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Moving Away From the Fringe: Don’t Hide Behind Your Hair!

Moving Away From the Fringe: Don’t Hide Behind Your Hair!

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Tokyo Girls’ Update has had a fair amount of articles looking at the different kinds of bangs, or fringe that are popular among young women in Japan and it does seem that it is one of the dominant characteristics of Asian hairstyles for many. It seems that because so many young women opt for bangs, seeing a forehead is sort of a rare occurrence in Japan, and some are very protective of making sure no one sees it!

Moka Sakurai (culumi)

Moka Sakurai (culumi)


Despite hairstyles with different varieties of fringes being popular, there are quite a few examples of young women who not only show off their foreheads but also make it look really good! Names like Namie Amuro, Nocchi (Perfume), Tomomi Itano, or Kiko Mizuhara often come up in conversations about those who look good with their forehead exposed. In the interest of balancing out our coverage of different hairstyles popular in Japan, we have decided to go ahead and explore those that show off the forehead.

Exposing the bangs makes the face appear longer, which can be good or bad depending on how it is shaped or how high the hairline is. This is one of the main reasons that many people choose to have their hairstyles frame their face a lot closer. It’s similar to having a short haircut in that it draws more attention to the face and accentuates certain features like the eyebrows and obviously the hairline.


Here are some of the variations.

Side Part


Up in a Ponytail, Bun, or Pompadour


Middle Part


Exposing the forehead can give off a more mature or international appearance. Even though several models of mixed ethnicity like the Michibata sisters, Jun Hasegawa, and Kiko Mizuhara are known for sporting a forehead-exposing hairstyle, there are several Japanese models and artists who give off that sophisticated older sister or third culture aura. Here are some pictures of Kiko Mizuhara from her Instagram account.


Jurina Matsui (SKE48) from her Google+ page.


Haruka Shimazaki (AKB48) from her Twitter.


Although there have been times when fashion icon and J-pop superstar Namie Amuro did cut her hair to make a fringe, the look that she is most famous for shows off her entire face. Here are some images from her over 20 year career. Then again, she’s a very special case since it seems that she ages much slower than the normal human being.


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Kai Okudara
Kai Okudara

Writer, researcher, photographer, foodie, KSDD

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