Most of us know Johnny Depp for his iconic roles in Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, Public Enemy, and many more. It’s clear he can change his look for any character, and so Johnny’s hair may have become just as popular as the actor himself.
If you want to rock Johnny Depp’s looks, you’ll need to know the right way to trim and cut your locks, but there’s also different hair products that make it easier to achieve those tousled long locks or slicked back styles.
How to Get Johnny Depp’s Hairstyle
Our guide goes through the most popular Johnny Depp hairstyles, starting from his iconic roles in the 1990s to his present-day looks. On most occasions, the Fantastic Beasts actor rocks longer, messy locks with an undercut.
Before we get started, here’s some tools needed to pull off these looks:
- Barber shears and comb
- Electric hair clippers (for undercuts)
- Pomade for shine and smoothness
- Wave spray or salt spray (for wavy looks)
- Blow dryer (for longer hair looks)
Johnny Depp Hair Timeline
Johnny Depp hairstyles range from popular looks as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean and Public Enemy to more fantastical looks in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd and Edward Scissorhands. Long, short, or simply wild, Johnny Depp always has a distinctive hairstyle.
Young Johnny Depp Hair
1980s Johnny Depp Looks
Did you know acting wasn’t Johnny Depp’s first choice? He clearly had the hairstyles of many singers in the 1980s, which is exactly what he wanted to do before he was introduced to film and talented actors like Nicolas Cage.
Ah, the good ol’ days of the 1980s. It was all about the hair. Johnny Depp always liked voluminous looks.
To get this style, use a blow dryer for volume and lightly work pomade into front locks, smoothing down sides to the back.
21 Jump Street Hairstyle
Early in Johnny’s career, he stared in the original 21 Jump street TV series.
1990s Johnny Depp Looks
The 90s brought on some strange times for Johnny Depp, who likely a messier, somewhat slicked back hairstyle. A little bit more pomade or styling cream can achieve this messy look.
Johnny Depp Long Hair
Mostly, Depp prefers long hairstyles with voluminous and shiny locks. Good hair care like this starts with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner with ingredients like argan oil and coconut oil. Other volumizing shampoos also work to create Johnny’s thick, natural, glossy long hair.
If you want your locks to have more volume and smoothness, try a mousse with blow dryer and finish off with a light work-through of pomade in your front hair.
Johnny’s longer hairstyles feature 2 to 3 layers in the front with typical lengths cut at the ear, chin, and neck. If looking for long layered hair, it’s best to look at self-cut hair layer videos or talk to a barber about this one to get it right for your face shape.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Hairstyle
Johnny Depp always has perfect hair, even when he played a despondent Gilbert Grape in the 1990s classic What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. His shiny brown locks easily get tucked behind the ear a lot in this film.
The Tourist Hairstyle
The Tourist features another iconic Johnny Depp look with wavy hair and a circle beard. These waves can be created by braiding hair or with a wavy curling iron if you don’t have natural waves, of course.
Sea salt spray or wave spray may also help create this look if you have straight to wavy hair already.
The movie star’s ponytail was completely at work in the romantic story of Chocolat. Johnny Depp’s long hair often frames his face with layers in the front that he can quickly tuck behind his ear for the ultimate laissez-faire hairstyle.
Johnny Depp Short Hairstyles
Short hair also looks good on the Cry-Baby actor. When Johnny goes short, it’s typically for a role. But there were times throughout the 2010s the actor cut off most of his length, while still keeping his hair just longer than a crew cut or buzz cut.
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Public Enemy Hairstyle
For Public Enemy, Johnny Depp kept the length on top but shaved the sides in a classic taper haircut with a slight undercut.
To get this hairstyle, we suggest using electric hair clippers with a #1 to #2 guard on the sides, then taper down to the back with a #3 to #2. Finish off with a bit of pomade on the top locks for that messy, shiny style.
Grindelwald Inspired Hairstyle
The super bleached blonde look suited Grindelwald, and if you like an edgier look, this hairstyle will certainly catch the eye of everyone around you.
Johnny Depp features an undercut with shaved sides and a slight taper down the back. You can create the spiky pieces with hair wax (beeswax).
Johnny Depp Slicked Back Hairstyle
We also loved Johnny’s older looks from Donnie Brasco’s hairstyle to his 1980s slick back hairstyles. Here’s a look at all the styles featuring this slicked back look.
Johnny Depp’s Current Hairstyle
The Finding Neverland actor continues to change up his look. Johnny’s grown out his hair again. Johnny Depp 2020 hairstyle features medium length locks with some smooth styling cream or pomade worked in to reduce frizz.