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Beth Ditto, Riot Grrrl

Beth Ditto, 1883 Magazine

By Tautahi Subritzky

From ‘Riot Grrrl' to a maven of ‘Indie Sleaze', Beth Ditto is nothing short of an icon in the music industry. Beyond her style, Beth Ditto represents queer visibility, body positivity and how to not give a damn about what people think. She’s a little bit country and very rock and roll. In this style feature, we take a look at some of her most iconic hair looks. Get inspired and bring a bit of edge to your own hair styling buzz. If it’s Beth Ditto-approved, it’s undoubtedly cool.

Straight n’ glossy

A quintessential Beth Ditto hair look - straight and glossy (with a micro fringe). Get your flat iron out and section by section apply your heat protection spray. Flat iron those sections until you’re done and finish with a spritz of shine spray.

Pump up the volume

Can we talk about volume? Fluffed-up curls with a straight piecey fringe. We’re living for the contrast. Curl it up and give it some extra volume with a texturizing powder.

Crimped Cleopatra

Should we still be embracing the crimp in 2023? Our own Sean Patrick Mahoney says “yup!”. Go hard with the crimpers! Don’t have any? no need to worry, you can still embrace a bit of texture with a dry texture spray.

Undone glam

Need to add a bit of rock and roll to your evening look? Mess it up with a sea salt spray and add in a chic little hair accessory.

Hollywood Wave

Beth is definitely a vintage-loving girlie and this Marilyn Monroe bob is just that. Want to get the look? Get your mousse, curling tong, brush and finishing Serum ready. They’ll be your best friends for creating this look.

Textured up-do

To elevate a simple look why not add some height? A few twists and bobby pins will help you to achieve the look. Finish it off with a strong hold spray and dance the night away.

Bleached and feathered
Keep that blonde bright and cheerful honey! Use a toning treatment or purple shampoo. Glitter and feathers are optional but highly encouraged.

Cute Frenchy bob

Bonjour Beth! Giving us cute Frenchy bob vibes with a gothic beauty twist. Enhance your natural texture with a curl-enhancing lotion and a defuser then strike a pose.

Fluffy and fluffed
Keep your chemically coloured mane looking vibrant and punchy with a colour-refreshing shampoo.

Short and flicky
An abbreviated cut puts the face on full display and has a ‘Here I am, take it or leave it’ vibe. Take it to a high fashion punk by giving it some flicky spikes.

Sleek high pony
Keep it simple. Keep is sleek. Snatch it back into a high pony

The bowl
Need we say more?

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