About Hair.

Punk is all about DIY and this applies to hairstyles as well. Here are some basics you need to know.

The Mohawk


A strip of hair, usually along the middle of the head, left to grow while the sides are shaved off or short trimmed. As the name suggests it is a hairstyle that was originally worn by Native American tribes and for them it was a symbol of resistance since wearing a mohawk could result in being murdered for it. Since real punk is all about resistance and so on it was naturally brought in and became quickly popular. It is worn in varying lengths and all sort of strange products have been used to aid it. Some of these are: sugar and water, glue with water, gelatin, soap on dry hair, eggwhite, foodcolouring to dye it.

Buzz Cut/Shaved


This is really short cropped hair or just a shaved head. This is a haircut that predates the punk movement and was borrowed from skinheads. It became a punk hairstyle as a reaction to the hippie movement, with its emphasis on unkempt long hair. A buzz cut or shaved head creates a somewhat threatening appearance and this is one of the reasons that has made it so popular. It can be grown out about half an inch.



A long tendril of hair combed forward over the face, while the rest of the hair is kept short. Alternatively it can also be a deep widow’s peak cut into someone’s bangs.  Or basically very long, unkempt locks of hair down the middle of someone’s face.

The Mullet


Hair is cut short in the front and sides, and left long in the back. If you hate the mullet you are probably not familiar with the original mullet but with lame versions of it. Strange as it might sound this is an ancient and later on Byzantine haircut associated with rebels of the time. There are different types of mullets, like the classic mullet, the rat tail and anything i between. It is illegal in some parts of the world.

Short Spikey Hair


This is a very easy look, and it is just that, short spikey hair. It is the rebellious choice over the slicking back perfectly groomed look. It was chosen as a way to state the persons wearing it do not care what others might think of them. It is achieved by applying gel to wet hair or using any of the mohawk methods mentioned above.

About Pixie and Rotter

Pixie and Rotter Zine is a 100% analog Zine supporting analog artists and DIY of any kind. Created by Emma Elina Keira Jones and Amanda M. Jansson. http://www.facebook.com/pixieandrotter.zine Feel free to contact us: pixieandrotter@yahoo.co.uk

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