You know what they say, “Invest in your hair. It’s the crown you never take off.”
Your hair can make or break you and sometimes, all it takes to achieve the perfect look is through the hairdo. If you’re feeling uninspired, fear not! For I am here to tell you the top 15 must-try KPop hairstyles for women that will surely spice up your makeup and outfit.
Pure and Natural Hair
I know this is technically not a hairstyle but hear me out! Sometimes, a let-down natural hair is really all you need. Even though it is so plain, it’s simplicity alone is already a charm. It’s effortless, easy to maintain and you can leave the house just by running through a comb through it, which I think is the perfect hairstyle when you’re running a bit late.
In the Kpop industry, however, a plain, untouched hair is a rare sight. To suit certain concepts, Kpop idols have to bleach, color, and style their hair accordingly, just imagine the stress the scalp has to go through and the hassle maintenance just to keep the hair from breaking.
If you’re planning to spice up your regular bob cut, a C-Curl perm might be perfect for you. A C-Curl perm can be achieved by curling in one section and then curling out the next. By alternating the direction of the hair, it gives dimension to your plain bob cut. After the curling session, run your hand through your hair to soften the perm. Ruffling them and add a touch of volumizing hair spray to give the hair a soft “oompf.”
In a hurry or maybe a bad hair day? Or maybe you’re just feeling lazy and under weather. The perfect style that takes seconds to do is a messy bun. It’s effortless and doesn’t need any equipment like a mirror or a comb at all. A hairtie and your fingers will do the trick. I personally love this hairstyle and every girl would agree that this is a perfect do for when you are eating or writing. The best thing is that it is a super cute do, it takes your hair away from your face and gives you a really relaxed look.
An all around classy hairdo that is perfect for either formal black tie events or just a casual night-out with the girls. A standard Korean perm is a combination of ceramic, digital and wave perms but a vital difference which makes the Korean perm stands out is that it highly focuses on defined curls, emphasis on the bounciness and volume and making sure that the hair perfectly frames the face. A common variation of the Korean perm is running the fingers through the curled parts, giving it a more loose and relaxed curls.
A layered cut is everyone’s favorite because it gives that excitement of both a long and short hair. The long layers gives you the length while the shorters ones gives you the volume. If your hairdresser is an expert, the layers will blend perfectly so don’t be afraid of having that awkward line in the middle of your hair (Even though I briefly remember that trend sweeping the Kpop industry some time ago as well.) This is a relatively easy cut to style and looks good either curled and straighten.
See Through Bangs
If you’re not ready to commit to the full bangs (you know, the bangs that fully hides your forehead and is cut incredible straight) or maybe you don’t really feel like it but want to try a new look with bangs, I highly suggest the see through or wispy bangs.
It’s name has totally described what it’s meant to look like. See through pertaining to the fact that with this bangs, your forehead is still slightly visible and wispy meaning that it is feathery, light and fine. I’ve personally tried this bangs and I can assure you, it is not a pain to maintain.
Ah, the ombre. I remember when everyone used to have and go crazy over ombre hair. I mean, who wouldn’t be? It is a really pretty trend after all. It is having the best of both (or many) worlds, or in this case, colors. It is a trend that it is still currently thriving even in 2020 because of how beautiful the outcome is. It gives the hair personality and surprise and looks even better with certain hairstyles because of the blending of the colors.
If you don’t want to commit to a full hair color but wants to try, ombre is still one of the best ways to go.
Admittedly, the pixie cut is one of the hardest haircut to pull off and not everyone can do it. I personally think that this particular haircut only caters to certain face shapes, that’s why it’s incredibly hard to look good on it. I’ve only seen a handful of people in my whole life with a perfectly done pixie cute and I always get so amazed about how clean, chic and cool they look.
If you have an oval, square or heart-shaped face and wants to try that sharp look, pixie cut might be the one for you.
Space buns is an incredible cute hairstyle. It’s playful, fun and trendy. It is a combination of buns and pigtails and before you start thinking, “Oh, it’s a children’s hairstyle,” I’m here to tell you that it’s not exactly limited to children only. Young teenagers, who might be feeling playful, energetic and bright can absolutely rock this hairstyle on a casual day. It’s cute and if you have ombre hair, the buns on top would look extra pretty.
The bob has been around for ages and while in western countries, it usually stays classic, meaning the plain classic straight bob, in the entertainment industry of Korea, they’ve put a twist to it by perming. A permed bob is perfect if you want to add a spice to your classic short bob. While there’s not a lot of hairstyles you can do with it, perming the bob can actually bring out the personality of a short cut. It will look more relaxed and more natural and wisps of hair at the sides can be manipulated to frame your face, erasing your sharp edges and giving you a softer look.
Ponytails are a classic and probably the hairstyle that looks good on everybody. Anyone can do it and just like a messy bun, it requires little to no effort and most of the time, doesn’t need any equipment like a mirror or a comb. For sleeker ponytails though, if you’re going for a more classy and elegant look, it might take a few more minutes to do but it’s not that time-consuming at all like the other hairstyles.
A sleeker ponytails shows your face and can greatly highlight your make-up and face shape. I recommend this hairstyle for blacktie events where there’s a need to show off the face. For a more relaxed look, a hastily done ponytail with baby hairs hanging down the side can give you that softer look.
This is another trend that has been making its way to the music show stages of the Kpop industry. Curly bangs are incredible fun and are very easy to do and manipulate. It’s perfect if you’re sporting a simple hairstyle like a braid or a curly pigtails and you want to give an added spice to the look. Usually curly bangs are parted to each side, leaving a gap in the center for your forehead to peak through. Another added feature to this look is that the bangs are curled thinly and tightly.
Now, we are off to the fun part. Dyeing your hair is no easy thing to do and that’s what I am trying to get through for everyone when I mentioned in number one that without the proper haircare, dyeing will result in damage and brittleness of the hair.
But if you truly understand the consequences and still wants to push through with the whole dyeing process, let me inspire with hair colors that are making rounds in the Kpop industry.
Ash Gray Hair
When the whole ash gray hair trend came out, I remember thinking if I were to have one hair color for the rest of life, except for my natural dark hair, I would absolutely choose ash gray. When I first saw Kpop idols with this hair color, my heart absolutely melted. It’s a very cool hair color but it’s very hard to pull of a cutesy concept with it.
There’s only small portion of Kpop idols who didn’t go through the whole bleached and blonde hair. But even though it’s a common look, it is still a stunning look for most. It’s bright and can be played off very cooly or very cutesy.
Only a handful of Kpop idols tried to pull of this look (even though with their visuals, I just know that it won’t be that hard to look good in it.) This look is just pure artsy and surprising in a good way. Some might wrongly think that a half-dyed hair is just ombre, as their description is vaguely similar, but a half-dyed hair is different in a sense that is directly two different colors separated right the middle. Do you have the guts to pull that off?
So, there it is. 15 different hairstyles that the women of the Kpop industry has rocked and pulled off. Which one is your favorite?