When it comes to style for men, their hairstyles are usually left behind. It is usually all about the clothes, all about the accessories and certainly about the shoes. That is why spiky hairstyles for men have become so popular because they are super easy to achieve. If you are a guy, you have at one point in your life, spiked up your hair a little bit just so you could keep it out of your eyes.
One of the greatest things about spiky hair is the fact that it looks wild and dangerous. This is what a lot of women really like about this particular hairstyle. While it may be easy to achieve most of the time for a guy, it can be difficult for some guys who simply have no idea how to spike up their hair.
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Different Types Of Spiky Hair
There are literally hundreds of different hairstyles worn by men around the world. Some of the styles that are gaining in popularity are spikey styles where part or all of the hair stands out from the head. Even in this category, there are many different options.
One of the first hairstyles to include spikes was the Mohawk. This style consists of the sides of the head being shaved, leaving only a one or two-inch strip of hair down the center of the head. There are a few variations on this that include more than one strip, but most people see the single strip when they hear the word, Mohawk. This style may be spiked in a fan where the hair stands up evenly or it can be separated into separate spikes known as Liberty spikes.
The faux-hawk is a similar style with the difference being that the hair on the sides of the head is not completely shaved. Instead, the hair is cut shorter on the sides and left longer in the center stripe. This stripe can then be spiked in a fan pattern or Liberty spikes much like the Mohawk.
Emo hair is normally cut unevenly with a razor, leaving a fringe in front that hangs down to cover one eye. However, there are no real rules governing these hairstyles. Therefore, many emo kids choose to put spikes into their hair in different patterns. Some spike all the hair, while others create a row of spikes at the crown that resembles the Statue of Liberty.
Punk hair comes in all sorts of styles. The Mohawk is one of the original punk styles. However, individuals can also twist their hair into spikes or simply pull it up into a collection of messy spikes and still have a punk hairstyle. One of the keys to defines the punk style is the presence of spikes in the hair.
Billy Idol porcupine hairstyle.
Porcupine spikes are named thus because they stand up all over the head like the quills on a porcupine. These are smaller at the base than Liberty spikes and there are many more of them on the head. The hair is styled into random spikes that stand up all over the head.
Dolph Lundgren flat top hairstyle.
One style that many do not think about as a spiky hairstyle is the flat top. This is a short hairstyle that is based on the crew cut. The sides and back are cut extremely short and the top is left a little longer with the sides and front being tapered so that the entire top is uniform in appearance. The hair is short enough that it stands up in spikes all over the top of the head.
Smart & Trendy Spiky Hairstyles for Men
Firstly, you need to make sure that you have the right hairstyle & the right length for it. Most of the time, it is either too short or too long. This is something that you should be discussing with your hair stylist, as they are the people that should be cutting your hair.
Hair Styling Products to Spike Your Hair
As soon as you decide on the length, the next step is going to be the product. This can be painful, as there are tons upon tons of products out there that all claim that they can spike your hair up with the best of them. Wax, pomade, hairspray, and gel are all different products that should be used in different ways and to achieve different looks.
If you want to go with wax, then you want to make sure that you want your short hair to stick straight up for a good long time. Hair wax can be used to provide a softer hold that is more touchable. It does not dry and leaves the hair with a texture that resembles plastic the way gel does.
Nowadays, there is even hair glue to ensure that your hair does stand straight up and that you never have to worry about it falling down. Wax and glue are for those types of spiky hairstyles.
Pomade & Hair Gel
If you want your spike to be subtle, there is another way and that is by a little bit of gel and some pomade. Pomade is by far the best thing to use if you are not going completely spiky but you want your hair to stand up a little bit. Adding some gel will also help keep the hair up but not too much.
The gel is not designed for use with completely dry hair. Hair gel is the strongest product, creating a stiff hold that will not collapse for several hours. For longer hair, this is the optimum product because of its stiffness.
Hairspray is the final product in our lineup of products that can help keep your hair up. Hairspray is something that you should be using as a final touch just to make sure that your hair will actually stay up, it is not something that should be used by itself.
Unflavored Gelatin as An Alternative Product
Some people recommend the use of unflavored gelatin as an agent to hold the hair in place. This is applied while in the liquid state and allowed to set in the hair. It provides almost as much hold as hair gel and is recommended for long hair.
