Hey, Dollface: Cute Japanese Hairstyles for Every Face Shape

Eunice Lucero | 27 April 2016

Sophisticated and super kawaii. Score!

Like most Asian-inspired cuts, Japanese hairstyles are usually engineered to flatter rounder, wider faces. They mainly use a lot of precision, point-cutting techniques, and, as with most things, take so much into consideration when creating a bespoke haircut.

The looks though still somehow circle back to what’s stylish and hyperfeminine.

And although they touch on trends—and their street subcultures can get a little freaky-deaky—in general they stick to decades-long classics like waves and a whole lot of layering for their day-to-day looks.

Pretty, face-flattering and always feminine—what’s not to love? We rounded up a few of our favorite iconic Japanese hairstyles for every face shape, because let’s face it, we could all use a precision-cut from time to time. It looks like they’ve perfected the art of the fringe too, and as one of 2016’s hottest trends, to that we say a huge domo arigatou! Read on:

The Best Japanese Hairstyles for You

Japanese hairstyles wispy bob with bangs
Sweep your fringe to one side to soften a blunt cut. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Round Face: Wispy Bob with Bangs

If there’s a cut sure to give you a more youthful-looking appearance, look no further than the Japanese version of a chin-length bob. Tiny layers towards the ends all work to thin out a fleshy cheek area, while a slight bowl-cut shape is sexified with a thick, angled fringe that gives dimension to rounder faces.

 

Japanese hairstyles full pixie
A bouncy, natural-looking baby bowl cut: cute and practical, yet very directional. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Round/Oval Face: Round Pixie

Show off that soft, feminine jawline area with a rounder, fuller pixie or bowl cut. The top of the hair should be long enough to hit your brows, with the side layers long enough to tuck behind your ears for a girlier approach.

 

Japanese hairstyles side-swept bangs
2016 upgrade: A half-updo with staticky side-swept bangs. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Oval Face: Long and Layered

Side-swept bangs that cut through to one side update this classic haircut, which also has subtle layers giving some movement under the chin area. The bangs freshen up this style for an oval face shape, and the look is versatile enough to be worn both up and down.

 

Japanese hairstyles pink ends
Candy-floss ends cheer things up in the girliest way possible. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Oval Face: Candy Ends

Do candy-colored ombré the supercute Japanese way with layers sporting pastel balayaged lengths. Your facial structure can get away with as little camouflaging as possible, so skip on a funky fringe for this one and let some pretty pink or purple ends speak for themselves.

 

Japanese hairstyles flippy lob
Graceful, versatile and seasonless, the flippy lob gets more oomph with some shine. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Heart-Shaped Face: Flippy Lob

Similar to the Korean dandy-boy bob but decidedly softer, the flippy lob extends past the shoulders, with layers that barely kiss the collarbones. The ends however are broken up slightly with layers that flip out, and the hairline is kept long to artfully drape beside (and narrow down) a wide forehead.

 

Japanese hairstyles cleo bob
Soft yet blunt edges: the avant-garde Asian bob.

6. Heart-Shaped Face: Cleopatra Bangs

A full-on micro fringe cuts down on the width of a forehead, while soft layers down the back give more swing to a sheath of hair. Japanese women favor softer bangs, so ask your stylist for a less severe version of the blunt fringe by point-cutting the ends and making the sides slightly longer.

 

Japanese hairstyles chunky bob
Dusty ends and a diffused hairline help feminize your angles. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Square-Shaped Face: Layered Bob

Tone down any harsh angles on the jawline with a bob that rounds at the tips. This simple yet wildly flattering cut also plays with texture all around, giving the wearer a more diffused silhouette especially at the hairline area.

 

Japanese hairstyles feminine shag
Opt for a full, rounded fringe to balance out some sharpness. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Square-Shaped/Triangle Face: Feminine Shag

One of the year’s hottest hairstyles comes to the fore in this version, which features more blended layers all throughout, starting from the cheekbones to the nape (gals with sharper features can opt for a softening fringe, as above). These help soften a strong jawline while making the eyes and cheekbone area the focal point.

 

Japanese hairstyles airy bob
Flip the ends out for a more summery twist. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

9. Triangle-Shaped Face: Airy Bob

If you’re a traditional triangle shape, choose a fun, fluffy airy bob without a fringe to keep the focus on and to open up your center features. Rounded ends also provide more width to narrow cheeks while tapering down a hard jaw. Inverted triangles (or face shapes with a broad forehead and pointy chin) should try a full fringe with this style to hide a wide forehead.

 

Japanese hairstyles waves
Loose, sexy waves can create the illusion of a symmetrical face. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Triangle-Shaped Face: Side-Parted with Waves

One of the more popular Japanese hairstyles out there, side-parted waves are truly versatile. Create the illusion of a perfectly symmetrical oval face with waves that cascade down the sides of your hairline. Keep the length to a few inches below your shoulders to avoid dragging down your features though! A side part accentuates the look best and is super flattering for your face shape.

 

Japanese hairstyles curtain fringe
Stuck in the middle with some center-parted bangs? Not a bad place to be. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

11. Oblong: Curtain Fringe

Shoulder-length to long hair with a 1970s-inspired bang—longer, with razored ends—makes the most out of a narrow face without weighing it down. You can also opt for cheekbone-length layers if you’re not big on bangs, but keep the overall look texturized and wispy for some modern appeal.

 

Japanese pixie shag
Shiny and blown out, the shag looks trés chic. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

12. Oblong: Pixie Shag

A hybrid that takes the best of both worlds—a long, floppy top that hits near the eyes, and ends that flip out near the nape—this style cuts through the length of a longer facial silhouette. The bangs are versatile and can be swept to the side for a more romantic take as well.

Which of these Japanese hairstyles will you try?