The Quiff

This iconic and classic style involves brushing the hair upwards and back with an emphasis on volume on the top. The back and sides are usually short, but can be modified longer or even super short with an undercut. If your Asian hair type is thick and difficult to sculpt, the quiff will works best with fiber, wax, or gels. HisCuts.com recommends some brands here.

Browse through the gallery below to find the right quiff hairstyle for you.

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Side Part is King

The side part is a classic style that is easy to maintain. As the name implies, it’s simply a part from the left or right, combed to the opposite side. Luckily it works very well with with the thicker hair of Asian men and can be used with any of the products suggested here.

Browse through the gallery below to find the right side part hairstyle for you.

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Side Pirt Hair Cut

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Asian Hair

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What type of product should I use?

FIBER

Styles
Versatile. Most styles are applicable. Excellent for the toughest of Asian hairs. Great for volume

Typical Ingredients
Water (Aqua), Lanolin Wax, Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut)

Texture
Tough, white, hard and thick, dry and tough, slight cream

Finish
Firm bind, but flexible, matte (not shiny)

Hold Strength
Very Firm. Can withstand punishment. Able to style hair vertically.

Directions
Start by rubbing a quarter sized piece into palm and smashing until smooth. Lightly pat or run through damp hair where you desire hair to be formed together.

Recommended Brand for Asian Hair

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You can find American Crew Fiber at Target and Walmart, but the cheapest I’ve found is at Amazon.

POMADE

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Styles
Brushed Up. Facial Hair. Excellent for messy style. May be weaker for thicker Asian hair that is very control resistant. May be difficult to manufacture volume

Typical Ingredients
Lanolin, beeswax, and petroleum jelly. Many ingredients actually nourish hair for a double whammy. Excellent choice if your hair requires little manipulation, and you just want to add a slight touch with nourishing properties

Texture
Greasy, thick, and Gooey

Finish
Soft, moderate shine. Does not leave debris. Does not dry, and can last much longer. Sometimes darker color.

Hold Strength
Soft to moderate hold.

Directions
Start by rubbing a quarter sized piece into palm and smashing until smooth. Lightly pat or run through damp hair

Recommended Brand for Asian Hair

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Suavecito can be purchased at Amazon here.

Wax

Styles
Side Part. Can be used for messy look.

Typical Ingredients
Oil-based. Difficult to wash out of hair.

Texture
Stiff and Slippery. Clear to slight yellow

Finish
Matte. Doesn’t harden or feel sticky

Hold Strength
Soft to moderate hold that is flexible.

Directions
Start by rubbing a quarter sized piece into palm and smashing until smooth. Lightly pat or run through damp hair. Apply it once your hair is completely dry starting at the back to avoid clumping near the front

Gatsby
Gatsby Wax

Gatsby Wax can be purchased at Amazon here.

GEL

Styles
Versatile. Most styles are applicable

Typical Ingredients
Water/Aqua/Eau, alcohol, PVP, Propylene Glycol. Alcohol has a distinct smell and folks say can be harmful

Texture
Gooey, clear, thick liquid

Finish
Hard/Brittle, Shiny, creates debris if damaged. Not Flexible

Hold Strength
Strength can vary, but generally very strong hold. Able to style hair vertically

Directions
Work through damp hair

Gel

Johnny B. Gel can be purchased at Amazon here.

Best Cut for the Job

HisCuts.com explores the best hairstyles for working Asian men in different job sectors.

Lawyers and Accountants

These corporate professionals emphasize attention to detail and diligence. Clients and managers want a guy that is well-put together and appears reliable. For these reasons we recommend…

The Side Part

 

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The look is neat and stylish. It is a classic look that is easy to style and holds for long periods of time (if I don’t shower, my side-parts last for days without product or manipulation). The point to note here is that the style tells the story of a guy who is organized, and attentive (assuming the sides are well trimmed).

Sales and Marketing

To make that big sale, sales bros need a little flare in their look to emphasize that they are leaders in their respective industry. These are men that require a commanding presence. These “Alpha characters” would benefit from some variation of the…

The Quiff

With the quiff, your image could appear leaner, your face can look more masculine, your jawline stronger, your eyes more piercing and commanding. These are all traits that could emphasize your presence in a meeting or sales pitch.

 

Medical Fields

The health field requires professionals that exhibit knowledge and This field could benefit from both styles listed above. Similar to Accountants and Attorneys,  doctors or pharmacists should be attentive and organized (don’t mess with my prescription!). These health experts would benefit from…

The Side Part and Quiff

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Tech and Engineering

Tech and Engineering require styles that put forth an aura of creativity and efficiency. Engineers and programmers are adapt at simplify and creating solutions. For these reasons, we are going to go with two recommendations…

Short and Buzzed

as well as a HisCuts.com favorite…

The Side Part

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Finance Sector

To make those big deals, we recommend a style similar to those in Sales. We recommend…

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Last Word

Use this guide as a starting point if you’re not sure what hairstyle you want to rock for that new job or if you’re looking to rise up in your organization. And Of course these are just HisCuts.com recommendations and all of these styles can work in every field!

What is Asian Hair?

Asian hair is different from Caucasian and African Hair and the science behind these distinctions is important because the tools and techniques we use to style Asian hair will also be different. Asian hair has the following distinct traits:

  1. Thick Cuticle
  2. Round cross-section
  3. Straight Strand Shape
  4. More cuticle layers and wider cuticle cells
  5. Cuticle layers break in large fragments
  6. Fastest growing at 0.51 inches or 1.3 centimeters per month
  7. Less prevalence of balding

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What does this all mean? Asian hair is straight, coarse, and thick. It has a very resistant sturdy structure. It is also tougher to style due to strong resistant fibers which require more effort and specialized tools to manage. On the bright side Asian hair can also withstand a lot of styling punishment because of those thick cuticle cells.

Finally, because Asian hair grows so fast, frequent stylist visits are needed if you are going to maintain your fresh style. The good news is that you have more frequent opportunities to pull off fresh styles using HisCuts.com galleries!

Tips and Guides on the best products for Asian hair can be found here.

 

Article Credit: NIH https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16957811