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10 Edgy Emo Hairstyles for Guys

With more variety, color, and spunk - the emo hair is back with a vengeance!


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Emotion, mystery, and edge – when the punk and rock music scene emerged in the late 80s and stayed until the early 2000s, emo hair became a staple. And why wouldn’t it be when the band’s front men rocked this hairstyle?

At that time, emo hair became a subculture of emo music. Not only was it an expression of affinity for the music, but sporting the hairstyle meant you felt the emotional turmoil of the lyrics.

And if you don’t know what falls under the emo music category (no, it’s not Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, albeit emotional) – try to recall My Chemical Romance, Panic! At the Disco, Fall Out Boy, to name a few.

But the emo hair has evolved since then. Now it comes in different colors, different lengths, and even some are curly. The edgier and unique – the better. Without further ado, here are 10 emo hairstyles for you to choose from and rock!

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Spiky Mohawk

Travis Barker is always over the top.  He is the drummer of the pop-punk band, Blink 182, and their music influenced a lot of emo-pop bands. Though he sported a number of emo hairstyles, this extremely spiky mohawk is one that is truly unforgettable (and possibly his marriage to a Kardashian as well).

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Bright Colored and Short

Who says emo hair should only be black? We have entered an era of colorful self-expression and gender neutrality. The colors don’t just represent preference, but also mood. And most importantly, you can mix and match and change as often as you want. The brighter, the better.

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Classic Emo Hair

Adam Lambert showed the emo hairstyle to the masses when he joined the American Idol singing contest. In fact, he is one of the few successful artists still enjoying fame. It could be his music, it could be his persona and what he represents, or it could be his edgy look that people find inspiring. Always breaking boundaries and reinventing himself, now that’s the new emo.

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Messy Balayage

Don’t want to keep combing and styling your emo hair? Sometimes, what stops a person from getting that emo ‘do is the tedious task of keeping it in place. If this is what’s bothering you, then a messy, just-woke-up ‘do is for you. Add that oomph with a balayage and you’ll definitely attract all the attention.

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Wavy Layered Bob with Color

Who said that an emo haircut should be complicated? Check out these four simple steps:

1 – Choose a bright color that suits your style.

2 – Ask for a layered bob.

3 – Style it in waves (or if this is your natural hair, let it show).

4 – Make sure that 90% of the time, your eyes are not seen (it’s for the mysterious effect).

Voila! You’re good to go!

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Emo Braids

Good news for fans of braids. These are not just for dreads or cornrows, they can also be emo, too. Keep your sides shaved, maintain a long middle part, and infuse an ombre coloring. That’s definitely something that puts you above and beyond.

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The Long Hair

Any emo hairstyle fan knows that growing your hair beyond your shoulders could be considered one. To make it edgy, make sure you have a tad bit of layering going on. Plus, it does not hurt to color it, even subtle highlights would do.

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Short Classic Emo Hairstyle

Pete Wentz is an emo icon. Being the lead vocalist of the emo-pop band Fall Out Boy solidified his presence in pop culture, and so did his hair. This hairstyle is probably what comes to mind when anyone hears or reads the words, emo hair. Some prefer this shorter version of the classic hairstyle because you don’t have to bother removing hair from your eyes.

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Short Crop Cut with a Straight Edge

Before you say this ain’t an emo hairstyle, think again. A number of those who claim to be emo are sporting this style. A cut like this leaves you more options to accessorize without feeling like you are a bit too much. Yes, the concept of the emo persona is self-expression and being over the top, but for those who prefer to be subtle, this could be it.

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Short Crop Cut with a Hint of Color

Not fully ready to commit to an emo hairstyle but still want to give it a go? Then a short crop with a patch of color will do. It still says edgy. And it doesn’t matter how you want to add that color, it will still work – whether it’s half of your hair, or just at the back or front – people won’t miss it.