Korean Traditional Hairstyles

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Korean Traditional Hairstyles
Large, intricately braided buns accessorised with decorative pins and combs are among traditional Korean hairstyles. (traditional Korea image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com)

Today, traditional Korean hairstyles are most often seen on display in museums like the Korean Folk Village in Seoul, South Korea. Although contemporary Korean streets now feature modern, Western-style clothes and hairstyles, on special occasions like weddings, many Koreans prefer traditional hairstyles worn with traditional Korean clothing, or hanbok. LifeInKorea.com explains that "the Korean hanbok represents one of the most visible aspects of Korean culture," and hair is an important element in these outfits.

Jjokjin Meori

Women still wear this classic style today; it consists of a long braid doubled over at the nape of the neck to form a thick chignon. Long ago, this hairstyle would have been worn by noblewomen and commoners alike, but was predominantly for married women. You can create it by first parting and holding down the front part of your hair, then tying your hair into a bun at the back of your neck.

Eon'jeun Meori

This braided bun hairstyle was also popular among married Korean women. Unlike the Jjokjin Meori, the Eon'jeun Meori has a bun that you place on top of your head. In the past, people used wigs and false hair to make the braided buns fuller and more impressive.The wigs were so heavy and so expensive that their use was restricted at one point in Korean history. As with the Jjokjin Meori, wearers decorated the Eon'jeun Meori with elaborate accessories like lacquered combs and pins.

Eo'yeo Meori

This royal hairstyle resembled a halo and consisted almost entirely of false hair. The wearers wrapped a large, thick braid in such a way that it formed a sort of large headband, which the wearer secured to her head so the front of her natural hair was visible. Queens, other kings' wives and queen mothers were the usual wearers of the Eo'yeo Meori. The wearers decorated it with large jewelled combs and ribbons that were indicative of their wealth and position.

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