Gothic Hairstyles

40 Tantalizing Gothic Hairstyles to Vamp Up Your Look

Gothic hairstyles are vital in the self-expression of people. These mysterious styles have always intrigued many from outside the Goth community. People have consistently loved to dress up in classic Goth styles. Especially if Halloween is around the corner.

There is a little bit of goth in us all. We encourage everyone to let it shine. Wearing a gothic hairstyle is the best way to do it. And that’s why you are here today. It is now our big responsibility to help you with making the right choice.

In this article, we are going to discuss 40 breathtaking gothic hairstyles. We will talk about what makes a style special and how you can make it your own. Besides choosing styles for yourself, you are going to become an expert in gothic hairstyles. That’s our promise.

Let’s go!

Gothic Hairstyles: 40 Super Exotic Styles

Dark shades are generally predominant in gothic styles. But the openness to experimentation nature of the gothic has only furthered the development. A good and easy way to turn a regular style into something gothic has been the incorporation of tweaks like bright colors, pins, spikes, horns, etc. into it.

Getting a style right is important. And there are many factors to consider when you decide to choose any gothic hairstyle. So, we are now going to take you through this article as we discuss these styles. Read carefully as it will help pick the best suited style for yourself.

Let’s explore!

Victorian Goth

Victorian Goth

This gothic hairstyle has been a top style in goth communities. It’s been there for centuries. The white hair brings out the perfect Victorian witch look. Couple that with a traditional Victorian hairdo in a dark Victorian outfit, and you have a banger in your hand!

This is one of the closest classic goth looks you can get.

Wispy Peacock Bixie

Wispy Peacock Bixie

How to turn a basic bixie into a coveted gothic hairstyle? Introduce it to the green-blue color combination along with a wispy touch. The spiky back hair is an optional feature. But it is highly recommended because it makes the gothic look more authentic.

Simple yet breathtaking.

Accented High Pony Dreads

Accented High Pony Dreads

Growing hair without any interference is important in goth subculture. Dreads play right into that idea. These accented high ponytail dreads are a result of such practice. And it is a perfect gothic hairstyle for long hair as well. Bleaching some strands results in a classic gothic look for hairstyles.

Dread extensions can be useful if you don’t have natural dreads.

Limpy Cybergoth

Limpy Cybergoth

The Cybergirl aesthetic has been a part of gothic looks for years. What we see here is not different. The outlandish appearance in this style is created through an asymmetrical hairdo. One side of the hair has a blunt bob look while the opposite side screams of a wispy side pony.

The black and white combo for hair color in this style only boosts the cyberpunk look.

Messy Witchy Waves

Messy Witchy Waves

Does this style seem familiar? Remember Mother Gothel from Tangled? This messy and curly hairstyle is in high demand, especially during the Halloween season. Some of our gothic hairstyle-loving clients always opt for this style regardless of the occasion.

It is recommended to wear a full-black outfit if you want to bring out the best gothic look.

Dichromatic Horns

Dichromatic Horns

At the beginning of this article, we said horns work as tweaks for gothic hairstyles. Usually, horns made of wood and aluminum are popular for this task. They work as headgear and attachments. But this style has horns made out of hair.

Now, it takes effort to make horns with hair, but it lets you avoid getting extra weight on your head.

Vibrant Space Buns

Vibrant Space Buns

A colorful pair of space buns belong in the modern gothic look. The size of the buns can differ based on hair length. And the color combination of violet and turquoise is exotic on many levels. If you are looking for something unique, look no further.

As a matter of your comfort, this style lets you have that too.

Spectral Vamp

Spectral Vamp

This style is perfect for high ponytail lovers. It is straight and simple with two loose strands in the front sides. Enriching this gothic hairstyle with red shades and outfits automatically gives it a classic vampire look.

Embrace the darkness and let this hairstyle express yourself.

Victorian Eye Candy

Victorian Eye Candy

In gothic styles even to this day, Victorian fashions take up a big space. This Victorian Eye Candy is no exception. The gothic vibe oozes through the dark outfit. Meanwhile, the hair is styled into a Victorian updo.

