Japanese Anime Girls' Hairstyles

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Japanese Anime Girls' Hairstyles
Anime hairstyles for girls feature outrageous colours and lots of volume. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The most striking features of anime (Japanese animation) characters are the large eyes and the unnatural hairstyles. The expressive anime hairstyles may seem odd coming from a nation in which most people naturally have straight black or brown hair, but anime hair helps differentiate one character from another. Anime hairstyling has become so popular on actual people that a hair salon specialising in anime hairstyles opened in Akihabara in 2010. Girls trying to emulate anime hairstyles need to remember to focus on volume and colour first.

Brightly Colored

Virtually any hairstyle can look like an anime hairstyle if you dye it in a bright colour or two. Most girl anime characters with unnatural hair colours actually have a single hair colour, so while you can experiment with multicoloured hair, you'll more accurately emulate the style if you choose one colour. When choosing a colour, consider some of the female anime characters you know who have a similar hair colour and what their personalities are like. For example, blue hair often represents quiet and introspective characters, while pink hair usually adorns the heads of lively and cutesy characters.

Long Bangs

Almost every anime girl has fringe -- long fringe. Grow fringe and let them fall just below your eyes. These fringe should be layered and not straight, as you need to be able to see out through them. Use hair gel to curl the fringe slightly around your eyes, with an optional strand of fringe falling between your eyes. Another popular anime style of fringe is the excessively long fringe that fall down to your chin and completely cover one eye, leaving the other half of your face uncovered.

Voluminous Twintails

You'll see "twintails" (pigtails) on girls in many an anime series, but they're not the typical pigtails tied near the nape of the neck. For a true anime girl hairstyle, your hair should gather at the top of your head on either side. The more volume you have in your twintails, the better, so use hair products to increase volume. This anime hairstyle works best if you have long hair. You can still pull it off if your hair falls to your shoulders if you settle on twin buns instead of twintails.

Angled Bob

If you have short hair and can't pull off the twintails, you still have plenty of options for an anime girl hairstyle. One of the most popular female anime character short hairstyles is the angled bob, which involves short hair at the back of your head and longer hair in the front. You can opt for either two long strands jutting out from otherwise pixie-short hair or a continuous angled bob in which the hair appears to grow longer from back to front.

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