Sharp and Stylish: The Ultimate Guide to Hairstyles for Asian Men
Examples of the most handsome cuts that will help you to pick the matching one just for you
Depending on who you ask or what topic you’re discussing, the Asian continent can have anywhere from 45 to as many as 53 countries. That covers at least 2300 languages and nearly 5 billion people. And with this much diversity, categorizing Asian hair might be a challenge. It can be anywhere from thick to soft and wavy, to curly and coiled (especially in South Asia and the Middle East), to silky and straight, and so much more. And with differing weather in each point of the continent – think the heat in the Middle East, four seasons in China, Japan, and Korea, and tropical in Southeast Asia, hair textures also adapt to it.
The beauty of this diversity is that there is no one mold that fits all – and with countries like Japan and South Korea at the forefront of cutting-edge fashion (which includes hairstyles and haircuts, of course), there is no need to look further. And these aren’t only for females. Asian men have the same multitude of choices when it comes to hair. In fact, these countries seem to be the trendsetter nowadays, with their influence spanning not just Asia but Western countries as well.
Asian hair might be difficult to categorize, but there seems to be one consistent trait that the hair shares with the whole continent – and that is the hair being thicker and stiffer but with less hair per square inch on the scalp. Taking that into consideration, here are our top hairstyles that will hopefully withstand the test of time.
Curtain Bangs with Long Back
It’s simple yet edgy. The curtain bangs paired with a long back can be achieved by growing your hair about an inch below your ears. When you get a haircut, ask for curtain bangs but keep the back at its original length. Most curtain bangs are parted in the middle, but you can do yours however you want. Style with a hair product to get the ‘wet look’ all throughout the day. You can accessorize with a simple earring. Goes well with rectangular face shapes.
Shaggy Medium Length with Choppy Fringe
If you have straight and fine hair, a way to create texture is to get it layered. Grow your hair to medium length, about an inch past the ears, and ask for a shaggy haircut with accentuated choppy fringe. The fringe may go past your eyes, but it won’t cover all of it. Hence, choppy. Works best with all hair shapes except round. And wear without a beard or accessories for a full effect.
Low Key Subtle Fade
There’s really nothing low key about this guy’s look. The nose ring screams bad boy, while the fade shows off the tattoo on the side of his head.
Neat Side Part
It’s the extra long sides that give this Asian hairstyle a classic look to it. While you’ll need a little more time getting ready in the morning, you’ll have a formal style guaranteed to impress even the pickiest boss!
High Temple Fade with Layered Top and Straight Fringe
Though it sounds like a mouthful, the most important element in this haircut is the layered top. It has a great volume that makes it look like the height is at least 5 inches tall. The secret? Start with your naturally wavy hair – this already creates the texture without needing hair products. Second is the layering technique used by your stylist. If you have fine, straight hair, it is still possible to achieve albeit with a lot of manipulation and hair products. Sport without any facial hair or accessories.
Tape Up Haircut With Heavy Bangs
Similar to the Park Bo Gum haircut in this article, this style is a variation of the tape up that doesn’t use the taper to go all the way down to the skin noticeably. Instead, it blends the hair ever so smoothly on the sides as it connects to the top and back.
The difference here is that the fringe and top are cut differently. This is a fringe and top-heavy hairstyle with loads of texture on top, this is done to bring movement to straight hair.
Curly Top with Low Fade and Discontinued Beard
An excellent option for those with curly hair who don’t want a lot of styling time but still want to look edgy is to have a low fade with a discontinued beard. The curly top doesn’t need much prep time as it can be worn as it is, but what makes the style distinct is that the beard seems to be a continuation of the hair, but on closer inspection, it’s not. Accessorize with a simple stud to complete the look.
Skin fades are all the rage in Asia now. This drop fade goes about halfway up his head and takes a few years off his age.
Wavy Two Block Curtain Hairstyle
This is an example of a two block hair cut where the top is kept longer and is disconnected from the faded sides of the hair. The fringe is separated and styled almost like a curtain bang. This accentuates and frames the front of the face.
Some Burgundy Undertone and Mullet
Rough Hair Pushed Back
Rolled brush up is the gentlemen’s trend. The fluff is by hair dryer with some product. The taper fade is quite sleek and the temple fade towards the end is just a clean look approach. It perfectly goes with the clean shave look.
