Punk Hair Styles
A guide to the Mohican
Punk hairstyles were born in the 1970s amid anarchy, anti-establishment and lawlessness. The aim of the style was to shock and, as such, the hairstyles incorporated bright colors, uneven shapes, and distinctive styles. Think of punk hairstyles and you immediately think Mohican; a mostly shaven scalp with one large section of hair which runs from the front of the head to the back. However, whilst this was the style of the 1970s punk movement, today punk hairstyles are a lot more varied and the Mohican itself appears in many different guises. Here’s a lowdown on today’s styles and how to achieve them.
How to Achieve the Perfect Mohawk
Who amongst us has never sat in the bath with a shampoo foamed head and faked a Mohawk? Just me? Ahem… For those of you whose desire for punk hair extends beyond temporary experimentation with head and shoulders, here’s my guide for achieving the perfect Mohawk.
Question: Is color or dye compulsory for punk hairstyles?
Answer: Most punk hairstyles do incorporate an element of color and the brighter it is the better. Popular choices include roots that are a different color from the remainder of the hair, colored ends or tips, highlights, and dyed spikes. The general rule is that the color used should be noticeable, dramatic and should contrast with the color on the remainder of the hair. If, however, you are concerned about dying your hair, coloring does not need to be permanent. You could opt for a temporary rinse that will wash out in a few days. This is a great option for anyone who is tempted to try a vibrant style but isn’t yet committed to a long-term change.
Question: Where does punk hair originate?
Answer: The answer to this question is the source of much debate and not many people agree on exactly where the trend started. General opinion though is that, whilst the first true Punk movement occurred in New York during the 1970s, punk as we understand it today, actually has its roots in 1970s London. During this period, unemployment and political unrest were high, resulting in “Anarchy in the UK” and the rebellious, hardcore behaviors we have come to associate with punk. During this period, people went to great efforts to create an appearance that shocked; this extended to their hair. Riotous behavior is no longer inextricably linked with punk hair and today it is more of a fashion statement than a sign of revolt.
Question: How do you keep punk hair in place?
Answer: Strong shapes are a crucial element of punk hair and there is nothing worse than a droopy Mohican or collapsed spikes. The best option is glue; it is long term, strong and won’t wash away in the rain. The best way to style your hair is to squeeze a small amount of glue onto your hand, grab your hair and sculpt it into the desired shape. If you can’t bring yourself to use glue, try a very strong hairspray but be warned, it doesn’t have the staying power that glue has!
Question: Which punk hairstyle should I choose?
Answer: Today’s punk hairstyles are dramatically different from the styles of the 1980s and early 1990s and you are no longer limited to the Mohican. A popular choice at the moment is the Fauxhaux, a version of the Mohawk which involved longer back and sides with a slightly longer strip of hair running from the front of the head to the back.
It is not necessary however to have a Mohawk, or version of it. Many people today opt for many elements of the old-style punk hair such as bright colors, defined edges and xx but no longer style their hair into a style that is career inhibiting. For inspiration for punk hairstyles, turn to the likes of Kelly Osborne, David Beckham, Pink or Avril Lavine.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Jason Nicolosi
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on November 24, 2019:
Lynsey, thank you so much for the great comment. I appreciate it. :)
Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on November 24, 2019:
Loved this article! Your illustrations are great too, well done! Almost has me planning a Mohawk, but I’m not brave enough! Lol
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on November 14, 2019:
Hi Tess, thank you very much for visiting my hub. I am super glad to hear you enjoyed it. I appreciate it.
Tess from Hawaii on November 14, 2019:
This article makes me miss my Mohawk. I really want to try putting my dreads up in a Mohawk without shaving the sides. These looks are just cool. Great article.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on November 13, 2019:
Thanks for checking it out Purvi. I appreciate the comment.
Purvi from India on November 13, 2019:
what an article about punk hairstyles. Some of these punk hairstyles, we can see some time ago and some of these we can see in this current period. It gives a cool look to people. Very nice article.