teasing out tendrils to frame your face and adding vintage accessories. Glossy loose curls pump up the volume for long-haired punks while waves look cute and captivating. But for those who want to be truly anarchistic, the ultimate cute punk look has to be no-care bed-head hair piled up into a messy up-do.
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