When most people think of emo scene hairstyles, they'll probably think of black hair, or perhaps platinum blonde. Within any fashion style, however, there's freedom to break with tradition. Redheads can go emo, too. Far from being a detriment to creating an effective emo ensemble, use your red hair as the centerpiece of your own creative and individual take on this genre.
Whatever your hair color, start by giving it the shape and texture that defines emo hair. There's some variance on this, but the emo haircut is generally long, asymmetrical and choppy. Part it on the side, straighten it and fix it up with plenty of back-combing and product for lots of fluff and body. This distinctive shape will make your hair obviously emo in any color.
If you're dyeing your hair and want to choose the shade of red to best go with emo style, tend toward the deep reds. Dark auburns and crimsons are more common in the emo scene than ginger and orange reds because they better complement the strong contrasts and common use of black, white and red in fashion and makeup. You can also add touches of black-dyed tips or black hair accessories to crimson hair, whereas orange and black is a bit too suggestive of Halloween. If you have natural orange or ginger hair, you can still go emo, but you'll need to incorporate some deep grays and a few tiny touches of earthy tones or green.
Though most emo hairstyles are straight, it's not unusual to see redhead emo girls wearing their hair in soft curls or waves starting below the chin. This look works with red hair, perhaps because the red color grabs so much attention on its own that it makes the curls seem more subtle. Whatever the reason, it works if you care to create an emo look that's a little softer and more subtly feminine than most.
Makeup and Clothes
To complete your emo look, take pains to make your hair and makeup as quintessential to this fashion genre as you can. Give yourself the works -- pale face, skinny jeans, black t-shirt, thick black eyeliner and all that good stuff to make sure there's no doubt what look you're going for. Tie your hair color in with your outfit with dashes of red and green to complement it. This can be eye shadow, jewelry, scarves or other small items.