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42 Of The Trendiest Asian Hairstyles for Women

We’ve gathered our edit of the best and trendiest Asian hairstyles, just for you. Unlike the stereotype, not all Asian hair is fine and silky. As many Asian girls will attest, their hair can be coarse, thick, and difficult to style. But, of course, that doesn’t mean that Asian hair is impossible to work with. Far from it!

Whether you’ve been blessed with thin, glossy locks or thicker, full tresses, we’re here to help you learn how to work with your texture. Just sneak a peek at our edit of swoon-worthy styles.

Hime Haircut

Woman with black layered lob and fringe

Credit: @sachiimii

If you haven’t heard about the Hime haircut yet, believe us when we say you’ll soon be seeing it everywhere. First spotted at Prada’s Spring 2021 show and the Grammys, it’s quickly taking over TikTok with over 300 million views for the Hime hashtag already.

The look combines long, straight hair with sharp, cheek-length layers and a fringe, so it fits in perfectly with the mullet revival we’re currently seeing. Also known as the ‘Princess cut’, its origins lie in the Imperial court during the Heian Period of Japanese history when noble women would grow out their hair for their whole lives. The hairstyle became popular in the ’70s thanks to Japanese popstar Megumi Asaoka and more recently, K-pop stars like Momo from Twice and Hyeri from Girl’s Day have been seen repping the style.

Money Piece Highlights For Asian Hair

Woman with brown money piece highlights

Credit: @mintymoments

The money piece highlights trend has been all over Instagram and TikTok and this look is perfect for Asian hair. These face-framing highlights are a great way to change up your look without dyeing all of your hair, making them a really fun and low-maintenance option to switch up your hairstyle.

Rose Ombré

Woman with rose ombre shoulder length hair

Credit: @thechlobro

If you’re a fan of colour, this adorable pink ombré is a must-try. So many K-pop idols have rocked pink hair, from Blackpink‘s Rosé to Ryujin from ITZY and it always looks amazing on them, so why not give it a go?!

Wavy Lob

Woman with dark brown wavy lob

Credit: @goingmywei

A moment of appreciation for this lob of dreams, please. To achieve these bouncy waves, you can either get your hair chemically permed at the salon or use a curling wand to add a few loose curls to your ‘do.

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Editor’s tip: Before grabbing your curling tong, don’t forget to protect your hair from excess heat damage, by using a heat protectant. We particularly love the TRESemmé Defence Spray which safeguards your hair from the temperatures of your heated styling tools.

Korean Bangs

Woman with dark brown Korean style bangs

Credit: @susanna_tang

Korean bangs, or air bangs as they’re also known, are a popular look of choice for many K-drama actresses, so it’s no wonder they’ve become one of the most requested hairstyles. These wispy, piecey bangs are super flattering and feminine and are less intimidating than traditional full fringes. Perfect for a fringe newbie!

Full Fringe with Bobby Pins

Woman with brown fringe with bobby pin accessories

Credit: @seina_nunokawa

Why not get more experimental with your everyday hairstyles with waves and accessories? These eyebrow-skimming bangs are the perfect finishing touch, too.

Boyfriend Lob

Woman with dark brown boyfriends-style lob with short fringe

Credit: @hairlovejp

Looking for an Asian hairstyle that’s easy to maintain and style in the mornings? This effortless boyish lob is simple yet so beautiful.

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Editor’s tip: Super fine hair has the tendency to look limp. To avoid this, use a shampoo that boosts volume like the TRESemmé Body & Volume Shampoo cleanses fine hair gently, without weighing it down.

Thin, Straight and Glossy Asian Hairstyle

Asan hairstyles: Asian model with glossy straight dark brown shoulder length hair wearing a black top.
Make the most of your naturally glossy straight hair. Credit:

This Asian hair type can be difficult to style, as extremely silky, straight hair tends to hold curls and heated styles less easily. But if you’ve been blessed with long, glossy hair – embrace it!

Fine, Straight and Short

Asian hairstyles: Asian model with fine straight dark brown long bob.
Fine and straight hair will look amazing with a long bob cut. Credit:

If you have straight Asian hair that’s thin and fine, opt for a shoulder-grazing lob. Bobs and their longer counterparts look super chic with straight hair, and since you won’t need to spend time straightening your tresses in the morning, a long bob is a practical and stylish hairstyle to choose.

Tousled Asian Hair

Woman with textured short Asian long bob haircut
Credit: Roisin Murphy

The easiest and fastest way to create more thickness in Asian hair is by opting for a cool, textured cut like this one.

