When it comes to the hair game, Asian women have an unfair advantage of being born with beautiful silky black strands. But this doesn’t make them shy away from scissors or hair dye. In fact, many of the freshest and boldest styles are copped from Asian beauties, so scroll below for 30 of the hottest Asian hairstyles that anyone can – and should – try for their next salon appointment.
Beautiful Asian Hairstyles for Any Length
Long and cropped, wavy and poker straight, layered and blunt, – the fallowing hairstyles impress with their diversity and creativity.
#1: Medium Length Textured Waves
This universally flattering cut is wildly popular, and for good reason. Layers through the bottom three-fourths of the hair create a soft texture that when curled into loose waves and highlighted with a touch of babylights, looks completely natural and effortless.
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#2: Ash Bronde Ombre
No, that isn’t a typo. “Bronde” is the result of combining brown and blonde shades, resulting in a cool, ashy tone. It’s a popular choice for Asian hair highlights, as it blends well with naturally dark locks.
#3: Textured Bob Hair
Bobs never go out of style: they’re chic, sassy, and low maintenance. To keep it modern, add layers for texture, and pair it with balayage highlights. If your hair is naturally wavy, it’s even easier to style: finger through some product and go.
#4: Smoky Purple Ombre
If bold color is what you’re after, we strongly recommend you to consider this dream-like coif. Melting from black to dark purple, to icy lavender-pink, only an artist could create such magic. For maximum effect, pair with luscious long locks crafted into giant, bouncy curls.
#5: Modern Shaggy Asian Style
Made popular in the 1970s, shag hairstyles aren’t only still around, but they’re cool-girl approved and a great find for Asian hair styles. Medium layered strands – as opposed to short, wispy layers in the original 70s style cut – will keep it current, as will a cute fringe and some fresh highlights.
#6: Mermaid Waves with Side Cornrows
For girls wanting to stand out from the crowd, try rocking several bold hairstyles at once: uber long locks, a bright bold color, and cornrows. While it would require a lot of maintenance to keep up the color and manage so much hair, this unicorn-like coif is worth the effort.
#7: Pink A-Line Bob
If you haven’t noticed it yet, muted colors are trending. A dusty rose shade looks stunning against dark roots, adding gorgeous depth. And as always, medium length angled bobs flatter any face shape with a slimming effect, thanks to their long front layers which draw the eye.
#8: Turquoise Side-Parted Mohawk
Step up your Asian short hair game by turning your head into a work of art. Between the perfectly coiffed side-parted mohawk and the deep blue-turquoise balayage, this head of hair looks more like a museum sculpture. The added height will help slim the face, while the curled bang will maintain a feminine feel.
#9: Half-Updo with Accessories
This gorgeous half-back ‘do is fit for a princess. Height at the crown, curls through the length, and some loosely pulled tendrils around the face make for the perfect balance between sexy and sweet. Adding hair accessories like this gold jewelry headpiece takes the entire look to the next level.
#10: Blue Braided Festival Hair
Nothing says festival like bright colors and braids. And lucky for everyone, although touted as “festival hair”, these whimsical styles aren’t reserved for fair grounds. Get creative with braid placement, as there really is no wrong way to do it.
#11: Denim Blue Waves
Wearing denim is forever in style, and now its popularity is extended to hair color. This moonlight grey shade is perfect for those looking to exude a moody and mysterious vibe. It’s also a great choice of a hairstyle for Asian girl, as it melts perfectly in black strands.
#12: Silver Asian Hairstyle
Searching for unique Chinese hairstyles? Ditch the black locks and consider going grey long before you naturally would. As long as the rest of your look is kept fresh and fashion forward, silver hair will appear young and trendy.
#13: Purple Braided Top Knot
We can all thank Free People for bringing us the effortlessly cool top knot, but if it’s starting to feel stale, take it to the next level by incorporating a braid. Bonus points for a bold hair color choice, and pairing with shoulder length hair.
#14: Long Bob with Bangs
One of our favorite choices for Asian hairstyles is completing any cut with bangs. Straight bangs don’t only look edgy, but their biggest perk is they help frame your eyes and make them pop. This coif is also a great example of how warming up your natural dark and cool color can also warm up your complexion.
#15: Black to Light Brown Ombre Waves
Long, layered hair curled into waves is always a luscious and popular choice, but even more so when colored with caramel ombre against dark roots. The chocolate swirl effect is both intoxicating, and universally flattering.
