Want a look that mixes attitude, and personality, and also expresses your music tastes? Then you’ve definitely come to the right place to check out these wicked emo hairstyles for guys.
The unmistakable emo haircut that accompanies the emo lifestyle is an awesome choice for boys with straight hair and even for those with a curly or wavy texture. Also, there are tons of emo haircut variations that you can look through prior to picking your favorite match. So check them all out below!
1. Emo Hairstyles for Guys with Thick Hair
We will kick off our list with the ideal hair type for the emo look – thick hair. Generally, this emo hairstyle is based on full side-sweeping, which is easier to achieve with naturally thick locks. A few well-placed layers will help you get the desired results.
2. Sleek Mid-Length Hairstyles
The stereotypical emo guy has super straight hair – but that’s because this texture works so well with these haircuts as it makes them easier to style. Basically, you will get that sleek aspect with ease, and without having to straighten the hair with a dedicated hair product.
3. Emo Hairstyles for Guys with Thin Hair
If your hair is pretty thin, there are a few tips and tricks to use to get an awesome emo hairstyle. Firstly, we recommend that you grow your hair longer for more coverage. Secondly, trim your edges gradually, with shorter layers towards your eyes and longer layers as you go down.
4. Hairstyles with Emo Bangs
Not into the long hair idea, but still want an emo edge to your hairstyle? You can opt just for emo-style bangs. To put it shortly, all you have to do is get the haircut you resonate with the most and then add longer bangs. After that, style them over and across the forehead.
5. Emo Cuts for Short Hair
What better way to get emo hairstyle inspiration than from somebody who sings the music associated with this lifestyle? My Chemical Romance frontman, Gerard Way, showed us how to sport short emo hairstyles for guys – and in cherry red too!
6. Emo Hairstyles for Guys with Curly Hair
Boys with curly hair should focus on the bangs part of their emo hairstyle. To accomplish this look we recommend shaving down the sides and back and leaving the front with long bangs. Allow your curls to fall naturally into place.
7. Swept Up Bangs on Short Hair
Another way you can wear an emo hairstyle without having medium or long hair is with swept-up bangs. Comb the top part of your hair to the front. Then, when you get to your eyebrows, comb the bangs upwards. It helps if your hair is layered.
8. Anime Emo Hairstyles
Why not get inspired by your favorite movies for your hairstyle? If you love anime, you can look to the characters you love the most for your new haircut. For instance, this shorter emo hairstyle for guys in platinum white looks very authentic.
9. Emo Hairstyles for Guys with Choppy Bangs
You can always upgrade your emo bangs by going for a choppy aspect. In essence, all you have to do is alternate the length of the strands in your bangs for a jagged result.
10. Punk Mohawk Hair Style Inspiration
While mohawks are a traditionally punk hairstyle, you can get this haircut even if you’re an emo kid. To get the outcome you’re expecting, you should use hair products such as hair wax in abundance for the fan aspect of the mohawk. Having thick hair will help you even more.
11. Emo Hairstyles for Guys with Wavy Hair
Have wavy hair? You can create your emo hairstyle with an angular fringe haircut. In other words, focus on a longer top, with bangs that have strands crossing on your forehead. You will get a textured outcome that complements your hair type.
12. Professional Emo Haircuts
It may seem odd to associate the concept of emo with ‘professional’, but we had to provide a solution for those who are over their high school years but still want to rock emo cuts. No matter how old you are, you can adopt this short and work-friendly hairstyle without any problem.
13. Colorful Emo Hairstyles
When you get into the vivid colors area of emo hairstyles, you should be aware that you’re stepping into scene looks. We’ll talk about a few ideas for this style on our list, starting with this rich green hair color choice.
14. Emo Hairstyles for Guys with Asymmetrical Bangs
It’s easy to notice that bangs are the key part of any emo hairstyle. One of their neat benefits is that you can cut and style them however you’d like. Some boys pick asymmetrical bangs for an edgy hairstyle, starting short and getting progressively longer to the side.
15. Messy Emo Hairstyles for Guys
Not all emo hairstyles for guys are slicked down. Quite the contrary, a fair share are tousled for rebellious emphasis. If your hair is about medium-length, you can choose to style your locks either sleekly or messily (like in this shot).
16. Undercut Emo Hairstyles
Post-2010 adaptations of the emo hairstyle now include various looks with undercuts. They’re a lot easier to wear and maintain than many other versions with fully long hair. You can dye your hair or leave it its natural color.
