Emo Hair is back – Try these scene girl hairstyles


The early years were an interesting time for fashion. As the grunge trends of the 90s and 2000s morphed into something new, we saw the rise of what we called “emo” and “scene.” In some ways these styles seemed more 80s metal inspired and in others very punk and gothic. The dark rainbow of emo kids and the scene produced a whole new trend, which like its predecessors, worried parents, made its way onto the evening news and made many of us laugh. With emo hair on the rise once again, let’s break down popular girl scene hairstyles, accessories and accessories and how to get them.

Emo? Stage? What is the difference?

It is difficult to define these styles. Often people will defend to the death what they think is the “real emo” or the “scene”. Subcultures provide community for those who feel different, but can also create a sense of elitism and popularity. If I still had access to my Photobucket or Myspace, I could fill this entire post with photos of hairstyles ranging from emo to scene to goth to punk and everything in between. I think if emo and scene kid styles inspire you, you should take what you like and run with it.

The common building blocks of emo and scene kids hairstyles consist of choppy, super layered haircuts with a straight finish, massive amounts of teasing and back combing, and scorching bangs with a defined side part.

Multi-colored hairstyles were also the norm. If your hair wasn’t pitch black and only covered half of your face, it was probably teased to the sky and a combination of pink, purple, and blue. Clips offered a lot of flexibility for those whose parents didn’t allow traditional hair dyes, but for those who could, Manic Panic and Special Effects hair dyes offered a way to create a rainbow of looks.

Raccoon tails, feathers, bows and children’s hair accessories have all found their way into emo and stage girl hair. We’re not sure who did it first, but the juxtaposition of an all-black wardrobe with a giant pink plastic bow was pretty unremarkable. Often these large hair accessories were used to secure deep, side bangs, while raccoon tail clips were placed on either side of the face.

Emo hair must-haves

Ready to try emo girls and scene hairstyles at home? Or revisit your stage glory days? Luckily, many tried-and-true styling products we once loved are still available.

Got2b bonded sandblasting freezing spray: $8.49

This extreme hold hairspray has always been a go-to, and not just for emo and scene kids. With unparalleled hold, this hairspray really sticks your hair in place, helping you create larger-than-life hairstyles.

(Image source: Ulta.com)

Mini Ceramic Flat Iron from Eva NYC: $30

Even better? This one is available in mint leopard print. Why not match your iron to your Scenester aesthetic? A mini flat iron will keep every strand around your face super straight, allowing your choppy layers to shine through.

EVA NYC Mint Leopard Mini Flat Iron
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Manic Panic: $13.99+

Manic Panic has been one of the top options for fantasy hair color since the 70s. For decades, they’ve dyed the locks of punks, goths, scenesters, emo kids, and everyone in between. Manic Panic’s variety of colors will help you create rainbow locks, raccoon tails, chunky highlights, or whatever you desire.

Manic Panic Hair Color
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Claire’s Emo Hair Accessories: $3.99+

Claire’s has always been and still is the benchmark for hair accessories. From clips and knots to multicolored clip-in extensions, Claire’s has it at an affordable price.

Claire's Feather Style Clips
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If scene and emo hairstyles aren’t your thing, get inspired by our 10 favorite hairstyles from the early 2000s HERE!


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