The outfits influence the overall appearance, but this perfect gothic hairstyle is a cherry on top.

Swift Deathhawk

Swift Deathhawk

Deathhawk styles are extreme mohawks. It originated in the deathrock subculture during the late 1980s. The dark, spiked mohawks drew the main attention of gothic aesthetic followers. And this style is edgy on the highest level too.

A basic deathhawk stays aligned with the original gothic looks for its preference in black.

Goblin Bob Mullet

Goblin Bob Mullet

Goblin Bob Mullet is one of the most popular gothic looks in modern times. This style comes with a prominent cybergirl feature attached to it. The frontal edgy half-bob and the stingy mullet in the back have all one can look for in a bright gothic hairstyle.

The green-black-light yellow color combination here attracts young gothic enthusiasts like nothing else.

Swooped Pixie

Swooped Pixie

This does not even belong to the list of regular gothic hairstyles. It is more than that. Look how smooth the swooped bangs look in the front. This is a great gothic style not just because of its eerie looks. It is also related to how supernatural and unique this style is!

Whoever thought a pixie could look as otherworldly as this style!

Spicy Bangs

Spicy Bangs

Spicy bangs are an excellent illustration of a top romantic gothic variation. The black-red combo has its special place in gothic aesthetics. Coloring the front part of the hair in vibrant red and keeping the back dark produces a stunning look.

Alternative choices in color could be neon green and orange.

Faux Side-Shaved Paradox

Faux Side Shaved Paradox

We understand that gothic hairstyles may seem too colorful nowadays. A pure black-and-white combination is a rare sight. But, this particular style has revived classic gothic aesthetics. A complete black outfit with black accessories and black long hair looks nothing less than extraordinary.

The faux side-shaved side adds a more gothic vibe to it.

Pinned Triple Bun

Pinned Triple Bun

Just like the previous one, this one is predominantly dark style. The pinned triple buns introduce a similar appearance to that of pinned dolls. The terrifying energy it exudes is unmatched.

On top of everything, this hairstyle works excellently on short hair. Not a surprise that it’s been a long-time favorite among our clients with short hair too.

Flowing Mullet

Flowing Mullet

As a perfect uptight gothic hairstyle, mullets have been a favorite in modern times. By its look and reputation, it is extremely edgy. But, this flowy mullet breaks the barrier subtly. It keeps the sides long enough to create a spiky appearance.

Absolutely stunning, isn’t it?

Gothic Dreads with Bangs

Gothic Dreads With Bangs

Pink gradient dreads against a dark backdrop produce an alluring gothic hairstyle. Adding roughly cut bangs to it may make some purists feel uncomfortable. But that’s one of the main points of a gothic style.

Keeping some straight bifurcated sideburns makes it more gothic-y.

Long Snowy Middle Part

Long Snowy Middle Part

White hair is integral to any original gothic look. Styling it into a classic middle part while wearing dark clothing makes it appear snowy. The final result is an irresistible eerie style that screams a pure gothic culture.

Straight out of a goth handbook.

Quill with Crescent Bangs

Quill With Crescent Bangs

A quill-styled hair is not something you see every day. But we are discussing gothic hairstyles. So, welcome to the party. The addition of crescent bangs to the quill lob has made it one of the best styles to get.

Our young clients love this style for its puzzling uniqueness.

Widow Bangs

Widow Bangs

We have clients who love gothic styles that offer more than they appear. This widow’s bangs style matches the description. It plays with the negative space and creates a bat-shaped frame for the face. It makes others take a second look.

This style has a pumped-up variation too that we will discuss promptly.

Victorian Beehive

Victorian Beehive

A beehive hairdo is one of the biggest forerunners of gothic hairstyles. It requires extremely long hair to build the beehive. The conical-shaped hive is made of piled-up hair. Moreover, adorning it with Victorian-styled accessories gives us this striking gothic hairstyle.

Remember, this style brings with it some weight, literally.

