Top 40+ Korean & Japanese Hairstyles For Asian Cool Men

The Distinctive Characteristics of Asian Hair

Our hair comprises one of the most essential features of our body that defines us. The beauty of hair lies in its diversity, and Asian hair is a type that is exclusive to people belonging to Orient. Here are some significant characteristics of Asian hair:

Lee Jun Ki medium length Korean hairstyle picture.

Lee Jun Ki shoulder length hairstyle

Straight: Asian hair consists of round fibers, as a result, they have very straight hair. With straight hair, they can spike their hair easily. They can also cut their hair short at the back and blend it with the top portion to get a jagged, textured look.

Wavy: Some Asians have wavy or curly hair due to oval shaped fibers. A clipper can be used on the back and sides and merge it with the hair above to give it height and maintain the natural curls.

Coarse & heavy: Many Asians have coarse hair that results in cowlick if not styled properly when they opt for short hair. Since they usually have better hair growth upwards, one can opt for medium-length hair and use a good lightweight hair styling product that does not weigh down the hair to smoothen the frizzy hair. Washing your hair well, using a hair straightener in case of curly hair and applying a small amount of hair spray or mousse on the roots will help.

Thick: The hair strands of an average Asian are thicker than a Caucasian’s hair cuticles. Because of this, it is possible to style the hair in various ways, the most popular of which is the razored cut, adding layers and volume to the hair.

Dark: Since Asian hair is dark and almost always black in color, it is difficult to see subtle highlights. You can try blonde highlights or streaking and instead of totally changing the hair color, dye your hair in layers to give it more texture.

Retains moisture: The hair has high porosity level, it can retain moisture well, look shiny and nourished. Coloring or styling can be done without drying out the hair, and it is easier to get spikes which stay intact for a longer duration.

Less hair: Although it seems like they have good hair density, their hair looks thick because of the thick hair shaft. The average Asian has 80,000 to 140,000 hair strands, much less than a Caucasian. So, one must ensure the scalp does not show while styling the very short hair.

Growth: Asian hair grows much faster than African or Caucasian hair at 1.3 cm in a month and lasts up to 9 years compared to the average 2 to 7 years.

Grey hair: Asians are also lucky because their hair greys slowly than their Caucasian counterparts.

Popular Choices of Styles

Asian hairstyles did not normally stand out in the past. Many times Asian hairstyles were done to match other cultures’ hairstyles but that has changed in the not too distant past. Several different styles will now come based off of the high quality that is Asian hair. Hair tends to be thick and is very straight. Playing off of that strength, you can do many different textured looks, whether you like short or medium length hair. If you want to go beyond medium length, you should layering your hair (better not to go beyond shoulder length most times). Medium length hair is best as textured and can project an image of someone who is modest but takes care of his looks. Going shoulder length should dictate that you layer your hair and this can give you a preppy look as a result.

Cool Korean hairstyle from Kim Jae Joong
Kim Jae Joong razored hairstyle

Those who wish to appear more rebellious are doing so by wearing their hair in a razored mullet or razor cut shag. This uneven cut shows a man to be very self assured and a bit defiant of authority.

Takeshi Kaneshiro messy spiky hairstyle for Asian men
Takeshi Kaneshiro spiky hair.

Short textured hair is a good choice for anyone who likes to remain with the traditional look but class it up a bit. This works especially well if you want to remain cool but remain within the confines of socially acceptable for a conservative working professional. If you are a younger Asian male and want to push the edges, you may want to do messy spiky hair. This hairdo has more of an urban theme to it and completely pushes the borders on what these hairstyles are all about.

Photo of Kim Jae Joong blonde faux-hawk hairstyle.
Kim Jae Joong long faux-hawk hairstyle.

Photo of Kim Jun Su Asian faux-hawk hairstyle.
Kim Jun Su Asian faux-hawk hairstyle.

While western men have their own version of the faux-hawk, the Asian version is much edgier. Here, the sides, back, and top of the hair are left long. The hair is styled using pomade to produce messy looking spikes all over the head with the stripe down the center being allowed to lean each direction at random.

Image of Asian long emo hairstyle for boys.
Asian long emo hairstyle.

Another popular choice is the uneven, emo look that has caught on all around the world for both men and women. The fringe is brushed down over one eye to give one an air of mystery.

Xiah Jun Su short emo hair photo.
Xiah Jun Su short emo hair.

How To Spike Asian Hair

Kim Junsu hairstyle with spike.A growing number of young Asian men are choosing to wear spiky hairstyles. Some are simple straight spikes. Others are working to get the kind of styles commonly seen in anime characters. Spiky hairstyles are among the easiest to produce on Asian men, but not all know how to spike Asian hair.

One of the easiest methods is simply to have the hair cut to a length of one half to one inch. Asian hair is very coarse and stiff, meaning that it naturally wants to stand up from the head. In addition, men in this region are prone to have a larger number of cowlicks, or unruly patches of hair that do not want to be tamed. At this length, it is possible to simply run the fingers through the hair to get a spiked look with no product. A small amount of pomade or wax can hold the spikes in place for long periods.

