Taking the mystery out of emo hair cuts

Emo hair cuts are a bit of an obsession, I have to admit. Maybe it's just idle curiosity. Maybe I just have too much time on my hands. But who can't admire emo haircuts like this:

While I was looking around I found this really cool website. It will let you experiement with making your own types of hair cuts. You can change length, color and even upload a photo of yourself to try it all out on. Click here and try it free.

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Pictures? We've got emo girl pictures!

Nothing says emo hair cuts like a gallery of pictures of cute emo girls :) So to kick off the day I found this for your viewing pleasure.

And because I'm feeling gratiutous this weekend:

If you're feeling inspired to get an emo hair cut to look like that, check this out. They've got hair dye, and an awesome domain name :)

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How to do your own emo hair cuts

I'm sure I'm not the only one who looks at some people and wonder to myself "how on earth did do that to their hair?". Out of curiosity I did some poking around on the 'net in search of a how-to guide for emo hair cuts. The first think I noticed is that people are full of shit. The majority of the information I found could loosely be lumped into one or the other of the following categories:

  1. Pages written by adults who have no idea what the hell they're talking about
  2. Pages written by kids who do know what they're talking about, but who are shall we say, a little inarticulate.
Then I found youtube. Here's one way to do it :)

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Emo hair cuts are not mullets!

I've read a lot of stuff lately spouting garbage statements like this:

"...emo hair cuts are the new mullet..."

I suppose that what they mean is that in 10 years or so we'll be looking back at the whole emo phenomenon with a gasp of horror and cry "Oh my god! what were we thinking?"

I think to be fair I think that whole "emohair is the new mullet" garbage is the work of journalists trying to bump up page imprints with a few provocative phrases. It wouldn't be the first time, right? If you stop to think about it, all major fashion trends cause us to shiver with embarrassment a decade or so later.

If you want to be cutting edge, you have to be prepared for the inevitable remorse that comes years later. In the 80's, it was acid wash, mullets, big hair and tight jeans. Guess what - back in the 80's few people thought twice about it. People who dressed like that were the target of harassment from some members of society back then, sure. So what? It didn't stop Billy Ray Cyrus or Michael Bolton (unfortunately!).

If emo hair cuts are going to be what sets the early 2000's apart from the decades before it, then you might as well have fun with it, I say. I found a website called "F**k the mainstream" the other day (great domain name, IMHO) and they have all sorts of neat stuff.

If you're going to have a photo album full of cringe-worthy pictures of yourself, you might as well take the plunge and do it properly.

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Emo Hair Cuts

Emo hair cuts - madness or method?

I love emo. Really. I love anything that makes me stop and think about the world around me, and you'd better believe that an emo hair cut is one of those things. You'd never know it, but despite the fact that I'm not a teenager any more, I can actually identify with the whole emo culture. I get it. That's not to say I necessarily embrace it, but I get it.

I get the emo kids, I get the emo hair cuts. I get that emo isn't all about sitting in the dark, crying to MCR and slashing at your wrists. I get that from the perspective of the teenager sitting opposite me on the train with spiked black hair and lip piercings, my opinions of his look are both something he could care less about, while at the same time he's earnestly hoping his look has the desired effect on his fellow passengers. I love the dichotomy.

Emo hair cuts, it has to be said, are the hallmark of the emo look and there's nothing like someone with brightly colored hair, interesting piercings and perhaps even the odd tattoo to make people stop and look twice.

Emo - the new black?

I've been in a lot of schools lately, and emo is taking on a life of its own. Unfortunately there's a whole bunch of kids out there with no idea about basic hair care, or how to create a the look they're after. I know from bitter, embarrassing experience just how humiliating it can be trying achieve a look that demonstrates your attachment to a youth subculture and fail miserably. In my day the look was all about tight jeans and ... well let's just leave it at that and move on.

Emo hair cuts - love them or hate them, you have to admire their ability to polarise opinion. Especially among kids. People have been beaten up because of their haircut. Is that insane, or what?

So if you're going for the emo look, at least you should do it with some style. For mine, emo is about self-expression. If you're trying hard to be emo, forget it. Self expression isn't about fitting in by doing what everyone else is doing.

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Emo Hair Cuts

Great emo hair cuts are often the result of experimentation, and it can be difficult to work out how to best create the bold, stand out designs which are the hallmark of the emo look. It doesn't help that there's a total lack of style guides; look around, there really is no one single definitive "emo hair cut".

To make matters worse, having anything resembling an emo hair cut can make the wearer the target of ridicule and harrassment. There are websites dedicated entirely to the passtime. You certainly don't want to start out with a bad haircut and make #1 on something like that!

So in an attempt to save you some hassles, here's a few tips that spring to mind:

  • (Almost) Anything Goes.

    While it's true that there are some things that will make your haircut "emo" or "not emo", outside of a few loose rules, you're free to try whatever you like. The best bet here is to experiment. Take out some scissors perhaps a razor, and some hair dye and see what happens. If you're in touch with your creativity and emotions, you'll almost guarantee a great look.

  • Good dyes can make or break your haircut.

    (Mostly). Again, this isn't strictly true. If you botch your dye job it's not necessarily cause for alarm. Some of the most interesting emo hair cuts consist of some - shall we say - less than perfect efforts. It really depends whether you're working with a disheveled appearance or not. If the rest of your look is smart and tidy, then you'll want to get the dye job right. There's some great dyes on the market to help you here. Don't just grab any old thing!

  • Roll your own...

    A great work of art almost creates itself as an extension of the artist - an emo hair cut is an extension of the person wearing it. Individuality is key. You can't copy the haircut you saw on the train this morning if you expect to truly stand apart from the crowd.

  • ...but don't do your own!

    By all means take an active part in the development of your hair cut. Don't try to do it alone, have a friend help. With the possible exception of shaving or using clippers, it is very difficult to do anything sensible to the back of your head. Never mind that everything is reversed when you're using a mirror, unless you're very talented and spatially aware it's a recipe for disaster.