If you’re an Asian man in need of a fresh new haircut, browse our list of the 20 best Asian hairstyles for men.
When it comes to hair, Asian men take the cake. Their thick, straight hair allows them to sport almost any hairstyle well, and lots of Asian guys are known for being hairstyle trailblazers.
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At the same time, Asian men face unique difficulties due to their hair. If you’re interested, this LA Times piece is a great read on the topic. Basically, since Asian hair is thicker yet not dense, there are some hairstyles that aren’t too practical.
That’s why we’ve made this guide that consists of 20 fresh Asian men’s hairstyles. These cuts will all work perfectly with Asian hair. From trendy Korean hairstyles to traditional samurai-inspired cuts, we’ve got a little bit of everything in hopes that you can find a new style that fits your personality.
Our Favorite Hairstyles for Asian Men for 2021
Now, let’s take a look at the 20 best Asian men’s hairstyles for 2021…
1. Thick Crop
Lots of younger Asian guys choose to sport thick crop styles that really show off the thickness of their hair.
Crops are well-rounded cuts that create a sense of fullness, and they’re extremely versatile too. Even a messier crop will work with almost any outfit from jeans and a t-shirt to chinos and a sweater.
2. The Short Quiff
Quiffs generally require thicker hair to get the best results, and for Asian men, that’s no problem at all.
In fact, that’s why a lot of Asian guys rock the quiff. The quiff shown here is on the shorter side, making it more of an all-purpose style than other longer quiffs.
3. Thick Brush Up
Like the quiff, the brush up relies on, well, brushing the hair straight up.
With thicker hair, this means creating ridiculous amounts of volume and depth. The hair is blended nicely with an even cut on top and tapered sides to keep everything in order.
4. Swooping Fringe
Since Asian hair tends to hold its form well, Asian men can sport some great fringe hairstyles.
This swooping fringe is an excellent example because some seriously thick hair is needed to stay hanging in place like that. This is a solid all-around haircut if you want something functional and low maintenance.
5. Layered Locks with Texture
Guys with thick hair are blessed when it comes to texture, as thick hair is typically much more textured than thinner hair.
This casual schoolboy hairstyle shows off how lush thick hair can be with its simple yet high-impact look. The careful layering of the hair maximizes texture and makes this haircut a standout.
6. Short Korean Cut
While Asian hair is versatile, it can also be tough and unruly sometimes, and many Korean men have to deal with this issue.
One option is to cut the hair short, as even at short lengths the hair will still appear longer than it really is due to the sheer thickness. This is a smart look that will fit with any kind of smart casual attire.
7. Loose Waves
It’s not uncommon for Asian men to have wavy hair, and you can achieve a ton of styles if your hair is both thick and wavy.
This tousled hairstyle is proof of that. The waves extend forward and to the side, creating something between a fringe and a side swept look. All in all, this is an amazing casual style that allows wavy hair to do its thing.
8. Medium Taper
A medium length taper strikes a nice balance. It allows your hair to remain thick and full while taming it just enough so it doesn’t get too crazy.
This is the style of choice for many Asian celebrities, including John Cho of Harold and Kumar fame.
9. Tangled Volume
Another option is to just roll with the thickness and coarseness of your hair by growing it out and allowing it to tangle naturally.
The result is a messier style with lots of movement thanks to the waves and loose ends.
10. Casual Brush Up
Since thick hair is naturally voluminous, you can get a lot of height with minimal effort.
Styles like this brush up accentuate that by taking the hair to its maximum height for an eye-catching look.
11. Dense Pompadour
Thick hair and the pompadour have always gone hand in hand, but more recently, it’s become popular to get super high-volume pomps like the one shown here.
This cut does take a bit of styling to achieve, but we think it’s well worth the effort.
12. Side Swept with Hard Part
Clean and neat hairstyles are all the rage today, which makes since given that lots of guys are leaning toward a more minimalist aesthetic.
This haircut embraces that aesthetic with a tidy, side-brushed quiff and a sharp hard part that is truly the cherry on top.
13. Short Man Bun
Here’s a twist on the man bun that you won’t see often.
Only the hair in the bun itself is long, and the rest is kept super short, with the top getting a scissor cut and the sides getting a fade. If you’re committed to the man bun, this is a real attention grabber.
14. Thick Top + Etched Lines
Etching lines into the head has been around for quite some time, and typically it’s a technique used to carve designs into the hair.
However, you can also get smaller, less noticeable lines etched in that still add a lot to your hairstyle. This thick cut makes full use of the razor by incorporating a line up (the angular section of hair in the front), a contoured fade, and three shaved lines behind the ear.
15. Large Fringe Spikes
People usually think of bangs as just being straight and flat, but they don’t have to be.
There are lots of different fringe options out there, including this style that sections out the fringe into strips that hang down, creating a one-of-a-kind appearance and texture.
16. Blown Out
If your hair is the type to get really fluffy when grown out, you can leverage that with a style like this blown out quiff.
This style is mostly just allowing the hair to grow out and puff up naturally, although it doesn’t hurt to encourage it with some strategic combing.
17. Side Swept Undercut
One of the most popular hairstyles today, the undercut is a fantastic option for any Asian man who’s looking for a balance of fashion and function.
This side swept undercut is bold and outgoing, but it can also be tidied up whenever you need a more formal cut.
18. Choppy Texture
Contrary to popular belief, a hairstyle doesn’t have to be long to have tons of texture and dimension.
For instance, check out this short yet incredibly wavy style that’s satisfying to the eye and complementary to any outfit choices. This is proof that with hairstyles, a little can go a long way.
19. Messy Curls
While it’s not incredibly common for Asian men to have curlier hair, it’s not unheard of, and for those guys, we have this sleek look that combines controlled curls with a fresh fade.
The single curl that’s allowed to hang down definitely gets the spotlight here, but there are countless ways to make this style your own as well.
20. Slanted Side Part
Finishing off our list is this slick style that uses a side part in a clever way.
Instead of the side part going straight back, it slants along a diagonal line. This transforms an otherwise regular undercut into a unique style that will set you apart.
It can be tough to find the right Asian men’s hairstyle for you, but we do hope this list gave you some inspiration for what your next haircut will be.
Did you find your new style? Be sure to let us know in the comment section, and as always, thanks for reading.