Emo haircuts: The hairdresser's top tips

Today's tip comes from our fabulous resident hairdresser, Simone D.

A lot of people think that emo haircuts are just "black with bangs and dye". While this might be true for the unimaginative, emo haircuts can be the ultimate self-expression.

The great thing about emo haircuts is just how much fun they can be. You can have all sorts of variations on the same theme and still look unique and standout. All it takes is a little imagination and some practice.

Like it or not, your haircut is one of the first things people will notice about you, so you want it to stand out for all the right reasons. There's nothing worse than a bad hair day that goes on for weeks or months Trying to grow out a mistake is time-consuming and often embarasing!

Unless you've got a great deal of creative flair, the best advice is to start small. Make changes slowly. Do your research.

If you're going to dye your hair you need to know how your particular hair type and color is likely to react to the dye. You may be allergic to certain brands of dye and not others. Some dyes will wash out quickly, some will last longer. It's important that you know what to expect. Dying your hair is messy, and if you're not careful it's easy to screw it up. If you're doing it yourself it's probably a good idea to have someone around to help.

The same goes for cutting your hair. It's difficult if not impossible to cut your own hair well. You should already have an idea of how your particular hair type will react to being cut. Certain types of haircut that look great on someone with thick, straight hair may simply not work on someone with thin, curly hair.

Make sure you have plenty of time and a clear idea of what you are trying to achieve before you start. Don't hack away at your hair unless you have some idea of what you are doing!