11 Fabulous Asian Hairstyles and How to Achieve Them

Tons of Asian hairstyles to inspire.

Many Asian gals have noted that their hair lacks body and texture. We all have our hair grievances, and some of us envy how naturally shiny and straight Asian hair types can be. We’d kill (okay, maybe not kill but definitely try pretty much any styling tip) for a sheen like that! While most Asian hair is straighter, thicker, and denser than other hair types, it’s also known to be challenging to style due to the slippery surface of its strands. Whether you want to break free from your standard style or need help trying to create something new, we’re here to help. Click through our gallery to discover some fabulous Asian hairstyles that you can easily achieve:

Amazing Hairstyles to Try on Asian Women

Neat Ballerina Bun

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Ballerina bun. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Beginning with dry and tangle-free hair, draw locks into a high ponytail at the crown. Secure the ponytail with a hair tie and spray with hairspray for hold. With the free ends from the ponytail, twirl the hair until your ends are fully twisted. While holding at the ends, start to coil your twisted ponytail into a bun. Your hair should be twisted and wrapped around the base of the ponytail. Add hairpins to secure your bun in place and spritz TRESemmé TRES TWO Extra Hold Hairspray to tame your flyaways.

Blunt Bob

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The shiny look of Asian hair makes a case for sleek Asian hairstyles. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

To achieve this look, start by applying styling lotion to dry detangled hair. Start by sectioning off the top-back section and begin with the lower half of your hair first. Take your first small section of your hair and flat iron your hair. Continue this process throughout your hair and finish off with TRESemmé TRES TWO Extra Hold Hairspray.

The Crimp

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Crimps are back! Try them on your hair. Brush them out for a soft effect. Great way to add texture to Asian hairstyles. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

We love how the crimp gives your hair a little blast from the past as it creates an overall texture that can plump up flat hair. Start by spritzing your hair with TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray to prevent any damage from the crimping iron. Then section the top area of your hair and clip or pin it out of the way. In increments of three seconds, clamp down the crimping iron on a small section at a time, working down the length of the hair after you’ve completed the lower section, move on to the top, and complete. Now here’s the fun part: Loosen up those crimps, and enjoy your newly created volume. Run your fingers through your hair to slightly separate the crimps, tease the hair a bit to create a softer look, and spritz with Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Hairspray to set.

Long and Straight Layers

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Texture central! Add texture to your hair with this rad hairstyle. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Some of the hottest Asian hairstyles involve poker-straight hair that’s timeless and chic. On clean, dry, tangle-free hair, divide strands into manageable sections and apply a heat protectant. Take a small section of hair and start straightening the hair from the roots, drawing it out to the ends. Using a fine-toothed comb while pressing down the flat iron will aid in even distribution and ensure that you’re finishing with straight locks.

High Ponytail

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Try a half-up ponytail if you’re feeling in the mood for a trend. Photo credit: Dvora

Brush your hair to ensure that it’s smooth and tangle-free. To achieve this look, pull the hair all the way up to the middle of the crown and secure it with a ponytail holder. You can go higher (genie-style) if you want. Smooth on a Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil for shine.

Choppy and Flipped

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Flip the front of a long bob to add dimension. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If your hair is thin, the volume achieved from this hairstyle will make your hair appear thicker. On freshly washed, damp hair, detangle your locks with a wide-toothed comb to prevent breakage. Apply a styling lotion to your hair, which will help hold its shape while blow-drying, together with some heat protectant. Section off the top of your hair and begin to blow-dry the bottom area using a round brush. Once you’ve completed the entire head, section the top of the hair again in preparation for the flat-ironing process; begin straightening your hair in small sections as you flick the ends outward as opposed to under. After doing this process to the entire head, apply a holding spray for some movement.

Short Crop with Bangs

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Got a short crop? Give it an update with bangs. Photo credit: Dvora

This look will add a textured finish to your short hairdo. Prep hair with a heat protectant and begin to curl with a small-barrelled tong section by section, starting at the ends of your hair and winding it up to your roots. When you’re done, loosen up those curls with your fingers.  

The Shag

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Sexy and on-point shag hairstyle. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Since the shag falls at your shoulders, this style is great if you have medium-length hair. After washing and detangling, apply Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Souffle Mousse to damp hair. Blow-dry your hair as you use your hands to scrunch the ends, creating texture. Spray some mousse in your to set and calm any flyaways.

Undone Low Bun

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The undone low bun looks super cute with a middle part. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

To create this look, start by sliding hair into a low ponytail. Divide the free ends from your ponytail into two sections, grabbing one section and tucking it into a bun or knot. Grab the other section and twirl half of the hair (from ponytail holder to mid-length), then pin that part into the bun. With the hair that’s left from that section, begin to tease with a comb giving the pieces of hair an individual touch.

Wavy Updo

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Use your waves to frame your face. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Create some textured, natural-looking waves in your hair by scrunching locks in an upward direction while blow-drying. Once the hair is dry, pin the hair up section by section or bring it all up and secure it with bobby pins to create a wavy updo. Finish off the look with holding spray to keep your waves in place.

Shoulder Length Bob

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Keep it simple with a bob hairstyle. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Give your straight bob a bit of a classy curl. Apply heat protectant to towel-dried and detangled hair. Using a paddle brush, blow-dry your entire head in sections from the root to tip to create volume. Then, place a round brush at the very end of each section and roll the brush around between your fingers while blow-drying to create a slightly curled bend at the ends. To finish, spray with some hairspray to tame annoying flyaways.

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