17. Emo Hairstyles with Natural Highlights for Guys
While scene hairstyles feature plenty of bright colors, many emo hairstyles for guys lean towards the dark side. However, you can spice up your raven locks with some natural-looking highlights. Dark or chocolate brown will do the trick.
18. Colored Tips Hairstyles
Want to add some color to your emo hairstyle without going for a full dye? You can emphasize your edgy layers by coloring just the tips. If you decide to go for this, we recommend that you choose a contrasting color for an eye-catching outcome.
19. Two-Tone Emo Hairstyles for Guys
As far as colors are concerned, you can explore any combinations for emo or especially scene hairstyles. If you’re aiming for a striking contrast, you can try mixing two colors that are completely opposite. Black and white is an option you can’t go wrong with from this point of view.
20. Frontal Bangs with Shaggy Hair
Indeed, full side bangs are a defining detail of an emo boy. But what if side-swept bangs aren’t your thing? Put your personal touch on your haircut with frontal bangs if it suits your personality. It’s important to feel good about your hairstyle, not just go with the trend.
21. Textured Emo Hairstyles
Not all emo hairstyles are styled down. Actually, you can play around with plenty of ideas for a choppy hairstyle. However, please note that all haircuts with this aspect require heavy layering for a textured hairstyle.
22. Spiked Emo Hairstyles for Guys
In addition to messy styling, you can also go for a spiked hairstyle. Get this look by having slightly shorter hair than an emo haircut would usually feature. For instance, you can rock it while growing your locks out for a classic emo hairstyle.
23. Back Spiked Emo Hairstyles
By contrast, you can also choose to spike just a part of your hairstyle. A popular example is depicted in this photo, with traditional emo bangs and a fully spiked back. Think of the way a peacock spreads its feathers for extra inspiration.
24. Voluminous Emo Hairstyles
With the majority of emo hairstyles for guys, you can get lots of volume through excessive layering. If you want to accentuate the voluminous part of your hairstyle, even more, switch from longer to shorter layers on top.
25. Multiple Colors Blend
If you are more of a scene boy than an emo one, you can experiment with all sorts of colors for your hairstyle. In fact, you can combine a few for a genuinely unique one. In this example, you can see how brown, copper, and pastel purple would look together.
26. Casual Emo Hairstyles for Guys
If you want to avoid any potential hair or dress code styles at school, you should lean towards this type of emo hairstyle. It’s pretty much casual and can be worn in any situation without standing out too much.
27. Shoulder-Length Emo Hairstyles for Guys
For a longer approach to your emo hairstyle, aim for shoulder-length hair. It’s the perfect length for a cool emo haircut, without being too long or too short. Like with most other emo hairstyles, having naturally straight hair is a maintenance advantage.
28. Short Black and Blue Hairstyles
Want your emo hairstyle to stand out? Never hesitate to break the ‘rules’ and make it your own. Just an example of how you can do this is this shorter emo haircut with a splash of royal blue dye in the bangs area.
29. Short and Messy Emo Layers
For an emo hairstyle that you can rock anywhere and any day without getting weird glances, opt for shorter hair. You can style them as carelessly as you want, towards one side or the other. It’s also easier to wear various hats with this haircut.
30. Wispy Bangs Hairstyles for Guys
Gerard is back with a second entry on our list, this time with a different emo hairstyle. In this example, we want to point out his choice of bangs. They are wispy and have a jagged appearance across the forehead for an even edgier look.
31. Flashy Emo Boy Hairstyles
If you’re not afraid to go all-out with your hairstyle, you can think about this approach. It has a little bit of everything – classic emo bangs, super spiked back, and some color. The results are far from subtle, but they’re terrific for a rebellious personality.
32. Effortless Emo Hairstyles for Guys
All emo hairstyles for guys come with their fair share of maintenance, even if they have straight hair. You usually have to straighten it with a flat iron, a useful tool that unfortunately causes long-term damage. However, forget about all these details and go for an effortless hairstyle like this one.
33. Pastel Emo Hairstyles
All about aesthetics? Then pastels should be on your shortlist for emo hairstyles for guys. Just look through the wide variety of pastel shades ranging from blue or green, to purple or pink. In the end, choose the tone that complements your features and style the best.
34. Side Tossed Emo Hairstyles for Guys
Even though emo hairstyles are usually associated with bangs swooshed across your forehead, you can always switch up your style. If you chose to grow your bangs out, you can simply toss them to the side for a cool and composed outcome.
35. Relaxed Faux Hawks
Caught between an emo hairstyle and mohawk? Make the best of it and go for an impressive and careless hairstyle, a faux hawk. All you have to do is trim the sides down, without shaving them entirely. Keep the rest messy and layered.