Long Locks with Blunt Fringes

Long Locks With Blunt Fringes

This long partially highlighted hair with blunt fringes is an enigmatic gothic look. The green highlights on long dark hair create a gloomy vibe. Meanwhile, the blunt face-shaping layered fringes on the sides extend that feeling.

If hair is short, we recommend our clients use extensions. It opens a new door to even more mysterious gothic hairstyles.

Slicked-Back Scarlet

Slicked Back Scarlet

This mystical one is a popular gothic look. When the long hair is dyed in a darker shade of scarlet color, it creates an illusion of your head being on fire. Combining it with a classic slicked-back style is just a bonus.

This style is good for any length of hair. But long hair is good for the look of a witch. That’s it.

Blunt Bob

Blunt Bob

A blunt bob is an amazing gothic hairstyle. It is one of the go-to short to medium hairstyles for gothic enthusiasts. A basic blunt bob would have created a flat sharp look. Doing it in a middle part style has added an element of mystery.

Not to forget the dark shades that help in creating this mystery.

Amy’s Beehive

Amys Beehive

British singer Amy Winehouse’s beehives were legendary. Now, regular beehive styles were already in the gothic hairstyles since the 1980s. Still, Amy’s take on 1960s flowing beehives got imported by the gothic aficionados. Plus it has an emotional value to the gothic Amy followers.

This is a remarkable style that will live on.

Split Widow Bangs with Bun

Split Widow Bangs With Bun

Split hairstyles attract gothic style-lovers like a magnet. We have some gothic-style addicts coming back only for colored split hairstyles. And this particular split widow bangs with bun has been “the” thing to get for many. This style is special because unlike bobs and lobs with split colors, this one ends in a bun.

The frontal ecstatic widow bangs alone have a dedicated fanbase.

Long Hair with Micro Bangs

Long Hair With Micro Bangs

Gothic hairstyles invoke uncomfortable feelings in others most of the time. But, this long hair with micro bangs is slightly different. If anyone is looking to wear a gothic style for not more than a day, there is hardly any hairstyle better than this.

Probably also why this is one of the most favorite styles among our clients.

Swooping Bicolor Mullet

Swooping Bicolor Mullet

This mullet is a great gothic hairstyle for medium hair. The front part of the hair has to be cut just below the nose level. If hair is not naturally wavy, light perming could be done. The longer back creates a smooth mullet.

A balayage style highlight for the hair is preferable.

Long Pompadour

Long Pompadour

This style is from the time when gothic hairstyles were just getting known. Pompadours were famous during that period. Making it a part of gothic aesthetics required only a combination of long hair and pompadour. Nowadays, this style is rare to see.

How about we bring this eerily beautiful style back?

Messy Goth with Split

Messy Goth With Split

A messy hairstyle does not get a better-modified look than this! We know that gothic hairstyles sometimes prefer to exaggerate a look. This is what is happening here. Do you want a mess? Handle this! The classic goth bicolor in black and white has made it better.

Alternatively, with slick long hair, this would have mirrored Disney’s Cruella de Vil appearance. This style requires dedication and time. Be patient while waiting for the look to develop.

Chartreuse Dreads

Chartreuse Dreads

A simple black and white dread is a top choice for gothic hairstyles. But this colorful variation appeals to the romantic modern gothic admirers. Why? Because thick dreads in bright green and yellow stick to the romantic gothic principle.

This style takes heart to pull it off. If you have it, you must go for it!

Ramped Up Peppy Locks

Ramped Up Peppy Locks

In romantic gothic style, it is popular to add bright colors. This peppy style follows it to the letter. The pink-purple gradient in a dark backdrop is a style to die for.

And the slick look of this style makes it popular among those who love neat hairstyles.

Puffy Bear Bun

Puffy Bear Bun

Cat ear hairdos have a special place in gothic followers’ minds. Puffy bear buns don’t have that popularity. However, this is a good traditional gothic style. Wearing it on snow hair only makes it look more eye-catching.

If you have a heart-shaped face, this style is perfect for you.

Messy Deathhawk

Messy Deathhawk

Deathhawks and gothic go hand in hand. Even a simple deathhawk rocked by someone in gothic attire gets a full mark. Is there a way to take it to the next level? Meet this messy deathhawk.

