Outrageous skin baring outfits aren't the only way to get noticed during a night on the town, whether you're at Pure in Las Vegas or at the club down the street. If you want to break out of your boring hair rut and make an entrance worthy of an A-list celeb, there are dozens of ways to do it. Experiment with a dark Goth image, a wispy, playful emo cut, or create your own clubbing do. Here's a rundown of some of the wildest styles on the big city club scene.
Your imagination is the limit with punk hair. Worn with spikes, wild colors and Mohawks for that outrageous night out, the key lies in the cut, not the color. Usually short and spiky, punk cuts can also feature hair cut long on one side and short on the other or one side of the head shaved clean. The Mohawk and all its variations, including liberty spikes and the fanned hawk, in which the strip in the middle of the head resembles a fan, remains a favorite of adventurous teens and twenty-somethings.
To add a crazy tint to your punk style, try brush-on colors with products like Streekers. Apply colors with a wand to the strands you want, then remove them when you shampoo. This is a great way to get multicolored braids or sections of hair without time-consuming or sloppy dyes or sprays.
Think about all those bright wild fashions in the “Austin Powers" movies-with hairstyles to match. The short geometric hairstyles made famous by models like Twiggy and seen on hundreds of dancers in TV shows, these simple, angular cuts are geared to bone-straight hair. Revisit them for clubbing by putting a modern twist on them, ala the Posh Spice bob.
Long hair works well on teens and twenty-somethings. Usually worn straight, you may add wave with curlers or a curling iron depending on the length.
Bouffants and Beehives
A 1950s or 1960s theme night at a club brings in all kinds of retro hairdos, including the bouffant and the beehive. Of course, the Amy Winehouse version is in vogue now, but the troubled songstress wasn't the first to perfect the look.
Leather jacketed rocker gals championed the look in the 50s and First Lady Jackie Kennedy brought the bouffant look into the mainstream in the early 1960s. Achieve the beehive look by using a combination of different size rollers and sectioning the hair from front to back. The large curls required huge hair rollers secured with bobby pins. Clairol hot rollers or the drugstore bought soft rollers (yes, they still make ‘em). The Amy Winehouse bouffant is simpler. Just section the hair and clip on a hairpiece to the crown of the head.
GOTH (The Goth look)
Hair color really makes a difference with Goth hair. This genre, characterized by deep black and burnished red colors, lends itself to longer hair, intricate braiding and the occasional choppy or spiky style.
If you're going out to a Goth or ‘industrial music' club, you'll need a hairstyle that complements the PVC, leather or vinyl favored by patrons of such clubs, and longer hair just looks better with most of those outfits. Try browsing Goth music or fashion sites to get ideas for potentials hairstyles. If you don't have time to braid your own hair, try Sally Beauty Supply or other stores for clip-ons.
Don't wash your hair everyday if you want to maintain vivid punk or Goth colored hair. If you dye your hair extreme ‘Goth' black, it's hard to go back. It's best to visit a professional colorist to prevent damage if you want to return to your original color. The same goes for hair colored with henna. If you change your mind a lot or are a hairstyle chameleon stick with icy blondes or spray/paint on colors. You can accessorize Goth hair with everything from spider web clips to skull and skeleton bows.
Don't mistake the punk cuts mentioned above for ‘emo. ' Emo hair is much shorter and less dependent on color and accessories than Goth hair. Short and choppy works best. Show your ears with the pixie cut, which looks even better with crazy colors. Girls’ emo hair tends to be really short and messy, either directly from the cut or from scrunching it up yourself after the fact. Try a pixie cut that exposes the ears, preferably with bangs. Add streaks. At any given club or emo concert, you'll find girls (and some guys) with dark brown or black hair with white streaks or tips.
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