36. Front Brushed Hairstyles
As far as styling your emo hair is in the discussion, the sky is the limit. Some guys prefer keeping their locks straight down, while others go for a complete side approach. In this photo, you can see how your layered strands would look styled towards the front.
37. Copper Emo Hairstyles for Guys
We want to point out two things. First of all, emo hairstyles for guys look outstanding for natural redheads. And also, we’re pointing out the fact that you can also choose to get copper colors to spice up your haircut. Boys with pale skin should keep this idea in mind.
38. Taper Fade Emo Hairstyles for Guys
If summer is knocking at your door and you live in a hot area, you probably won’t be happy sweating throughout the day due to long hair. Whether it’s this or you just like shorter hair in the back, use the taper fade barbershop technique to keep cool.
39. Surfer Emo Hairstyles
Even though surfers are far from the emo lifestyle, their unmistakable hairstyle can serve as inspiration for emo hairstyles for guys. As you can see, the sides are kept shorter than with traditional emo haircuts, and the long and layered bangs are brushed to the left or right.
40. Low Maintenance Emo Hairstyles for Guys
As long as your hair is naturally straight, you won’t have any trouble whatsoever maintaining this hairstyle. This is strategically designed and cut to be easy to style, from the top layers to the sides. Additionally, it will grow out pleasantly into a longer hairstyle.
41. Skater Emo Hairstyles
Just like surfers, skaters can also be a source of unconventional hairstyle inspiration. One very cool pro skater with an awesome hairstyle is Curren Caples – so if you have wavy hair and like keeping it messy, keep this haircut in mind.
42. Emo Hairstyles for Guys with Dreadlocks
Creativity has no limits when it comes to emo hairstyles for guys so, if you’re into deadlock styles, don’t shy away from building your hairstyle based on them. You can get them with an emo-inspired haircut with a few dreads falling across your forehead.
43. Colorful Lowlights on Short Hair
Sometimes all you need to truly make a hairstyle yours is the right color. There are countless ways to color the hair, including with a set of vivid lowlights. One of the beauties of lowlights is that you can pick even the brightest color and incorporate it smoothly into your hairstyle.
44. Rainbow Emo Hairstyles for Guys
Speaking of colors, why not use the rainbow as inspiration for your look? You can either go for bright rainbow colors or softened pastels, like in this example. You will definitely enjoy a hairstyle that you won’t see every day.
45. High Fashion Hairstyles
From time to time, you can discover emo hairstyle inspiration in the places you would have least expected. In the world of men’s high fashion, for example, you can find an abundance of sleek and edgy hairstyles that you may want to consider getting for yourself.
46. Post-2000s Hairstyles
Most of the emo kids of the 2000s are now well over 20 and are likely looking for a more mature approach to their hairstyle. You don’t have to change your style due to your age, but you can adapt it elegantly like Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco.
47. Rock and Roll Emo Hairstyles for Guys
Alex Turner proves that you can mix rock and roll and emo influences for your hairstyle. The lead vocalist of Arctic Monkeys often styles his choppy and layered strands to the front, while keeping a sleek undercut for the rest of his hairstyle.
48. Emo Hairstyles with Beanies
Aside from snapbacks, beanies are one of the most popular accessories for guys with emo hairstyles. Wear yours tilted towards the back so you can accentuate your bangs.
49. K-Pop Hairstyles
Asian hairstyles are always inspiring for men, especially those that also appreciate K-pop. This is the ideal hairstyle for you if you want emo look without parting or sweeping your hair to the side. You can also make it longer or shorter than in this example too.
50. Grunge Hairstyles
Finally, we will round up our picks with a grunge-inspired hairstyle. No matter if Nirvana was and remains your life or you just like the way a grunge haircut looks more, go for it. You won’t have to deal with as many layers as with classic emo hairstyles.
To sum up, these emo hairstyles for guys are just what you need if you’ve been looking for a statement haircut. Before getting yours though, make sure that you are completely aware of the maintenance that often comes with emo haircuts.
If your hair is straight, you generally shouldn’t have to worry though. All the same, take some time and think your hairstyle through and choose the one that mirrors your personality best.
Decided on an emo hairstyle already? Then which emo hairstyle would you recommend to your friends the most? Comment below!
Lilith Wetherall is a freelance writer, editor, and blogger. She graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a minor in Journalism. She later found her passion for hairstyles and is now professing in a men’s salon. Some of her favorite things to do include reading, writing, watching movies, and being outdoors. When she’s not writing for our readers, she is either at the salon or at home trying out a new hair color.