Spiky Rock Star Hairstyles for Men

Updated February 21, 2017

Rock stars stand out from the crowd, both their look and their personality. Many modern rock stars have opted for spiky hairstyles that can be easily replicated. Although some of the more outrageous spiky styles involve quite a bit of cutting, you often can get that spiky rock star hair simply by using the right hair products and emulating your favourite musician.

Short and Spikey

With the advent of Alternative music in the early 1990s, short spiky hair came into fashion with some of the more daring musicians. By cutting the sides of their hair short and leaving the top a little bit longer, rock stars were able to use a glue-type product to spike the hair on top. Many even resorted to using Elmer's Glue for this look. As Nu-metal music became popular, so did this particular hairstyle, which was popularised by Chino Moreno from the Deftones.


The Mohawk rose to popularity out of the punk scene in Britain in the early 1980s. Bands like the Sex Pistols and the Misfits wore variations of the Mohawk. The Misfits in particular had a single spike pointed down called the death-lock. They also wore spiky hair on occasion. This look was achieved by shaving most of the hair to the skin, leaving one single row of hair that was spiked using glue or a glue-like hair product.

Faux Hawk

The faux hawk experienced a surge in popularity because the style allows rockers to sport other styles on a daily basis without additional cutting. A faux hawk involves leaving hair on the sides unlike with a traditional Mohawk. Wearers use gel or hair glue to fashion a Mohawk out of the uncut hair at the top of the head. Blake Lewis, a former American Idol contestant, is know to wear this hairstyle as does English soccer star David Beckham.

Punk Hairstyles

Although many punk rockers opt for the Mohawk, other rock star styles involve spiky hair. Deryck Whibley of Canadian band Sum 41 has sported a hairstyle in which the spikes point in all directions and are dyed varying colours. Other styles such as the one Billy Joe Armstrong sports occasionally involves spiking hair in a messy, haphazard style.

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Christian Mullen is a graduate from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in finance. He has written content articles online since 2009, specializing in financial topics. A professional musician, Mullen also has expert knowledge of the music industry and all of its facets.