Emo with blonde hair

I recently listened to the entire MCR discography during an acid trip, and I got into emo music and the entire aesthetic in genral. I also happened to find a pair of pretty nice seemingly unused black pair of skinny jeans.
So, I wanna be emo now, but my hair is dark blonde. Can I be emo without dying it or bleaching it platinum blonde?

51 thoughts on “Emo with blonde hair

  1. Anonymous says:

    Going full emo in this day and age doesn’t really work anymore, I think.

    However, there were many emo’s that didn’t dye their hair black, but that were mostly chicks. Dudes would very nearly always dye their hair. Heavy eye make-up just doesn’t look as convincing on a blonde dude.

    There are a lot of styles these days that borrow from the emo aesthetic, without going full Dahvie Vanity, so I’m sure you can work something out.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been going emo/scene for the last couple of months and I’ve met people who go full on emo too, it’s definitely popular still. Go for it, get yourself a band shirt, make up, hair straightener and you’re set.

    Also, if you’re dying your hair black you won’t need to bleach it. It’s only if you’re dying your hair a lighter colour than what it is already is you would have to. Or if you wanted to go blue or something.

    • Anonymous says:

      >Also, if you’re dying your hair black you won’t need to bleach it.
      What I meant is that it seems like my options are either to dye it black or to bleach it much lighter.

      • Anonymous says:

        Unless you wanted to go white or something I cant imagine why you’d need to do that. Just go black or brown. And listen to more emo and pop punk music, there’s nothing worse than dressing emo and getting called out as a poser.

  3. Anonymous says:

    At The Drive In
    The Dillinger Escape Plan
    Algernon Cadwallader (more pop punky)
    Horse The Band
    Underoath
    From First To Last (for historical reasons)
    Car Bomb
    Lightning Bolt
    Hella
    etc

    Don’t mess with hair, don’t change everything all at once.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Lots of people back in the 2000s didn’t dye their hair. Just get a swoop cut and floof it up a bit. If you decide you like the style you can always dive further into it as you go.

  5. Anonymous says:

    you’re going to have to dye your gay hairstyle black.
    you’re also going to have to stop listening to MCR because they dont even hecking sound like real emo most the time xD

  6. Anonymous says:

    I remember emos with colourful hair dyes, so why not just blonde, I don’t think black is necessarily essential for emo.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Yeah you can still be emo and blonde its just not the authentic look. I used to know a guy with blonde hair and an emo cut. I’m pretty sure he was albino or at least very pale since it was platinum blonde.

    • Anonymous says:

      The hair in the front is quite long as well now, so not a mullet. I look pretty much like pic related, except with lighter hair. I get compared to him a lot at least…

      Unless you wanted to go white or something I cant imagine why you’d need to do that. Just go black or brown. And listen to more emo and pop punk music, there’s nothing worse than dressing emo and getting called out as a poser.

      >And listen to more emo and pop punk music, there’s nothing worse than dressing emo and getting called out as a poser.
      Got any suggestions?

      • Anonymous says:

        You said you listened to all of MCR’s music, so listen to the other 2 of the emo holy trinity, those being Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, for a start. Then move onto stuff like All Time Low, Saosin, Taking Back Sunday, Paramore, Pierce the Veil, Yellowcard, Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182.

        Though, even then people will say "NO!!! THAT’S NOT TRUE EMO! THAT’S POP PUNK/ EMO PUNK!" but like, it’s literally what’s most widely recognised as emo and the version of it associated with how you want to dress.

        • Anonymous says:

          >"NO!!! THAT’S NOT TRUE EMO! THAT’S POP PUNK/ EMO PUNK!"
          I’m on a lifelong millennial crusade against this dumb sentiment. Until it went fully mainstream in about 2005 emo was just a joke expression within the punk scene, no one used it non-ironically. It was basically an insult and only one step below calling someone a poser.

        • Anonymous says:

          Right, I’ll download those discographies too then.
          By the way, I have the jacket in pic related, will it still look fine with this look? I mainly bought it for practical reasons since I like having a few extra pockets, but it definitively looks better with my current 70s hippie-esque look. I’ve at least removed the cringe "spirit of Japan" tag and the one with Nihonglish on the back, thinking about even removing the tab on the front pocket with "Superdry".

