Grunge hairstyles hit their peak in the mid-1990s. Credited to Kurt Cobain, the front man of grunge rock band Nirvana, grunge style and hairstyles are still seen today as a means of self expression to those who buck the normal trend of high fashion and perfectly coiffed hair. If you like the grunge look, you’re in luck. Most grunge hairstyles are a cinch to try out at home. These styles work for girls or guys and can be customized for your perfect grunge look.

The Unwashed

The unwashed grunge style is arguably the easiest to create. However, if you do in fact like to shower and wash your hair daily, you may need synthetic hair products to make your hair look more unwashed than it truly is. If you don’t want to wash your hair daily, simply leaving your hair unwashed for a few days at a time so that it lays stringy on your head. You may find that you’ll need to build up your resistance to washing your hair over a few days at a time. If you still wish to wash your hair daily, purchase a styling pomade to run through your hair to make it look more unkempt and unwashed. After a shower, dry your hair as normal and use your fingers to work the pomade into the roots of your hair to make your hair look dirtier. Don’t use too much, as it will make your hair feel greasy; a finger amount is plenty.

The Urban Dreads

Urban dreads are still popular on the grunge rock scene today. It is most likely because it is a maintenance-free hairstyle. Once the dreads are placed, you rarely need to wash or style your hair until the dreads come out. True dreads are made with beeswax and should be done by a professional hairdresser who has had experience in placing dreads. However, you can make your own temporary dreads at home by using a styling wax. Working with dry hair, use your fingers to apply wax to a sectioned off piece of hair that is about an inch in width. Apply the wax to the top and then use it to twirl the hair down as you spread the wax along the section. Secure at the bottom by pinching, and you’ll have dreads that will last all day or night, until you’re ready to wash them out.

The Shaved Section

One hairstyle popular among grunge girls is the shaved section hairstyle. With this hairstyle, girls shave only a section of their hair. It could be a half of their head or the section underneath their hair so that the shaved portion is only visible when the hair is pulled into a ponytail. Of course, this is not a short-term hairstyle; rather, it is a drastic change. If this is the hairstyle for you, ask your hairstylist for a shaved or buzzed cut in an area that you specify. If you have a more corporate job, you may want to shave a section that is not visible when your hair is down. Of course, if you want to truly express yourself, shave another area of the head, like the left side or the space above the ear for a true grunge look.

References and Resources

Grunge Hair