Emo Hairstyles

Emo HairDo you have Emo hair? Also called scene hair, the Emo hairstyle has been around since the 1990’s though it seems to be getting a lot of press lately. Sprung from the depths of “emotive hardcore” music, this once non-conformist, individualistic and original, “doing my own thing” hairstyle is sure becoming popular with the masses. Once considered a somewhat negative term, Emo hairstyles are now being embraced by trendy girls and guys alike. It’s now long hair or short, black hair or blonde and everything in between. Did Emo hairstyles get too cool and become the norm? Maybe.

One of my favorite definitions of the Emo hairstyle comes from Urban Dictionary.com:

“genre of softcore punk music that integrates unenthusiastic melodramatic 17 year olds who don’t smile, high pitched overwrought lyrics and inaudible guitar rifts with tight wool sweaters, tighter jeans, itchy scarves (even in the summer), ripped chucks with favorite bands signature, black square rimmed glasses, and ebony greasy unwashed hair that is required to cover at least 3/5 ths of the face at an angle.”

Though that doesn’t entirely sum up the entire genre (it really just sounds like High School to me) this video montage will help put things in perspective. Emo hair might just mean teenage angst meets flat iron plus hairspray. The one common thread in all of these styles is a super uneven choppy haircut and super sleek strands usually sprayed into oblivion. (For more help with tools, check out our best flat irons section.)

I’m sure you’ve seen the Emo hairstyle emerging, it’s actually quite cool, though now that I’ve blogged about it, it just became more mainstream.


Five Drugstore Faves for Fabulous Hair

Dove Sheer Moisture Leave-in Replenishing SprayI love the fancy-schmancy products as much as the next girl, but sometimes what I want is right around the corner at my local CVS, Target, Walmart or Walgreens.

Tried and true, these are five of my favorite drugstore finds:

1- Yes to Carrots Hair & Scalp Mud Mask – Smells delish, works even better. Made with tons of good for you ingredients like carrot juice, carrot oil, sweet potato and dead sea mud, you can detox, detangle and de-stress those tresses. One of my favorite hair treats.

2- Dove Advanced Care Leave-in Replenishing Mist – A few pumps fights frizz and dryness, two things that really need fighting if you have thick curly hair like I do. I especially like this as a curl pick me up after a long day that is leading up to an even longer night. A spritz or two and my droopy ‘do is perky and perfect. (Pictured above.)

3- Garnier Fructis Smoothing Milk – Super smoothing in an instant without the weight. I love to use this before I quosh my curls with my flat iron. Believe it or not, I also like to scrunch a little through my wet hair if I’m wearing it curly. The smoothing styler fights frizz and helps define curls if you use it sparingly. A double-duty favorite.

4- Pantene ProV Thick and Full Spray – Talk about thick and full, this styling spray definitely delivers. It’s like spraying on instant texture. Great for a little lift at the roots and some extra body on the ends, it’s probably amazing on thin hair. It does smell a tad bit potent, but with it’s plumping power, you’ll get past it.

5- Aussie Instant Freeze Hair Spray – You can lock in any style with this super-fine misting hairspray, and I do mean lock. Be sure your style is ready, this is one stiff styler. One spray and your hair stays put. It’s awesome for updo’s and for getting those stray hairs that think they can do their own thing. One blast with Instant Freeze will show them who’s boss.

The best part all of these are under $10 except Yes to Carrots which will probably run you $13 or so. Easy on the wallet, strong on the style, and just around the corner!


Celeb Style: Diablo Cody

Diablo CodyI am definitely a fan of Diablo Cody’s street chic wardrobe, choppy hair style, and tongue in cheek attitude. Her personal style is part pin up girl mixed with some rocker chic plus a dash of glamour. For hair this sleek and smooth I’d fire up an FHI Platform 1″ Flat Iron. The Ceramic and Nano-Tourmaline technology will straighten and add tons of award winning shine worthy of any leopard print loving, million dollar shoe wearing, Oscar winner.

2008 Oscar Hair Highlights: Casual Chic

Marion CotillardI was so geared up for the Academy Awards last night. Watching my favorite celebs all decked out in the most glamorous gowns, dripping with jewels, and perfectly coiffed as they sashay down the red carpet oozing fabulosity. This year’s hair focus seemed less glamour goddess and more casual chic. Lots of simple ponytails, sweeping side parts and choppy bangs. For the most part, I liked the hair styles – think straight without being overly slick or polished. Of course there were a few “what was her stylist thinking?” moments that I had to GASP over, but even those are all in good fun. Gossiping over the flops is part of the whole armchair Oscar experience! Plus, I want to be prepared for those entertainment show recaps don’t I?

Here are the hairstyling highlights of the evening and my own award-winners:

Pretty Ponys– Everyone from Miley Cyrus to Cameron Diaz pulled a pony. Smooth but not sleek, posh but not polished. Sophisticated, but not serious. Who rocked it: Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway.

Sweeping Side Parts–  A side part can be very flattering, especially when the hair slightly covers one eye ala Veronica Lake. Slightly ‘come hither’ without being overtly sexy. Who swept it best: Amy Adams, Marion Cotillard (pictured).

Controlled Curls– Though not too many carefree curls last night, I say kudos to Katherine Heigl and Julie Christie. My favorite was Diane Lane, she chose Hollywood glamour and it showed last night – absolutely curl-licious.

Beautiful Buns– These starlets were spotted sporting stylish buns in and out of the oven – Jessica Alba, Nicole Kidman. My pick for most becoming bun of the evening: Heidi Klum.

Fringe Bangs– Think choppy not Cleopatra – spotted on Jennifer Hudson and Diablo Cody. And the winner is? Diablo Cody, hands down. She’s also my pick for best hair of the evening.