          • Anonymous says:

            cool jacket but definitely not emo.
            lmbo do you do acid and "discover" yourself monthly or something?
            there’s no "deep insights" or anything of value in psychedelics i’ve done more of them than anyone you have or will ever met. shrooms and ayahuasca are alright. dmt is just a portal to talk to weird demons. lsd was popularized by the cia. most hippies are weird pxdos.

          • Anonymous says:

            >cool jacket but definitely not emo.
            No, certainly not. It’s nothing special but I don’t think denim jackets in general were that popular at the time. Any type of jacket you’d suggest though?

            You can’t be emo yet. You haven’t seen Sweeney Todd or Invader Zim.

            I did watch Invader Zim last summer, on a CRT even. Was really obsessed with it for a while actually. I guess I’ll watch Sweeney Todd as well. Haven’t watched The Nightmare Before Christmas in like 10 years at least.

          • Anonymous says:

            >cool jacket but definitely not emo.
            No, certainly not. It’s nothing special but I don’t think denim jackets in general were that popular at the time. Any type of jacket you’d suggest though?
            […]
            I did watch Invader Zim last summer, on a CRT even. Was really obsessed with it for a while actually. I guess I’ll watch Sweeney Todd as well. Haven’t watched The Nightmare Before Christmas in like 10 years at least.

            I found a denim jacket, same as in pic related, in fairly decent condition for cheap. It’s fitting, right? It’s black and has a really odd pocket configuration, stuff like that. Might add some patches as well I guess.

            MCR is not true emo.

            Whatever, I’m pretty dead-set on adopting the aesthetic.

          • Anonymous says:

            It could work, just don’t zip it up. It’s not typical emo wear, but if the rest of you looks the part then it will be all good. Normally their jackets are kind of beat up and ripped as well, but personally I wouldn’t do that to your jacket, it loos nice as it is. Naturally, as time goes on you’ll acquire more clothes that fit the look better, so don’t worry about it. Just try it on with the rest of your outfit and see if it works.

            How are you doing for shoes? Get some hi top black converse (not the crappy newer designs) and some vans. You might wanna get some second hand if you’re considering drawing on them with a black marker. Doc martens can also work sometimes if you style them right, but they do lean a little bit more into goth territory than traditional emo.

          • Anonymous says:

            >How are you doing for shoes? Get some hi top black converse (not the crappy newer designs) and some vans.
            Yeah, that’s exactly the plan, I already wear red ones but I’ll get a pair of black converse or similar.

            […]
            On top of that, if you don’t already, consider getting the following:
            Studded and checker belt, wristbands, band shirts, striped arm warmers and gloves, striped long sleeve shirt (black and another colour), shitty necklaces you can just get off amazon, some kind of hoodie, black leather biker jacket, ripped skinny jeans. You can experiment with other accessories once you get the general look down.

            Most importantly though, you want to get the hair right. Firstly you need to have the right haircut, you’ll want a lot of layers cut into your hair otherwise when you straighten it it’ll look stupid. You’ll also might want it textured with a blade or thinning/styling scissors. I cannot stress this enough, go to an actual hairdressers or hair salon where people know what they’re doing, not a barbers. Then get some heat projection spray to put on before straightening your hair, also get a styling comb. There’s loads of tutorials for this on youtube, watch a bunch to understand the basics first.

            Also, you’ll want to understand how to do makeup if you don’t already. Johnnie Guilbert has loads of tutorials on how he does his emo makeup, so follow his vids on how to do it, some are better than others.

            Keep in mind, when doing hair and makeup, it’s probably going to look shit the first couple times you do it if you’re inexperienced. But don’t be disheartened by this, keep it up and you’ll see the results you want, it’ll just take time. Talking from experience.

            I’m just really scared of changing my hairstyle because if it get screwed up it takes so long to recover, especially since I’m already comfortable in my current style. A month or so ago I decided to have my fringe cut off and I just felt really bad right afterwards because I ended up instantly regretting it.

