Sharp Japanese Hairstyle

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Japanese men really do have some stellar-looking hairstyles.

As always, with so many of them, it is easy to get confused about which one to try.

You can end up picking the wrong one or a style that is not going to do much to your social image.

Certain Japanese hairstyles are hard to create, although they may look extremely easy.

It is once you start to shape it that you notice that things are not going to go the way you hoped they would.

So before you start, make sure to have all the info about the style you need.

We propose selecting one of the styles from our list.

Not only are these some of the most popular Japanese hairstyles for men, they are also very suitable for many occasions.

102 Most Popular Japanese Hairstyles for Men

Japanese Front Shifted Layers Hair

Front Shifted Layers

Photo @barberhiroshi

This Japanese hairstyle is quite a favorite amongst younger, college-going boys. This look will be a super-hit at parties or a drinks night with the boys.

Japanese Volumized Top Haircut

Volumized Top

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

Perfect for men with round faces and medium-length hair, this simple hairstyle can be maintained using a volumizing spray.

And, if you want to maintain your hair volume without worrying about hair loss or balding, you can do this by using natural DHT blockers and anti-aging creams for men.

Puffy Top Japanese Hairstyle

Puffy Top Japanese Hairstyle

Photo @barberhiroshi

If you want to move away from slicked-back hairstyles, check out the puffy top hairstyle. This style is perfect for men with oval-shaped faces and medium-length hair.

Easy Brushed Back Japanese Hairstyle

Easy Brushed Back

Photo @barber.b.take

This simple Japanese hairstyle is akin to neat side part haircuts. The easy brushed back haircut is easy-to-style yet looks effortlessly fashionable.

Shifted Bangs Japanese Haircut

Shifted Bangs Japanese Haircut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

A trendy style with the younger generation, this hairstyle with shifted inward bangs looks modern and cool. You can brush the hair neatly with a side part for a formal do.

Fresh Medium Japanese Hairstyle

Fresh Medium Japanese Hairstyle

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

Another preppy and trendy hairstyle, the style has long hair at the back and the hair on top is brushed backward.

Japanese Messy Medium Length Hair

Messy Medium Length

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

This hairstyle is the typical Japanese undergrad look that has loads of pep. You are set to rock this schoolboy look with a few styling products.

Man Bun Japanese Hairstyle

Man Bun Japanese Hairstyle

Photo @barber.b.take

If you have long hair, you can try out a cool chonmage or man bun. Gather all your hair at the back of your head and tie it using a hair tie. Use a premium hair oil for men to maintain your long locks.

Pair this samurai hairstyle with one of the popular Asian beard styles for a masculine look. Keep your beard well-groomed using powerful hair clippers.

Top Knot Japanese Hairstyle

Top Knot Japanese Hairstyle

Photo @barber.b.take

You can also try out the top knot if you have long hair. This undercut hairstyle looks fabulous with shaved sides. And, if you’re confused between a taper vs fade, try pairing the top knot with a combination of both!

When styling your long hair, if you’re drying your hair with a hairdryer, use it on low heat.

Japanese Back to Front Waves

Back to Front Waves

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

This trendy hairstyle is perfect for short-length hair and looks stylish for casual and formal occasions.

Japanese Puffed Up Brushed

Puffed Up Brushed

Photo @barber.b.take

This hairstyle is effortless to achieve and maintain. You can easily style the top with a spritz of a styling spray and some styling gel or pomade and you’re all set.

Side Swept Bangs Japanese Haircut

Side Swept Bangs Japanese Haircut

Photo @barber.b.take

A trendy hairstyle favored by Japanese youngsters, the side-swept bangs look good with medium-length hair.

Japanese Long Colored Side Swept Hair

Long Colored Side Swept

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

If you want to try something new, then this Japanese hairstyle with funky-colored bangs styled in a side sweep is a great style for men with long hair.

Japanese Tousled Look

Tousled Look

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

One of the 90’s hairstyles that are back, the tousled, messy style, is a pretty cool hairstyle that is very popular with Japanese men. And, the hair texture of the Japanese only makes this style look more appealing.

