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Updated on March 18, 2021
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Punk hairstyles are extremely popular among young people, especially those who are “in search of themselves”. They are anything but boring and ordinary, that’s why we are so tempted to try them. Besides, punk hairstyles help you to express yourself, showing the world what you are really like deep inside. Maybe it’s just your temporary state but showing it off helps to accumulate the harmony you have in your heart and soul.

Punk style offers variety to everyone, who wants to try it on. The most fantastic thing is you can both go after radical changes or remain within your usual image, diluting it with those elements of punk style you like the most.

Associations with Punk Style

Basically it suggests a rebellious nature expressed in jagged lines, geometrical forms, varied angles, spikes, bold color accents and sharp contrasts of shapes, lengths and colors. Pixie, Mohawk and Fauxhawk are 3 most common short haircuts used for punk hairstyles. The Mohawk suggests shaving the sides of your head. It it’s sounds too challenging, opt for a Fauxhawk or Pixie haircut which are more universal and easy to style with gel, crème or wax.

Short Punk Hairstyles

You have probably noticed that some of the punk images seem overworked and grotesque. However, it’s always possible not to step over the borderline, separating style from bad taste. Here is a collection of photos where punk hairstyles do not look cheap or bombastic, although they are daring and bold enough to rock your imagination and make you think: “Well, I definitely want to try this one”.

1. Ice Them Out

Many will probably gravitate towards bright colors for their short punk hairstyle, but you know that bleached strands make an equal impact, if not more. There’s a slight sexiness and a casual coolness to the look that would suit many women. Want to enhance the impact? Try adding a winged eyeliner as shown.

2. Smoke and Berries

Pastel colors are probably the last thing people think of when describing punk rock hair, but they haven’t seen a style like this before. By mixing a smoky grey color into the light lavender hue, it creates hardness within the soft look that’s full of juxtapositions – from the romantic curls to the closely clipped sides. It is a perfectly complex style for a woman of mystery.

3. Dark and Dramatic

Skip the standard pixie cut and create a short punk hairstyle with some exaggerated aspects like the buzzed hairline around the ears and a long pointed bang. A rich black hue is always dramatic and stylish. It’s a great option for women who are rockers at heart, but have to tone it down for the day job.

4. Trouble in Turquoise

An easy way to upgrade to a tougher look is simply incorporating a bit of color—or a lot of it in this case. If you are going to go with a recognizable style like a Mohawk, it’s best to pair it with a color that isn’t as regularly used. Blues come in a variety of shades, so why not try a modern blue green instead of other overused hues?

5. Chocolate Cherry Chop

Here is a color and cut combo for women who are all about balance. Not every bold haircut needs a bold color—that might be too obvious. Instead, accent your choppy cut with a shaved detail with a gothic twist in a deep burgundy hue. It’s unexpected, which is the definition of punk rock.

6. Teased Rainbow Mohawk

What a magnificent blend of different colors! If you didn’t think that rainbows could be punky, her locks will convince you otherwise. The gray-blue undercut section keeps this badass as opposed to sweet.

7. White Blonde Cut with Buzzed Sides

Punk hairstyles for women focus either on color or on texture along with contrasts in hair length. This one lets the choppy texture play the first fiddle, and the undercut only enhances the statement those haphazard layers make.

8. Voluminous White Mohawk

The mohawk is a classic punk style. Contrary to what some might think, there are numerous different versions to play around with. Spike horns are expected, so, try something different. Her shaved ‘do creatively merges a pompadour and a ‘hawk.

Women's Punk Black And White Mohawk

Instagram/ @phildoeshair

9. Punk Textured Hair with Long Bangs

It’s amazing what a well-placed undercut can do to a head of hair. The unexpected buzzed side contrasts the cheek-grazing curly bangs. It is something that you may not think before you see photo, which proves why it’s truly a cool idea to mix opposites.

10. Flicked Mohawk with Shaved Sides

When you think of short punk haircuts, the mohawk is most likely the first one that springs to mind. It’s a timeless, cool look. For girls, you can make it more feminine by flicking out the longer strands along the center of your head, and adding some detail to the shaved parts on the side.

11. Pompadour with Undercut

The pompadour is the mohawk’s cousin, and it is just as edgy. For a statement-making result, style all of your cropped hair into one thick mound above your forehead. Pair with an undercut or slicked sides.

12. Bleached Blonde Buzzed Pixie Cut

Who says that you have to keep your tattoos and your mane separate? She didn’t. This girl considered how her head tats could work with hair. She ended up choosing some shaved sections and perfect angles that flatter the painted design.

Punk Blonde Pixie With Head Tattoo

Instagram/ @costelloxcult

13. Sassy Short Blonde Cut

There are varying degrees of boldness in punk haircuts. If you desire something that has a clear punk rock edge but is still conservative enough for work, a short ‘do with feathered bangs is a superb choice. Use some gel to add a bit of definition to the ends during the day, then pump it up at night.

14. Pink and Yellow Punk ‘Do with Shaved Side

There are numerous wow details in front of us. We have the bright pink and gold color combination, the shaved side with sweeping design, and the straight, side-parted bob. They are all very different but they come together to create a head-turning style.

15. Pompadour Mohawk with Detailed Sides

Now this is something that looks fabulous from the side view. However, you can be pretty sure that the front and back are just as good. As opposed to spiking the Mohawk up, she has chosen it to be carefully coiffed.

Punk Blonde Mohawk With Undershaves

Instagram/ @don_rommel

16. Flaming Red Cropped Hair

Punk rock hairstyles are known for their bold colors as much as spiky accents. If her tresses were dyed blonde or brown, they wouldn’t look that edgy. This neon tomato red shade is something! The teased crown also gives it a funky vibe.

