Emo hairstyles are extremely varied and may look very different from one wearer to the other. There are however a few characteristics that typical emo styles have in common. For example, most emo hairstyles have fringes or bangs. Some fringes are grown quite long, covering the eyes or may be swept to one side. Others are shorter and are sometimes cut into precise shapes.
Emo styles are often characterized by deep dark colors, especially black. The dark colors are usually offset by stark and vibrant highlights in colors such as orange, red or pink. Not all emo styles are based on deep dark colors. Any bold color such as white that forms the background of the style can be classified as an emo hairstyle.
Emo hairstyles are almost always unrestrained and uncluttered with accessories. They will sometimes appear somewhat wild and unruly and wearers often deliberately create the uncontrolled appearance to their hair in order to communicate their emo individuality.