There’s a saying that “everything old is new again.” And you see that a lot in fashion and beauty trends: hairstyles like beehives, shags and bobs are cool again. That said, one of the newest (and surprisingly fresh) hair trends to return are goth hairstyles. Back in the day, to create goth hairstyles, all you did was dye your hair a black shade. Styling meant keeping it messy! And to accessorize the look, wear black lipstick and lots of black eyeliner.
The goth hairstyles we see now embrace rainbow hues of hair colour and hair types. Whether you have stick-straight hair or otherwise, whether you have blonde, brunette, pink or red hair, there are modern goth hairstyles for every personality. Feeling vampy? Read on as we explore each one:
1. Slicked Back Goth Hairstyles
Fashion-forward and goth, too! What’s not to love about a hairstyle that you can create in seconds? Grab gel, apply and backcomb hair… et voilà! You’re done.
2. Micro Fringe
A baby bang is one of the last words in stylish goth, and we’re more than stoked to see that this once-subversive look is now going mainstream. Ask your stylist for a bang that rests high above your forehead, and pair it with some texture for that undeniable cool factor.
3. Sleek Low Pony
A super-sharp low ponytail done on the darkest of hair hues is at equally home on the runways and at your fave after-dark clubs.
4. The Messy Bob
We love ourselves some legit short goth hairstyles, and the best ones are known for controlled chaos with waves and curls. Use a curling iron to create waves, then break them up with your fingers.
5. Red and Black Box Braids
Box braids are a great protective hairstyle, but they also make an awesome goth look as well. You can add a pop of colour to edge it up or create a grungy look as desired.
6. Platinum Pixie
Remember when we mentioned our love for short goth hairstyles? We meant it! This choppy platinum pixie is certainly a strong, striking look.
Play up the choppy texture of this cut by raking a bit of the VO5 Sculpted Firm Hold Styling Gel through your hair using your fingertips.
7. Shaggy Hair
Shaggy hair was big in the ’80s and yes, it’s back! This is great for ladies with naturally curly hair, but you can also get this look on straight or layered tresses. All you need is your handy flat iron or curling wand.
Before you use your iron or wand, protect your mane from potential damage caused by heated styling by spraying on TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray on your hair. After letting the product dry, curl away!
8. Messy Top Knot
File this under the cute goth hairstyles category! Top knots are sexy, practical and chic. You can wear them to the gym, then at the office, and… well, anywhere.
Give the top knot a gothic hairstyle spin by making it slightly undone and messy. Use Toni&Guy Amplify Creation Hairspray for a soft flexible hold that keeps your style in place without making your hair feel sticky or hard.
9. The Black Bob
Yes, we’re talking about the iconic, classic, Jessie J, Cleopatra black bob. Pair this look with a red lip for a classic moment, or dial up the goth hairstyles vibe with a dark eye and neutral lip.
10. Bright Red Hair
Nothing stands out from a crowd quite like a bold colour. This deep blue hue is mysterious and radiates confidence.