The emo look is something a lot of people strive for, but hitting the mark is harder than it seems. Emo styles are many and varied, but they all share certain similarities. If you’re trying to get that “emo” look, but you’re not exactly sure where to start, this article can help you get a sense of what makes a particular cut and style have that “emo” appearance.
First, before you do anything else, you need to find a stylist who has a creative edge and knows a bit about emo do’s. Most emo styles have chunky layers and razor edged, blunt cut bangs. Some of the hair cuts feature side swept bangs, but in almost all cases, the hair comes all the way down to the eyebrows. Look in magazines or online to find a style that you like. Indeed, find several styles that might suit you and then take these images to your stylist to talk about which one would flatter your face the most.
Most stylists will use a razor comb to give an emo hair style sharpness and super straight edges. This is one of the hallmarks of an emo do. You’ll need to take care of your hair to prevent split ends because hair that’s damaged doesn’t look “sharp” (it looks frizzy!). Be prepared to get a trim at least every two months to keep your style on the cutting edge.
Most of the emo styles require that the hair on underneath is somewhat thinned while the hair on the top of the head is teased to make it look even thicker. Ask your stylist to thin out the bottom layers of hair to about 3 to 4 inches. If you’ve never teased your hair before, you may need to purchase a special comb and ask your stylist for a quick lesson on the art of creating volume.
If you’re not sure whether you want to cut off a lot or a little, it’s probably best to be conservative. Though you can always cut off more later, it can take a lot of time to grow back hair that’s cut too short for your liking. If it’s your first time getting an emo cut, then remember, less is more.
And finally, you’ll want to dye your hair to get that unmistakably emo look. It’s unwise to attempt this step at home, especially since emo color tends to be very in-your-face and striking. It can go really wrong if you attempt to color your hair outside of the salon. Besides, your stylist is going to have more color options to choose from anyway. And it’s probable that your hair will suffer less damage using the products available at the salon.