How to Spike Short Hair Using Gel
For an all-over spiky look, one can dampen the hair and turn the head upside down. With a bit of gel on the hands, run them through the hair to coat the hair. This will allow gravity to assist in the formation of the spikes, though not in the placement.
How to Spike Short Hair
When most guys think of short hairstyles, they either see some sort of buzz cut or something out of the 1950s that old men still wear to look good in an office setting. However, there are some ways that men can create a slightly more edgy look by adding spikes to their style. They simply need to learn how to spike men’s short hair.
- The first step is to decide on the type of spikes one wants and how stiff he wants the hold to be. For Liberty spikes or porcupine spikes, it is likely that one will need to purchase gel or mousse to get an adequate hold. For other, softer looks, pomade or wax should be sufficient.
- The next step is to ensure that one starts with cleanliness. It is essential to ensure that all residues from past applications of products are removed as well as any dirt or oil that may have accumulated. After washing, one will need to partially towel dry it without getting it too dry.
- With your hair partially damp, apply the product chosen to hands and gently rub it through your hairdo, trying to achieve an even coating from root to tip. Then, using one hand, pull sections up into the spikes as desired. Once the spikes are created, one should gently blow dry on a low-temperature setting to set the product and harden the spikes in place.
- A more natural look can be achieved by simply rubbing the hands through the locks so that random sections stand up in spikes. This usually provides a softer look that is acceptable in almost all situations, including professional settings. It also takes less maintenance than other styles because all one has to do to refresh it is run the hands through the strands again.
- Most men are satisfied with spikes on the top of the head. They tend to comb the sides and back down so that they lie close to the scalp. However, some find that they can get an edgier look by spiking the sides and/or back as well. This is especially common among Asian men who seek to recreate the styles seen on anime characters.
- If one is unsure how to accomplish the style, he can usually seek advice from professional stylists. These individuals can help ensure that the hair is cut in a style that will be conducive to spiking and will look good. They can also make recommendations based on one’s facial shape and features. They may even help create the style and teach one how it is done so that it can be recreated at home with ease.
How To Spike Long Thick Hair
For most men, having thick hair is a blessing. Being able to grow it out long is a bonus. If you have thick long hair, you can follow these instructions to get a long spiky hairstyle.
- The first step is to decide exactly what the finished style should look like. This will help one determine the placement of individual spikes. The next thing is to separate the hair into sections representing each spike that will be created. Ponytail holders are useful for holding the sections separate.
- Different products are available to provide the hold needed to keep the spikes standing up. A maximum hold hair gel can be a good starting point, especially when used in conjunction with hairspray. One might also use hair glue, though this will give the spikes an almost plastic appearance. Another product commonly used that causes less damage to the hair is unflavored gelatin.
- Choose the first section to be spiked and pull it up away from the scalp. Twist the hair and pull up while applying the appropriate product until the entire section is covered. Blow dry this section until the gel hardens. Repeat these steps for each individual spike.
- An alternative method is to hang the head upside down and coat a section with gel or gelatin. While in this position, blow dry the hair until the product hardens. Repeat for each section. When completed, turn the head right side up and apply a second coat of product to each spike. Blow dry again for maximum hold.
- Regardless of which method is used, it is important to start at the base of the hair and work out to the tips of the spikes. One should not be afraid to apply a generous amount of product as it will be needed to support the weight of the long thick hair. An insufficient product will allow the spikes to fall over or collapse completely. More is needed near the scalp than at the tips. Apply product amounts based on the weight it is expected to hold.
While it is slightly unusual for men with thick, long hair to decide to wear it in spikes, spikes are becoming quite popular among the male population in general. Members of certain subcultures, such as punk or emo, tend to wear their hair in certain fashions that identify them with their groups. Spikes may be used in these styles.
Fortunately, the products exist the make it possible for one who wants to spike long thick hair. The key is in finding a styling product or combination of products that are capable of holding up the weight of the sections of hair. Maximum hold gel and hairspray used in combination is a choice of many. Others want the stronger hold of hair glue, though this product can damage the hair. Still, others choose to use unflavored gelatin because it provides a powerful hold and is safer for the hair.