While many people see goth fashion as dark or depressing, most goths see it as a mode of self-expression. Surprisingly, many goths do not have the stereotypical "straight black hair" that falls into their faces like many people expect. Goth hairstyles can range from elegant monochrome coifs, such as the styles worn by Dita von Teese or Christina Ricci, to glow-in-the-dark tresses in neon colours that are worn in dreadlocks, mohawks or extensions.
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While gothic hairstyles for women range in length from short to very long, they rarely feature updos. The styles are usually coloured black, although shades of red are also common. Colourful streaks in dark shades are also very popular. Long hairstyles range from the elegant waves of burlesque stars to poofy, back-teased styles with straight fringe, which are known as the "Elvira" styles. The "Rapunzel" is one of the more attractive girls' styles, and features short, blunt-cut fringe and long, healthy-looking curls.
Men's goth hairstyles range from messy to extremely precise. Razored layers, spikes and intricate shaving are all options. Try shaving off half of your hair while leaving the rest long, straight and flat black. Industrial goths wear intriguing styles for men that feature materials such as fake, brilliantly coloured extensions or weaves, plastic hair decorations, and odd attachments like neon-purple springs that are wrapped around hair to make it stand up.
Asymmetrical goth hairstyles work for both men and women since most can be personalised to each goth's needs, such as longer or shorter fringe or a cut that blends well with extensions. Choppy pixie cuts and colourful fauxhawks work well for both sexes, while razor-cut styles with long fringe look great on men. These styles work particularly well with colourful streaks because of the choppy layers.
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