What is emo?
Emo is a genre of music and a term used to describe the looks of "Scene Kids" (those who listen to the music and follow the fashion trends).
You will hear people getting labeled differen't things, but the term is for the genre of music. Scene is used to describe the fashion or culture of the genre! The actual music is similar to indie rock or punk. It's not really the same music anymore as it was back in the 1980's or 1990's, although the term "emo" was taken from the pioneers of the earlier musical styles.
Scene hairstyles really are one of the hottest trends and have influenced mainstream fashion and a lot of people don't even realize it. A lot of people in their mid 20's are now dressing scene and wearing the hair. The same people who make fun of kids for being emo-tional sometimes have been influenced by the trend more than they know.. Even those who can't name a real emo band. That is how this culture has become, less about the music and more about the fashion, but is that really such a bad thing? The music will survive, even if the term has been misapplied and stolen.