Hairstyles in the scene kid movement are among the most easily identifiable aspects of the scene subculture. Very few scene kids are going to have hair that hasn’t been visibly modified in some way. Members of the scene subculture put a lot of time and energy into their appearance, and they want that effort to be clearly apparent when people look at them.
People in the scene subculture will almost always have straight hair. They will put a lot of work into making sure their straight hair has a lot of volume, of course, but the hair itself is going to be pin-straight. In that regard, scene hairstyles almost feel like a blend between the hairstyles that were popular in the 1980s and 1990s.
During the 1980s, people nearly did everything to avoid having “flat” hair if they wanted to maintain fashionable hairstyles. Even men would have very puffy, voluminous hair which often extended outward so much that it obscured the tops of their ears and made their heads look larger. Women would have hugely feathered bangs and layer upon layer of voluminous hair. However, a lot of hairstyles during the 1980s emphasized curls. Some fashionable hairstyles were straight, but it was even common to see actors and models with very curly, fluffy hair. People who used hair dryers too often would frequently end up with frizzy hair as a result, which only added to this popular look. Often, scene kid hairstyles are also very voluminous, but it is normally straight. Frizz is something to be controlled, not encouraged in the scene subculture.
The 1990s, particularly the mid-1990s onwards, put much more of an emphasis on straight hair. It was more common to see people straightening their hair as opposed to curling. However, big, voluminous hair was still highly fashionable. Women would have short hairstyles which were highly layered as that look was popular throughout the 1990s. Using bright and artificially colored hair dye was popular as well, and neon hair colors have always been popular choice for those using non-traditional hair dye. The trendy thing to do was to add streaks to the hair or to only have certain portions of the hair dyed, instead of an all-over color. The scene subculture has kept all of these traditions alive.
A lot of scene kids will have bangs, particularly long and layered bangs. Many girls will wear flashy hair accessories if they want to really perfect the scene look. The bangs scene kids often wear usually look like they have been brushed to one side in a dramatic way. Scene people will typically dye their hair in creative ways. The hair which is closest to the roots might be dyed, and the rest of their hair might be naturally colored. Some scene kids just choose lots of different colors, although few of them will create a distinct rainbow effect.
Pinning down the hairstyles of the first decades of the twenty-first century has been somewhat difficult. This is partly a function of the fact that it may simply be too soon to do so, since it is difficult to comment on a cultural trend that still feels normal. However, this is also partly a function of the fact that the twenty-first century has been characterized by the growth of subcultures. People are online today more often than ever before, which is going to influence how they experience culture and society.
At one point, people watched all of the same television channels and saw all of the same movies, since that was all that was available, which helped create a more uniform culture. Today, people’s experience of culture and society may be influenced by which corner of the internet that they frequent which is going to vary a lot from person to person. This trend is also going to influence how hairstyles and trends develop over time.
The scene subculture has flourished in an environment like this. Scene kids are involved in their own growing corner of society and the internet. They have been able to establish what is cool within this corner, and other people in other areas have done the exact same thing.