Neat Side Part Japanese Hairstyle

Neat Side Part Japanese Hairstyle

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

You can’t go wrong with the neat side part if you’re aiming for a neat and well-groomed look. This hairstyle is an excellent look for the workplace or formal events; this hairstyle is easy to achieve and maintain.

Americanized Japanese Hairstyle

Americanized Hairstyle

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

Inspired by American hairstyles, this smart Japanese hairstyle has textured hair on the top, styled with a product, with long hair on the sides and back.

Mid Curly Hair

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Pineapple Undercut Fade Design

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Side Part Bangs Pomp

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

Side Comb Over

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

Bleached Braids Undercut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Bleached Braids Bangs And Bun

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Dyed Crew Cut

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

Winged Bangs

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

Greasy Caesar

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

Disconnected Comb Over

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

Blow Perm With Highlights

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Mid Twist Bowl Cut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Blonde Fringe

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Dyed Spiky Fringe

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Messy Curls With Highlights

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Brushed Back With Design

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Red Bowl Cut With Design

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Short Bob With Highlights

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Side Part Whirl Bangs

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

Low Man Bun

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Bleached Hard Fade Side Part

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Spiky And Temple Curve

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Brushed Mushroom Perm

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Wet Wavy Top

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Beige Curtained Haircut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Platinum Short Haircut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Dyed Bowl Spiky Cut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Spiky Highlighted Bowl Cut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Classic Side Part

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

V-Shaped And Green Perm

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Fade And Wavy Curly Perm

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Ashy Brushed Perm

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Platinum Undercut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Highlighted Undercut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Beige Mushroom Haircut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Wavy Fringe Perm

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Side Part Undercut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Honey HighLighted Mid Haircut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Platinum Side Part Comb Over

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Wavy Bangs And Side Undercut

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

French Crop

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

Short And Tight

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

Dyed Buzz Cut

Photo @chop_shop_yuta

French Cut With Tone

Photo @barberhiroshi

Textured Caesar Cut

Photo @barberhiroshi

Classic Buzz Cut

Photo @barberhiroshi

Classic Slick Back

Photo @barberhiroshi

Messy Perm

Photo @barberhiroshi

Sponge Perm

Photo @barberhiroshi

Wavy Undercut With Fade

Photo @barberhiroshi

Low Half Bun

Photo @barberhiroshi

Casual Curly Undercut

Photo @barberhiroshi

Spiky Dyed Bowl Haircut

Photo @barberhiroshi

High Brushed Curls Perm

Photo @barberhiroshi

Greasy Part Side Slick

Photo @barberhiroshi

Bald And Small Pomp

Photo @barberhiroshi

Classic Top Knot

Photo @barberhiroshi

Spiky Mullet

Photo @barberhiroshi

Spikes Up Haircut

Photo @barberhiroshi

Small Pompadour

Photo @barberhiroshi

Casual Undercut

Photo @barberhiroshi

Curly Haircut

Photo @barberhiroshi

Bald And Sleek Undercut

Photo @barberhiroshi

Side Part And Hairdesign

Photo @barberhiroshi

Volumed Faux Hawk

Photo @barberhiroshi

Faux Hawk Mullet

Photo @barberhiroshi

Bleached Undercut Bangs

Photo @barberhiroshi

Yellow Crew Cut

Photo @barberhiroshi

Short Hair And Undercut Bun

Photo @barberhiroshi

Hard Part With Fade Design

Photo @barberhiroshi

Layered Undercut

Photo @barberhiroshi

Dyed Buzz And Pomp

Photo @barberhiroshi

Dyed Quiff

Photo @barberhiroshi

Bald With Samurai Bun

Photo @barberhiroshi

Multicolored Fohawk

Photo @barberhiroshi

Dark To Red Side Part

Photo @barberhiroshi

Skin Fade Long Fringe

Photo @barberhiroshi

Dreadlocks

Photo @barberhiroshi

Retro Sleek Pomp

Photo @barberhiroshi

Wavy Dyed Textured Perm

Photo @barberhiroshi

Brushed Braids Undercut

Photo @barberhiroshi

Brushed Up

Photo @barberhiroshi

Spiky Buzz Cut

Photo @barberhiroshi

Sleek Fingered Bangs

Photo @barberhiroshi

Bald And Side Undercut

Photo @kaito_kawasaki_

Short History of Japanese Hairstyles

Samurai Training

Japanese hairstyles have evolved over the ages. The feudal samurai warriors sported long hair at the back, which was generally combed out, oiled and tied into a loop using a cord and the top of the head was typically shaved.

