One of the trendiest hairstyles to date, the emo hairstyle is on the fast track to popularity among the younger crowd. While some parents simply abhor the emo fad, others are intrigued by the unique style that a properly arranged emo haircut can present.
A tangent from the gothic or punk sub–culture, the emo hairstyle transcends the realm of styling your hair simply to look good and becomes an expressive form. The emo haircut allows the expression of individuality and creativeness. The basic emo hairstyle can be found as a short look or as a long look with similarities between the two.
Short Emo Hairstyle
The short emo haircut involves a short and spiky cut with very long bangs. With this style, the bangs are worn in a long fringe that lies over the face, but brushed to one side. The bangs essentially cover one eye, completely or almost completely. This fringe of bangs presents a canvas that can be used to express individuality with highlights and streaks.
Males tend to prefer the shorter emo haircut that is short and spiky in the back and includes a long fringe of bangs in the front. However, females also wear this shorter version of the emo haircut.
Long Emo Hairstyle
The long emo haircut involves a long and shaggy cut. With this style, the bangs are worn in a long fringe and brushed to one side of the face in the same manner as with the short emo haircut. The long bangs are parted to one side of the face with the right side being the more popular one to flip the bangs to fall upon.
The long emo hairstyle often appears in dark colors and it frames the face while sweeping to one side. Females tend to prefer the longer emo with long bangs in the front and the hair is usually layered. However, males also wear this longer version of the emo haircut.
For those with straight hair, achieving the fringe of bangs is easy. However, individuals with curly, wavy, or frizzy hair often need to go to great lengths to maintain the trademark look of the bangs that simply must be attached to an emo haircut. In fact, today‘s manufacturers are partially responsible for making the emo accessible to so many individuals.
An entire plethora of hair styling products exist for taming the wild look of curls and wavy lengths of hair. From smoothing lotions to hair wax to anti–frizz products to hairsprays to hair gels, the number of hair products that help to place errant hair under control is large enough to ensure that everyone can find something that works for them. Additionally, hair straighteners, hair irons, and blow dryers can all be utilized to help create that wall of long bangs that simply must lie correctly in order to achieve the true emo look.
Depending upon the type of hair that you have and the reaction that it presents with the various methods for straightening it, you might need to go through a trial and error process to discover the hair product that works best for you. The bangs are an essential aspect of the emo haircut, so they must be perfected.
Emo Hairstyle Basics
If you have been wearing your emo for a while and it‘s time for a change, consider the possibility of adding highlights, streaks, or coloring the bangs to achieve it. In fact, coloring the bangs in a spectrum of shades that range from light to dark or vice versa is a real eye catcher.
Popular colors for highlights currently tend to be red or purple. Highlighting the layers on long emo haircuts is also another popular styling technique. The shaggy and uneven nature of an emo haircut necessitates that you use a color that will show through your base coat, if you decide to highlight your hair. Usually, a brighter color than the base coat is all that you need to show off your style.
One of the most common emo hairstyles is to dye the hair jet black and styling it with long bangs. Other popular colors include blue, red, and purple. In fact, the more unnatural the color is, the better some people like it. Everyone who decides to go with an emo hairstyle does not decide to dye his or her hair. Many people are now keeping their natural colors and simply adding highlights to it.
No special hair styling equipment is necessary fro an emo haircut. However, if you need to straighten your hair for the right effect, then you might need to obtain a hair straightener or iron if you don‘t already have one. Plus, if you decide that you want to shear one side of your head, then you will need to purchase electric shears.
A spray shine can be used to add brightness to your hair.
Since the emo haircut focuses on its uneven look, you can shorten one side of your hair if you have long hair to get an idea of what you will look like with it. In fact, you can tie or clip your hair up to get an idea without cutting your hair.
How to Create Emo Hairstyle Spikes or Shag
Use hair styling products to mold your emo haircut to look the way that you want it to. In particular, a sculpting gel that offers a long lasting hold is going to provide the best performance. Gels that stiffen your hair allow you to spike it as well as allowing the spike to remain. Hair sprays can also be used to help maintain your styling efforts.
Follow these steps to create the spikes or shaggy look that you prefer for your hair.
•Style your hair immediately after shampooing while it is still wet. If you aren‘t planning to shampoo your hair at the time, simply wet your hair.
•Place a generous amount of gel on your hair and work it through with your fingers.
•Shape your hair into the spikes or shags that you would like to have.
•Blow dry your hair until it is completely or almost completely dry.
•Add more gel as needed to maintain your spikes.
•Avoid using a brush once you have styled your emo haircut.
•If you want to ensure that your hair stays set, use a strong–hold hairspray to spray it generously.