What’s your take on liberty spikes? Do you find it to be a daring venture, or something you’ve been dreading to get done on yourself for days?
For me, it’s a mixture of both. While it’s true that it’s been a secret desire for me to try out one of many striking liberty concepts at least once in my life, I’ve never really had the courage.
Now that I think I’m ready for this, I gathered some undeniably attractive designs that I find challenging to choose from.
During this journey, I thought, why not share them with you? You’ll probably appreciate them as much as I do, or maybe even more!
The clients I’ve designed liberty spikes on usually came back with a broader smile due to the positive feedback they received.
Let’s not stay deprived from that adoration and pick our own style to apply that on ourselves!
Table of Contents
- 34 Stellar Designs That Speak ‘Punk’
- Six Red Tips
- Punk Rock Look
- Blonde Prongs
- Black-Tipped Liberty
- Thin Dark Spikes
- All Out Gothic
- The Pointy Rocker
- Liberty Mohawk & Rat Tail
- Two Tone Mohawk
- Messy Bleached
- Caramel Stabs
- Sapphire Meets Coral
- Fun Spikes
- Decorated Punk
- Medium Bristles
- Tribal Hat
- The Popstar Look
- Needle Spikes
- Liberty Afro
- Three Long Chunks
- The Unkempt 80s
- Draped In Orange
- Muddy Thorns
- Mullet In A Liberty
- Neat Double-Tone Undercut
- The Turquoise Gradient
- Gradually Shorter With Beard
- Vibrant Hats On A Carpet
- Funky Double Haircut
- Hard & Slender
- Casual Liberty
- The Candy Cane Design
- Red Beauty
- Mr. Bright Arctic
- How To Get Liberty Spikes By Myself?
What Are Liberty Spikes?
The answer I’m about to tell you may push you off your seat, so buckle up! While many people think that the liberty spikes haircuts originate from the Statue of Liberty, that’s not true!
Originally, the concept lay its root to Ancient Britons. Their warriors had been famous for adoring these spikes after a bleaching procedure.
Don’t get me wrong, these haircuts weren’t allowed for everyone, as young Celts were demanded to kill an enemy to be eligible for endorsing such a design.
So where does the Statue of Liberty come in this? The iconic monument only lended the name as it resembles the spikes in this hairstyle genre.
Mostly, punks and counterculture revolutionists revived these concepts as an opposition statement to the mass culture and all the values lie there in essence.
34 Stellar Designs That Speak ‘Punk’
These radiating designs I’m about to show you guarantee to bring a drastic alteration to your look, to the point that people may not recognize you at first glance!
Six Red Tips
We’re going to kick things off with one of the most conventional designs in the liberty spikes category. It doesn’t go over the top in terms of hair length, but most certainly possess a charm that you truly can’t deny. Shaved sides set up the floor for six exquisite spikes all over!
Somewhat medium length hair should suffice for you to apply this look on yourself. Starting from the front up to the nape, divide your hair into six equal portions. Bleach & dye the tip, almost the size of an inch, into a punchy scarlet tone.
Then, throw in a hefty amount of hair gel for each of the sections. Mold them together into spikes and make the texture neat using combs for completion.
Punk Rock Look
The punk rock styles have always fancied some of the liberty spikes concepts, and this one in particular takes things a few steps extra by dyeing them in different colors. It doesn’t scrape off the hair from the sides completely as a couple spikes are formed toward opposite directions.
You don’t need a voluminous hair body to begin with. After separating them, trim down the remaining hair portions for skin exposure. Then, bleach your hair to color each portion in red, blue and green. These tones are a signifying factor, so pick the colors wisely.
Lastly, applying some hair gel can land you the desired results. Create multiple spikes with every hair group so that it radiates some volume over your scalp.
This style in hand doesn’t choose the path of longer spikes, rather numerous smaller prongs all over your head. Bleaching hair is of essence here since blonde tone is what the concept relies heavily on. The good thing about this is, you don’t need to apply an undercut and be able to preserve your hair.
Once your bleaching part is done, take hair mousse or pomade to create short prongs on your scalp. You can start it from the front since that’s the part people will notice at first. Repeat the same process everywhere for a seamless yet slightly edgy design!