Braids or Dreads? Both Please
Braids combined with dreadlocks make a very unique look like the one we see here. The undercut in these styles is inevitable because that makes everything quite neat. The controlled taper on the sides is just a sweet touch.
Blown Out Brush Up
What do we look at? The jawline, hairline, or that neat brush up. The blown-out style of this look is very trendy with the temple being low faded and then dropped fade overall. The nice touch of thin stubble is neat.
Male Asians have relatively smaller faces than other ethnicities, and a full-on mullet, while it might work for some, doesn’t work for all. And when you think your face is being overpowered by a full mullet, opt for a short one. It would frame your face better.
Buzz Cut with Line up
Adding shape to a plain buzz cut could be done with a caesar and a fade. Bringing all three elements together creates a casual but crisp look that could be worn daily. Wear with minimal facial hair, such as a mustache and a short goatee, and you’re good to go. Will work with most face shapes.
Asian Mid Part with Sharky Temple
No wonder mid-parts are fancy, but this is one step ahead. That temple just made it fancier. The top is thin-haired while it is kept decently long with a small fluff on the part. The temple here is the show stealer with a sharky shape, and longer neckline hairline hair makes it poppy.
Swiftly Tapered Sides with Side Swept Top
Asian men have long been known to have thin hair. This look, with the thick top swept to the side and tapered sides, makes this guy’s hair very full.
Military Styled Skin Fade
Commonly worn by men in the military, this short cut is great for people who don’t want to spend a ton of time styling their hair. The sides of the hair incorporate a bald fade while seamlessly blending into the top of the hair which is all one length.
Two Block with Short Layered Fringe
A very popular haircut in Korean pop culture is the two block. To make it unique and edgy, ask for a short layered fringe that ends before the eyebrows. Wear a pair of loop earring for accessories and voila – you’re going to be the center of attention. Works with all face shapes and hair textures.
Zigzag Fringe with Side Cowlick Spike
When you want an edgy look without changing the foundation of your hair, a simple way to achieve this is to get a zigzag fringe. Typically, fringes are straight, tousled, or chopped layers. Creating a specific line, such as a zigzag, makes your look unique. The zigzag’s consistency should not be uniform. Note the low fade on one side and the cowlick on the opposite. A cowlick is used when a bunch of hair is out of place, hence, the curl near the ear. Compliment this with a spike on top to balance the look. Add an eyebrow slit on the low fade side to complete the look. Accessorize but sport without any facial hair. Works with all face shapes.
Dark Blue Ombre with Straight Fringe
Transitioning from black to dark blue to a hint of purple hair color works so well if you have naturally dark hair. It immediately gives you an edgy vibe without screaming for attention. The haircut is a low fade with a straight fringe – with most of the hair on top. This gives more depth to the coloring. Sport without any facial hair or accessories to keep the focus on the hair. Works best for oval face shapes.
Two Block Curtain Bangs
The two-block haircut is a great base for any kind of style. This version includes extended but shaved sideburns, and the top part of the hair is parted in the middle showcasing curtain bangs. The only requirement needed is to grow the hair long enough, around 2 to 3 inches, to be able to part it in the middle. Wear sans facial hair and accessories for a clean look. It will suit most face shapes.
Side Parted Curtain Bangs
When you want to be a little bit different from the popular Two Block Curtain Bangs – but not fully commit to that difference – then a side part bangs would definitely work. Why? The side part can easily be changed back into the middle, of course. There’s no saying what mood you will be in – so think of this as something that can grant you two different hairstyles. Accessorize with some earrings and necklaces for your personality to shine through.
Hight and Tight Caesar with Textured Top
Triangular Brush Up
Asian men’s hairstyles are all about taking the ordinary and making it a bit fancy. The triangular brush up on the front here does just that.
Faux Hawk with Hard Lined & Curved Sideburns
This haircut may seem intense but let’s break it down. The show’s main star is the faux hawk – which is accentuated with curved shaved sides similar to a burst fade. What differentiates it is that there are sideburns that have a hard line in the middle, giving it a toothed look. Accessorize with a simple stud earring to complete the look. This will suit square face shapes.
