Looking for examples of the best Asian men hairstyles? This guide is for you. We’ll show you hair inspiration photos that range from classic and conservative to trend-setting and edgy.
Why Asian Men Hairstyles Are Unique
Hairstyles for Asian men aren’t all that different from hairstyles for other hair types. But they should take the hair’s unique texture and thickness into account for the best overall look.
Asian men typically have thick, straight hair that is perfect for hairstyles with volume, height, and a longer top. Luckily, these types of hairstyles are very popular right now.
And your lush hair in a dark color looks even better on you. There are countless trendy hairstyles for men with this hair type. We’ll show you lots of examples that might inspire you to try a new style.
30 Popular Asian Men Hairstyles
Here are the 30 most popular hairstyles for Asian guys who want to make the most of their thick and healthy hair.
1. Brushed Forward and Choppy
This hairstyle is perfectly suited for super straight hair. Brushed forward, it covers the forehead and shows off the choppy, layered ends for a casual vibe.
2. Taper With Deep Side Part
A deep side part gives your hair a boost of volume, especially if you take the time to blow dry it in the opposite direction you want to part it in. Tapered sides keep the cut from looking puffy.
3. Clean Cut Classic Fade
Classic fades start midway down the head and progressively get shorter toward the bottom. With a medium length on top, the hair is long enough to brush back and to the side for a clean cut look.
4. Casually Slicked Back
Slicking the hair back is a dressier look, but you can dress it down by letting some of the longer pieces fall forward or over to the side. Use a little gel or pomade in the top of the hair to guide it backward, then lightly tousle it to get this undone look.
5. Diagonal Parted Retro Wave
Switch things up with a diagonal part and a slight wave on the side. Volume is the key to keep this style from looking flat.
6. Pushed up With Shaved Part
Bring a cool geometric twist to this popular pushed back style with a shaved part that stands out at an angle. A little gel will hold thick Asian hair up and back in this pompadour-esque style.
7. Medium Length Faux Hawk
Faux hawks are a great way to style hair that has more length on top than on the back and sides. Use gel to comb the hair on top up and toward the center.
8. Short Fade
If you have shorter hair on top, you can have the sides faded to get a strong, masculine look. This style can be worn professionally or tousled a bit on top for a more casual look.
9. Up and Out Fringe
If you don’t like to style your hair back and off your face, try the up and out fringe. Your naturally thick hair will have lots of volume up front, and a little styling product enables you to comb the bangs up front outward for a different look.
10. Styled Side Part
Guys that don’t mind pulling out the hair dryer can easily get a style like this if the hair is long enough! A side part gives you a little fringe to cover the forehead. Use a round brush with a little mousse or gel in the hair to get the soft, tucked under ends.
11. Deep Parted High Fade
High fades are great on Asian hair because the contrast from long to shaved is even more eye-catching with the intensely dark hair color. A deep part set with a little gel gives it a dressed-up yet modern look.
12. Wavy Two Block
Two block haircuts are shaved underneath with much longer hair sweeping over the sides. With a little wave on top, this style is modern and casual.
13. Refreshed Bowl Cut
Bowl cuts are back in a big way. If your hair has lots of body, you can pull off this look with a slightly uneven fringe. This haircut is becoming very popular among young Asian men.
14. High Drop Fade With Side Part
High fades are perfect for Asian hair that tends to get puffy on the sides. The high fade keeps the areas below the temples short, while the drop fade keeps plenty of length on the back of the crown.
15. Tousled Wavy Taper
If you like a mix between clean cut and casual, this tousled style may be for you. It features a long top with a little wavy texture and shorter back and sides to keep it from looking messy.
16. Brushed Forward Short Crop
This overall short style keeps a tiny bit of extra length on top. That allows you to brush it forward without the hair covering your forehead.
17. Ponytail With Undercut
A shaved undercut in the front adds interest to this unique style. If your hair is long enough to pull into a low ponytail, try this out. This is an increasing popular Asian men haircut.
18. Long Side Swept Fade
This fade has a stark contrast between the long, side-swept hair on top and the progressively shorter sides and back. It’s a trendy look that will require some time to style.
19. Classic Shaved Fade
Who doesn’t love a fade that is shaved to the skin? This style takes advantage of the height your hair can naturally achieve thanks to its thickness on top.
