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Short, thick hair does not lend itself naturally to emo haircuts, which tend to require length. However, you have one key attribute in your favor: volume. Keeping thick hair short gives it more movement and makes it easier to manipulate. Use color and accessories to style your emo haircut so it has a feminine look. If you decide to grow out your hair, embrace the signature emo hairstyle of long, choppy layers.
If you want to skip the full-on masculine Mohawk look of spikes, soften your look with longer spikes. Cut the sides of your hair short or slick it down with styling gel and hold it in place with bobby pins. Spritz a generous amount of mousse in your hand and push the hair on the top of your hair away from your face. If the mousse is not enough to hold your hair upward, add styling gel or hair wax. Fashion small sections of your hair into spikes and waves but make them point in different directions for a less severe look.
Thick hair gains movement and bounce when you layer it, as you reduce the heavy top layer that weighs down your look. However, you do not want pert, sporty layers. Use a razor to chop off random bits of your hair, leaving other segments longer. Layer the hair framing your face to make it look raggedy. Chop your bangs into different lengths and use gel to push it to opposing sides and straight up.
Certain styling tricks make a short emo haircut look more feminine. Dye your hair brilliant pink or deeper burgundy for an on-trend scene look. Jump on the animal print bandwagon by painting leopard spots across platinum blond hair. Give your emo hair a glam finish with shine serum or a spritz of glittery hair spray. Accessorize the haircut with a giant lace bow or a handful of neon plastic barrettes.
Just because you have short hair does not mean you cannot rock the emo look of the swoop of bangs or the random long strands. In emo-land, fake hair is a go-to accessory. Use clip-on extensions to make the sides of your hair look long in random spots. Push the sides of your hair or extensions over the top of your head and let them hang low enough to cover one eye.