If you look at pictures of the little girl characters in Japanese animation cartoons, you will see where a lot of the hairstyles that teen girls like come from. They are very perky, childlike and colourful. There are the more mature anime characters haircuts, but the childlike characters have their own line-up of hairstyles to choose from.
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The character in the picture here is shown wearing a hairstyle that young women who consider themselves to be a part of the "scene" subculture often wear. This style has short layers at the top and lots of body, with very straight and long layers at the bottom. This is a popular hairstyle worldwide that is worn mainly by younger women with wild dyed colours. The very long layers at the bottom are sometimes real but are most often the result of hair extensions.
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Very long flowing locks are a recurring theme in the hairstyles of the more childlike anime girl characters. A high ponytail or pigtails, with wisps of hair framing the face and some straight-across fringe are signature to this look. The higher the ponytail or pigtails, the better. The little anime girls' hairstyles are supposed to be childlike and playful and, bouncy when one moves her head.
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No matter what the style a young female anime cartoon character might be wearing, she will often have lots of volume in her hair. You can achieve this look with a little hairspray and doing some backcombing or "teasing" when the hair is dry. There are also some wispy curls at the ends, and you can copy this by taking a curling iron and quickly adding a few curls in sections.
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You can work buns into any hairstyle when you are going for an anime girl's look. Pull the hair into a high ponytail or a pigtail and twist either the whole piece of hair or half of it and secure it with an elastic band, hair clips, or both. If you only twist up a section of your pigtails into a bun and let the rest hang down, you will have a classic little anime girl's hairstyle. Buns are also a traditional hairstyle for Japanese women.
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Japanese animation female characters don't always have long flowing hair. All of the characteristics of this specific style are translated into a short style as well. Even though the hair in this picture is straight, it has a lot of texture and bounce to it because of the short layers. With short layers, you can achieve this look by making sure you hair is straight and working in some hair wax for texture.