Behind the rebellious lyrics, hammering guitar and driving drum licks of rock and roll is a brand of in-your-face fashion that continues to follow the trends set by the artists who create the sounds. At the fore of the rock fashion statement is an endless sea of hairstyles, championed by millions of teenage fans. From the classic punk Mohawk to the throwback rockabilly pompadour, teen rock hairstyles are never poorly represented.
Punk hairstyles have been popular since the early 1970s when bands like Ramones, New York Dolls and Television made it cool to test the imagination of fashion. With the Mohawk still the most popular punk hairstyle, teen fans also represent their music with hundreds of styles that include coloured spikes, modified bowl cuts and shaved heads. Retro punk styles are also popular among fans of other genres.
Emo music can been defined as a genre marked by artistic, somewhat egotistical, and hardcore musicianship. Born out of the rock and punk scenes, the emo movement also comes with teen fans who wear their calling cards on their heads. Emo hairstyles are usually black in colour and as asymmetrical as possible. Shoulder-length on boys and girls is common.
Indie Rock Hairstyles
The indie rock scene is made up of thousands of artists who produce, write, record and perform their music without the help of record companies and promoters. With a broad musical representation, the indie scene is also known for its hairstyles. Indie styles are commonly marked by the shaggy bowl cut on boys and girls, modified punk cuts on girls and throwback traditional styles from the 1950s and 1960s.
Goth rock is known for electronic sounds dubbed over traditional rock rhythms and dark, borderline horror-like lyrics. In terms of hairstyles, goth rockers and their fans almost always wear their hair died black to complement the signature all-black and drab wardrobe. Gothic hairstyles are commonly long and straight and sometimes spiked and layered. Some, however, mimic the vampiress style made popular by media personality Elvira.
Mainstream Rock Cuts
Most mainstream rock hairstyles follow what's hot in popular fashion. Male fans tend to go with a variety lengths captured in modified bowl cuts, frosted waves, and semi-permed 'dos that rarely grow beyond the shoulders. Girls choose a variety of lengths and contours where the possibilities can include a mixture of emo, punk and indie styles.
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