20. Taper With Long Bangs
Bangs can change the look of a haircut or style. Keep the front long while the back and sides are tapered to a shorter length. Wear the bangs to the side or pushed back for different looks.
21. Combed Over
A little tapering on the sides and back give this look that clean-cut vibe. Keeping the top long enough to push back and comb over ensures your hair doesn’t get in your eyes or cover your forehead.
22. Medium Curly Taper
Medium-length curly hair that begins to taper at the ear level is a casual style that’s easy to manage. Smooth a little gel or mousse into damp hair and let it do it’s thing!
23. Medium Length Drop Fade
Drop fades are getting more and more popular with Asian men. Especially the younger generation. It’s a great way to wear the fade trend in a unique way. Keep the top medium long for the best contrast.
24. Medium Length Mushroom Taper
A medium-long top that tapers into a shorter back and sides is a youthful, on-trend look. Brushed forward with the ends slightly turned under using a blow dryer gives it a carefully styled look that balances casual with polished.
25. Fade With Pushed up Bangs
A classic fade gets an update with bangs that are pushed back and up to stand up straight. Style the hair on top forward with a little gel and use a brush to style the bangs upward.
26. High Fade With Shaved Part
A shaved part turns a high fade into a fashion statement. A dab of gel in the hair on top allows you to style it back and to the side to keep it out of your face.
27. Bangs Twisted Back
Long bangs have a ton of styling options. We love the twist back. While the hair is slightly damp, use a blow dryer and brush to grab the bangs and style them back, turning the brush at the ends to get that twisted look.
28. Casually Slicked Back
A top that is at least a few inches long looks great slicked back. If you prefer a more casual look, let a few strands fall over to the side and use a light or medium hold gel.
29. French Crop
A French crop is a twist on the Caesar cut with similar blunt-cut short bangs. The hair around the back and sides is kept very short with a little more length on the brushed-forward top.
30. Buzz Cut
Guys who prefer to spend minimal time washing and styling their hair should opt for a one-length short buzz cut. This kind of haircut doesn’t require much to look its best – just regular trims with clippers!
Picking the Right Style for Your Hair
An Asian man’s hair is structurally different from Caucasian and African hair. Under a microscope, you can actually see that Asian hair is more rounded, thicker, and stronger than other hair types.
This makes the hair more apt to stand upright when cut short, be very straight, and appear super thick. For these reasons, the styles that men with Asian hair should choose may be a little different than guys with other types of hair.
Know Your Face Shape
Face shape is one of the most important factors in choosing your hairstyle. For example, if you know that your hair is very thick with lots of volume and you have a round face, steer clear of styles with high-volume sides.
Here’s a quick overview of style characteristics each face shape should avoid:
- Round: Avoid too much volume on the sides, add volume to the top
- Oval: Avoid too much height on top combined with shaved sides
- Square: Avoid short bangs (like the french crop or Caesar cut)
- Heart: Avoid too much height on top, opt for more balanced styles
Watch the Hairline
Asian hair tends to “stack up” at the hairline, pronouncing the thickness. If you’re not careful, styles that are cut very short in the front can cause the hair to stick straight up at the hairline.
Asian men hairstyles that are longer in the front and pushed back can help you manage additional thickness at the hairline. This way, you’ll use your hair’s natural tendencies to work for, not against you.
Beware the Thinning Shears
Since Asian hair is naturally thick and coarse, your stylist might be tempted to pull out the thinning shears and snip away a lot of the body in your hair.
Too much of this makes any haircut shapeless and thin out the ends too much. Make sure you’re working with a stylist who thins the hair only as much as needed with scissors and gradual layers.
Opt for Full Bangs
Wispy, thin bangs aren’t the best fit for thick, straight hair if you want a style with a fringe. Choosing a hairstyle with full bangs is better for men with Asian hair.
It allows the straight hair to lay normally. Super-straight wispy bangs have a tendency to stick out in different directions and require more styling. Asian men hairstyles range from casual to polished and classic to edgy.
Know your personal style and how much time you’re willing to spend on styling your hair each day before you commit to a new style. Keep your hair’s natural characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses in mind.
This way, you can rock an effortless hairstyle that either follows the trends or sets them. Find a stylist who specializes in cutting and styling your hair type with our salon locator. Just enter your zip code to see which salons are near you.