When searching for style inspiration, you need not look far at Western trends. Our Asian neighbors present loads of pegs and you won’t run out of choices. Case in point: Japanese women. Even their fashion basics show a sense of style. Japanese hairstyles also do not disappoint. And when you’re thinking of a makeover, you might want to try one of these to create a new look.
Japanese Hairstyles We Love
1. Sleek and straight Japanese Hairstyle
The sleek and straight hair is one of the most beloved Japanese hairstyles. This is a great way to showcase your long and healthy locks. You can part your hair in the middle or clip back a section of hair to show your forehead for a cleaner, more polished look. Others resort to keratin smoothing treatment to achieve this look, but do your research before heading to the salon.
Editor’s tip: Get smoother hair by giving your hair a weekly hair mask treatment. Use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Treatment Mask for an at-home keratin treatment that helps calm frizz, leaving it sleek and gorgeous.
2. Bob with Bangs
This classic ‘do really doesn’t go out of fashion. It’s also easy to style! It’s similar to styling long and layered hair; only this time, you’re dealing with short tresses. Take note, too, that most Japanese hairstyles have bangs, so get a fringe to instantly nail the Japanese look.
3. Blunt Bangs
Wearing blunt bangs is such an iconic look for Japanese hairstyles especially if you have sleek and straight hair. It’s perfect for a night out with friends at a high-end bar. If you want a more casual look, you can add a bit of texture to your hair while keeping your blunt bangs straight.
Editor’s tip: Keep your hair healthy and straight by regularly using Sunsilk Expert-Perfect Straight Shampoo. It is enriched with Straight Lock Technology to keep your hair straight as it dries.
4. Wavy Lob
This equally chic cousin of the bob hairstyle gives you plenty of styling possibilities. One of these is by creating a wavy lob. First, apply mousse on damp hair to give it volume, then blow dry your hair. Make soft waves using a curling iron. Don’t forget to apply some heat protectant on your hair before styling to avoid heat damage.
5. Long and Layered Japanese Hairstyle
Having layered hair is like having different hair lengths all at once. Make sure your hair is free from fly-aways and frizz. Iron the tips of your hair inwards to give your hair beautiful, curvy ends. If you have bangs, iron them as well so they rest beautifully on your forehead. When done, scrunch your hair to show off your layers. This can also be a great ‘do if you have naturally fine hair to add an illusion of volume.
Editor’s tip: Spritz TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Texture Hold Hairspray on your layers and waves to make to look last longer.
6. Brushed Back Curls
If you have natural curls, lucky you! But if you don’t, these steps will teach you how to achieve curly hair. Feel like a modern, empowered woman with this hairstyle. This is also a perfect party look. And instead of letting your curls cascade down your back, put your hair on the side to make your hair look sexy.
7. Messy Chin-length Bob
The messy look is perfect for when you’re running out of time to prep in the morning or if you want a #wokeuplikethis look. Make sure that your hair is tangle-free, then spritz some texturizing spray to keep hair from looking flat and limp. Then, blow-dry while scrunching your hair with your fingers to give your locks a natural-looking ‘do that doesn’t look styled. Simple, isn’t it?
8. Casual Updo
You can also put your hair up. If you don’t know how to create updos, you can start with a simple ballerina bun. You can play around with this hairstyle by loosening some sections of your hair so they don’t rest too tightly on your scalp, giving you a more laidback look. Complement your bun with blunt bangs to complete the Japanese-inspired look.
9. Half updo with Wispy Bangs
Wispy bangs make any hairstyle trendy and more relaxed. They’re also easy to style as they don’t need to be perfect. Wispy bangs go well with a half updo or a layered down ‘do, so style away!
10. Side Ponytail with Bangs
If blunt bangs are too high-maintenance for you, go for side bangs to frame your face while sporting your favorite hairstyle. Even a simple side ponytail can have more impact when you jazz it up with stylish side bangs.
11. Textured Bob
You can also go for a textured bob if you don’t want to go all out with your waves. Create these shallow waves on your short hair for added texture using a flat iron, then simply scrunch your hair to style. You can wear this ‘do at work and even afterwards when you and your colleagues decide to go out for drinks.
12. Big Textured Waves
If sleek and straight hair is all about looking polished, a long textured wavy down ‘do is all about creating a chic and laidback look. You can curl random sections of your hair and just finger-comb your strands to finish. This look goes well with a medium brown hair color like cinnamon or ash brown, so you might want to try these hues, too.
13. Vibrant Pink Bob
Turn heads and make a statement with bold hair color! With pink hair, you get to be edgy and playful at the same time. Pair it with an equally edgy haircut like a bob with full bangs and get ready to show your signature style.
Editor’s tip: Hair coloring can damage your hair. But don’t worry! Use Dove Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner to nurse your damaged strands back to health. It has serum capsules that penetrate your strands to repair your hair from within.
14. Half Ponytail with Bangs
You can do this hairstyle on both medium-length and long hair. Just tie the upper section of your hair into a high half ponytail and style your bangs with your fingers. You can make your half ponytail a bit messy to add texture and character to your whole look.
15. Wrapped High Ponytail
Make your half ponytail unique by wrapping a ribbon or a rope hair accessory around it. To create this Japanese hairstyle, tie your half ponytail close to your hairline before wrapping it. Easy, right?
16. Blunt Lob with Baby Bangs
Shorter hair lengths have gained popularity over the years, and these include bobs and lobs. You can cut your long hair into a lob to update your look. Iron it straight to make it sleek and add baby bangs to make it edgy.
17. Messy Layered Lob
If you’re worried about your hair looking flat and limp, get a layered haircut. A layered lob is a pretty manageable length. Just scrunch your hair and embrace the messy look!
18. Down ‘Do with a Wide Headband
In a rush? Wear a wide headband, and you’re all set! It works on any hair length. A wide headband also keeps hair off your face so you can concentrate better on your tasks. You can even use old scarves as your headband.
19. Half Updo with Scrunchie
Do you find hair elastics or hair ties too plain? Use a scrunchie to tie your hair. Scrunchies come in different colors and patterns, so you can pick the one that best suits your personality. It also adds a ’90s touch to your half updo or ponytail.
20. Short Hair with Long Sides
Get a different kind of short hair by deliberately leaving the front sections of your hair longer than the rest. If you want to see if this look suits you, you can put your hair in a low ponytail or low bun while leaving the front sections loose.
Now, it’s time to turn Japanese! Come back to read more articles about the latest hair trends, products, and hair care tips.