From the world of fashion to the girl next door, androgynous hairstyles have become more accepted now than ever before. Thankfully, in recent years, there has been more room for individuals to expand their identity beyond the stereotypical gender norms of society. Models like Rain Dove and Erika Linder and actresses like Ruby Rose and Tilda Swinton have definitely normalized androgynous styles and helped pave the way for more people to explore gender and fashion. They have also given major hair and fashion inspiration. If you’re looking for some androgynous hairstyle tips because you could use a little more confidence in your hair skills, search no more.
If you’ve been wondering about taking the leap and trying out a new hairstyle but aren’t sure if you’re quite ready for the change, relax. Not all androgynous hairstyles have to be extreme or even short. There are plenty ways to style your tresses without making any regrettable decisions. From faux side shaves to the more bold choice of undercuts, your options are far from limited. So whether you have already been playing around with non-binary gender styles or you’re still a little hesitant, check out these top androgynous hairstyle tips from celeb stylists and hair experts.
1. Embrace Your Natural Curls
Just because some people think of either a pixie cut or a slicked back look doesn't mean that all androgynous hairstyles have to be done with straight hair. Stylist Kellie Urban told Allure that a curly mohawk is a great option because it leaves length to play with on top, but the shaved sides add edge.
2. Get A Little Wet
If you don't want to actually cut any length off but still want an androgynous transformation, you can temporarily get the look. Just Cavalli hairstylist Guido Palau showed Marie Claire that adding a gel-to-mousse product at the roots, combing it back, and leaving the ends dry will give you a new twist on the greaser style.
3. Rock It
One of the most iconic female rockers, Joan Jett, frequently bent and defied gender norms. Her shaggy hairstyle was a perfect mix of masculine and feminine. Celeb stylist Sally Hershberger told Total Beauty that the Joan Jett-inspired shag is definitely a statement style. Bonus points for being versatile and low-maintenance.
4. Let It Be
You know how some people look like they actually woke up with perfect hair? Well there might actually be something to that. Hairdresser Roxie Hunt told Refinery 29 that skipping the shampoo and allowing your hair to be naturally messy is the perfect way to get lived-in androgynous hair.
5. Amp It Up
If you already have a short 'do but you're wondering how to get more out of it, don't worry. Celeb hairstylist Rodney Cutler told Elle that just razor cutting the sides will instantly breathe new life into your cropped cut.
6. Don't Be Afraid Of Color
Highlights and hair color aren't just for the ultra feminine. Experimenting with different colors is a great way to find what works best for you. Celeb stylist Ted Gibson told Glamour that adding some medium-sized highlights to the front of a pompadour, undercut, or cropped 'do will instantly add dimension.
7. Know Yourself
Before you chop it all off, shave a side, or purchase extensions, there is something you need to know. Hairstylist Tommy Bucket told Total Beauty that regardless of what androgynous hairstyle you want, you need to know what your face shape is first and what suits it.
8. Be Patient When Re-Growing
If you've grown tired of your pixie cut or you just plain regret making a drastic change, it'll be OK. You just have to resist the urge to cut and be patient. Hairstylist Lizzy Weinberg told Refinery 29 that you should stay away from adding layers around the face when growing out short hair.
9. Don't Overdo It
For androgynous hairstyles that are either short (think: pixie cut, pompadour, etc.) or have different lengths going on (think: shaved side, undercut, etc.), be wary of going overboard with your hair care routine. Stylist Garren told Allure that you actually only need to blow your hair about 50 percent dry so you don't fry it or over dry it.