The hair industry today is ever changing and evolving. Young people especially are tending to move away from the traditional look. They are thinking outside the box when it comes to style. More and more, the youth and older market alike are making bold and brave choices to stand out from the crowd. One of those is to choose an anime hairstyle. Originating from and most commonly seen in Japan, the anime style is often bright, strong and eye-catching. It can be divided into 3 main categories.

Dazzlingly Colorful

Japanese anime characters have hair which is often colored brightly in blue, pink or sharp blonde. This, in turn is replicated by the modern day wearer of the style. Although more commonly seen in the mid-length spiked style, bright and distinctive colors can also be noted in the longer, straighter styles quite often.

To achieve this style, you have two options. You can streak or completely dye the hair in a dramatic color, which is usually platinum blonde, red, pink or blue. Otherwise, you could add two contrasting highlighted colors such as a blonde base layer, highlighted in red. Either way it makes for a breathtaking result.

Uneven Spikes

The most common feature of the anime hairstyle is spikes. These can exist in a number of styles. It is quite usual for the spikes to cover some part of the face, also they are often very pronounced and dramatic in their styling. This not only requires time and patience with your new best friend, the hairdryer, but also, copious amounts of gel to hold the spikes in place.

The spikes are frequently uneven and sporadically placed, often even existed at the back of the head. Some may even be purposely shaved into place. Make sure you have the best hair clippers for that task. Adding the already bright coloring we mentioned means this precision crafted style will turn the head of every passer-by.

Straight and Long

The other style which can be commonly seen in anime hairstyles is that of the painstakingly long and straight. Again, styled at uneven levels and often covering parts of the face, the straight style is suited to those who can achieve slightly less volume in their hair or simply want to spend hours apart from the hairdryer.

It projects a somewhat mystical style, whilst often combined with less eye-catching color combinations. It required ample time with the hair straighteners. The look again stands out as meticulous and powerful. It is also somewhat easily kept in comparison to the other anime styles.

Be brave and try it out

Overall, the anime hairstyle is a representation of how today’s society is becoming more creative and also taking greater influence from their surroundings, unafraid to try something new. It is quite bold, daring and striking to see in the west, however quite commonplace in Japan and East Asia. When styled correctly, it looks magnificent and will have friends and strangers alike full of curiosity and admiration. He who dares, wins. Give it a try!

Anthony Gallagher

Anthony Gallagher

Based in Seoul, South Korea, Anthony is a freelance writer and self-professed hair enthusiast. He attends like clock work for a bi-weekly haircut and complimentary ear waxing at his local one woman barber shop.
Anthony Gallagher