Cutting and Styling Asian Hair
Cutting and styling Asian hair is trickier than one might imagine.
Many people with naturally curly, wavy or frizzy hair envy Asian hair, which is often naturally straight. They think all Asian women have to do is wash and air dry their hair, and that’s that!
While Asian hair can be naturally straight, shiny, thick and strong, cutting and styling Asian hair is not as easy as one would think. Precision and creativity is required for cutting and styling Asian hair.
It is also a myth that all Asian hair is naturally straight, healthy and shiny. For this reason, I have many clients who are specifically looking for someone who has experience cutting and styling Asian hair.
There are many options and ideas out there for cutting and styling Asian hair- it doesn’t only have to be worn long and straight, with or without bangs! Some of the things I love doing when cutting and styling Asian hair are adding highlights to give the color more depth and complexity; cutting in deep layers to add sexy sophistication, frame the face and highlight the cheekbones; putting in fun and playful waves to add texture; and transitioning a short, blunt bang to a soft, long bang. Please see some examples below.
Of course, these are tips and techniques for all hair types, but I use them in particular when cutting and styling Asian hair. Hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you to add a new look to your hairstyle.
Razor cut on naturally straight, coarse hair. Styled with 1.5 barrel curling iron and Aquage Sea Salt Spray.
Hair damaged by hair relaxer, cut into a “lob”. Flat ironed.
On her second visit, we decided to cut it all off! Hair flat ironed.
Fine hair lacking body cut into asymmetrical a-line haircut. Styled with 1.25 inch barrel curling iron and Aquage Working Spray.
Side view of asymmetrical a-line haircut on fine hair.
Razor cut long layers styled with 1.5 inch barrel curling iron and Aquage Beyond Body Sealing Spray.
Razor cut blow dried using just fingers and Aquage Silkening Oil Treatment.