Photo of Taeyang (Dong Youngbae) Korean mohawk haircut.
Taeyang mohawk haircut.

For those with longer hair, it might be necessary to pull it into the spikes and position them where desired. A bit of wax or pomade can hold them in place. Due to the coarseness of the hair, it can be placed in straight up spikes or they can be directed sideways like many anime characters’ hair.

Pic of Ichigo Kurosaki hairstyle.
Ichigo Kurosaki hairstyle.

Picture of Goku Super Saiyan hairstyle.
Goku Super Saiyan hairstyle.

Some choose to go with larger spikes, such as the style worn by Goku in Dragonball Z. This involves separating the hair into sections and forming each section into its own spike with a thick base and a point at the tip. It is necessary to use strong gel & hairspray to provide hold for this type of spikes.

Spike Asian hair is not difficult. Men in this region have hair that tends to want to stand up from the head more often than not. This makes it a simple matter of choosing where one wants spikes to be located and what direction they should point. Then apply the appropriate product to hold the spikes in place.

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Asian hair is thicker and holds more moisture than most other ethnic groups. This gives men many more options when it comes to styling their locks. Asian hair is also normally black and very straight. Treatments such as perms or dying the hair a lighter color can be used in combination with any of the above cuts and styling techniques to give one a truly unique look.

 

73 Comments

  • to whoever said ‘what a gay style’..dude, it’s not gay..besides, if it’s gay, then why did you even look at it..?

  • Ha. More like “Men are becoming more fashionable/stylish and women are trying to keep up since hardly ever there is a woman that is willing to settle for a man that looks better than her.” And so it applies to catch the attention of a fashionable man.

  • …These hairstyles rock -drools-
    And besides, toward the person who dare use some half-assed comment referring to a sexual orientation as some sort of adjective besides what it should be used for, um, I have a good question: How can a certain hairstyle promote a sexuality? If that's the case, "masculine gays" do not exist, huh genius?

    • i LOVE who ever said that whole thing about maculine gays.
      very true! and DUH these dudes have fan girls!!! there are THOUSANDS of us drooling over their pics! 😉 asian guys are THE best! (you just haten cuz they beautiful)

  • actually; to the homophobic person. These men have THOUSANDS of fangirls not just in their countries, but across the world. Most of them probably get laid on a nightly basis with any number of beautiful women. Stop being so jealous that they look better than you (and PS your fear of your own gayness is showing).

    btw really.. you're the person looking up hairstyles ya queen.

    • you think long hair asian guys are gay because of long hair. ..hey let me ask u one thing… why dnt u ask ur western and other parts of the actors or musician to chop off their head nd consider them to go bald like u ? ..i guess you are a bald person, thats y u seemed to throw shits at others ! . , be in west or east, each hair got their unique style…if u consider them abusing just cause u dont like them… why are u on a asian hairstyle site? rather than go n search ur own taste..Mr looser

  • BTW one more thing!!! Girls these days are really into gay looking dudes. It's called Yaoi… scores big points with the ladies.

  • The person who said they looked gay probably meant that the hairstyles made them look feminine…which I think is true for some of these hairstyles. Most of these people probably got their hairstyle ideas from animes. They model themselves after an asian girl's fantasy

  • those hairstyles rock, btw you can never tell if they are gay by just looking at their hairstyle. many gay cut their hair short to make themselves look masculine. so whoever made the comment that they look like gay.

  • Can these types of hairstyles suit Caucasian people? or is it just good for asians im not trying to be racist, just i wouldnt mind having one of these haircuts. would love to get a mature answer or even better a picture of a Caucasian with one of these haircuts to give me an idea of how it looks

    • dont worry, us white kids can pull it off, maybe not with as much grace as the asians. but still. you just have to look around and keep in mind the shape of YOUR face, and think about if it will look good on you.
      http://goo.gl/xWgbx
      (one pic)
      http://goo.gl/yoz5E
      (two pic)
      i hope i was of some help 🙂

  • it can work on white people, just be careful with how it's cut, layered, styled or else you'll just look like some lame emo/scene-wannabe

  • who the hell is saying that these hairstyle is gay. they arent gay youre just jealous that they are notter than you could ever be. you probablly tried to get these haircut but failed. so shut up because youre getting annoying.

    but anyway i might lee jun ki's hairstyle. lol

  • is any body watch his beside me today? i'm waiting 4 answer.. anyway the hair cut is soo cool.. i bet the one saying asian hair cut is gay from comanwelll right!!! just which year you came from?? 10,000 BC?? used your brain psyconut head.. DIFFERENT PLACE DIFFERENT STYLE DUMBSTER!!!

  • From a girl's opinion i guess the hairstyle are tolerable expect i draw a fine line when the men start to look more feminine than the girls they are with so they might not want to over do it especially the harajuku hairstyles

  • i have a same hairtyle as they do…!!!i think its cool, f*ck that people who said those hairtyle is gay. asian are just creative..!!

