For fans of emo music, an alternative form of rock characterized by its confessional lyrics, looking the part is almost as important as the music itself. Those who dress in emo style are typically drawn to tight clothing, thick glasses and studded belts. The haircuts, however, may be the most recognizable aspect of emo style. You have many options to choose from if you are interested in an emo hairstyle, though most require bold, bright highlights to truly capture the emo look.
For boys and men who are interested in an emo haircut, the emo swoop is probably the best known style. Also known as the emo shag, it is characterized by bangs worn in a long fringe that is brushed to one side of the face, covering an eye. Many who wear this style use dye to color streaks into the bangs for a more distinctive look. The rest of the hair in an emo swoop is usually short and spiky, but some men choose to wear a longer, shaggier look in the rest of the hair.
The skullet is probably the most extreme emo hairstyle for men. This style gets its name for its modern take on the mullet and its daring reveal of the wearer’s skull. Those with skullets shave their heads bald, but leave the hair on the sides long. Some who wear this style choose to dye the remaining hair a funky, bold color for added drama.
Many girls and women who wear emo hairstyles opt for the emo bob. It is a concave style with razor-cut ends that give hair a wispy texture around the face. While the exact length may vary, the emo bob is typically cut above the shoulders. The style is usually layered, cut in either uneven lengths or shaped inward. Emo bobs often feature long, asymmetrical bangs that are swept to one side to call attention to the eyes. This hairstyle is particularly flattering for individuals with long faces because it helps create a more oval face shape. The emo bob also lends itself to the bright, bold highlights that are popular in emo fashion as well. Many who wear the emo bob also add hair accessories like small bows or clips for even interesting look.
The emo long hair style is typically cut past the shoulders and contains many sharp layers to give hair texture. Bangs in an emo long hair style are usually thick and blunt cut to once again draw attention to the eyes. Like the emo bob, the ends of the hair should be wispy and jagged. The emo long hairstyle is meant to look messy, so wearers almost appear as if they have just gotten out of bed. It looks best with thick sections of bold color in the hair as opposed to smaller streaks. The emo long style is best for those with straight hair because it is often difficult to cut layers into curly or wavy hair.
Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.