40 Coolest Anime Hairstyles for Boys & Men

Other Anime Inspired Hairstyle Ideas for 2023

Most anime inspired hairstyles are medium to long in length. Haircuts are done with razors to produce choppy, uneven layers. Many use flat irons to straighten the hair after it has been layered. They then apply pomade or gel to the layers’ ends if they want to create the spiky looks seen on many action heroes in anime.

Photo of choppy anime hairstyle.
Choppy anime hairstyle with bangs.

Almost all characters in these animated productions have some sort of bangs or fringe. It is quite common to see hair covering a portion of the face. This creates a slightly more rebellious look and adds a dimension of mystery to the characters and to those copying their styles.

Picture of spiky anime hairstyle.
Spiky anime hairstyle.

Adding volume to the hair is another characteristic that is emulated by real hairstyles based on those seen in animated features. Big hair is produced by blow drying, especially with the head turned upside down. This makes the hair puffy and helps it stand up from the head. Teasing the hair is another method used to add volume and create exaggerated styles as seen on some characters.

Image of black and red cartoon hairstyle.
Black and red hairstyle.

One of the final features that is modified in order to create these styles is the color of the hair. Most anime characters feature bold, bright colors of hair. This has become such a common feature that many hair dyes marketed in Japan feature depictions of specific characters on the box in place of photos of live models.

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

Bright blue, Red, and platinum blonde are often used to create streaks in the hair. If it is not streaked, it might be completely dyed in a bright color or highlighted using unusual combinations of colors. One example of this would be bright blonde with red highlights like those seen on Goku when in his Super Saiyan mode.

Photo of anime guy with spiky hair.
Anime guy with spiky hair.

Most anime inspired hairstyles feature spikes. These spikes may stand straight up or point off to the sides. Some even stand out from the back of the head like a series of spines. There are few rules governing the use of spikes in these styles. They can be small and pointed like porcupine quills or full and heavy at the base coming to a point at the ends.

Most of the more drastically spiked anime hairstyles require prodigious amounts of gel to hold the spikes in place. Some, however, can be created using wax or pomade to provide a softer, more touchable hold. This is preferred when possible.


Anime Hairstyle Pictures

Fictional characters have long been the inspiration for different hairstyles and other fashions. Japanese anime hairstyles for boys & men are becoming more and more popular among the more hip members of the street culture. Translating these cartoon styles into real life is not as difficult as many might think. It simply requires one to accept certain features and plan to use a lot of product to hold the hair in place. Cutting the hair in choppy, uneven layers, leaving long bangs, blow drying or teasing the hair to add volume, and color are all aspects of creating these styles.

Photo of anime hairstyle from Vegeta.
Vegeta hairstyle.

To get the Vegeta look, use a comb and a hair gel with a very very strong hold and style it like the man himself.Picture of Zero Kiryu hairstyle for guys.

Zero Kiryu hairstyle.

Another spiky and silky favorite that has received much fame. More due to the character who is donning it.

Vash The Stampede hairstyle picture.
Vash The Stampede hairstyle.

Again a spiked-spike. Pretty hard one to do. But, Worth it.

Photo of Tomoya Okazaki hairstyle.
Tomoya Okazaki hairstyle.

For this one, you will need a styling gel for the spikes in front but, a lot of conditioner for the shine.

Syaoran hairstyle photo.
Syaoran hairstyle.

Spike Spiegel hairstyle photo.
Spike Spiegel hairstyle.

Sora hairstyle image.
Sora hairstyle.

Photo of Shikamaru hairstyle.
Shikamaru hairstyle.

Again another ponytail this time from Shikamaru, an extended one but, here you will need a strong gel that will hold up your ponytail like Shikamaru.

Photo of Naruto hairstyle.
Naruto hairstyle.

Picture of Maes Hughes hairstyle.
Maes Hughes hairstyle.

Photo of Light Yagami hairstyle.
Light Yagami hairstyle.

Image of Light Yagami and Zac Efron hairstyle.
Light Yagami and Zac Efron hairstyle.

Picture of Lelouch Lamperouge hairstyle.
Lelouch Lamperouge hairstyle.

Pic of Ichigo Kurosaki hairstyle.
Ichigo Kurosaki hairstyle.

Image of Himura Kenshin hairstyle.
Himura Kenshin hairstyle.

Photo of Goku hairstyle.
Goku hairstyle.

Photo of Edward Elric hairstyle.
Edward Elric hairstyle.

The Edward Elric ponytail has taken a lot of attention in the hairstyle world.

Image of Aizen Sousuke hairstyle.
Aizen Sousuke hairstyle.

Image of Kenshiro hairstyle.
Kenshiro hairstyle.

Photo of Cloud Strife hairstyle.
Cloud Strife hairstyle.

Photo of Angeal Hewley hairstyle.
Angeal Hewley hairstyle.


Anime hairstyle is no more confined to the TV Screen only. Real people are having it with great interest. Why waiting? Grab your style if you are an anime fan.

18 thoughts on “40 Coolest Anime Hairstyles for Boys & Men”

    • There goes the word of a good creative eye 🙂 It;s bin a year since you posted that I wouldnt put good money on you not In the last year created a few requested and unbeknown ! I had a college lad in mad into playstation 2 , braught a game case in and said ..I want it exacly like that , he had bin planning this new style by shying the barbers for about 7 month n landed on me as hair thick as a fiver sandwich and about 8inch long , after a wash and dry to volumise it and with an eye on the game case and an eye on the clock ha I combed and scissor slid the main shape in kept in mind where i wanted the hight n shape combed in some conditioner and slid choppy inch thick sections variating from 6 to 3 inch long as Id cut them id just close the cut section with mi fingers to get an idea of how it will sit , he had a good hour overhaul , I had a handfull of walkins waitin so I let a mi funky stylist show him how to style it n finished it off , I dint even charge him for the wash n finish It looked mint ! he came in a week later n made me laff when he said Im really in character now when im on playstation .. what a star !

      • Sorry Tom, Your spelling was just atrocious. Although I do appreciate the insight of what sounds to be a highly talented stylist it is just funny to see how this has taken off when i was doing this from 1999 to 2002. Still similar, just more literal like the zac efron. Thanks. I’m a linguist so i had to get that off my chest. hahaha. P.S. Thanks for not ruining his dream or vision. Keep up the good work!

  1. Himura Kenshin hair would be marvelous, I think it would have the most potential for a realistic look out of all of these, excepting the short hairstyles.

  2. If you take away the glasses, that guy with the pink spiky hair looks like Natsu from the Anime/Manga Fairy Tail.
    I was like, ‘Whaaaa? What’s Natsu doing on this page? I know he’s got some crazy spikes up in that hair, but, seriously, whaaaa?’ LOL, you should have just seen my face when I finally realized that it wasn’t Natsu 😀

  3. I’ve had Sebastian Michaelis, Leon S. Kennedy (kinda accidental), and Kallen’s (Code Geass) hairstyles. It easiest to get get it cut as close to the style as you want, and use some gel to make it stay in place. I’m lucky, though, my hair naturally stick up in spikes when it gets short enough.

  4. Cool hairstyles. I’d like to see more hairstyles with bangs.

    By the way, tomoya, Syoran, and Lelouch’s hairstyles look similar.

  5. Um… pretty cool. I would love to see real applications of this… And what about Francis Bonnefoy’s hairstyle?

    Here and there


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