35 Asian Hairstyles for Women That Are Trendy and Easy

Whether thin, thick, straight, or wavy: discover the best Asian hairstyles for your texture.

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 thick, dry tresses, we’re here to help you learn how to work with your texture. Just sneak a peek at our edit of the best Asian hairstyles, below.

Thin, Straight and Glossy

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: indigitalimages.com

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: indigitalimages.com

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.

Editor’s tip:  Try using the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray to give your locks a beautiful, glossy sheen.

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: indigitalimages.com

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: indigitalimages.com

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

Next read: 5 ways to create flawless waves. 

Thick and Coarse

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

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

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: indigitalimages.com

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 mane 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.

Editor’s tip: If you have especially thin or fine hair, try spritzing your layered look with the Toni&Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray, for a lovely lived-in finish!

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.

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!

Next read: Why you need to take another look at ’80s hair crimping. 

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: indigitalimages.com

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: indigitalimages.com

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.

Editor’s tip: Before grabbing your curling tong or straighteners, don’t forget to protect your hair from excess heat damage, by using a heat protectant. We particularly love the TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Primer Spray which safeguards your hair from the temperatures of your heated styling tools.

Textured Long Bob with Ombre

Woman with Asian medium length blonde ombre haircut with layers in it
Credit: Instagram.com/annevrichards

For a modern twist, opt for a cool blunt cut with blonde ombre. Credit: @annevrichards 

Shag Haircut on Asian Hair

Woman with Asian long shag haircut
Credit: Instagram.com/kontempoomaha

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

Cute Asian Bob Hairstyle

Woman with short Asian hair and wispy bob haircut
Credit: Instagram.com/dongkyu4158

Thinking about going shorter? This cute bob haircut is all you need to convince you to go for the chop.Credit: @dongkyu4158

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.

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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.

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, brunch to weddings, this uncomplicated style will be sure to impress.

Next read: Learn how to master the crown braid with our tutorial. 

Milkmaid Braid

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

Looking for formal Asian hairstyles? Try this simple and cute milkmaid braid!

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 the occasion.

Colourful Asian Hair

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

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!

Editor’s tip: If you’re thinking of colouring your hair, be sure to use a wash and care system formulated with coloured tresses in mind. We love the Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Colour Shampoo and Conditioner duo.

The deeply nourishing formula is infused with organic Muru Muru Butter which helps to deliver a healthy shine whilst protecting coloured hair.

Blonde Asian Hair

Asian woman with blonde curly long bob haircut
Credit: Instagram.com/flamcis

Channel your inner K-pop star and take the blonde plunge. Credit: @flamcis

Pretty Pink Hair

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

Want something a little cuter (and Instagram-worthy)? Try this sweet and grungy pink hair colour.

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.

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.

Beehive

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.

Next read: Create the ultimate beehive with our tutorial. 

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: Instagram.com/GaryNgHair

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

Graduated Lob

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

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 middie 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. Credit: @karina_divas_

Next read: Not sure if medium lengths are for you? Read our 10 Reasons to love mid-length hair article. 

Long and Layered

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

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? Credit: @essensualslondonseattle

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 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 mane changes.

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