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For an authentic emo, or "emotional," style, your options are pretty much endless when it comes to the different colors you can add into your hair. Adding extensions helps with the volume that is a must for any emo aficionado, but when it comes to the way you style your hair, to be authentically emo, you need to stick to one of a few signature emo styles.
Whether you call them "bangs" or up your emo cred by going with the British "fringe," this layer at the front of your hair is a signature feature of the emo style. No matter what the length of your locks, you need the long, dramatic, sideswept fall of hair to hide behind, which truly makes the emo hairstyle. Start by making a far side part, then drape your hair across your forehead to the other side. Tease around the roots of your bang hair lightly to build up some volume and spirtz the ends with a bit of hairspray to stiffen them slightly.
Straight strands are most often seen as the emo hairstyle. It's the most dramatic look to go along with the big, sideswept fringe, for medium to long locks. The longer your hair the better; blow-dry over your hair and extensions using a round brush to smooth it out. Go over your hair with a flat iron working in small sections, then rub a small bit of smoothing serum over your strands to prevent frizz and lock in your sleek style.
Creating soft curls in your coif is creates an authentic emo style, if you add them randomly around your head and not style all of your hair into curls, which is a bit too girly and too much for this look. Use a large-barrel curling iron to create a few large, loose curls around your head, focusing the curls at the ends of your hair. Leave your fringe straight.
As long as you have the sideswept fringe at front, you can rock shorter strands and still achieve an authentic emo do. If your weave extensions are shoulder-length or shorter, you can rock an emo look by spiking out the back section of your hair. Work some pomade or a bit of hair wax to create some hold in your hair then pull out at random sections of hair to create the spikes. A light misting of hairspray after helps hold the spikes in place.