Street Style Mushroom Cut and Undercut
Tattoos used to be only for gangsters in Asia, but now it’s hard to find anyone below the age of 30 without a few. This mushroom cut on top and skin undercut below match this man’s rebellious attitude perfectly.
Zhang Kai's Medium Crop and Side Part
A tuxedo for a formal event can make any man shine. Here, Zhang Kai looks playful with a wispy medium crop to go with his side part keeping it lighthearted-casual all the while pulling off an incredibly sophisticated look.
Two Block with Temple Fade
This two block hair cut is longer on top, and the top is disconnected from the sides. The sides incorporate a temple fade to add a slimmer silhouette to the cut. The hair on the top is textured and piecey for a more edgy look.
Undercut Wavy Afro Feel Hairstyle
This one is quite a unique take on Asian hairstyle where we see a lot of afro influence with hair slightly waving and undercut on sides. The excess volume adds to the style of it where it spreads in all directions.
High Taper Low Faded Chill Hairstyle
Medium length is very much attractive when rocked perfectly. The sides are high tapered with low fades. The lineup here is very sharp and that is what brings more attention to the detail. That being said, the top is laid straight in a very chill manner.
If you would like your hair not to be so simple, but to be a little more edgy, then this hairstyle is the perfect one for you! This pointy and wacky hairstyle with short straight sides will be the hottest of 2017. A perfect example is Korean star Kim Sung-Kyu who rocks the style without any effort, whatsoever.
This is one of my current favorite Asian men hairstyles. With a medium length fade with a long top and extremely short sides, this hairstyle is sure to attract some attention from the right people. Do not forget to brush the top of your hair to the side (which is very similar to an undercut) to give it the added look.
Jin's Messy Curtain Hair
Even though the BTS member can be notorious for his colorful hair dyes, we see him here with a more natural and reserved look that favors his features.
Textured French Crop with Taper
This crisp French crop works perfectly with a clean shave to create the ultimate Asian guys’ hairstyle. The high taper really kicks it up a notch, too.
French Crop with Straight Bangs
Here’s another French crop in action — just this time a little more free-flowing. The messy, unkempt sides and top make this an easier style to pull off day after day.
Tapered Classic Slick Back
This classic slick should fall into every Asian guy’s classy hairstyle repertoire. Whether it’s for the club or church is up to you, but how will you style the sides?
Messy style with a disconnect undercut
This wild, messy style with long locks on top is perfect for the younger crowd. Trimmed sides help to make the most out of a simple face shape.
Slicked Back Undercut
Who says the legendary undercut can’t work for Asian guys? This carefully slicked-back style is ultra cool, and definitely not too difficult to pull off!
Side Swept with Taper Fade
Sweep any haircut off to the side and it’ll look good. Here, though, the quiff is carefully architected for added style points!
Tapered Classic Cut
Brushing a crew cut forwards is an easy way to create the French crop vibe in shorter haircuts, and we love how it looks with these close-cut, tapered sides.
Thin Temple, Pointy Line Up
The thin temple here with the ever-so-slight sideburn plus a line behind the ear is very hip in hotspots around Asia. The ruffled top and pencil-thin mustache are also nice accessories.
Top Knot and Low Fade
Neatly Side Brushed Hair with Low Faded Sides
Sometimes gel is an Asian man’s best friend. The neatly brushed hair on top will stay in place with a dab or two of it. The skin fade adds dimension to the man’s face.
Spiky Fringe with Side Hard Line and High Fade
Not satisfied with just high spikes on your hair? A great way to make it edgier and sharp is to make a hard line that goes from one side all the way to the back and the other side. The hard part creates a delineation at the temple area, but of course, you can choose wherever you want to place the hard line. The clean sides allow for visualization of any tattoos in the neck and head area. Accessorize with a hoop earring, and you’re good to go. Best works for square, round, and diamond face shapes.
Stranded Top with Tapered Sides
For elongated faces, sometimes simple is better. Here, the stranded top with a slight taper on the sides and glasses show the intelligence and wit of the modern Asian man.
Choppy Medium Fringe and Medium Fade
More and more Asian men are becoming models, and the messy hair pushed forward also known as medium fringe is currently the look. The medium fade also shows a lot of style here.
