Chinese Hairstyles for Men

Written by matthew caines
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Chinese Hairstyles for Men
Chinese men naturally have dark or black hair colours. (Asian man image by nutech21 from

Adopting fashionable hairstyles from another country is never a bad idea; not only do you stand out as a cultural trendsetter but you might also find a look that suits your figure and complements your face. Chinese men are particularly famous for their styles with longer and medium-length hair and some Chinese men even sport looks that requires no hair at all. Commonly, Chinese men have dark, straight hair and certain styles may not suit those with a lighter or blonder coloured hair.

Layered Medium-Length Style

Chinese men are renowned for having luscious locks of dark, straight hair and many males layer their cut to a shoulder-length. This look is particularly common with older-looking men that want to add a little youth and zeal to their image. Models sometimes ask for the layers to be chopped a little more into the length of the hair; this produces a rough, textured look that seems less of a clean-cut and more of a stylish, controlled mess. Famous Chinese actor Ambrose Hsu is well known for his scruffy, choppy medium-length style.

Angled Fine Cut

Chinese hairstyles take a lot of inspiration from the anime cartoon industry where male characters sport fine, spiky, layered hair that has been styled into sharp, jagged cuts across and down from the face. Although these hairdos are often logistically impossible for longer hair - gravity will prevent you from holding it upwards - there are some stylish cuts for men with shorter to medium-length hair. One of the more popular dos is for the stylist to straighten the hair before using product and plenty of hairspray to model bunches of hair into spikes. These spikes layer over each other into a sweeping wave of sharp points. These spikes should aim in one direction and are often highlighted or low-lighted with extra colour to add another dimension to the style. See the Resources section for links to images of angled fine haircuts.

The Total Shave

Although this cut involves shaving off all of your hair it still is quite a popular hairstyle in China. The look has been sported by film actors such as Chow Yun-Fat and Ken Watanabe as well as Iron Chef Mark Dacascos. The look involves clean shaving the hair from your head with a razor blade and gives a stylish-yet-tough image that requires absolutely no maintenance whatsoever. This particular style is great for those with darker skin tones because - like among Chinese men - the look draws focus towards richer and golden coloured skin. One thing that you must be careful of is to not shave your own head unless you are confident that you know what you are doing and have good mirrored visibility. Shaving your head with a sharp razor blade without training can seriously damage your scalp and leave you scarred; seek the help of a professional barber if you are in doubt.

Chinese Hairstyles for Men
Only shave your own head if you are confident and know what you are doing. (shaving man image by Mat Hayward from

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