This style hits the spot with its dark eyeshadow and gothic jewelry. Frisky, isn’t it?

Zippy Blunt Lob

Zippy Blunt Lob

This oscillating hairstyle gives off a spooky vibe. Notice how the smooth black strands on the sides and a subtle hint of green in the front conjure up an uncanny feel. The blunt bangs produce an unwelcoming sensation.

This style suits those who appear calm.

Spirited Mullet Quiff

Spirited Mullet Quiff

 

The teal-blonde combination is ideal for gothic hairstyles. The whole transition from black to teal to blonde gives an impression of impending doom. The darker shade at the end appears to be engulfing everything.

And this mullet quiff captures this feeling to the tee.

Split Undercut

Split Undercut

What did we say earlier about turning a basic style into a gothic style? That adding tweaks to a regular style push it towards the gothic gallery. See the split red color in this otherwise standard undercut? This right here is a super gothic style.

You may also use other colors. It’s open to your preference.

Striped Wispy Curler

Striped Wispy Curler

Gothic connoisseurs highly value the sharp sensation a wispy hairstyle brings out. And a wispy style is easier to work with for a gothic style due to its already edgy nature. This striped wispy curler is no different.

The application of color in a striped pattern and then curling the front has made it a popular hairstyle.

Crest Spike

Crest Spike

A regular spiked mohawk style is gothic in its own right. There is hardly anything that can make it more extreme and edgy. However, say hello to this Crest Spike variant! People interested in edgy styles don’t just turn down an offer to look like an angry fighter chicken.

This style can be adapted into a deathhawk too if you like.

Tall Dreaded Undercut

Tall Dreaded Undercut

Combining long dreads and an undercut is such a gothic move! As we discussed already, dreads have been a big part of gothic hairstyles. The undercut is a perfect edgy style too. And when these two styles are mixed, a marvel is born.

Add gothic accessories to the dreads to make it more interesting.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In this article, we included as much relevant info as possible for you to make your gothic hairstyle experience easier. That was our goal. The discussed 40 styles were the absolute best you can find anywhere in the world. And now it’s time for some important frequently asked questions to be answered. We hope you will find them useful.

Q: What is the difference between Goth and Gothic?

A: In short, Goth refers to the whole Goth subculture where it is a lifestyle for them. And Gothic refers to only aesthetic aspects of the Goth subculture, especially the appearance of the Goth people.

Q: Is there any difference between Victorian goth styles and Romantic goth styles?

A: Yes. Victorian goth styles have a preference for Black and White on both the dresses and hairstyles. These styles mirror the actual goth appearance but with a touch of fashion from the Victorian period. On the other hand, Romantic goth styles have added bright colors to the appearances. Modern gothic styles are mainly Romantic gothic styles.

Q: Can I use hair extensions for gothic hairstyles?

A: Sure, you can. That’s the beauty of gothic hairstyles. You can use extensions and different accessories for your favorite gothic hairstyle.

Q: Is it possible to get gothic hairstyles if I have short hair?

A: Yes. Although the original goth hairstyles required one to grow hair for a goth hairstyle, modern gothic styles give you the right to do anything. We have discussed many gothic hairstyles for short hair in our list of styles. Give them a try!

Concluding Words

Finding the perfect gothic hairstyle is an uphill task. We can only make sure that you choose a good style for yourself. For that, we have presented you with 40 different gothic hairstyles. These styles are favorites of many of our clients which gave us the courage to put them forward.

We understand that too many styles may confuse you as well. If you are on the lookout for most authentic gothic looks, go with the black and white hairstyles that have long hair. This is a rule of thumb. For instance, Victorian Goth, Messy Witchy Waves, and Long Snowy Middle Part are three styles you can consider.

But if you want to mix up the gloomy look of a traditional gothic hairstyle with some energetic colors, there are styles for you to choose from. We recommend the Wispy Peacock Bixie, Dichromatic Horns, and Goblin Bob Mullet as some good options. Whatever you choose, it will serve you well.

May the power of darkness be with you!

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