Beauty-wise, if you’re anything like us you’re looking for quick ways to refresh your look. Take a cue from our fave directional Chinese hairstyles to pave the way for this year’s trending looks, especially as Chinese New Year rolls around on Saturday, January 25.
From bowlcuts to micro fringes to sexy waves, we’re definitely looking Eastbound for the latest in cutting-edge looks. (Fun fact: China is now booming with around 400 millennials, which is five times more than the U.S. and is actually more than what the U.S. and Canada have, combined. How’s that for setting the tone for global trends?)
Read on to see our roundup of fab Chinese hairstyles to jumpstart your Lunar New Year, Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!
Chinese Hairstyles to Ring In the Lunar New Year
1. The ’20s Fringe
Channel your inner Flapper with this sultry shellacked fringe you can achieve via pin-curling.
2. Bouncy Blowout
Show off that healthy head of dark hair with a fresh, swingy blowout, parted in the middle.
3. Blunt Bangs
Thick, straight hair is the best foundation for a runway-worthy blunt fringe.
4. One-Length Bob
A blunt, chin-length bob is popular for good reason: It’s wildly flattering on thicker, straighter hair types and also accentuates a rounder chin.
This classic ’80s shape is experiencing a huge renaissance today.
Can’t make the cut? Opt for a bright new shade instead, like this rich copper hue that livens up Asian skintones.
Crimps are a fashion-forward way of adding texture to super-straight hair.
8. Full Bangs
A sexy, side-parted bang is equal parts mod and come-hither.
9. Gelled Pixie
The ashy trend is still going strong and looks particularly fresh on hair with a bit of wispy texture.
11. Half-Up Beehive
If the ’60s was your jam, you’re in luck: This updated version of the iconic volumized style is now back on the block.
12. Long and Layered
Nothing beats a classic, especially when paired with a killer red lip.
This shaven look can be worn up for maximum impact, or down for more conservative situations.
14. Medium Length
Why mess with a good thing? This versatile length is truly all-occasion.
15. Micro Bob
Straight, dark hair shows off the angles of this chunky cut to the hilt.
16. Micro Fringe
Smooth, high foreheads can definitely pull off the baby bang, which remains one of the hottest trends of the past few years.
We love a fluffy, freshly-washed sheen! TRESemmé Thick and Full Balm helps us achieve that fuller effect too.
Playing with your part helps add volume to fine, flat hair.
19. Dyed Crop
Want to take your short cut to the next level? Add some bright tetra hues to the bang area, which really pop against dark hair.
Hold your curling iron horizontally to achieve this more structured curl. A tiny spritz of Suave Natural Smooth Micro Mist Hairspray helps keep the shape intact without any stiffness.
The sexy shag is one of our fave Chinese hairstyles for its innate edgy, jetsetting sex appeal.
22. Space Buns
Kicky and fun, and also a great look for growing out last year’s curtain bangs.
23. Staticky Braid
Asian hair is typically thick and straight and gets a bit more visual interest when paired with some texture around the hairline. Set with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1 to lock this textured style in.
Not to say that wearing it in its full, straight, thick glory doesn’t have its rewards, as seen here.
Got a flyaway/split-end problem? Easy: Tuck it in, if you’re still a few nudges away from making that hair appointment.
26. Twisted Updo
Paired with statement sunnies, you’re all set to traipse into the new season.
27. Twisted Low Bun
Sophistication at its most unadulterated.
28. Waterfall Braid
Create a fun, basket-weave effect on your fringe with this creative braid. Click here for a full tutorial.
There’s no questioning the appeal of some ’70s disco waves, which help give rounder faces more contour.
Chinese hairstyles benefit a lot from added texture, such as wisps, which help elevate a basic updo.
31. Wispy Bob
Take that texture to your fringe and keep the rest of your cut simple, for a look that has the best of both worlds.