In the past decades, every subculture has had its own sense of style, ranging from the flower power of the 1960s hippie movement to the recent grunge and goth trends in recent memory. Even though the current movement of indie rock may be hard to define as a subculture due to its widespread appeal, there is still a semblance of an indie style and one of the ways that it is manifested is in different hairstyles. At the same time, there are very few limits to indie hair style and there is a quite wide selection of looks that could fall under the indie label. Here are some of the greatest hits of indie hairstyles to come about in the past few years.
The loose bob has been growing in popularity for years, but it is only with the recent indie movement that it has been vaulted into the stratosphere. Partly due to its simple maintenance and classic beauty, the look is a common mainstay with indie fans. The most impressive thing about the loose bob is its ability to be altered and it is found in many different lengths, textures, and angles of cut.
Somewhat related to the loose bob, the modern shag haircut popularized by Alexa Chung is one of the true members of indie hair royalty and epitomizes the indie way – simple, textured, easy to maintain, and versatile. With a modern shag, a woman is free to wear her hair up or down and nearly any occasion can be met with a perfect style.
An indie fan that prefers to keep her hair long and is willing to put up with a little more maintenance may be better suited to a retro style, a la Lana Del Rey. With an equal foot in each of the last five decades, the look is not only retro but a culmination of many years of hairstyles. The indie movement has adopted this look as one of the more elegant styles, but it is still worn by many for day-to-day situations.
Of course, if there’s a single hairstyle that has become synonymous with the indie movement, it has to be the pixie cut in its many variations. Something about the short look has found a home on the tops of many indie heads and many women chosen this cut for its attractiveness and minimal maintenance. Even celebrities like Natalie Portman that are indie icons have been spotted with this type of cut and any big indie event will likely have tons of attendees sporting a pixie style.
The beauty of the best indie styles is not only from their appearance, but also the freedom given to women to experiment with their hair. Each new generation discovers new ways to express their style and the wide variety found in the indie movement may make it one of the most fashionable movements ever. In ten years, the musical and lifestyles may be radically changed, but these hairstyles are certain to stand the test of time.