Different Spike Hairstyles

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Different Spike Hairstyles
Spike it up for a fun look. (punk rock kid image by Cora Reed from Fotolia.com)

With a stiff-hold hairspray and your choice of gel, pomade, hair creme or other product, you can create different spiky hairstyles for work, school and nightlife. Many spike hairstyles are unisex, allowing men and women to project a "punk rock" or sexy look. Spike hairstyles work best with short to medium-short hair, with at least 1 inch of hair necessary for a true spike.

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Short Spikes

The short spike hairstyle would be the "Bart Simpson" of spiky looks--close cropped to the head, but with dimension to stand up on the top and sides. Men and women can choose this hairstyle. A short spike look features hair spiked up along the crown and top of the head, with the sides and back kept down, or spiked up.

Short and spiky all around
Short and spiky all around (young Asian with spiky hair laughing image by visi.stock from Fotolia.com)

Faux Hawk

A less extreme version of the Mohawk, the faux hawk features spiky hair in the front of the face, just off the forehead. The faux hawk is unisex. To achieve this look, sculpt a line of hair from the crown of the head forward that's spiked up or brushed forward, with the hair either extending out over the forehead in a straight line or pointing upward for extra spike.

Different Spike Hairstyles
Faux hawks are flexible. (mohawk hair collage image by Tamara Kulikova from Fotolia.com)

Wispy Spikes

Those with longer hair can achieve a wispy spike look, with pieces of the hair sculpted outward and up. Women can shape hair along the back and sides of the head out, with longer hair falling around the sides of the face and some of the hair on top spiked and other pieces natural. This look works better for women, but men can modify it by spiking some of the hair up and leaving other tufts natural, for a softer look than the short spikes.

Sideways Spikes

For a unisex rocker look, sweep the hair sideways and up so it cascades along the left side of your face and up. This works well with medium-short hair. Experiment with sweeping all of the hair to one side and spiking it up, or with spiking the front half of your hair one way and the back the other.

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