Alternatives To Straight Hair For Lazy Goths

Now, hair
isn’t a topic that I talk about often. My relationship with my hair is a bit of
a violent one.  I have naturally dead-straight, thin hair and days when I
want it to do, well, something other than be dead-straight, thin hair
and it refuses I can get pretty upset. While I freely dye and cut it I have
never been one of those people that style their hair on a regular basis due to
the simple fact that I am a lazy Goth. 
So here is
a list of super simple or hassle-free hair styles for those just as lazy as I.

Snarl
Photo by SoulStealer on Flickr – I love it!

Perms

No, not
that eighties puff ball that everyone remembers when thinking about perms –
unless of course that’s your thing then by all means go for it! A lot of people
are mistaken of the range of what perms can actually do to your hair – tight
Annie curls, beachy waves, crimps, it can straighten curly hair or keep it
under control or create almost any kind of curl that you can imagine. 

I’ve wanted
a perm for so long and if it takes the life out of me I will be getting one
this year!

Though
perms aren’t strictly care-free since they are curls and require special types
of combing and product to help the curls conform rather than frizz but that can
be taken care of right out of the shower.

Hair Extensions


I love
curled hair extensions on my short straight hair since it looks quite natural
and takes less than a minute to clip into my hair. If greater length has been
something that you’ve wanted than this is a simple way but a myriad of styles
can easily be created by layering hair extension (sometimes pre-curled) over
hair-extensions to create thick, teased and amazing hair in a moderately simple
way. A negative to this is that real hair extensions (especially the amount it
would take to create a crazy nest of hair) may cost a lot depending on quality
and length.

Wigs

At times
of impeccable quality wigs can be quite pricey but they can also be a great way
of transforming or completing a look into something brand new. If you work or
go to a school with a strict dress code you can get the hair that you’ve always
wanted.

The quality can be the limiting factor of how
simple this is to implement. You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about if
you’ve ever tried or watched someone try to pull on a cheap wig-cap.

Night Sets

When I
say ‘night sets’ I don’t just mean rollers that are left in overnight (oh man,
how they hurt me) but any hair ‘trick’ that can be left in over night to create
a look. There are tonnes of these as simple as plaiting (to create crimped
hair) or a simple twist bun (to create curls) up to, as I said, rollers, rags
or the headband trick. All with their perspective linked explanations above.


Synthetic Dreads

If when
you read the above title you mentally punched me because donning synthetic
dreads really aren’t that simple to maintain then don’t worry because I agree!
– Minus the punching part. While the application of dreads can take hours (more
or less depending on whether your hair is thin, thick, shaved or you’re using
double ended or clip/tie in) there is the ability to leave them in for weeks
afterwards until they grow out far enough or they start to combine with your
natural hair.

The
dreads alone can be very expensive if you’re buying pre-made. Alternatively, if
you style your own – which isn’t that hard with the proper YouTube tutorials –
it does take a large chunk of time. My favourite tutorial’s are by Mental
Shiver here.

Other Simple Ways To Make Straight Hair New Again:

  • Changing
    up your earrings can really change up the way your hair looks. They go
    hand in hand (or face on face) since they’re so close together.
  • Pull
    on some cute (or not) head-wear like berets, headbands, etc.
  • A
    simple hair-style is to create a big eighties ponytail that sits on your head. Bundle your hair into a ponytail on the top of your head and layer
    extensions onto it from further-down towards the band (as so only one extension can
    be seen) and then hide it with a thicker band or a hair ‘clasp’.

I’ve
heard about people that sleep in their mohawk or deathhawk and it’ll be fine for a few days like that. Probably with use
of a lot of hair-spray. What do you do with your hair? Do you have any secrets you want to share?

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10 Comments

  1. I actually have the exact opposite problem: I have wavy-but-not-quite-curly hair and nothing to do with it. It just sort of hangs there on my head. Sometimes I straighten it to avoid having to deal with the frizz, but it takes almost 2 hours for me!

  2. My hair will stay up for days, takes a lot of teasing and good product=happy mohawk! I wake up in the morning after the club and look in the mirror….yes, my hair has scared me. LOL!

    When I had longer hair, I enjoyed curly bun covers. Put your real hair in a bun, pop the faux ponytail over your bun=instant lovely hair style =D

  3. My advice: chop it all off! I got a pixie cut two months ago and it's ridiculously convenient. It takes 30 seconds to dry it after a shower and about a minute or two to apply styling products if you like, though most days I don't bother. Lazy Goth forever!

  4. I have your same problem: naturally super straight hair, they were so goth when I dyed them black XD but I can do absolutely nothing with them, they just won't stay as I wish: in ten minutes time they go back to their original state.
    When I tried a perm some years ago I looked like a poodle, my locks were too tight and I really didn't like them.
    You know, you gave me a good idea with extension: I was thinking about getting purple ends but I didn't want to dye my hair, and extensions look like the best solution (I hadn't even thought about them).
    And wigs are always a good idea – although finding good one at a reasonable price is quite a challenge 😀

  5. There's definitely work involved with perms, you'll probably need to blow dry it. You don't just roll out of bed with perfect curls after a spray of lotion. On the plus side a perm can simply give you texture which makes hair styling easier. You might have some issues finding a hair dresser that gives you modern perms.

    Basically perms are not the perfect solution and after researching I've decided against one. When I was in school a girl in my class got a perm and didn't look after it, she looked like a fussy poodle. She spent the next school year with half poker straight hair half ugly frizzy curls growing it out. But I didn't like the girl anyway 😉

  6. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with my hair, so this is a great post for me, thanks!

    I also have mostly straight, very fine hair, with the added joy (NOT!) of a VERY curly 'cowlick' in the front which likes to frizz! I permed back in the 80s and 90s, but the poodle look WAS a problem; it helps to make sure they use bigger rollers when creating it, NOT the small ones!

    I've been considering colored clip-on extensions for color pops, but haven't yet gotten the nerve. And someone gave me a wig for fun, but it's not quite the right color, MUCH too long, and the cut sucks on me, so I'm playing with it to see what weird and bizarre styles I can make with it. Fun!!

  7. If you want to keep your hair extensions a secret, never wear synthetic hair — the low quality ones most of all. Synthetic hair usually has a plastic sheen to it so that camera flashes will easily give you away.

  8. I am a huge fake hair junkie. I agree, no matter how you make them, synthetic dreads are very time consuming! They are not time consuming to put in if you are using clip or tie-ins, however.

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