Emo hair can mean all sorts of outrageous colors but I'm going to let you in on a tip: Most of the photos you see of guys and girls with pink highlights on the emo haircuts galleries are professional models. That means someone did their hair and makeup.
Think you can do a better job than the pros? You probably don't need this guide then, but on the off chance that it might save you from a disastrous haircut, let's visit our top 5 do-or-dye rules for great emo hair.
Tip #1: IF you're considering a bold, standout color or going more than 3 shades lighter, spend the money and go to a salon.
It's either that or run the risk of orange hair. Hey, maybe you can work with it anyhow, but take my word for it on this one.
Tip #2: If you do screw it up, don't try to fix it yourself.
If you really screw up, don't be tempted to "fix" it. Again, seek the guidance of a professional.
Or, you could do a Britney and shave the lot. Always a good look, especially on a female.
Tip #3: Do an Allergy test first.
Before you dye your hair, ensure that you're not going to react to the dye. Many hair dyes contain harsh chemicals that can react badly with your skin.
Did you want bright red skin to go with your bright red emo hairstyle?
Tip #4: Do a strand test second.
Before you start applying dye, you want to make sure that the result you'll get is what you're expecting. This means you need to take a strand of hair and apply a small amount of dye to it, leave it on for as long as you're planning to leave the dye when you do the main job, and see what happens.
Emo haircuts can be any color you like, but you'll probably want to minimize surprises.
Finally, Tip #5: Read the directions!
Many a botched dye job could have been avoided by reading the directions on the package. To be sure, read it twice. Don't assume that you know better than the manufacturer.
Almost as important is reading the directions is to actually follow the directions!. Do that, and you probably end up with a great, home-brewed emo haircut that's the envy of all your friends...