Drawing from the blonde prongs, this is a cut that’s less blunt and more radical both in terms of nature and color combination. While the former was more suggestive, the latter goes extra distance to render the fringes as pointed as can be. It’s not for all spaces, so keep that in mind.
If your hair is naturally blonde, then you’ll be spared from the bleaching session, otherwise it must follow a seamless cut. It’ll keep all the spikes at the same level so that nothing stands out. Dye each of the tips in black as that should generate a burnt-tip concept come alive!
Thin Dark Spikes
Thicker hair groups don’t always cater to everyone’s tastes. Liberty spikes are such a diverse category that they literally contain every variant there is possible to make. Carrying that notion in mind, you’ll realize that these thin spikes outweigh the thicker ones in more than one way!
First off, men with lower hair volume can pull it off without any concern. Secondly, the spikes would feel less heavy on your head and moving around should feel comfortable with them. Only this to consider is you’ll be needing some hard gel and hair wax to keep them standing up like that.
All Out Gothic
The dynamic feature of liberty aesthetics is it welcomes almost every hair trend there is available that can be merged with. For instance, a gothic take on these hairdos can create some of the most captivating concepts such as this one! Instead of grouping up in sections, spike everything up with a hard gel and keep them so for a very low-maintenance haircut!
The Pointy Rocker
Again I’m back with a rockstar look that you’ve witnessed very often in the punk rock industry. It’s a halfway meeting between the gothic look and a very typical liberty haircut. Yes, you’ll have to make smaller groups of hair to spike them up using any hardcore solution you can find around you, but the spike density would oddly resemble the ones of a gothic concept!
Liberty Mohawk & Rat Tail
A lot of the liberty spikes can be classified as a mohawk design as they find themselves in compliance with mohawk’s defining characteristics. Shaved sides with spikes on top, you can take this further by only trimming everything and dyeing them red, everything but the major hair portion. Spike them up like I’ve told you before and leave a rat tail hanging from your nape.
Two Tone Mohawk
Let me show you a different way to style your liberty mohawks from the common designs. You’ll be asked to leave two additional rows, one on each side from the mohawk line. The middle patch is to be toned in a vibrant sky-blue down the middle with a fraction of black up front. The smaller lines of either side are to be pushed up as well, but shouldn’t reach the same height.
I know that some of you out there prefer a more toned down and messy look. Well, here’s something to soothe your soul! A completely bleached hair body that doesn’t demand to carry an undercut and yet manages to be radical of some sort – what more can you ask? Some hair cream should allow you to mess things up with subtle hints at those liberty spikes!
Stab the air around your head with some fancy caramel hairdo that oddly resembles a porcupine. Caramel is not always the go to color for this trend as vibrance is a popular demand in most cases. But especially for oval faces, you’ll find it to be comforting in a weird way with all the spikes that are spread across your head. Tempting, isn’t it?
Sapphire Meets Coral
I don’t know if you’ll believe me, but trust me, I’ve delivered a similar haircut to one of my clients back in the day. He asked for a head turner and I simply borrowed these aesthetics of spike and vibrant tones from the liberty genre. Blue spikes and coral green sides are the foundation with an added step of dreads formed down from the nape.
To show some character through your hair to everyone around you, I’d recommend you to opt for this design. You’re going to need a handful of hair to begin with since the spikes reach far out. Also, buy the gel ensuring it’s hard enough to hold off this length firmly without faltering. Once done, make sure not to hit any sign post with your hair!
Do you want to celebrate the holiday seasons with a hairdo that’s been composed for this reason alone? A decorated punk look will open this door for you should you feel brave and confident. Hair stranded with hair gel and alternatively dyed in green, blue and yellow are to climb upward. Wrap some small beaded strings and even place a couple of dolls to fine tune!
These bristles don’t take a rigid approach toward the liberty concept as the hair is allowed to sway at different times. Thus, it spares you the need to borrow hard gel and get it done with any regular gel you have lying around. It also plays with varying sides as the temple presses out smaller bristles while the larger ones reside on the crown.
Do you remember how some of the tribal hats look? The originals carry significance in their own locality as bird feathers and other elements are the key ingredients there. Pay a tribute to those cultures and their heritage by forming your liberty spikes in a flat, oval shape. And don’t forget to read the cultural history to give your hairdo more meaning!
