Add fun to your everyday look with kawaii hairstyles

Tired of plain ponytails? Say hi to kawaii hairstyles and experiment with the cute and the quirky

What comes to mind when you hear the word kawaii? Urban dictionary defines this word as “cute.” There’s more to kawaii, though, aside from this definition. Kawaii, when written, consists of two kanji (Chinese) characters that mean “able” and “love.” With this, Kawaii also means “lovable.” Other meanings of kawaii even include the absence of negative traits and being childlike and innocent.

Kawaii in commercial culture started being on the rise in the 1970s, when stationery with cute characters and novelty goods became popular. It lay low in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, then gained momentum again and became present in anime, manga, and popular culture. Kawaii is also present in fashion and beauty, wherein girls would rather be described cute rather than sexy.

You can also be your own version of kawaii, and you can start with your hair. Call your friends over and have an afternoon grooming session by experimenting with these kawaii hairstyles.

Kawaii hairstyles: Girl with long black hair in pigtails wearing a sleeveless polo with necktie
Pigtails are cute with ribbons. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Pigtails with ribbon

If you’re new to kawaii, you don’t need to take a 360-degree turnaround on your style. You can start with a simple but cute hairstyle like this pigtail. First, brush your hair to make sure there are no tangles. Then, part your hair in the middle and divide it into two equal sections. Tie one section first so it won’t interfere with the other one as you style one side.

With a fine-toothed comb, tie one pigtail, combing from the center part at the crown and at the back of your head. Then, using an elastic, tie your hair at eye-brow level. Comb hair again to make sure it’s tangle-free. Do the same on the other section of your hair. Make sure that both pigtails are on the same level. When done, wrap a vibrant-colored ribbon around each of your elastics and voila! Look how cute you are.

Editor’s tip: Add some shine to your pigtails by applying TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops.

Kawaii hairstyles: Girl with double bun
double the fun with double buns. Credit: Shutterstock

2. Double bun 

This hairstyle is one notch above the basic pigtails but it’s easy to do. First, tie your hair in pigtails following the instructions given in No. 1. Then, twist or braid hair and wrap it around the base of your pigtails to form a bun. Secure both of the buns with bobby pins. If you have bangs, comb them too, or you can make see-through bangs out of them.

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair buns from crumbling in the middle of the day by spraying TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray after styling.

Kawaii hairstyles: Girl with blonde lob
Spice up your lob by making it blonde. Credit: Shutterstock

3. Dyed lob with bangs

Transform a lob ‘do into something hip and trendy by dyeing your hair! To make your look kawaii, veer away from safe choices and go for bright colors, pastels, or blonde variations (just make sure these are allowed in your school or university). Keep your look from going overboard by holding off on hair accessories–your bold hair color is enough. You can finish with a texturizing spray so your hair won’t look flat.

Editor’s tip: Protect your hair from chemical damage due to dyeing and salon treatments by washing with Sunsilk Damage Reconstruction Shampoo and Sunsilk Damage Reconstruction Conditioner.

Kawaii hairstyles: Bun on bob
Youthful and free-spirited bun on a bob hairstyle. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Bun on bob

Want to style your hair in buns but you have short or medium-length tresses? Don’t worry, you can do both! It’s just like putting your hair in pigtails; only this time, you’ll be tying two small sections of your hair at the side. For your bob, make sure that you iron the tips of your hair inwards to prevent flyaways.

Editor’s tip: Apply TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray onto hair before blow-drying or ironing. This acts as a barrier that protects your tresses from heat damage.

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TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops
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TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray

With these kawaii hairstyles, you can always let your personality shine. Just be creative, think outside the box, and you’ll definitely stand out.

Next read: We all brush our hair, no matter the length. Make sure you’re brushing your locks the right way by following the tips from this guide.