Emo Hairstyles Defined

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An emo image was traditionally associated with angsty teenagers. Loneliness, melancholy and emotional mood swings were often associated with it too. You can say an emo image was associated with pessimistic feelings. However, this is no longer true in the modern world. Emo teenagers are no longer depressive and emo hairstyles now extend even to the working class.

Emo hairstyles now express one’s individuality to the core and convey a certain vulnerability or sensitivity that shows courage and strength. Emo hairstyles are no longer confined in a box as they are versatile and can mean many different styles.

Some key characteristics remain the same though. They are the following:

1. Bangs


It’s all about the bangs. And by bangs, we mean not the wispy kind but full bangs swept to the side or just right on the forehead. Emo bangs are created by cutting several layers of hair and sweeping it to the side. Usually longer than traditional bangs so the eyes and a cheekbone are partially covered. Messy, straight – you can make it your own!

2. Layers

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Emo hairstyles are all about creating layers. The mullet is a perfect example of an emo hairstyle. Choppy cuts – hair at the crown is cut shorter than the rest – are characteristic of this style. Bob hair cuts get an emo twist by making the front hair longer with the hair at the back gradually becomes shorter.


3. Color


Color highlights an emo hairstyle – literally and figuratively. Black and brunettes work great with emo highlights such as green, blue or red.

4. Styling


Styling further defines an emo hairstyle. Backcombing – or combing hair towards the face (and not away) is a trademark style. Teasing the upper portion of the hair is normal, generally held together by wax.

Little things you can do with your hair to get an emo look:

  1. Add a chunky hair color highlight.
  2. Snip off hair edges by thinning them out at the tips – a razor cut does this trick.
  3. Play around with bangs! Usually, just styling with bangs create an emo look already. Trim a thick section of your hair at the crown, so that your bangs can cover half the forehead and usually one eye.
  4. Straighten your hair, especially at the edges. Emo looks are usually tousled at the top ending with straight edges to the side of the face.

Fashionable Emo Hairstyles

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Emo hairstyles are usually constrained to rock groups and emo teeners but the truth is, you easily find these styles in the runway, sported by celebrities and even donned by career women (and even men!) and executives. Cosmopolitan reports women are even setting their hair on fire by dyeing their strands fiery red these days.


Here are four great examples of emo hairstyles that have gone mainstream:

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1. Auburn Emo Hairstyle

Black base hair colors are the norm for emo looks, but you can always try this auburn hue. It is still dark enough and with the right makeup, you can pull off a rock vampire chic look like the one pictured above. It is also formal enough to pull off wearing in an office environment. Bonus? Bangs in a wispy curvy style are good for softening a square face (strong jaw) or reducing a high (large) forehead in heart-shaped faces.

2. Platinum Blonde Stacked Bob

Bob haircuts can instantly turn emo with how you style it. By backcombing layers towards your face, you instantly get an emo effect. Platinum blonde is always glamorous. Coupled with an asymmetrical cut, this is flattering for round-shaped faces. Easily add height and face length by teasing top layers.

3. Sleek Fringes

Emo haircuts need not be short all the time. Medium lengths can be emo too! You can do thinned out edges on your hair strands and have full bangs. Full bangs or fringe that extend just above the eyebrows that shade the eyes is a popular emo hairstyle.

Make them shine by using a hair serum to make for a glamorous look. You can also use red and purple accents to further highlight your fringe.

4. Textured Bob

Not ready to go all out emo yet? Try this textured and angled bob with long heavy bangs. Your layers can be cut to the side and when you style your hair, tousle them slightly with wax to make it edgy.

Red color accents provide an intriguing but subtle contrast!

Coloring an Emo Hairstyle: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

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Hair color is an essential aspect of achieving a true emo hairstyle. Here are some tips to help you achieve this:


The Basic Emo Hair Color

Here are some components of a basic emo hair color. Don’t let this fool you as emo hairstyles are very personalized. They do share similar characteristics, though, like the following:

Base Shades

The base hair colors are usually natural and darker hues. Black and browns are usually the frontrunners. Blondes usually bleach their hair white to be more unique. Red heads usually darken their shades to starker or richer hues.

Color Accents

A trademark emo hairstyle usually has bold colored accents. Bright hues such as teal, fuschia, green or any color that stands out well against the dark hair base are preferred. These accents make one’s emo hairstyle personalized.

Here are some popular uses of these accents:

  1. Using color accents on the bangs. These emphasize the fact that they are covering their faces, making it dark and broody. Most usually have dark eye makeup to achieve the full effect.
  1. Using color accents on the tips of the hair – tips of bangs, or tips of the whole hair to the sides.
  1. Using color accents in chunks. These are usually done in complimentary colors.
  1. Using color accents in thinner sections, usually around the face.

The key to wearing color accents is the color should show the person’s personality. Emo hairstyle is a personal expression.

TIP: Color accents should not be too vibrant as they may be interpreted as funky/punk hair styles.

Tips to Having Emo Hair Color

Going DIY? Watch this video for tips:

  1. Before dying your hair, you can use a temporary hair color (or even hair chalk) to experiment which color you like best.
  1. Once you color your hair, remember that you need to take care of it more by using a good condtioner and as much as possible, natural and gentle hair care products to keep your strands healthy.

How to Get an Emo Hairstyle

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While emo hairstyles back in the day were trademark hairstyles of rockers, musicians and anime (Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean pop, manga/comics) lovers, these are now considered mainstream hairstyles, with most celebrities rocking the ‘do in one form of another.

