Although often applied just to music like My Chemical Romance or Fallout Boy, the term "emo" means much more than a style of music. Emo is a culture, a style, a vibe. And a big part of that culture is the look, including emo hairstyles. But just what is this hairstyle? And how do you achieve this highly desired look?
The Basics of Emo Hairstyles
Obviously, there are going to be some differences in emo hairstyles between guys and girls. One similarity is the color. Almost all people in the emo scene have black hair or at least very dark hair. But while that might sound a little boring or conformist, you can give your style its own special spark with a splash of color. Hot pink, yellow, white, blue, green - any of these colors can be added to the hair to make a more vivid and personal expression of your personality.
The styles also vary. In general, girls wear their hair longer. Boys wear their hair longer as well, although not as long as girls. Having your hair or possibly just your bangs covering part of your face is also part of many emo hairstyles.
Getting the Style You Want
Wanting emo hairstyles for yourself and getting them can be two totally different things. Although the styles are meant to look haphazardly created, they do require skill. Let's just say you wouldn't want your best friend coming at you with a pair of scissors to create this look. Sadly, not all hair stylists are going to be knowledgeable about these styles either. You might ask for emo hairstyles and walk out looking like someone's grandmother.
The good news is you can often do the style you want all by yourself if you have the right styling products. You might want a professional to do the coloring part for you or you can do this on your own, too.
First, you're going to need to be working with wet hair. You can do this right after a shower for the best results. Styling products stick best on clean hair.
Second, take a generous amount of a hair gel and use your fingers to work it into your hair. Now use your hands to create whatever style you want. You can practice different looks and be as creative as you want. There is no set emo hairstyles that you must follow here.
Once you're happy with the style you've created, you can blow dry your hair. This will help the gel stiffen and will keep your style in place. Then you can add some hairspray to hold the style all day.
Emo hairstyles, as you can see, are not hard to achieve. But to get the best results, you may want to see a stylist and have it cut in a flattering way that will also make at-home styling easier. Layering long hair, for example, makes it easier to create different looks with the gel.
Your best bet is to call a few stylists and ask if they can do emo hairstyles. If they don't know what you're talking about, the answer is probably no. If you find some possibilities, take in a photograph of what you want. It will be easier to work with the stylist to get the look you want if you have a photo.