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Updated on December 20, 2023
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Traditionally an Emo image is associated with loneliness, melancholy and emotional distress. However, many contemporary Emo teenagers and adolescents are not that deeply into the pessimistic feelings. They rather claim being overly sensitive and emotional, somewhat “hidden” from the harsh surrounding world, which is expressed in their looks. Emo/Scene hairstyle is one of a key signs that allowing us to recognize an Emo. Hairstyles for Emo girls are not just about black layered looks. They can be very bright and creative. Below you’ll find both classic and completely unexpected solutions.

Statement Emo/Scene Hairstyles for Girls

Being a true Emo or only following the style, you probably wish to add some signature quirks to your hairstyle which will make you stand out in the Emo crowd. Actually you don’t have to stick to traditional jet black haircuts with jagged edges and side bangs paired with famous black eyeliners. Experimenting with new hair hues, finishing touches and makeup solutions is pretty absorbing. We suggest you consider these:

  1. New hair hues. Black and platinum blonde works fine for Emo girls but highlighted versions or styles where one of basic Emo colors is substituted with an unexpected bright hue, like fiery red or cherry cola, look very impressive.
  2. Creative ‘dos. You won’t lose your look of an Emo if you keep the height around your face with long angled bangs, but fishtail your ends or make a fancy side pony. These are stylish alternatives to your common loose styles.
  3. Extra quirks. Spice your hairstyles with enhanced texture, eye-popping highlights, cool coontails or fancy Emo accessories. This is an easiest way to turn your look into a signature style.

Here are all the mentioned ideas in vivid examples.

1. Simple Braids with Flat Side Swept Bangs

If you’ve been looking for new emo hairstyles, here’s a useful suggestion. Use this simple alternative if you want to try out something other than straightened hair every day. Make two braids and leave out some choppy chunks of hair along the sides to frame your face. This style works great for thin hair and can be done in under three minutes.

2. Pretty Light Pink Waves

The soft ombre effect looks great. Here it goes from hot pink on the roots to light pink and almost white on the ends. With shoulder length and long hair you can choose almost any color to achieve this look. You don’t need to use heat to create these loose waves. Simply tie your hair in a tight bun before going to bed and you’ll wake up with gorgeous wavy locks.

3. Cute Pink Hair Buns

Holding the title of the cutest emo style out there, this simple hairdo only requires a straightener and a few bobby pins. If you have layered hair, leave some chunks out and divide the rest of the hair in two equal parts. Pin the two buns tightly with hair grips and then mess them a bit with your fingers. Touch up the fringe, sweeping it to one side to frame your face.

4. Short Piecey Emo Hair

It’s nearly impossible to think of a prettier color than this bright orchid hue. While emo bangs tend to be thick and full, they can also be cute and piecey like these ones. It all depends on the cut: a shorter fringe works great for bob length shaggy hair.

5. Pigtail Buns and Braids

Emo hairstyles for girls need an unexpected color and a unique twist. The loud brightness of this yellow shade gives it an acidic, futuristic look. Push yourself to experiment with new hairstyles that can be easy yet very creative. Try buns, braids and waves. The messy modern vibe of this style is super cute.

6. Grown Out Gray Emo Hair

One cool way to go emo is to try the grown out root trend with a punky color. A smoky gray is a gorgeous alternative to blonde that makes your new ombre style a whole lot edgier. Paired with a dark lipstick and smoky eye, this hair color is pure magic.

7. Lush and Bright Emo Hairstyle

If you’re into full saturated colors and do not want to try the pastel trend, don’t worry. Vibrant hues have gotten a lot more interesting lately. These colors are so bright – it’s as if they’ve been hit with a UV light or black light!

8. Pink Pixie

For emo hair that is easy to pull off in real life, try adding a couple of punk elements to the classic pixie shape. First off, opt for a fun color like pale pink, purple or blue. Then make sure your side part is even deeper than usual, giving you tons of volume on top and in your bangs.

9. Messy Emo Hairstyle

This fun hairstyle features lots of angled layers, those on the sides are very long and thin. Dress a statement cut in an unusual hair color. For a different take on smoky hair, try adding in shades of purple and periwinkle.

10. Long Fuchsia Emo Hair

The staple emo girl hairstyle requires long layered bangs and straight locks. This style offers an interesting take on the classic look – it’s achieved by treating the bottom layers and the top section as two different parts. The top is scrunched and messy, and the bottom is perfectly straightened.

11. Rainbow Ombre

Emo hairstyles that have a magical, fantasy vibe are among our favorites. This mermaid-inspired version features a pink to acid green ombre that transitions through five distinct colors. To evolve the fantasy factor even further, try otherworldly pigtail buns. Colorful hair styles create pretty swirls.

12. Orange Hair with Heavy Bangs

If you want to go emo, you have to remember one thing: unique color. Now that lots of people dye their hair crazy colors, you have to try some unexpected or unusual shades to really stand out. This sunset orange is not only different, it’s also stunning with her eye and skin color. To get your own perfect color, mix two or three hues together.

13. White and Pink Emo Hairstyle

While ombre is one option for emo style hair, the more alternative choice is to divide colors. Choose two colors and place them in distinct blocks. The thick side bangs provide a cool way for the hues to mix together.

14. Side Ponytail with Head Scarf

Black is another great color for emo haircuts and hairstyles. To recreate this adorable look, you need choppy layers and thick side bangs. A retro-inspired head scarf in green, blue, or red is a perfect addition to an emo ponytail. But to keep it from looking too perfect, you’ll want to mess up your hair a bit and use a texturizing product.

