A Chelsea haircut is a popular and extreme punk hairstyle that is mainly worn by women. The basic haircut consists of leaving the hair on the front part of the head long and clipping very short or entirely shaving off the hair on the rest of the skull. The hair in the front is cut into a fringe of about two inches and long sections of hair known as dog ears are left to trail over the ears on either side of the fringe.
There are, of course, various individual variations to this short Chelsea haircut. The hair may be colored and the back portion of the head may be shaved into a design. There is also a long Chelsea haircut where the dog ears may be kept very long, and, in some cases, sections of long hair may be left intact at the nape as well, while shaving off the crown. Two variations of the Chelsea haircut are the Chelsea Hawk haircut and the Chelsea Staub haircut.
The Chelsea Hawk combines the Mohawk haircut with the Chelsea haircut. The hair in the front is spiked and shaped into a Mohawk instead of being cut into a fringe. The spikes are made to stand up in the center of the head, and the rest of the hair is shaved off completely or shaved in design patterns. The dog ears, depending on preference, may be left long or may be cut short so as not to detract from the look of the spikes.
Compared to the the Chelsea haircut and the Chelsea Hawk hairstyle, the Chelsea Staub cut is almost conservative. The hair on the crown is left intact, cut either in a short bob or a long one, and the hair at the nape and over the ears is trimmed short or shaved off or shaved in patterns. Since much of the hair is left intact here, it is usually possible to have more styling options with this haircut.
Before getting a Chelsea haircut, it might be a good idea to consider if choosing a haircut of this kind will suit your face structure. These types of haircuts, like most haircut styles, may not necessarily work well for everyone. That said, this can be a very interesting hairstyle on the right type of face; it can do a nice job of enhancing the facial features and the shape of the neck.