Straight with Medium Thickness

Asian hairstyles: Asian model with dark brown straight thick hair.
Play around with your parting for a quick style update. Credit:

If you have straight Asian hair with a medium thickness, why not think about playing around with your parting to switch up your look?

Wavy with Medium Thickness

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with dark brown wavy hair wearing a winter coat and scarf.
Give your tresses texture by adding soft waves. Credit:

For Asian hair with a medium thickness that dries with loose waves, why not try an understated wavy hairstyle like this number, above?

Thick and Coarse

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with dark brown hair with layers on runway.
Frame your features with soft layers. Credit:

A choppy fringe and layers work brilliantly on thick, coarse Asian hair: layers will help to lighten heavy locks, making it easier to style and manage. Ask your hairdresser to chop an additional few layers around your face, to help frame your features beautifully.

As for fringes, opt for a choppy style that’s just over-grown in length for effortless, rather than bouncy, bangs.

Thick and Curly

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with golden caramel brown curly hair with floral hair accessory wearing a patterned dress.
Add volume with fluffed out curls. Credit:

If you have thick and curly Asian hair, you can pull off this look, above. Simply create a side part and pin back the shallow side using a bobby pin (flower optional).

Fluff out your curls using your fingers for added volume. You’ll be sure to have heads turning wherever you go!

Permed Asian hair

Woman with thick and long curly hair wearing a beret
Credit: Roisin Murphy

If you’ve got straight Asian hair, perms give you the option to transform straight hair into gorgeous, textured waves.

Bob with Layers

Asian hairstyles; Asian woman with dark brown straight bob with soft layers.
Lacking volume on your short hair? Try adding short layers. Credit: Allyson Alapont

Now, since Asian hair is often ultra-straight and sleek, you may need a way to give your hair a little extra volume and texture, right? And one of the easiest ways to do this is by adding soft, short layers, which will instantly uplift your locks, and give them some subtle depth and dimension.

Bob with Side Fringe

Woman with short Asian hair with side bangs, beret and hair clips
Credit: All Things Hair

If there’s one look that’ll get the crowd talking, it’s this curled under bob with a wispy side fringe. Ooh-la-la!

Crimped Asian hair

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with bob and bangs with crimped finish wearing sunglasses.
’80s-inspired crimping is always a winner.

If you love a #throwback look as much as we do, then you’ll be pleased to know, that ’80s-style hair is having a major fashion moment right now!

The number one retro hair look on our style radar is crimping of course! But don’t worry, this hair trend has been given a contemporary update, with smaller and (arguably) chicer crimping. Phew!

Long Bob

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with straight long bob dark brown hair.
The universally flattering long bob is sure to be a winner. Credit:

Love the idea of rocking a beautiful bob, but not ready to give up your hard-earned length? Well, the lob (AKA the long bob) could be the answer.

Wearing this utterly stylish haircut is a great way to tap into the bob hair trend, without going the whole hog! Not only that, but you’ll be pleased to know, that the lob is just as versatile as its shorter cousin. Result!

Wavy Bob

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with dark brown wavy long bob.
Wearing luscious flowing waves on short hair is possible with a lob. Credit:

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have ultra-long locks to work luscious, flowing waves! They make an ideal hairstyle to rock with a bob since the waves instantly add tonnes of interest and texture to your cropped ‘do.

Textured Long Bob with Ombré

Woman with Asian medium length blonde ombre haircut with layers in it

For a modern twist, opt for a cool blunt cut with blonde ombré.

Shag Haircut on Asian Hair

Woman with Asian long shag haircut

This shag haircut is perfectly on-trend and great for those who want to show off their thick Asian hair in a new way.

Cute Asian Bob Hairstyle

Woman with short Asian hair and wispy bob haircut

Thinking about going shorter? This cute bob haircut is all you need to convince you to go for the chop.

Straight Bangs

Asian woman with straight hair with straight bangs
Credit: Roisin Murphy

You can’t talk about Asian hairstyles without talking about straight bangs! The reason they’re so popular amongst Asian women is mainly to do with the fact they add a youthful, edgy appeal to any look.

Wispy Bangs

Asian woman with wispy bangs and straight medium haircut
Credit: Roisin Murphy

Paired with medium straight hair, this beauty’s wispy bangs are a great look for those who prefer movement over super sleek bang styles.

