Scene hair: what is it anyhow? Is it even around anymore? Is there anyone in my neighbourhood with scene hair? Are scenesters as sensitive as emos about people (like me) defining their fashion for them? Let's find out...

I did some research and here’s two examples of scene hair, or at least people known for having scene hair (for a significant amount of their lives so far):

Audrey Kitching

Audrey Kitching hairstyles

Pete Wentz

Pete Wentz hairstyles

I’m going to leave it up to you to decide whether Audrey and Pete are scene enough, but in terms of my research this is what I’ve found out about scene hair:

  • Scene hair usually is choppy-looking with, heavy blunt bangs; the hair is layered, and often has streaks (and even stripes) of neon color.
  • These hairstyles look quite messy, but there’s actually a fair amount of skill involved making them look that way (in other words, you need to visit a hair salon to achieve this look).
  • VOLUME is of vital importance. Plenty of hair product is used to achieve lots of volume (such as wax and mousse).
  • Scene hair types use lots of brightly colored accessories, including silly sunnies (like Pete), hair clips and bandanas. Often these accessories have no real practical function however.
  • Evidently, looking at the picture above of Pete, choppy scene hair and hats are a good way of masking a balding head.

Now, since scene hair is typically defined as choppy, with layers and a blunt fringe, and often black, you’re probably thinking it’s kind of like emo hair. Well you’re right. But there is a difference: scene is, apparently, more fun than emo. Scene is emo without the drama and angst, without the brooding and weeping and poetry— without conversations that probably include phrases like "You’re not even my real father. I hate you" [door slam].

But having said that, scene also seems a little shallow and trite. Like if you remove the emotion from emo and end up with "scene," what you’re in fact left with is just fashion for fashion sake.

But isn’t that what all fashion’s like? Hmmm, now I’m thinking emo is actually kind of radical...

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