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Emo TikTok Influencers Are Reviving the Scene

If you’re a millennial, you probably remember Myspace—the site was a place for admiring your friends and alterna-girls alike, kind of like Instagram if everyone was a little bit emo. Though nearly two decades have gone by since the site was the apex of cool, the styles that we worshiped on Myspace aren’t gone, per se, they’re just on Gen Z’s favorite social media platform, TikTok. 

Hairstyles of the “scene” or “emo” era are best exemplified by 2002 Avril Lavigne, 2004 My Chemical Romance, Kiki Kannibal, the IG page @f0rever2009, and the band Blood on the Dance Floor. Though it may seem like a bit of a stretch next to the balayage-perfect aesthetic of many influencers, a scene revival kind of makes sense considering 1) the cyclical nature of trends, 2) the fact that almost everyone has gone on some version of a rainbow color journey over the last 5 years, and 3) the new shape of cuts, which have gone from long and blended to purposely visible layers, with the new mullet exemplifying the trend.  

That being said, this decade’s scene kids are here, and they’re no longer hiding in the depths of the internet (or at the local Hot Topic) but in the forefront of subculture on TikTok. Here are the new standards in scene, by those carrying the trend’s torch.

Mad Molly

Mad Molly is on all social platforms spreading her scene aesthetic, which includes side swept bangs, a blunt front layered cut, and a dip dyed pop of color.


Check out @Midnightalone_21 on TikTok, if only for her constantly changing hair—her transformations are more drastic than Kylie’s.

@midnightalone_21 🧸 #Cottagecore #fyp #emoo #scenegirl #foryoupage #duet ♬ NO WHERE TO RUN by Stegosaurus Rex – morguehorde

The Savvy Cat

Equal parts scene and gothic, @thesavvycat goes all in on her highly-saturated, constantly-evolving color.


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Kayden Angel

Kayden Angel’s signature slime green locks are lived-in and in motion thanks to a piecey cut and grown out bangs.


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Like MySpace hair before it, TikTok hair is fun, experimental, and colorful. One scroll through Kitty’s Instagram gives you all the scene hair inspo you need.


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There’s no streak too thick or colorful when it comes to scene queen style. When in doubt, match your hair color to your favorite Monster flavor, a la Hope.


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Fernie Mac

A true scene king, Fernie Mac’s hair achieves the impossible balance of highly styled without trying too hard.

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