  • I am Latin and I went to cut the hair as one of these cuts to a Japanese aesthetics, here in DF, and I remain nice cool, it is not a style punk not emo, and if this cool the style, it if, you it have to accompany on one good style of clothes.

  • Love Asian/anime hair looks. I'm trying to talk my husband into getting it done. Love the spiky, layered look. So cute. Thanks for these pics.

  • LOL to haters, cause they have a "sense of style" whatever
    it's someone opinion.. why be so negative and extrememly racist (ie. "Asian styles are gay and Korean actors are gay")
    it's the person's choice to sport the asian look. why? cuz IT'S FASHION get it over ur heads dumbasses
    personally i think American/Euro hairstyles aren't really i8mpressive. I may be biased but Asian hair does seem cooler than the typical caucasian hair. why the hell would white ppl like to shave their head bald or even go to lengths like Zac Effron has…there's no originality.

  • hey those are some damn creative hairstyles..by the way
    I am a beautiful lock on Hrithik’s head full of gorgeous hair! As I have observed, from my vantage point (of being on top of Hrithik’s head, duh!), a lot of you want glamourous locks…but (sigh, sigh) very few of you manage to look like me. So, I will try to be at my swishiest best and using my enviable position to best advantage, I’ll tell you the secrets of my beauty and of course, I’ll give you a glimpse of what goes on in Hrithik’s world. Follow me at hrithikslock.blogspot.com… See you there!

  • gays like guys, why will they make themselves look so called 'like girls?'

    wanna know what is gay?
    go see WWF, those kinda guys are attractive to gays man

  • hey there are some nice styles here, i had a good asian hairstyle a year ago when i did some cosplay, trying to find something new now my hair is a healthy length again, iv been thinking about the harajuku because its quite lengthy, but i do like having messy hair with that layered spikey look, so im a bit unsure, my wife is no help as all she does is go, this 1 that 1 this 1 that 1 and never comes up with a decision lol

  • All good looking men have girly looks.Even Robert Pattinson and leonardo dicaprio look like girls. We shld have an asian robert pattinson's hairstyle. hahas. Chao lou sai motherf*****!!!

  • I also want a jaonese korean hairstyle but how to do it I dont know can any body help me to do a japnesse medium layered hair style .

  • I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the Japanese Rockability one. I am definately gonna do that to my hairrrrrrr. :DD

  • I have less than wavy hair, and when i try to curl it like that, the curls fall out by the end of the day. To keep them curled, I have to use an EXTENSIVE amount of hair spray! Does anyone know a solution!

  • they do not look like gay at all !!!!!!who said this????they look awsome~~~~really good,& sooo cuteee!!!i really lov ethose hairstyles~~~really they rock!!!!! almost all girls like those kinda hairstyles~~m telling dat coz m a girl too^^ so i know how i & others feel about the hairstyles!!!!i think 1 of the reason of those oppas(brothers in korean ) popularity r their hairstyles!!!!! so they have fan all over the world~~including newyork.like fan of kim hyun joong oppa,park jung min oppa,jung guen suk oppa,heo young saeng oppa,kim hyung jun oppa,kim kyu joong oppa,lee jun ki oppa,kim hee chul oppa ,eun hyuk oppa etc…………..see i know many of them, even though m from a different country!!!!so lol please don’t tell our oppas guy……coz if sum1 sees this KINDA COMMENT, many of them would be angry on u lol…truly speaking :D…..

  • M proud to be an asian!!!! coz asian hairstyles r d best !!!jus love demmm~~~~ even non- asian prefer it lol…dats great…. 🙂

  • I think people with straight hair.
    It is great because you can customize it in various ways.

    Even the styling, it should make your personality better.

    Thank you sir ^^

  • This was obviously written by a Cassie/DBSK fan. I don’t even like DBSK, I prefer Girls’ Generation and SHINee. But nice advice anyway.

  • Ohh I wish I lived closer to Japan. I’m so bloody sick of all these Mexican tanager cuts (no offends) but I want something I can grab! Not that short cropped look. It just makes men seem like emotionless military drones.
    Besides, who cares about their hair. All that truley matters is if they are happy being who they are.

  • Hi,

    Can you comment on the hairstyle of kim ji-hoon specially on his hairstyle as a lawyer in Matchmaker’s lover? I like his formal look, is his hairstyle just simple, what pictures should i show my hairstylist so that he can cut my hair like that of a formal kim ji-hoon. Thanks!

  • you called them gay, but the guy you called “gay” is more famous and more attractive among women than you are, in asia at least.

  • America in general has gotten the worst reputation for our constant narrow mind and lack of knowledge on world culture and issues. We as a country need to catch up to Europe and Asia. Open your minds people, the rest of the world did,

  • I might try the classy short spike. Most western hairatyles look pretty crap with my haircolor or are impossible with my straw hair.

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