The Popstar Look
This is the most ideal gateway I’m going to offer you that’ll see you resembling a popstar at the other side of the styling tunnel. Your hair is going to be dyed in punchy pink and the liberty would be apparent on your head immediately! Spikes running everywhere in this suave tone can only be complemented by top-tier dress ups, so don’t hold back!
Your hair strands would be tested for some core strength to perfectly pull off this needle design. An undercut is ideal for such a hairstyle since it poses a stark contrast of lengths and thickness. Each of the hair groups is formed from a wider scalp area but is eventually twisted into a very thin line. Applying gel is the only way to keep them standing inflexibly.
If you’ve rushed here thinking your afro hair can mimic the spikes of liberty, then I apologize to claim that’s not how it works. It’s titled this way because the long prongs going in all directions resemble an afro cut. Whether you have receding hairlines or not, it doesn’t really matter if there’s enough hair on your head on other sections. Dye it in cyan for added effect.
Three Long Chunks
Instead of going for six slender spikes, why not go for three healthier ones instead? This should give your hair more rigidity and hold everything in place with a higher degree of convenience. Your spikes can defy gravity more if you pick this design, a beard here is always welcomed warmly.
The Unkempt 80s
The 80s has always been a major source of hair styling inspiration, and I’m glad that such influence has reached the trends of liberty spikes as well. It’s a completely unique interpretation that doesn’t prefer grouped up spikes, rather the entire hair body is spiked up with strong & individual strands.
Draped In Orange
Does blonde or bleached tone feel have gotten out of style in the current age? Why not drape the major portion of the spikes in a colorful orange tone? The result is before your eyes – alluring and enthralling in all aspects. There would hardly be any place where people won’t be looking at your hairdo – I guarantee that!
Muddy thorns refer to the hair texture that feels like clay due to the way they’re formed. Hair clay is utilized in spite of hair gel to reach the result. The color concept follows the one that I discussed right before this, only it caves to the traditional blonde top formula.
Mullet In A Liberty
Four long spikes can be a sister concern of mullet trends – just imagine that! Dark hair formed into extrusions that gradually gain length from the front to the nape, completely committing to the mullet aesthetics. A small tail at the nape’s fringe pushes it over the top!
Neat Double-Tone Undercut
The brushy effect with liberty spikes has always been a common phenomena that many already knew about. Since an undercut allows the rest of the body to appear massive, they are further enhanced with a burnt-tip all over to finish this neat double-tone design!
The Turquoise Gradient
Playing around with turquoise is a dangerous thing as it can go so wrong very easily! That’s why I’d recommend the dyeing part in a barber-shop unless you’re a hair color expert. Six spikes with gradients of turquoise seamlessly calls for a very premium haircut! It also lets you flaunt your scalp tattoo proudly!
Gradually Shorter With Beard
I’ll probably be sued if I call this a minimal hairdo. Hear me out first! It’s minimal from a subjective perception as opposed to the rest of the concepts in this category. This hairstyle doesn’t do anything fancy, simply stand upright into spikes and decrease in length gradually toward the back. Add a beard for boosting it even upward!
Vibrant Hats On A Carpet
The major portion of this hairstyle trend utilizes one row of spikes, with a couple of variations of course. This here is one such variant that carries parallel spikes from the crown to the nape. The shape as well as vibrant color render a hat-like effect that is placed gently over a hair carpet!
Funky Double Haircut
Scrub your eyes again to realize I’m not showing you cutouts from an anime. But the impact remains the same due to the double haircut at once! On one side, it endorses a pink, laid down hair while on the other side, a darker design of liberty spikes. Truly mesmerizing, isn’t it?
Hard & Slender
I honestly don’t know whether your hair would be able to hold this design for much longer as it plays with a very little portion. Narrow lines of hair that too doesn’t have much volume, are to form five spikes measuring at around a couple of feet. Hard gel stands as the only solution.
From a designer’s point of view, I don’t always believe that neatness is of essence for every haircut. If you think going casual floats your boat, then follow your heart! Pull out groups from your dense hair into thick cones to generate a carefree look! A beard could come in handy, so bear that in mind.
The Candy Cane Design
Again, another haircut for the festivity! As the one I put on display earlier caters to almost every holiday season, this one is precisely for Christmas! It even gives the hair ends a free pass as the tips are allowed to bend over to form a candy cane. The red and white stripes would even mistakenly make you want to lick those!
