How to Make Your Hair Punk

Three Methods:Dying Your HairCutting Your HairStyling Your Hair

"Punk" began in the late 70s as a music genre, but soon expanded into a recognizable fashion, including leather jackets, chains, ripped jeans and crazy hair. Punk hair can be anything that goes against the mainstream, but here are some suggestions to get you started.

Method 1
Dying Your Hair

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    Consider dying your hair a new color. Punk hair is often identified by loud or unnatural colors, such as blue, green, red, pink or black, among others. You definitely don't have to dye your hair to make it punk; some punks choose to keep their hair as unkempt as possible, and that includes eschewing hair dye. However, a new color can add another anti-mainstream facet to your overall look.
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    Know the drawbacks. Colored hair can be high maintenance. In addition to pulling off the initial dye job, you might need to do touch-ups. Further, most bright-colored dyes are semi-permanent, meaning that they will eventually fade out after a certain number of washes. To mitigate this effect, you might want to invest in a shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated to protect colored hair, as well as setting up a schedule in which you only wash your hair once or twice a week.
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    Choose a stylist (optional). Usually punk style thrives on a do-it-yourself attitude, and this includes hair cuts and colors. However, if this is your first time dying your hair, you might consider going to a professional colorist at your local salon. Once you see how the process is done, it will be easier to dye your hair yourself.
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    Purchase dye. You'll be able to find a wide range of colors at a beauty supply store. If there isn't one close to your house, try ordering online. Note that if you already have brown to black hair and you want to dye it a bright color, you'll need to use bleach first. Purchase a bleach kit at the same time as your dye, and bleach your hair first by following the instructions. (To minimize damage to your hair, wait a few days after bleaching to add the next color.) While you're ordering your dye, purchase a cheap dye brush to make the process go faster.
    • Beware of cheap colored dyes. Some beauty supply stores sell small aerosol dyes for special occasions, such as green for St. Patrick's day. This can be a good way to try out your intended color, but don't buy these products for a long-term dye - they wash out quickly and wreak havoc on your hair.
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    Gather your materials. To dye your hair, you'll need hair dye, a small glass or metal bowl, a comb, rubber or latex gloves, an old T-shirt, petroleum jelly and a hand mirror. Strips of aluminum foil are optional if you're planning on adding streaks or highlights.
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    Set up your area. Work in front of the bathroom mirror and assemble your tools on the counter. Put on the old T-shirt, and wipe the petroleum jelly on your skin near your hairline (this will keep the dye from getting onto your skin and staining it.). Err on the side of using too much jelly over too little. Then, put on your rubber gloves and squeeze the dye into the bowl.
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    Part hair into sections. This step is especially important if you're doing highlights or streaks.
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    Brush the dye onto your hair. Dip the dye brush into the hair color. Grab a section of hair and, starting at your roots, brush the dye onto it in strokes until you reach the end of the hair. Repeat on all the parts of hair you wish to dye. Check your work with the hand mirror.
    • If you're doing streaks or highlights, use foils. Tear a strip of aluminium foil that's slightly wider than the section of hair you wish to dye. Clip any hair above the lock so that it's out of the way, and pull the hair so that's at a 90-degree angle from your head. Put the foil strip underneath, then bring the hair back down. Brush on the dye with the hair over the foil, then fold up the foil - first in half, then by closing the sides with small folds. Repeat as necessary. Start streaks or highlights at the top of your head and work down and back.
    • If you're doing an all-over dye job for the first time, ask a friend to help you. He or she can check for pieces that you've missed and help you reach the back of your head.
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    Let the dye sit for the amount of time indicated on the box. This can range from 20 minutes to an hour or two. Try to err on the side of washing too early - you can always add more dye later, but growing back any hair you might fry off will take significantly longer.
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    Wash out the dye. Stand under a cold shower until the water runs clear. Dry hair with an old towel and allow it to air dry. Subsequently wash your hair in water that is as cold as you can stand - the dye will last longer.
    • If you get dye on your skin, go at it with a baby wipe that contains alcohol. You could also use conditioner or nail polish remover but those require a lot more scrubbing.