17. Curly Brown Punk Hair

If you are a curly-haired lady, you do not need to straighten your tresses to get an edgy look. Embrace your mane’s natural texture with your rocking ‘do. Ask your stylist to crop your sides and leave your hair longer in the middle. The result? A mohawk that doesn’t require you to shape it with gel.

18. Wispy Short Hair and Contrasting Bangs

Underlights are a popular hair color trend, but have you ever thought to try very short bangs? Her cut is a proof of how striking they can be. She doesn’t need to dye her entire head the bold fuchsia shade – the underlights look much more impressive.

Cropped Punk Hairstyle

Instagram/ @costelloxcult

19. Retro Swirl Teased Hairdo

Her punky cut oozes a bit of retro flair. The curled bangs are reminiscent of some flirty styles from the 1940s and 1950s, however, she has given the style a badass twist by marrying the swirled retro ‘do with one of the modern gravity-defying short punk hairstyles.

Silver Blonde Undercut Pompadour

Instagram/ @jacquelynmarieh

20. Punk Bangs with a Shaved Side

Are you someone who cannot make up your mind when it comes to hair length? Here is a cut where you don’t have to select between long and short. It features buzzed sides and short to medium bangs. You may also add a long rattail at the nape of the neck.

21. Tousled Cropped Brown Hair

If you work in a conservative environment, it is understandable if you aren’t ready to commit to anything too extreme. Her locks are a brilliant starting point. They have a nice texture and edge, but this cut is still something that is still very easy to wear and style, messy or neat.

22. Windswept Short Hairstyle

Take a look at the flow on this punk hair. Her mane appears wind-swept and frozen. The wind-blown effect looks awesome on choppy hair. It is surprising and bold, making it a brilliant short punk hair option.

Short Choppy Red Punk Hairstyle

Instagram/ @jessegaines

23. Pastel Pink Faux Hawk

Think that pastel pink hair isn’t punk enough? Think again. Any color that is bold can be. Furthermore, texture and finish matter. Style something messy and irregular like this asymmetrical pixie fauxhawk.

24. Short Blonde Punk Hairstyle

When it comes to punky hairstyles, it is all about taking the rule book and throwing it out the window. That applies to guidelines about length, color, and even gravity. Her locks are defying the laws of science thanks to the straight-up style. To recreate it yourself, ensure that you select a strong hold product.

Messy Blonde Undercut For Short Hair

Instagram/ @princessstiefel

25. Purple Flipped Bangs and Buzzed Sides

There are a few clues that are repeated over in punk hairstyles. They include statement colors, undercuts or undershaves, and strong hold styling products for short hair. Her rocker mane merges all three. The purple ‘do is also a great hybrid of a pompadour and a mohawk.

Women's Pompadour With Fade Undercut

Instagram/ @don_rommel

26. Stripes on Stripes

When you find a trend that you really like, the more the merrier is the motto. A Mohawk on its own would have been interesting, but this combines a double stripe design that uses carved details and color to really pack a punch. It is edgy without being over the top.

27. Can’t be Tame

Short punk haircuts don’t always have to rely heavily on bold cuts or colors to make a statement, sometimes it’s just about the attitude. With messy, sharply angled streaks and a soft wash of color, this may seem relatively tame, but as long as you pair it with a fiery personality, you will turn heads no matter what.

28. Short Messy Waves

Sometimes the key to short punk hair is the details. A cut that’s long on top and short on the sides doesn’t seem particularly ground-breaking on its own, but if you look a little closer, you’ll notice subtle touches that elevate this particular cut. From the slightly jagged edges to the textured bang, this is a great snipped style for curly hair.

29. Bangs and Brown Blonde Color

This is probably the last look that one might think of when coming up with a punk hairstyle, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t fit the bill. The messy bangs can be spiked when you want to turn up the cut and smoothed down when you are in a more conservative environment; up the ante with a heavy dose of kohl liner.

30. Blue and Beyond

If you are an aspiring top 100 artist, it’s only right that you have a pop punk hairdo to match. Blonde and blue is a popular color combination for many celebrities, because the lighter color helps the vibrant hue to pop and take center stage. The mile-high Mohawk doesn’t hurt either!

31. Over the Top

When you are not shy about flaunting your signature style, you need a loud short punk hairstyle to do the talking for you. This tall two-toned style takes your edginess to new heights. Just be prepared to turn heads wherever you go.

32. Flaming Fun

Keep your style red hot with a fiery crimson-orange hue. It really doesn’t matter what haircut you have, a color like this will always stand out. It also is a favorite choice of Hailey Williams, the stylish frontwoman of the punk rock band Paramore. Need we say more?

33. Half and Half

Two-Face is not just a villain in the Batman movies, the character can also be used as inspiration for your next haircut. This style has a split personality, but somehow it works. Combine a romantic wavy bob on one side and a buzz cut on the other for a striking style.

34. All in the Details

A shaved head and long bangs are nothing new—especially on the punk scene. But, this style uses a daring design to take those elements to the next level. If you look closely, it almost looks like the letter ‘z’, and personalizing your ‘do with an initial is definitely a cool touch.

35. The Polished Punk

If you are looking for a subtle style for girls who are just discovering their creative side, this is a great entry point. It’s vibrant, but still subdued enough for young ladies who need to remain fairly conservative for school.

Play with your punk hairstyle for fun and self expression. Remember you can always enhance or soften an impression you want to produce with the right choice of your makeup, outfit and styling products.

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