          • Anonymous says:

            What does your hair looks like currently? You might not have to change it up as much depending how it looks

          • Anonymous says:

            Alright, here’s my most recent decently-looking selfshot. My fringe used to be as long as the rest of my hair, I had it parted in the middle and my hair just looked really wild-grown. My hair curls around my temples but it usually just gets frizzy, I’ve been scared of doing heat-treatments as well because I don’t want to damage it, but I’m probably just overthinking stuff.

          • Anonymous says:

            My advice is: grow your fringe out, not as long as the rest of your hair, but so it’s down by your eyebrows/eyes at least. Then adopt a side parting for your fringe.

            I’d still get your hair layered. It shouldn’t look too different from how it does now because your hair seems to naturally be fairly straight.
            Personally I would have your overall hair length be just above shoulder length, but if that’s not for you then you can try it at the length it is now and see if you like it first.

            Definitely get some heat protection to use for your hair, whether that’s with blow drying it, straightening it or whatever. Doing that and combing your hair should help stop it from going frizzy. So long as you do that and take care of your hair it should be good.

          • Anonymous says:

            Wouldn’t I need to bleach my hair too for it to look good with an emo look though? My natural hair color fits really well for that warm 70s look but I’m not so sure about emo…

          • Anonymous says:

            I’m not an expert on hair dying, but I know if you’re already a lighter colour than the colour you want to dye your hair, you don’t need to bleach it. If you want to go black, you don’t have to bleach, not so sure about brown, you’ll have to look that up. Don’t know if you’d want to dye your hair before or after you get it cut though.

          • Anonymous says:

            Yeah, obviously. But like, could I maybe make it look good even while keeping my natural hair color? I guess I could just get it layered and such after I’ve grown my fringe out and see how it looks when contrasted with darker clothes.

          • Anonymous says:

            It could work, just don’t zip it up. It’s not typical emo wear, but if the rest of you looks the part then it will be all good. Normally their jackets are kind of beat up and ripped as well, but personally I wouldn’t do that to your jacket, it loos nice as it is. Naturally, as time goes on you’ll acquire more clothes that fit the look better, so don’t worry about it. Just try it on with the rest of your outfit and see if it works.

            How are you doing for shoes? Get some hi top black converse (not the crappy newer designs) and some vans. You might wanna get some second hand if you’re considering drawing on them with a black marker. Doc martens can also work sometimes if you style them right, but they do lean a little bit more into goth territory than traditional emo.

            On top of that, if you don’t already, consider getting the following:
            Studded and checker belt, wristbands, band shirts, striped arm warmers and gloves, striped long sleeve shirt (black and another colour), shitty necklaces you can just get off amazon, some kind of hoodie, black leather biker jacket, ripped skinny jeans. You can experiment with other accessories once you get the general look down.

            Most importantly though, you want to get the hair right. Firstly you need to have the right haircut, you’ll want a lot of layers cut into your hair otherwise when you straighten it it’ll look stupid. You’ll also might want it textured with a blade or thinning/styling scissors. I cannot stress this enough, go to an actual hairdressers or hair salon where people know what they’re doing, not a barbers. Then get some heat projection spray to put on before straightening your hair, also get a styling comb. There’s loads of tutorials for this on youtube, watch a bunch to understand the basics first.

            Also, you’ll want to understand how to do makeup if you don’t already. Johnnie Guilbert has loads of tutorials on how he does his emo makeup, so follow his vids on how to do it, some are better than others.

            Keep in mind, when doing hair and makeup, it’s probably going to look shit the first couple times you do it if you’re inexperienced. But don’t be disheartened by this, keep it up and you’ll see the results you want, it’ll just take time. Talking from experience.

          • Anonymous says:

            panic at the disco is shit, twenty one pilots is unironically better.listen to vessel , or anything preblurryface

    • Anonymous says:

      anon knows truth. emo is just sickly anorectic pale shadow of former glam glory. cool rock is mostly dead now and got split into weirdo emos, wannabe vikings and ghoulish vampirical satanic creeps. such sadness. rap shit sound and aesthetic overtook. true catastrophe for western cultue.

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