Ideas for Gothic Hair Styles

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Ideas for Gothic Hair Styles
Gothic hairstlyes can be worn in a variety of different ways to create different looks. (gothic girl image by Jarek Miarka from Fotolia.com)

Gothic hairstyles are a part of the Gothic subculture, which encompasses fashion and style influences from 19th century Romantic literature, horror movies and the darker side of rock music. Gothic hairstyles can incorporate other types of styles ranging from early punk influences to contemporary emo looks. Emo (short for emotional hardcore music) styles are very similar to Gothic styles; both evolved from a subculture of music influenced by emotionally charged songs with confessional lyrics.

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Musical Influence

Many Gothic hair styles have been influenced by a particular genre of music or musician. Gothic hairstyles can range from dark and daring to bright and unconventional. In the 80s, male Gothic hairstyles were modelled frequently after musician Robert Smith, while female hairstyles were modelled after rockers Patti Smith and Siouxie from Siouxie and the Banshees. Today, Gothic hairstyles also usually make a statement about individuality and personality.

Ideas for Gothic Hair Styles
Punk, Emo and dark rock have all influenced gothic hairstyles. (Live concert Gig image by Frenk_Danielle Kaufmann from Fotolia.com)

Shaving and Cutting

This includes shaving styles that involve shaving a portion of the head and dying either the longer hair or the shaved part different colours. Some Gothic styles involve shaving the whole head and dying the stubble, or shaving everything but fringe, leaving the fringe long to be swept over the eyes, or to the side. Popular with both goth and punk hairstyles is the Mohawk, where hair is left long on the top of the head and the sides are completely shaved. The Mohawk can be left long or styled into spikes.

Ideas for Gothic Hair Styles
Shaving, cutting, braiding and fashioning hair into dreadlocks are all common elements in gothic hairstyles. (hair dress image by sasha from Fotolia.com)

Classic Look

Some people who create Gothic hairstyles for themselves take inspiration from the Romantic Period in literature and history. For example, many Gothic outfits are fashioned after the flowing garments of the time. Some Goth hairdos aim to replicate this by styling hair into a long, straight fall or a fall of curls. This is an easy way to create an authentic look without much expense, but it can take a long time to achieve without the use of extensions.

Ideas for Gothic Hair Styles
Classic Gothic hairstyles are influenced by the Romantic Period. (gothic woman image by Rose from Fotolia.com)

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