Ever thought about what sets Korean hairstyles apart from all others? Probably not, but here’s the answer anyway: they focus primarily on cut and color. Ahead, 5 long hair styles that prove this point and make you want to call your stylist:
1. Soft Waves
Granted, the easiest hairstyle you can adopt and adapt right now. Korean girls do soft, natural waves like no others. Generally center-parted, the hair falls in natural, bouncy waves – perfect for everyday wear. The colors are natural as well: a lot of charming medium and light browns, with the occasional black, blonde and pink. This type of soft waves are perfect for every occasion and are easy to do as well. Just decide where you want the part to be, then start curling away from the face on each side of it. Use a curling iron or a straightener for this job. Then put it away and shake out the curls or run your fingers through them – whatever works best for your hair type. Don’t give up until they are loose enough and look naturally wavy. Coat them with a fine mist of hairspray. And last, but not least, feel free to spontaneously switch up your part during the day for a carefree, effortless look.
2. The Baby Doll
Dreamy, long hair and blunt bangs are the main characteristics of this style. As expected, the look heavily relies on the perfectly kept, clean cut. There usually is a center-part involved, but it is too far behind the full set of bangs to be noticeable. The hair is not layered and its ends are slightly curled, thus adding to the romantic feeling of this hairstyle. If you want to give it a try, consider adding a set of extensions for more volume – it will really bring the look to life. This hairstyle goes perfectly with floral prints and delicate dresses in light colors. And if you’re feeling extra-fancy, add a headband on the top of your head, right where the bangs begin. You might like it even better this way.
3. The Modern Rapunzel
Very long hair has always been fashionable, but when Koreans girls work their magic on it, this style turns into something special. The secret ingredient is, yet again, an impeccable cut. Korean hairstyles, especially those for long hair, are seldom layered – all the charm resides in the texture of the hair. Wavy or pin-straight, with or without bangs, the modern Rapunzel’s hair is always in perfect condition. This is why special attention must be payed not only to the cut, but also to the upkeep. Use a hair mask once or twice a week to keep the hair in tip-top shape and remember to brush it out slowly and carefully before applying it. Also, this will be your new mantra in the shower: condition, condition, condition. Strong, healthy hair along with that good cut are equally important in order to pull off this look successfully.
4. The High Ponytail
Finally, a hairstyle that is not solely based on an expert cut. Seeing how simple it is, many are inclined to look it over. However, when done properly, this is one of those hairstyles that has the best chances to truly highlight your features. How, you ask? Well, placement is key. You want your high pony to be placed at an upward angle that is somehow parallel to the direction set by your jaw line and cheekbones. It might sound complicated, but it certainly isn’t. A few tries in the mirror and you will easily tell what is the perfect place for your ponytail to start. Once you’ve got that down, tie it in place and hide the elastic with a hair bow or strand of hair wrapped around a few times. Finally, give the ends a good curl and let them fall downwards naturally. If you’re in it just for the fun, switch it up every now and then and go for a side ponytail. Decide its placement by following the same principles: flattering, simple, expressive. You’ll forget about the times when you used to wear your hair down…
5. The Korean Bun
One of the most popular Korean hairstyles, the high bun, is also extremely well-known all across the globe. And it’s easy to see why: its intentionally disheveled look is easy to achieve and maintain throughout the day. Here are some quick guidelines to help your in your quest for the perfect high bun… Start by gathering all the hair in a ponytail and determine its most flattering placement (see tips above!). Twist the ponytail and then place it down in a tight circle. Or a cinnamon roll, if you will. This will be your bun. For longer hair, wrap the ends around the base of the bun as many times as necessary. Tie twice with an elastic until it’s able to stand by itself. Gently, gently, pull the bun from opposite directions to make it fuller. If necessary, use pins to hold the unsecured bits. Add a hair bow on top or underneath the bun if you want to dress it up. So easy! No wonder so many girls love this quick and fancy hairstyle.
Which one of these Korean hairstyles would you wear? Feel free to share in the comments below.