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How To Get Emo Hair

Defined by its asymmetrical style and long bangs, emo hair has its roots in the punk subculture.


  • TIP: Although department and specialty stores carry a wide selection of hair accessories, scout dollar stores and the kids' department for good deals.
  • Step 1: Thin unruly hair by razoring the ends of outer layers. This will help your cut keep its shape longer.
  • FACT: Double-point hairpins, similar to bobby pins, were used in ancient China in the third century.
  • Step 2: Add accessories to complement your dark look. Clip your bangs back with a cute barrette or a bow if you're a girl.
  • Step 3: Keep your hair sleek by straightening it with a flat iron, but use a heat protection spray and follow with anti-frizz serum.
  • Step 4: Get your hair cut in long, angled, asymmetrical layers. Use hair product to add volume in the front.
  • TIP: Bangs are a classic element of the emo style. Wear short, blunt bangs at eyebrow level or consider long, layered bangs swept to the side over one eye.
  • Step 5: Dye your hair dark – the blacker the better. Then add dramatic highlights using either dye or extensions, in pink or white to add eye-catching flair.

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