Goth hairstyles: 11 looks to inspire your Halloween get-up

All Things Hair | 16 October 2017

Thought goth hairstyles we all doom and gloom? Then get ready for your education in goth hairstyles…


With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to settle on a look for the spooky celebrations ahead. But if you’re not one for fancy dress, and just want an edgy look for partying and beyond, why not give yourself a gothic makeover? Unsure where to start? Then you’re in luck, as we’ve got a whole host of stylish goth hairstyles up our sleeves, that are sure to give you some major #hairspiration.

All you need to do is sit back, relax, and scroll through all the hot goth ‘dos on offer.

Goth hairstyles: Our Instagram round-up


side view of a woman with dyed red hair in a shaved sides mohawk
A fiery red mohawk, for head turning hair! Credit:

Colourful short goth hair

While goth hairstyles are characteristically defined by being ultra dark and choppy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t rock other hair colours.

Take this Instagrammer for instance; she’s opted to give her look a contemporary twist by rocking this soft mohawk and bold red hair combo. Short goth hair? Nailed it, girl! Credit: @unfade_leo

VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: To keep your hair perfectly styled and in place all day, give your ‘do a good mist of the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray. It will provide an all day hold and protect against frizz, all with no sticky residue.

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You can’t go wrong with the classic, long-locks goth look. Credit:

Long dark locks

If you’re looking for cute goth hair styles, but bright colours aren’t your cup of tea, it’s time to bring things back to basics and work a more traditional goth hairstyle. Simply dye your mane a sleek, raven shade of black and cut in some blunt bangs.

This look works especially well if you have ultra long locks, as you can style your hair pin-straight, and tie the whole gothic look together with a bandana and spiked choker of your choice! Credit: @ylimekookey

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Want to rock grey hair? This is how it’s done. Credit:

Grey goth goddess

If you’re after slightly more muted goth hairstyles, yet ones that are still totally on-trend, look no further than a chic shade of grey.

This light, almost silvery, hue is the ideal colour option to choose if you don’t want to commit to dyeing your locks super dark. When paired with a choppy, full fringe and some shimmering eye makeup, you’ll look like a true goth Queen on Halloween! Credit: @charlottealicecollier

woman with dyed black hair in a shaved sides mohawk
Want to be loud and proud? Then this black mohawk is your perfect ‘do! Credit:

The short ‘do

If you have natural black hair and love to make a statement, why not opt for a drastic mane change by getting an edgy mohawk?

Short goth hair is a bit more daring than the rest, yet is still totally on point thanks to it’s ultra dark hue and unique, sky-high texture. Just give yourself a swipe of black lippy and a flick of dark eyeliner, and you’re good to go! Credit: @vizion_inpitch

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For a hairstyle with impact, go for the two-tone goth look. Credit:

Two-tone hair + glitter roots

Looking for goth hairstyles that practically scream party? Then it doesn’t get any more festive than this split-colour hairdo with glitter roots. It’s the perfect way to add a little bit of sparkle to your sultry, goth-inspired look and will have you off to the rave in style. Credit@melinamalicious

Editor’s tip: Want to make sure your glitter roots stay party-proof? Apply the VO5 Classic Styling Mega Hold Gel Spray to your roots before sprinkling your glitter. Trust us, it’ll help your glitz stay put while you dance the night away.

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Our fave cute goth hairstyle! Credit:

Pretty plaits

Add a corseted, Victorian feel to your party plaits by weaving a satin or velvet ribbon into your braided hairstyle. Not only will it instantly make your goth hairstyle look pretty, but the sight of your mad braiding skills will also make your friends green with hair-envy! Credit@hair_by_kateb

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Give this high top hairstyle a whirl and rock your inner goth. Credit:

High top fade

What’s not to love about this short and cute goth hair look? It’s sweet, cropped and so low-maintenance, which makes it a definite winner for busy naturalistas!

Take your hair game up to the next level for your party by teaming your ‘do with a fierce hair accessory. We love elasticated headbands worn across the forehead for that #partywarrior look. Credit@vizion_inpitch

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Sleek, dark and chic. We love! Credit:

Bettie Page-inspired bangs

Retro and gothic? Sounds like a strange mix, doesn’t it? But trust us, it does work.

Micro bangs are the secret to nailing this look, so just remember to curl your fringe slightly for a truly Bettie Page-meets-Elvira vibe. Credit@_dani_vegas_

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The peekabo goth hairstyle we’re crushing on. Credit:

Peekaboo colour

Make your party season more colourful with, well, some colour! Create a peekaboo effect by spraying your locks with temporary hair colours. It’s great way to discreetly tap into this season’s hottest hair trends without any of the commitment of permanent hair colour! Credit: @july.mary_

woman with medium length purple hair and matching purple lipstick for a colourful gothic look
We love these vibrant purple, head turning locks. Credit:

Vibrant purple

Let’s be honest, there’s no other vibrant hair hue that screams goth better than an almost fluorescent purple! This vivid colour will be sure to have heads turning wherever you go, especially if you pair it with a sultry smokey eye and a stunning burgundy lip! Credit: @annathevoice

Tip: If you’re considering dyeing your locks a bright gothic shade, then you’ll need to switch up your current wash and care system to help maintain your colour vibrancy. We suggest trying the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo and Conditioner.

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Slicked-back hair to impress! Credit:


This slicked-back hairstyle subtly feeds into this season’s hottest trend: the wet-look. So do your best impression of Kim Kardashian with this glam vampire-inspired goth hairstyle and you’ll be ready to party ’til dawn. Credit: @evelyn.ellis


Loving all these goth hairdos but want something a bit brighter for your Halloween look? Then you need to discover the best mermaid hair colours to rock for the spooky celebrations! Or, for a look that requires less commitment, take a look at these super cute Disney-inspired hairdos.


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