Asian Pixie Cut

Asian hairstyles: Asian model with short dark brown long pixie wearing a red top.
Super chic for formal and casual events. Credit: Hariono Halim

Currently rocking short hair and need some style inspiration? Check out this side-swept pixie. The key to this short style is to add volume to the front of your hair by using a volumising spray to complete your look.

Crown Braid

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with brown hair in crown braid wearing a red top.
Who says short hair can’t wear a crown braid? Credit: Hariono Halim

Want a braided style with minimal fuss? Then you’ll love the crown braid. From festivals, and brunch to weddings, this uncomplicated style will be sure to impress.

Milkmaid Braid

Woman with Asian hair styled into a milkmaid braid
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Looking for formal Asian hairstyles to try out? Try this simple and cute milkmaid braid. Perfect for any occasion or celebration.

Braided Pigtails

Asian hairstyles: Asian model with brown straight hair in braided pigtails wearing red traditional floral outfit.
Update your look in a matter of seconds with these easy braids. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

We love this simple braided look for a quick style update, no matter what the occasion.

Colourful Asian Hair

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with straight multi-coloured long bob wearing a leather jacket.
Cute and colourful. Credit:

Looking for a way to spice up your classic bob? Then why not add a little colour to your look? Thanks to the usually dark base colour of Asian hair, opting for bold and bright hues in your tresses makes for an incredibly stylish look that’s full of contrast!

Blonde Asian Hair

Asian woman with blonde curly long bob haircut

Channel your inner K-pop star and take the blonde plunge.

Pretty Pink Hair

Woman pink shoulder-length Asian hair with neon yellow beanie hat
Credit: Roisin Murphy

Want something absolutely cute (and 100% Instagram-worthy)? Try this sweet and grungy pink hair colour.

Brown Balayage

Woman with long Asian brown balayage wavy hair with clips
Credit: Roisin Murphy

This brown balayage is a perfect in-between for those who want a subtle colour upgrade without dyeing a full head of hair.

Cute Space Buns

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with brown straight hair in high donut space buns wearing traditional red outfit.
Use hair donuts for the perfect bun updo. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Are short strands stopping you from having flawless buns? Then we suggest using hair donuts to help create perfect buns every time.


Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with long wavy brown hair in beehive wearing a red dress.
Go retro with this beehive style. Credit: Hariono Halim

Get the feel of retro hair by trying a beehive style. This ’60s-inspired half-up is all you need for a special occasion.

Blowout Hair

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with long wavy blowout brown hair wearing a white top and jeans.
Perfect blowouts will keep you looking polished. Credit: Hariono Halim

From family gatherings to date night, blowout hair is the one look that will work no matter the event.

Layered Pixie

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with short layered light brown pixie hair.
Frame your face with a layered pixie. Credit:

We love the combination of choppy layers with an oval-shaped face, as it not only makes for a super flattering look but also helps to frame and add definition to your face.

Graduated Lob

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with dark brown hair in a graduated long bob.
This graduated lob is always a hit. Credit:

This hairstyle has captured the hearts and minds of women everywhere – which shouldn’t come as a shock, seriously, just look at it!

The long bob (AKA the lob) is a versatile in-between cut that works with almost every face shape. You can even add a little point of difference by graduating the cut for an ultra-sleek and modern aesthetic.

Long and Layered

Asian hairstyles: Asian woman with long wavy layered dark brown hair.
Long layers make this casual wavy style pop. Credit:

Can’t bear to give up your long locks? No worries, we’ve got long hairstyles in our exclusive list too! To nail this long and layered style, just ask your hairdresser to retain your length, and to work short subtle layers into your tresses.

Going for a truly casual look? Lightly curl the ends of your hair with a curling wand or straighteners, as this will help to soften the overall look and feel of the hairstyle. Easy peasy, right?

Braided Ponytail

Woman with long braided Asian hair styled into a braided ponytail with hair clip
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Looking for trendy Asian hairstyles? Spruce up your normal ponytail with a braid and cute hair accessory and you’ll be feeling like a whole new woman.

Knotted Low Bun

Woman with dark Asian hair styled into a low knotted bun
Credit: Rupert Laycock

If you’re looking for a Pinterest-worthy updo you’ll absolutely love this low knotted bun.

Side Part Hairstyle

Woman with shoulder length dark Asian hair styled to the side
Credit: All Things Hair

If all else fails, try switching up your parting and see how you like it! This side-swept hairstyle is a great example of what can happen when you make subtle hair changes.

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