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The Evolution of "Emo" Hair Throughout History

If emo kids didn't have it tough enough, this past week a report surfaced from Andrew Hogan, education director of the Optometrists Association of Tasmania, saying, "If a young emo chap has a fringe covering one eye all the time, that eye won't see a lot of detail. And if it happens from a young age, that eye can become amblyotic."

That means lazy eye. Crushing news. But then, another doctor debunked his claim. I'm glad multiple doctors are weighing in on this subject. While the emo haircut has been scoffed at in the past decade or so, it's certainly evolved over time. Do you remember what "emo hair" was in 1996? 1986? When emo became screamo, then metalcore, somewhere along the way, a very specific fringed hairstyle became part of the look. But it's always been around. Here's how we think emo hair might have evolved.

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