The most common hairstyle in Japanese men was the chonmage or the topknot. The long, oiled pigtail or motodori was gathered on top of the head and tied with an elaborate string in this style. The front portion of the head was shaved.

Another common Japanese hairstyle was the chasen gami, where the hair binding was wound on the lower half of the pigtail and the end stuck out like a brush. The samurai warrior class adopted the hondamage, i.e., a lengthy, elaborate pigtail and a shaved head.

The Meiji revolution in the early 1860s saw the modernization and westernization of men’s hairstyles. In 1871, the Dampatsurei Edict, a law issued by the Meiji government, forbade the samurai from wearing topknots.

They were forced to adopt western hairstyles, which ended the use of chonmage. And, Japanese men began to adopt Western hairstyles known as zangiri or jangiri or “random cropping.”

Characteristics of Japanese Hair

Straight

Japanese men typically have very straight hair because the hair comprises round fibers.

Thick

Typically, Asians have thicker hair because their hair strands are thicker compared to the hair of Caucasians.

Dark

Most Asians have dark-colored black hair, brown hair or something in between.

Japanese Man With Dark Hair

Coarse and Heavy

Generally, Asian hair has a coarse and unruly texture, which often causes cowlicks and requires proper styling with appropriate products.

Retains Moisture

Asian hair is highly porous, allowing it to retain moisture very well, glossy and well-nourished.

Grows Fast

Compared to Caucasian or African hair, Asian hair grows much faster, around 1.3 cm a month. Asian hair keeps growing for up to 9 years, compared to the average of 2-7 years seen in Caucasian or African hair.

Grays Slower

Asian hair grays much more slowly when compared to Caucasian hair.

Less Hair

Although Asians have thick-looking hair, with seemingly good hair density, they have lesser hair than their Caucasian counterparts. On average, Asians have around 80,000-140,000 strands compared to Caucasians.

How to Style and Maintain at Home 

Choose a style

Choose a Japanese hairstyle that you like the most.

Man Bun Hairstyle

Man Bun Japanese Hairstyle

Photo @barber.b.take

Consult your barber

Ask your barber if the style will suit your face structure, hair type and texture.

Use appropriate styling products

Maintain your Japanese hairstyle by using the appropriate styling products. For example, if you have spikes, use a strong hairspray or gel to hold the spikes or if you have cowlicks, use some wax or pomade to tame the unruly patches.

FAQ

How do Japanese men achieve their hairstyles?

Japanese men generally have straight, coarse and heavy hair and so they usually maintain a short and medium length textured preppy hairstyle. For longer hair, they opt for the layered look.

Japanese Man Looking in Mirror

What does cutting your hair mean in Japanese culture?

The cutting of the hair in Japanese culture symbolizes the end of a period of a person’s life and the beginning of another.

What is the most popular hairstyle among Japanese men?

Japanese men mostly prefer short and medium-length hairstyles. Men with long hair usually adopt man buns or top knots.

What is a Samurai hairstyle?

The most popular Samurai hairstyle is the chonmage or the man bun.

What is a Japanese perm?

Japanese perms produce light, natural-looking waves that are very easy to style.

Conclusion

There are many cool Japanese hairstyles out there. And if you want to try out one, we’ve sure that you can find a perfect style.

Vinnie - Barber

About the author: Vinnie – Barber

Vinnie is one of the members of the Beardoholic writers team. He’s also a barber and hairstylist for 15 years now and he has a kick-ass beard of his own, so he surely knows what makes a magnificent beard and hair and how to achieve them. He’s our go-to guy for all the latest beard and hairstyle trends and he always has a tip or two on how to grow and style a thick beard fast.

Pin It on Pinterest