Latest Trendy Asian & Korean Hairstyles for Men 2018
Trendy Hairstyles for Asian Men
Growing up as an Australian-born Chinese kid, I've always had trouble finding the right style for my hair. When it comes to hair trends, Caucasian styles tend to be difficult to replicate simply because of different face types and hair textures.
However, it's not the end of the world. When life gives you lemons, make some lemonade! For Asian men, there are many options out there. Don't give in to the stereotypical Asian bowl cut. There are, in fact, lots more that we can achieve with our hair. But make sure that the style fits you!
Hair Style Ideas (Photos Below)
Short and slick, fringe to the side
Dandy medium fringe-up
Short two-block cuts
Medium two-block cuts
Short and Slick
Starting off with a more mature look, we have a cool hairstyle suited for a business meeting or a semi-formal party. The technique for this style is quite simple. The hardest part is the fringe/bangs, but by applying some strong wax backwards with fingers (as opposed to a comb), the fringe will lie back and look natural.
Dandy Medium Fringe-UpClick thumbnail to view full-size
This style features short sides and back, but hair on the crown is left fairly thick to create a "dandy" look. (A "dandy," by the way, is just a man who is very interested in looking good!) In the photos above, the crown hair has been permed to create the extra volume and texture. The fringe/bangs are lifted up using wax to create more volume.
This particular style has become a crowd favourite with young Asian men. I see many guys around my university with variations on this style. With a two-block cut, the sides and lower back are shaved or cut very short and thin, while the crown hair is left short (but not as short) or medium in length.
What's great about the two block cut is that you can be very creative about how you to style your hair. Keep the fringe straight, up, or even curl it to create a more "hipster" look.
Short Two-Block CutsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Medium Two-Block CutsClick thumbnail to view full-size
This is a classic style that has evolved over time. What started out as a punk style has become a mainstream Asian look. Notice how the two-block cut took influence from the classic Mohawk.
There are many types of Mohawks. You don't have to copy Super Saiyan 3 (like the first photo below) to look great in this classic style. This cut looks good with short or long spikes and short or longer sides.
Various Short Styles
Short cuts are great if you don't want to spend a lot of time on your hair. Care for these looks is simple: regular wax and hairspray to set the fringe the way you like it.
The Curtain FringeClick thumbnail to view full-size
This style is getting quite a lot of attention lately. I first saw it on Changmin in a TVXQ music video. It's not really my taste; it reminds me too much of Future Trunks' horrible hair from Dragon Ball Z.
K-Pop and Other Medium StylesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Medium-length hair seems to be the go-to length for many guys. There is enough room for creativity, but maintenance is easy. Some styles, including K-pop, involve perms for texture and volume.
In my experience, long hair can be a big hit or miss. It either makes a guy look really good or really bad. It's high-maintenance and correct styling is essential.
The classic, straight anime look involves one straight side and one permed side. Use a hair-straightener on the straight side and a perm on the other (not the back). Temporary perms can be created using a hair-straightener by twisting and twirling.
I don't know the official name for this style, but I first saw this look on a Korean drama called Boys Over Flowers. In the show the main characters are called "pretty boys," so I've called it that ever since. Plus Kim Hyun Joong (one of the actors in that drama) rocks this hairstyle and he is the pretty boy in Korea.