Emo, or the emotional punk movement, includes its own attitude, fashion and values along with emo hairstyles. The emos refuse to conform to the mainstream and adhere to the dictates of current fashion. As a result, emo has created its own fashion, and emo haircuts are distinctive with jet black hair, asymmetrical styles and bold highlights. Being emo means standing out from the crowd, and emo haircuts are often experiments created by friends rather than the kind of "dos" that can be created at a salon. You might even want to create your own emo hairstyles with a pair of scissors, dye and a razor.
With emo hairstyles, anything goes, as long as it doesn't look like something the prom queen or king would wear. Almost all emo women dye their hair jet black. Many emo men have jet black hair, but it is not universal. Any black dye will do, and the bolder the effect, the better. You need not be concerned about the dye job looking natural, since many emo hairstyles are obviously dyed. You might want to touch up the edges with frosted highlights, purple or blue, but make sure these colors show through the black dye.
Emo hairstyles do not require a professional stylist, and you are better off using your little brother's kindergarten scissors or a pair of shears than scissors designed for cutting hair. Don't worry about the hair being uneven; the more asymmetrical, the better. Many emo hairstyles feature a patch of triangular hair around the face or lopsided hair. It is a wonder how some emo hairstyles can allow their wearers to see anything, but most emos do manage to cross the street safely.
You may try shaving all of your hair in back and leaving hair only on the top or on the sides. Some may also decide to shear their hair on the sides as well. For these emo hairstyles, use electric shears used for giving army "buzz" cuts. Although much of the hair will be buzzed off, there should still be a flamboyant black tousel hanging down the front into the eyes.
Emo hairstyles are definitely shaggy, and sometimes spiky, so use scultping gel to your advantage. It is a good idea to find the most potent gel on the market, especially if you want to create spikes. Simply make the hair spiky or shaggy when wet by working a gel through your hair and teasing out the bold effects. Dry your hair, adding more gel and spray until your spikes are absolutely stiff. Do not brush. Emo hairstyles are not for the faint of heat, so don't worry about having a stiff head of hair after all of that spray. In any case, it can be shampooed out.
To create emo haircuts, you do not need a lot of expensive hair equipment like curling irons or flat irons, but you will want to experiment with different gels and sprays. The best kind of gels make the hair actually stiff and spikey. If you are not satisfied with your haircut, you can always trim yourself using an ordinary pair of scissors. Although it is sometimes better to have someone else style your hair, because we cannot always get a good perspective on how our hair looks from the back. Don' t worry if the cut is not even or straight, since emo hairstyles tend to be asymmetrical.
If your hair is long or medium length, create an uneven look by cutting one side shorter than the other, or putting part of your hair up and leaving the other half down. Use a special spray for super shine and add highlights if you have layers. Although shorter emo hairstyles are more common than long, you can still look one hundred percent emo and have long locks.