The layering of the hair is choppy and sometimes ragged. The top section is cut with vertical elevation using a horizontal cutting angle (standard with long-layered cuts). The
sides and back (the crown area to the top of the nape section) are cut with less elevation and a vertical cutting angle. The lower sections (namely the nape area) are held to a low elevation with a perpendicular cutting
angle. After the base layers are established, the hair can be textured using a point-cutting technique, or deep slicing into the layers. Alternatively, a stylist proficient with a razor tool can cut the hair with said
razor and incorporate the choppy layers/texture as the hair is cut.
Perhaps the biggest divergence of Scene Hair from the Emo look is in color. While Emo looks generally prefer darker, more subdued haircolors, Scene hair typically incorporates
some enhancement and colorful accents in the look. For example, many Scene hair looks that begin with a dark colored base will include bold streaks of color (red, pink, blue, etc.) in the nape or fringe areas. Those
whose hair is naturally blonde or lighter in color may use the same bold colorful stripes, or may opt to add dark panels in the underside of the hair. There are even looks that incorporate patterns dyed into the surface
of the hair. The addition of color may be achieved by using “clip-in” extension pieces if you don’t want to color the hair.
A lot of the inspiration for the Scene Look comes from standards set by Emo fashion sensibility. The hair is always choppy, shaggy, and the accessories are more extreme. Scenester
kids will typically opt for gauged ear piercings over the multiple-ladder type, will go for false eyelashes versus mascara, and will always find the skinniest jeans they can wedge themselves into in the loudest colors and
According to those who claim to be in the know, “Scene is about the music”, but the internet is packed with “How to Be Scene” blogs and sites whose content is virtually indentical
with step by step instructions and lists of what to buy, wear, and do to be “scene”. They all stress being “original” and are more than happy to tell you how to do that.
How to cut the Basic Scene Girl’s Haircut:
The basic scene girl’s haircut is a long-layered affair that features choppy layers and bold streaks of color. To craft this look, start with the seven-section parting (which is
doubly important when dealing with such long hair) or simply divide the hair into upper, middle and lower sections in order to secure it for working in sections.
The top layers of the hair in the top and around the parietal ridge are lifted to a 180-degree elevation and then cut straight across to create the “long-layered” look. Once the
upper portions are cut, re-secure the hair and leave down a lock on each side and in back to provide a guide for the sides and middle back cuts.
These mid-level layers should be cut by lifting the hair to a 90-degree elevation and cutting the layers vertically. Make the lengths here about an inch longer than the guide you
left hanging from the upper sections. With long faces or really thick hair, you may need to divide the middle-layers into two separate stages and cut the lower half of the middle section longer than the upper half. Do
that which you feel provides the best balance for the cut.
The lower stage of the hair is held to a 45-degree elevation and is cut perpendicular to the hair’s position. As with the middle stage, if the hair is very thick, you can divide
this lower portion into two stages and create steeper layering. Just be sure to cut the upper half of this lower stage at an angle to balance things.
Once all the layers are completed, texture the hair by using a point cutting technique to create choppiness in the layers. Simply hold the hair away from the scalp segment by
segment and point the scissors inward toward the scalp, cutting the hair into points. The shallower the angle, the choppier the look will appear. Steeper angles will create a finer-grained texture in the finished style.