#16: Classic Straight Asian Hairstyle
Show off your naturally silky strands with a sleek, classic cut. Long, side swept bangs paired with one-length hair is super easy to maintain: blow dry with a round brush, add a little shine spray to help tame fly aways, and go.
#17: Shaggy Lob with Bangs
A funky-fresh option for short Asian hairstyles, this choppy lob features layers that have been chopped and fanned out to create a futuristic texture. The straight-across bangs balance out the look by providing structure.
#18: Icy Purple Mohawk with Shaved Sides
Mohawks don’t need any help to look edgy or cool, but upgrading them with icy purple shades provides a holographic effect that’s next-level awesome. Plus, styling is easy: apply paste with your fingers and mold into place, creating a delightfully piecey texture.
#19: Choppy Cut with Wispy Bangs
The best way to fake thicker locks is with a choppy cut. But since this style can sometimes be boring on its own, wispy, tapered bangs will add visual interest, and caramel balayage will even fake the appearance of shorter layers.
#20: Neon Long Asian Hairstyle
Reserved only for the boldest of the bold are neon colors! There’s no better way to brighten your look, and create a striking contrast against dark eyes. Pairing with bangs and face-framing layers helps further show-off your features.
#21: Long Waves with Subtle Highlights
There are tons of Asian hairstyles that you can do with really long hair to bring out its natural beauty. Elaine Tan has graced her dainty long locks with soft beach waves and added a lovely side fringe. The subtle golden brown highlights introduces another portion of sophistication and style into Elaine’s look.
#22: Classic Bob with Side Part
Short Asian hairstyles, including bob cuts, have always been extremely popular. No wonder this particular style constantly makes its way to the runways and red carpet. Tian Yuan chooses this simple yet timeless hairstyle, because it makes her look youthful and nonchalant yet classy. With a bit of setting spray, it will last the whole day, so it’s a perfect choice for a whole-day event.
#23: Wavy Lob with Face-Framing Highlights
Jamie Chung sported very delicate waves at the Critics Choice Awards. Her ravishing “barely there” waves looked flawlessly natural. The subtle face-framing highlights in this exquisite Asian hairstyle are something we absolutely love!
#24: Straight Hair in Side-Swept Downdo
“Good morning. Charlie!” Do you still remember her as one of the sexy members of Charlie’s Angels? Lucy Liu is of Chinese descent, and she is among the most beautiful Hollywood faces. Her signature looks are always simple but very classy. The Asian hairstyle she wore to the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards proves it. Lucy rocked her straight flowing tresses side-parted and tucked behind the ear on one side.
#25: Long Layers with Added Sheen
Another elegant take on the common look with straight hair is this divine hairstyle, Tang Wei wore to the Black Hat Premiere. The downdo requires a soft volume to achieve the bounce of straight tresses. As we see, they look anything but flat. Let all the hair flow to one side. For a more exquisite look, curl the ends randomly and finish with a shiny hair serum.
#26: Platinum Blonde Bob
Bob for medium hair is undeniably a very common hairstyle, but Pom Klementieff shows how to dispel that common misconception. At the Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party she got all the eyes on her funky bright platinum blonde hair. To add more dimension to her hairstyle, she got some subtle messy waves and a soft, wavy side fringe.
#27: Asian Pixie Haircut
This fashion enthusiast totally caught our attention, not only because of her pretty face or those chic Gucci items, but also because of her Asian short hairstyle on the base of cute pixie cut, styled in lovely waves. Creating volume on top with a volumizing mousse and brushing your hair backwards is one way to flaunt it!
#28: Soft Ombre Waves for Asian Hair
One of Aimee Song’s best red carpet hairstyles is the cute downdo pictured here. Aimee had one side pinned behind her ear for a cool asymmetric quirk. The big flowing waves with a caramel ombre added an extra oomph to her look.
#29: Side Downdo with Caramel Highlights
Jenna Ushkowitz shows us how to rock hair with highlights, so that it looks gorgeously sexy. Style large soft waves with a 2” barrel curling iron, sweep them to one side and secure the locks comfortably with a few bobby pins. Finish off with a nourishing hair coat for the added shine.
#30: Cascading Silky Waves
These fine classic waves ooze timeless class and taste. One of our best picks is Ming Na Wen’s cascading wavy hairstyle for thick brown locks. The waves are neatly curled outwards and parted in big sections. It’s hard to imagine a more gracious and feminine frame for a woman’s face than this gorgeous downdo.
While these Asian hairstyles are undeniably cool, anyone can try them. From bold colors, cuts, styles, or a combination of all three at once, there is plenty of inspo above to help you find a fresh new style.