Method 2
Cutting Your Hair

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    Consider your options. You can cut your hair yourself, or you can visit a stylist. Additionally, you can model your haircut after someone else's style, or freehand it in the moment. Decide what works best for you.
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    Purchase hair cutting shears (optional). The scissors hair stylists use are sharper and easier to handle than regular scissors. If you're undertaking a complicated haircut, purchase a pair of shears at your local beauty supply store.
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    Buy an electric razor (optional). Many punk hairstyles feature a shaved portion of the head. If you're planning on shaving part of your hair off, and you plan to maintain the style over a long period, buy a decent electric shaver. Find a setting you like and touch up your hair every week or two.
    • An electric shaver is also a convenient way to trim fuzzy neck hairs that might be visible when you put your hair in a mohawk. Keeping your hairline clean will make sure the attention stays on your hairstyle.
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    Trim split ends before touching up hair color. If you're going to re-do your color and you notice your ends looking a little ragged, trim them. Damaged hair will absorb more dye and can be a significantly different color than you intended.

Method 3
Styling Your Hair

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    Go high- or low-maintenance. Punk hairstyles can run the gamut from carefully constructed liberty spikes to dreadlocks. Evaluate how much time you're willing to invest in doing your hair every day, and style accordingly. Browse the internet for some styles that might interest you.
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    Know how to style a mohawk. A mohawk is an iconic punk style. Here's how to make one.
    • Blow dry hair with a paddle brush. Hang your head upside down, and blast hair with a blow dyer on high heat.
    • Apply fixative. Rub the necessary amount of gel, glue, gelatin, hair wax or other fixative on your hands. With your head still upside down, put your hands together with your hair in the middle and pull downward to create spikes.
    • Use a flat iron. Go over your mohawk with a thin flat iron, head still upside down. Move in slow strokes. The gel might sizzle on the heat, but your hair won't actually burn if you keep moving the flat iron.
    • Apply hairspray. Buy the strongest possible hairspray you can (check the bottle for a "hold" number) and use it liberally on your mohawk. For extra hold, flat iron again, then spray one last time.


  • If you stain your skin while dying your hair, use some baking soda and water as an abrasive soap to get the dye off.
  • Keep a lot of gel and hairspray on hand if you routinely do complicated hairstyles, such as a mohawk.
  • If you dye your hair, use a vegan dye, those are based on natural product and they don't damage your hair.
  • Pick your hair color wisely. Usually the only way to hide vibrant colors is to go with a darker color.
  • To clean a flat iron, wipe with a soapy rag when the iron has cooled. The plates on the flat iron may stain but it will work fine. Invest in an extra flat iron for working on dyed hair, especially if you share one.
  • If you flat iron stray hairs or baby hairs, they'll stand out more. Work with them in your hair until you have your preferred style.
  • If you bleach your hair white, you can dye it with Jello powder dissolved in warm water. You will have to bleach out the color if you want to change it.
  • If you wish to change back to a normal color, it's best to visit a professional.


  • Some people are sensitive to hair dyes and bleaches. Be on the look out for rashes or scalp irritation.
  • Sometimes the color will run when it gets wet or washed the first few times, so use dark colored towels or old ones.
  • Be prepared to wipe the shower down after using it if the color runs to avoid staining the shower/bathroom.
  • Be cautious when using scissors or a flat iron.
  • Permanent dyes can damage your hair, along with bleaching/pre-lightening.
  • Some people may experience a slight burning sensation especially when bleaching out hair. This is common and usually stops once the chemical is removed.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair Dye
  • Dye brush
  • Comb
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Gloves
  • Mixing bowl (small)
  • Aluminium foil (optional)
  • Fixative (hair glue, regular glue, gelatin, hair gel)
  • Hairspray
  • Flat iron
  • Hair dryer

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Categories: Punk | Hair Styles & Cutting