Red light, green light: 5 Hairstyles inspired by Squid Game

Squid Game is the latest craze to take the internet by storm. The instantly-iconic K-Drama has been breaking Netflix records since its release, quickly outperforming Bridgerton and other popular shows. While watching the show we couldn’t help but notice: there is no emphasis placed on hair, but every main character has a hairstyle that is simply immaculate. We wouldn’t be surprised if this show set hair trends too!

So of course we had to jump ahead of the trend and discuss our favourite looks. If you’re a lover of new hairstyles and a fan of Squid Game, keep reading for our top picks.


Wavy bob

Squid game: woman with a wavy bob hairstyle
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Sporting a medium-length wavy hairstyle, Kang Sae-Byeok has become a firm favourite Squid Game character. With a wispy, eyebrow-length fringe, she has a story that makes you root for her (saving her family from poverty), and the kind of hairstyle that looks amazing no matter what.


Red light, green light

woman with green braids tied into a high bun hairstyle
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Okay, so this look wasn’t in the show, but we just couldn’t resist taking the name of the game literally.

Embrace the “red light, green light” game (that’s basically an internet-famous Squid Game meme now) with red and green hair. You can opt for a look with one of the colours, like in this image, or have half green hair and half red, or add in some red and green streaks.

If you decide to dye your hair red and green, use products that are formulated to care for colour-treated strands. This will help your colour last longer, while also giving your hair some much-needed extra TLC. We absolutely love the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner for this.


Micro fringe

Squid Game: woman with long black hair and a cropped fringe
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Worn by the robot girl during the “red light, green light” game, this micro-fringe is an unexpectedly iconic hairstyle in Squid Game. Keep your hair straight and sleek to get this look, and tie it into twin ponytails to really perfect it.

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To keep your hair as neat and sleek as possible, you’d need to ensure there are no flyaways. Simply spray some TRESemmé Extra Hold Styling Hairspray onto your hands and smooth down the hair on your fringe and the top of your head.



man with medium-length, slightly wavy hair
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The main character of Squid Game, Seong Gi-hun, rocks a subtle mullet. And admittedly, we love the subtlety of this look. With a side path and soft waves, it can be easy to think it’s a “corporate” look at first glance. That is, until you see that long bit of hair at the back. You know what they say: it’s work in the front and party at the back.


Slick quiff

Squid Game: man with a quiff hairstyle with short sides
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Making a small but impactful appearance on the show, Gong Yoo’s character “The Salesman” wears a slick quiff hairstyle. Combed in a side path with loads of volume at the front hairline, this is a look that commands attention, while staying low-key. Kind of like The Salesman himself, who has set speculations of Squid Game Season 2.

Editor’s tip: The volume at the front makes or breaks this hairstyle. Get this look by blowdrying your hair backward with a round barrel-brush. Then, set the look with hairspray to keep it in place and prevent it from falling flat.

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