6 Alternative Hair Trends to Experiment With This Spring


Hair is a powerful tool of self-expression, and as society shifts away from monotonous views of what “professionalism” looks like, we are finally getting to witness a renaissance of new and innovative hair trends. From bold cuts to non-traditional coloring techniques, stylists around the world are becoming more and more empowered to experiment, as the demand for uniqueness from clients simultaneously skyrockets. Though it would be impossible to round up every single alternative hair style, as each day exciting new looks continue to enter the scene, there have definitely been a few trends dominating the nontraditional hair realm.  Keep reading for a closer look at some of our favorite alternative hairstyles at the moment.

Ghost Root 

A style popularized in recent years by pop music titan Billie Eilish, the ghost root is when the root of a hair is lighter or a contrasting color from the rest of the hair. Eilish often rocks vibrant red or green roots that blend into her jet black hair, but the possibilities and color or pattern combos for a ghost root style are truly endless.


Though the HBO series The Idol brought this alternative style to the forefront of media again, rattails are nothing new. As implied by its name, the rat tail is characterized by strands of hair that fall much longer than the rest. Often a braid or two at the bottom, rat tails are an edgy alternative to mainstream blended cuts. 

Disconnected Bob 

Most hair cuts feature shorter lengths in the front that blend into a longer body, so when a chop strays from this formula it’s bound to be memorable. The disconnected bob is usually a blunt bob cut with longer face-framing pieces, and it’s definitely one of the alternative cuts to look out for this spring. 

Horizontal Dye Jobs 

Tired of vertical highlights and craving a dye look that will serve as more of a statement? Consider a horizontal dye job such as barcode hair, raccoon stripes, or even rainbow color blocking. Depending on how much you want to commit, this style can be an allover look or merely a few highlighted pieces. 

Shag with Bleach 

Though the shag has graduated from a once edgy cut to a more mainstream style today, there are ways to keep it alternative. One route is going for an intentionally uneven bleach job. 

V-Shaped Bangs

If you are considering a bang trim, factors such as length and thickness are often the first decisions to tackle. However, silhouette is also a factor, and if you want to add an extra layer of edge to your bangs, consider a v shape cut. 

Considering experimenting with any of these looks, or have an alternative hairstyle you’ve been loving yourself lately? Tag us @readthetease in your posts!

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Manon Bushong

Manon Bushong is currently an Editorial Intern at The Tease. Manon adores liquid eyeshadows, thrifting, and spontaneously changing her hair color. Manon loves experimenting with semi-permanent hair color, and her favorite brands for them are Overtone and Loreal Colorista.

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