While lengthy locks will always be in style, a short spiky haircut is cool, edgy, and sets you apart from the long-haired masses. Like most short cuts, spiked styles are pretty low-maintenance—just wake up and go in the morning, or slick your hair back for fancy night out. A discussion with your hairstylist and few products are all you need to pull off this head-turning look that’s as daring as you are.

Things You'll Need

Get the right cut for your head and face. In order to create spikes, a short, texturized cut is a must. Show your stylist a photo or tell her to cut your hair to 3 inches in length. This will create crisp spikes at the top of the head.

Wash and condition your hair as usual. Allow your hair to dry about 75 percent of the way.

Squeeze a pea-sized drop of texturizing gel into your palm. Rub your hands together to distribute the gel, then work it into your hair using brisk strokes that start at the root of the hair and go towards the ends.

Dry your hair with a hair dryer and use your fingers to lift the tips of your hair up and out to create soft, tousled spikes.

Place a dab of hair wax on your fingertips and apply to the tips of the spikes to create hold and a little stiffness. Be careful not to apply too much—it can weigh your hair down.

Spray lightly with hairspray to lock the spikes in place.