Asian woman with a Chinese hairstyle wearing a Chinese dress

Chinese Hairstyles to Get You Glammed Up for the Year of the Water Rabbit

Welcome the Year of the Water Rabbit with a bang by rocking these hairstyles at your Lunar New Year party.

It’s the middle of January, and in a few days, we’ll be welcoming the Year of the Water Rabbit. Lucky charms abound in shops and even on sidewalks. Feng shui experts have also shared tips to bring in good fortune this year. Aside from all these, make sure you also look your best as another page in the Chinese lunar calendar turns. Prep for the Year of the Water Rabbit by checking out beautiful Chinese hairstyles you can wear as you watch fireworks light up the sky.

10 Chinese Hairstyles for Your Lunar New Year Party

1. Double Bun

Chinese hairstyles: Asian woman in a red dress with hair in double buns against a Chinese temple door
Use as many bobby pins as needed to secure your buns in place. Credit: Shutterstock

This hairstyle never fails to impress. It may look cute and playful, but wear it together with a traditional Chinese dress, and it becomes an elegant hairstyle. If you don’t know how to put your hair in a double bun, create space buns and take it from there.

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2. Pigtails for Medium Hair

Asian woman with 90s pigtails for medium hair wearing a red sweater outdoors
If you like cute and quirky hairstyles, style your hair this way for your CNY party. Credit: Natasha Estelle

You don’t need to have long hair to sport a fab hairstyle for Chinese New Year. If you have a medium bob or a lob, a pair of 90s-inspired pigtails can make you look party-ready.

3. Halo Braid

Chinese hairstyles: Closeup shot of an Asian woman wearing a red dress with dark hair in an updo
Don’t forget to spritz hairspray on your halo braid to make it frizz-free. Credit: Shutterstock

Got medium or shoulder-length hair? Put your hair in a halo braid for Chinese New Year. It looks polished and elegant, and the braids add a romantic touch to your festive get-up.

4. Sleek Pixie Cut

Asian woman with pixie cut wearing a red long-sleeved top
With the right hairspray, your sleek pixie cut can stay that way for hours. Credit: Hariono Halim

Jazz up your pixie cut for Chinese New Year with a sleek, combed-back hairstyle. Then, wear hoop earrings to complete your party look!

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5. Side Fishtail Braid

Asian woman with long hair in a side fishtail braid wearing a one-shoulder blouse
Simple braids make for fab party hairstyles, too. Credit: Natasha Estelle

You can also wear a simple but dainty braid for your Chinese New Year party. Try the side fishtail braid—its seemingly intricate and delicate weaving will surely be a point of interest when you greet your titos and titas. Show off this ‘do with a one-shoulder top or dress for that added feminine touch.

6. High Bun

Chinese hairstyles: Closeup shot of an Asian woman wearing a red dress with dark hair in an updo
You can add a hair stick to your high bun as a finishing touch. Credit: Shutterstock

There are a couple of ways to put your hair in a high bun. You can try the ballerina bun, wherein you put your hair in a high ponytail, wrap your hair around its base, and secure the bun with bobby pins. You can also try a pageant-like updo—you make a bigger bun by adding volume to your hair. Having trouble with these bun ideas? Use a hair donut.

7. Long Hair with Blunt Bangs

Chinese hairstyles: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with long black hair with bangs wearing a red dress
Use a round brush while you blow dry your bangs to give your fringe a good shape. Credit: Shutterstock

Let your long hair down on Chinese New Year, especially if you have kept it soft and healthy the whole lunar year. Then, blow dry your bangs down and straight so they maintain their shape. You can also change your fringe a bit by trying see-through bangs or wispy bangs.

8. Baby Bangs

Asian woman wearing a red top with long black hair with baby bangs
Getting baby bangs is a bold way to start the Lunar New Year. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Getting a new haircut for the Year of the Metal Rat? Take the leap and get baby bangs! It’s a brave and bold way to start the Lunar New Year. Plus, it looks edgy, too! And for the rest of your hair, you can either keep it straight or create soft, round curls for your party.

9. Half Up Criss Cross

Chinese hairstyles: Asian woman with long hair in a half updo wearing a red dress
Wear this elegant hairstyle together with your red party dress. Credit: Hariono Halim

If you lean toward simple but elegant hairstyles, the half up criss cross is something you should try. It looks great with long, frizz-free hair, so applying a drop of hair serum on your hair after styling can help you nail this ‘do.

10. Neat Blow Out

Chinese hairstyles: Closeup shot of a woman with long black hair wearing a red dress in Chinatown
Don’t forget to spray heat protectant on your hair before blow drying it. Credit: Shutterstock

If you want to keep your ‘do simple, you can go for a blow out hairstyle to add bounce and volume. Create a deep side part to help make your hair look thicker.

Wear your best clothes, put your hair in one of these party hairstyles, and say hello to the Year of Water Rabbit. You may not know what’s in store for you this lunar year, but the most important thing is that you greet the new year full of positivity and hope. Kung Hei Fat Choi!