What makes a hairstyle ‘emo’?



Fringe bangs, sheared asymmetrical haircuts and bold colors are trademarks of emo hairstyles.

How to Get Emo Hair


  1. Get a haircut. Emo haircuts usually have chunky layers that are bluntly cut with side-swept full bangs that extend to the eyebrows.
  1. Ask for a razor trim. Emo haircuts usually feature super-sharp, straight edges. You can ask the hairstylist to use a razor comb on the ends of your hair to achieve this cut.
  1. Thin hair on the bottom. Most emo haircuts feature styles that are teased and thick on top but thin and straight at the bottom. To achieve this, ask your hairstylist to think out the bottom part of your hair, about three to four inches.
  1. Color your hair. This is an optional step but emo hair colors usually include bold hues – jet black, blonde, neon streaks, etc.
  1. Do it gradually. you can always make it shorter, but growing hair, especially when it is cut in layers takes a while. Stay a bit longer if you are trying the emo cut for the first time. You can have it shorter next time.
  1. To style your emo hair, tease your top layers and apply hairspray. Use a fine-toothed comb to backcomb your hair (moving comb towards your scalp, not away from it). You can use a hair straightener to achieve perfectly straight hair at the edges.

How to take care of your Emo Hairstyle

Dying, teasing and straightening your hair to achieve an emo hairstyle can be damaging to your strands. Here are a few ways to take care of your hair:

  1. Watch out for split ends. To prevent split ends, have your hair trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks.
  1. Use a heat protectant before you use a hair straightener when styling.
  1. If you wish to style your hair everyday, train your hair so that it can be washed once or twice a week. Or you can use natural organic shampoo products that are guaranteed to be gentle with your strands.
  1. Use the right hair care products. Use products that don’t contain sodium sulfates.
  1. Take a hair styling break at least once a week to let your hair rest from products. You can wear a hat over it instead or tie your hair back.

Emo Hairstyles for Christmas

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With Christmas having just passed, we wanted to make a quick post outlining some of the popular emo hairstyles and emo news over the past year. Our emo hair gallery has been more popular than ever in the past year with hundreds of new images submitted.

You may have gotten a lot of Christmas presents, such as straighteners, highlighters, clips, rosehip oil etc. For those of you who didn’t get one of those Arducopters or DJI phantom drones for Christmas, perhaps you got a number of hair makeover kits, like featured in this video. Either way, let’s just say that any hair makeover product is likely to be less dangerous than those drones! But what hairstyles have been popular in 2014, and what do you need to look out for in 2015?

Pinterest has skyrocketed in popularity in 2014, with more and more emo girls and emo boys posting pictures of either their favorite outfit, or their favorite emo hairstyles. Here are a few below:




We have noticed that a lot of emo girls have dyed their hair purple, pink, cyan or other more unusual colours in the past year.

The Pinterest board for emo scene hair received 900 new photos over the past 12 months, and we have also noticed a number of new celebrities adopting emo hairstyles, such as Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande, temporarily.

However, rather than cutting it short or medium and keeping it spikey either at the top or on the sides, more emo girls have opted to grow out their hair and then dye it with a combination of highlights and lowlights, such as in the picture to the right.

It is likely that the trend in 2015 for emo hairstyles will keep going up. We have already seen male celebrities such as the One Direction boys adopting scene hair. However, I think that the greatest change will come in the number of emo girls who will want to straighten their hair and buy a couple of hair products, in order to achieve the emo looks that are now so popular on Pinterest and even Instagram!

Emo Girls and Boys

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Emo boys and emo girls try to be unique and comfortable in society with one’s self by expressing their individuality and self-expression through the emo hairstyles adopted. If you feel that all the conventional hairstyles you can get in saloons are boring and you don’t fit them at all, why follow the flock? I’d suggest you consider picking up some dye, a pair of scissors and razor and do up your hair the Emo hairstyle way! Most importantly is to have fun, play around, and be creative when performing your emo haircuts and then people will admire your Emo hairstyle.

Leather Jackets Recommendation

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Although not related to emo fashion, I felt compelled to mention a leather jackets website I came across the other day. It is well known that such jackets add an immediate classical style of fashion and they are a symbol of power. They also go with almost anything so you don’t need to worry about wearing matching colours.

The Jacket Maker is your one stop shop in made-to-measure jackets that dress you up in a strong symbol. They offer free worldwide shipping and a range of jacket designs worn by celebrities from Vin Diesel to Superman.

leather-244x300As you can see in their celebrities jacket section, they also feature designs such as the Doctor Who coat, Captain America and most excitingly, there is a whole sub section devoted to Dark Knight Rises styles.

Their fashion jackets category features hundreds of different fashionable styles to suit everyone’s tastes. If you are not a real leather fan, there are always faux leather alternatives and vice versa.

In conclusion, this appears to be a one of a kind website, perfect for a wide range of individuals that have the same goal; of looking sharp and fashionable. Whether you want to dress up like your favorite celebrity or not, you are bound to fall in love with one of these jackets.

What is Emo?

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Emo hair, Emo hairstyles and emo haircuts are characterized by often black hair with random splurges of bright coloured highlights. The emo haircuts may also have asymmetrical lines and different colour background hair but the large majority of people with emo hairstyles prefer to dye it black.