Your head might look like an antenna should you settle for this style. Make sure the people around you are at a safe distance, otherwise they might get poked from your gorgeously formed, red colored liberty spikes. But don’t refrain from making the tips as sharp and pointy as possible!
Mr. Bright Arctic
The last concept for today endorses this fabulous tone of arctic blue under a bright light! Its color alone is enough to make you fall for it, let alone the thick cones that make their mark on your scalp, nape and temple. Alter the lengths at your preference to radiate a hypnotizing aura!
How To Get Liberty Spikes By Myself?
Before getting to the DIY part, remember that carrying around these hairstyles for years can cause certain damage to your hair strands. This occurs due to constant exposure of hair to harsh chemicals.
That said, let’s now learn how you can get a captivating rendition of liberty spikes at the comforts of your home!
Step 1: Grow The Length
Your hair must meet the minimum length of the target hairstyle. Otherwise you’ll find it deprived of the design you’ve been hoping for. So take the time if need be to receive the perfect outcome.
Step 2: Organize Hair
As you know now, you need to separate the hair portion on the basis of necessity. Group one is to remain untamed while the other groups are meant for slaughter.
Even the chunk that you’ll keep on, make sure to trim the ends so that the result stands seamless. Varying height is a curse for such haircuts, so be very careful about this.
Step 3: Remove Unnecessary Parts
Grab a hair clipper and trim down everything that you don’t need. The area in focus should be a narrow patch of hair on the crown and continued till the end of your nape.
Some designs keep the temple hair on as well, so that’s left up to your judgment in the end. For the rest, the ideal length is a zero trim. Some even opt for manual razors to shave off the hair.
Fine tuning is also important to bring about an edgy effect. Line up trimmers can precisely do that and isolate the hair section distinctly.
Step 4: Bleach/Dye
If you fully want to commit to the aesthetics, you must go through a hardcore bleaching session. From that point, you can decide whether blonde is your color or should you require more.
For the latter option, you’re asked to pick the dyes of your choice. It can be only one color for the hair tips or multiple colors covering hair cones in large areas.
You can’t be frugal about it – the thickness of dye is a sign of commitment. Colors can vary from burnt tips to punchy multi-colored designs, so you better check my catalog beforehand.
Step 5: Spike ‘Em Up!
Lastly, the diamond on the crown jewel: spiking the hair portions up using hard gel. While a few subtle designs can be passed with hair clay or mousse, most of the concepts demand something stronger to hold on to.
Pick each group, apply a handsome amount of gel and pull them together outward. Use a comb to refine the texture. You are allowed to twist the ends so that they don’t fall over.
Give your hair enough time to dry up before heading out with one of many outrageous haircuts I’ve discussed in the previous section!
Here are some astonishing factors regarding liberty spikes that many people are unaware of till date! Skimming through them should update your information base on this hairstyle genre.
Q: What do liberty spikes represent?
A: Liberty spikes initially represented manhood and honor. The meaning transformed into a sign of transgression from common trends and at present, it has become a symbol of punk adored by edgy, tasteful men.
Q: How long do liberty spikes last?
A: It actually depends on how much gel you’ve put on. While the dye may last, the hardness can fade away in 24 hours if you spare your hair from water’s contact.
Q: Who made liberty spikes popular?
A: Basically the 60s and 70s cultural reformation movement, i.e. counterculture and so on had made them popular during that era. Currently, social media trends carrying punk aesthetic emblems are bringing these designs back again!
Q: Do liberty spikes damage hair?
A: As I mentioned earlier, a long-term commitment to such hairstyles can damage your hair. But getting them for occasions or as a one-time thing can squeeze you out without putting your hair in harm’s way.
It’s unbelievable really, how the liberty spikes have consumed a large portion of the fashion industry in the 21st century.
I don’t blame anyone because I feel strongly pulled toward these hairstyles as well. The only thing standing between this and me with a liberty hairdo is my choice of a concept.
As soon as I get that out of the way, it’ll be a matter of time before I receive pats on my back for carrying around an appealing and vibrant haircut.
You can’t imagine the wonders this can do to your looks and generate a confidence inside you that never knew existed!
So, muster up that willpower and put on these daring spikes over your head – they’ll do the rest of the bidding for you!