15. Reverse Lavender Ombre

The cutest way to play up scene haircuts is with girly accessories and baby doll inspired makeup. If you really want to go all out with the style, you’ll want to try large iris lenses and fake lashes. Combine gorgeous eye makeup with side bangs and purple locks, and you’ll get the style down pat.

16. Long White Emo Hair

Emo girl hair is all about contrasts between dark and light, innocent and mischievous. If you love wearing dark clothes and makeup, then black hair might not be the best option for you. A white color would create a unique, “angel meets devil” style. The curly styling gives the color a more natural look and looks so pretty!

17. Creative Fishtail Braids

For a gorgeous, unique style, try these fantasy-inspired braids. First, part your hair down the middle. Next, section off the tops as if for half up pig tails. Then, fishtail-braid the bottom sections and tease the top. Braid the top sections forward so they will fall over your shoulder easily. To finish off, curl the bottom ends.

18. Emo Pigtail Braids in Green

Pigtails and a white collar would be such a boring school girl look! This girl upgrades her good girl’s hairstyle with green and teal hair color. To get these pretty braids, part your hair on the side and braid loosely, allowing for wisps of hair to come out in the front.

19. Choppy Emo Hairstyle

What we adore about this medium length cut is the extreme difference in length between the layers. It’s almost like two cuts—a pixie cut with long straight pieces underneath. Not every stylist will be able to master this (and a perfect emo fringe), so check out portfolios before choosing your stylist.

20. Blue Emo Style

The best part about emo hair cuts is how fun they are to style and accessorize. Remember the part of art class where you learned about the color wheel? Yeah—it’s going to come in handy now. Try headbands and accessories in either complimentary or analogous colors so they go well with your hair.

21. Pigtails with Heavy Side Bangs

Emo haircuts for girls are all about the bangs! Here’s a check list to make sure your bangs are on trend: side part, long layers, thick. Once you’ve got the bangs right, just about any hair style you try will look emo, whether your hair is straight, curly, braided, or in pigtails.

22. Apple Green Waves

In medium length scene haircuts, wavy texture gives off a cool, natural vibe. Choosing to rock your natural waves is unexpected and chic, especially when your hair is a vibrant color. One styling trick is to blow dry your bangs perfectly and then allow your lower layers to air dry.

23. Short Emo Hairstyle with Bright Bangs

For short emo hair, having long bangs is very important. Not only do they lend a mischievous look to your haircut, but they also give space for highlights. Black and red is a gorgeous dramatic combination. And with that black lip, she is totally killing it.

24. Deep Purple and Magenta Emo Bangs

Emo hair is famous for straightened angled bangs in various dark shades. One of the coolest color combinations is dark blue, deep purple and purple red set off by a bright yellow underlayer color. And any hair color can last if you maintain your hair! The owner of this splendid hairstyle says she was able to maintain the color for two and a half months before the yellow started to fade and more than 3 months before other colors faded by simply washing her hair in cold water every 3-5 days, only using color-protective shampoo, and limiting or avoiding heat styling!

25. Pretty Floral Band and Deep Dye

When indie scene meets emo girl the result is this different, personalized look that embraces straight hair with pinkish highlights and a pretty flower crown. The contrast between the blonde hair and the hot pink flowers pops out and can’t go unnoticed. This works well both with medium and long hair, but the highlights need special care to maintain the vibrant color.

26. Colorful Emo Hairdo

From the blue color, to the straight, long hair and the deep parting, this is the staple emo style. You can easily recreate the hairdo with a straightener and a teasing comb. To get the voluminous fringe, tease your crown and use hairspray to keep everything in place. You can go for a reverse ombre effect, opting for darker ends and lighter roots.

27. Unique Half Blue Half Green Hairstyle

Of all emo haircuts out there, this is the most versatile one. Shoulder length layered straight hair is the base you need if you don’t want to spend too much time on styling in the morning. In search of emo hairstyles for girls with curly hair? This variant will look great on curly locks too! Just remember: in case your hair is naturally wavy, use a texturizing product to define the ends and the bangs. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors. The brighter, the better. For a unique, girly touch, add some flowers in your hair, using a complementary color.

28. Dipped in Ink

This bob is taken to another level with the deep blue hair ends. The color contrasts beautifully with the white blonde hair, which is a must in scene hair. If you need other color ideas, this hairdo would also look amazing with black hair and pink ends or with green hair and white ends. Use high quality heat tools and heat protectants to make sure you don’t damage your hair and it stays silky smooth for longer.

29. Green and Blue Streaks

Short scene female haircuts favor bold accents like, for example, blue and green streaks in the bangs. Modern pixies have been updated to be bold and outrageous, to express bright personalities and stand out in the crowd. This type of haircut is great because it requires minimum maintenance, but you might find it difficult to style if you have naturally curly hair.

30. Stunning Turquoise to Green Ombre Hairstyle

Emo looks adapted the ombre trend and combined it with radiant hair colors. Going from an intense turquoise to metallic green and bright yellow, this ombre creates a statement hair color that will not only stand in the crowd, but also turn every head. While the style is easy to achieve by using a straightener and some hairspray, you should be extra careful not to damage your hair with dyes and heat tools. Use a deep conditioning mask twice a month and invest in a high end heat protectant, especially if you touch up with a straightener daily.

Those who only think of trying an Emo look or want a change from their casual style should consider a good basic haircut. Pick among short sweeps, medium edgy bobs or long shags and furnish them with whatever quirks you’ve liked.

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