... the other Black experience

Alternative black trends must be getting recognized if eHow just published a "how to" guide for African-American punk hairstyles. Making reference to music artists from Roscoe Dash to Busta Rhymes, the post gives some tips on how to create a funky, yet functional look. The funny thing is that the post uses terms like, "asymmetrics" and "jazzy mohawk" in a technical manner. Now, it really brings to question the race of the person who wrote this, but who cares? On with it, eHow. Let us know what you think of their post. If you have your own alternative hairstyle, please, post a pic below!

Wtf, Afro-Punk Hairstyles on eHow??
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K-Os with "punked out dread locks"

Punk hairstyles for African-Americans are created with hair dye, wearable hair strands, body glitter, and even chalk. These products can complement haircuts with straight lines and unforgiving edges; combine any of them to perfect an African-American punk look. However, no matter the style, African-Americans should still minimize chemical use and use products such as hydrating conditioners and oil sheen to maintain hair and scalp health and prevent dryness.


Rihanna is a black celebrity who loves to sport punk looks. You can achieve her hairstyles by first relaxing the texture of the natural hair and cutting the hair with razor-sharp edges. Create drastic asymmetry by cutting most of the hair close to the scalp and leaving the front long enough on one side to cover the eye. For permanent color highlights and stunning color contrast, carefully apply bleach and dye to certain hair strands. To change your haircolor more frequently without the drying effects of dye, glue or sew in colored hair extensions for a temporary look.

Jazzy Mohawk

Roscoe Dash is a rap star whose punk haircuts are fabulously intricate and attention-getting. His hair is all natural, with no chemical additives. Achieve his style by cutting hair into a basic mohawk. However, instead of completely shaving the sides of the head, have your barber draw patterns into the short remaining hair. Spray clippers with hair sheen to reduce skin irritation and strategically remove hair within the drawn pattern. This leaves behind a mohawk surrounded by words and shapes for a dramatic look. Then fill in lines or areas of scalp between the shapes with body glitter and chalk for outline definition.

Punked Out Dreadlocks

Busta Rhymes was one of the first rap artists to flaunt the creativity and style flexibility of dreadlocks. His stylist's creations reflected his loud, wild hip-hop persona, which favored punk hairstyles made famous in the 1980s. While dreadlocks begin mostly as untamed hair left to grow freely with a little beeswax on the ends to prevent unravelling, Rhymes's locks were formed into styles by braiding and tying locks into upward formations. Skilled braiders created labyrinthine designs around his head, while his hairline was shaped up with razor sharp-edges for classic punk hair definition.

What do you think of eHows "black punk hairstyles post?" Post your hairstyle pictures below!

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Comment by Sheree Monay on September 28, 2010 at 4:18pm
Should I ask how you found this? LOL! And yes, it's hair. People don't experiment anymore. I know my mom thought i was crazy for shaving mine off a few years ago. But I did it three times; it was a spiritual release. Now that it's in, I won't do it anymore. I still have hair issue's but cutting isn't going to solve it. So I add pieces, change the colors. And I haven't relaxed my hair in 6 months. Detangler and a hair dryer: black hair's 2 best friends! LOL! Just have fun. it's your hair.
Comment by Phactz on September 25, 2010 at 1:24pm
It's just hair.
BoweryDoll Comment by BoweryDoll on September 24, 2010 at 8:53pm
Rosenda, sweet sis', if I could reach through my computer screen and give you a hug I would. I swear to god this shit is just the symptom of these jiffy-pop, unoriginal, insta-punk Hottopic times we're trudging through. our day it was ALL about experimenting and taking the risk to try something new and express ourselves -- not about following some kind of damn safe how-to manual. I WISH I had been lucky enough to find stylists/barbers back in the late 70's and throughout the 80's in Chicago who had been more open to helping me create the looks I thought up. Unfortunately, I ran across more than a few who were super judgmental and just couldn't step outside of their boxes to see my point of, instead of giving up, I looked at it as another "DIY" challenge and I started doing my own hairstyles, bleaching, coloring and punk rock cuts (and my friends', as well). Know how it feels to pick up electric clippers, take a deep breath and shave off parts of your own hair to create a cool pattern without having a clear idea of whether or not it will turn out as you hoped?? We did (and still do). And even if it DIDN'T turn out exactly as we thought, we STILL made it work and rocked it. It cracks me up to see kids like Rhianna and Cassie (and even that quirky little Willow Smith) wearing these styles today and everyone thinks they're one-of-a-kind creations. My punk rock Black sistah peers and I were sporting some of the exact same shaved styles back in the early 80's -- and we sure didn't receive the same kind of acceptance and admiration these celebs are receiving now, but we still held our heads high as we walked the gauntlets to school or hopped the subway to go to a punk show. Sure we had to dodge more than a few beer bottles and loogies of spit wailed at our heads from passing cars with people (Black AND White) who refused to accept us, but we felt strongly about who we were as punks. We didn't look for permission or safe ideas of what other people were wearing. We didn't back down -- or "tone it down" -- for anyone. Find inspiration, use your imaginations, take a deep breath and jump into creating something really special for yourself. Have fun with it. It's all about creativity and risk, kids.
Comment by I.C.O.N. on September 24, 2010 at 7:57pm
Comment by nkenge zola on September 24, 2010 at 7:22pm
See, that's the thing bout the approval thing, manipulation, systems of dominance and other untruths. Why they got to refer to our peepus trimmins and beins as "punk" as in "White.?" We been doin dishyear ting fi eons...since time farflung galaxies and Go head Rosenda-Sue!
Comment by Rosenda on September 24, 2010 at 6:57pm
Flat twists with some dread attachments. Thanks for Denise for trying them out many times on me with such creativity!!

Comment by Rosenda on September 24, 2010 at 6:44pm
BAHAHAAH!!! What? People need instructions? You know us folks who've had "unusual" hairstyles came about with them, right? We just experimented. Experimented, means we were curious about trying out some idea with our natural hair, our straightened hair, etc etc. We let used our already fired up and wildly flowing IMGANATIONS!! Black people and their hairstylists (and a BIG shout out to the Black hairstylists who don't laugh at us and take us seriously when we ask them "can you do this with my hair? I have an idea....*!!") try out something they ain't seen before of if they have, they want to try out a different version of it on their own head. None of us got these 'do's out of an already existing manual as is. So I find it hilarious someone on EHow made up something like that online. Wow!! And speaking of ideas shared among Black men and women.............I think a whole of hair experimentation and tips were shared by TONS of folks here on AfroPunk website in the past 5 years, way before someone on Ehow thought it necessary to write about it. Kudos to all the creative Black men and women their agreeable open minded hairsylists and barbers who for years and years now have gone on our Hair Creating Journey's with us!! :)


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