The Messy Medium
The Messy Medium hairstyle is the traditional Japan/Korean undergraduate look. It is a medium length messy hairstyle that has a lot of jazz. With using a few products such as Gatsby hair wax is completely essential to getting the school-boy look with this hairstyle.
Chuck Chae's Side-Swept Fringe and Goatee
Chuck Chae has the director look down pat. With his hair parted on the side and the slight goatee, he looks like he’s firmly in control whether he’s on the red carpet or behind the camera.
With the extreme popularity of the man bun hairstyle, it is only fair if we go straight to the origins! This variation of the style features a man bun tied at the top, much like a top knot. The samurai bun can truly be a jaw-dropping look, especially if you have the angular facial features to pull it off.
Wavy French Crop
Centred Part with Longer Hair
The mid-part mixed with curtain haircut makes this one a very mature haircut. But it ain’t no easy, the sides are slightly tapered with layers. The falling strands on the forehead make this a perfect one, one cue tip, let it flow for formal occasions, and as soon as you tie it, becomes appropriate for informal conditions.
Short Top Crop and Undercut
This is one of the most loved military hairstyles because it ticks all the boxes, has a subtle texture, the top is tough and thick, the sides are incredibly controlled and the details are paid attention to; the line up is sharp and dark with temple pocky. Lastly, the side sweep brush up is just perfect.
Simple French Crop with Mini Fringes
A simple tapered style will work for anyone. Here, a little bit of gel is used to create extra volume and slightly more exciting curves, but you can play with this cut however you like.
Park Bo Gum Classy Tape Up
Park Bo Gum is a South Korean actor and singer sporting a variation of the tape up we tend to see a little less of.
The style here follows the classic lines in terms of where the taper starts but pushes by an inch or so where it ends. The top is lightly textured at the sides and connected by a much more noticeable top-side taper. We love to see it!
Fluffed Side Part with Low Fade
The volume here is the protagonist with side brush having that fluff is the real show-stealer. The taper on the sides is just enough to keep the show going. The thin part here clearly defines the top to the side.
High Skin Fade
Side Brushed Mullet with High Faded Line Up
Not one of your usual Asian hairstyles. This one has a lot of retro perspective to it. The top is layered with a lot of side brush. It could have been slicked back but has a lot of fluff to it. The tapered lineup makes it slicker and more fun.
Frizzly Thin Hair Tall Brush Up
This could also be called the “just got out of bed” look, even though it’s not quite that easy. With a hairdryer and some mousse, brushing up makes this guy look years younger.
Silent Taper Fade
Speaking of shorter, brushed hairstyles, this tapered classic is an easy Asian guy hairstyle to fall in love with. It really shows how a little bit of texture can elevate any old style!
Easy Middle Part
Highlighted Middle Part
Undercut Bun with Slit Line Up
What hairstyles look good Asian men?
Most Asian men wear their hair short – which could be because of the heat majority of the year – so undercuts, taper fades, and pompadour would look good on Asian men. These hairstyles are easy to maintain and offer enough flexibility for different styling.
Is Asian hair different to cut?
It is different to cut but not too difficult. With training and experience, it becomes muscle memory. For example, an experienced Asian-American barber, Steven Tang, says in an interview with LA Times, “The back of the head has to be cut a certain way so it doesn’t stick straight up.” To do this, their barbers are trained to “flow like water” over bumps and ridges, contouring cuts to different head shapes – as Asian men tend to have.
How do Asian men style their hair?
Asian men style their hair in various ways. Those who prefer to wear their hair short usually choose between having a longer top (which can be styled either slick back with gel or parted and flowing to the sides) or a short top, which is left as it is or can be spiked up. Those who don medium to long hair can have their hair down as it is, while some prefer a top bun. A popular haircut these days is the two-block haircut, as seen on K-pop idols.
How do you get a 80/20 haircut?
An 80/20 haircut is achieved by having short sides, but not a high fade or taper, and a relatively long top (at least 2 to 3 inches long). It then requires specific pre-styling products to be applied to the hair and blow-dry it using a diffuser. The hair should be parted 80% on one side and 20% on the other.