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:
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!
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.
Color highlights an emo hairstyle – literally and figuratively. Black and brunettes work great with emo highlights such as green, blue or red.
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:
- Add a chunky hair color highlight.
- Snip off hair edges by thinning them out at the tips – a razor cut does this trick.
- 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.
- 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.