Bowl-cut hairstyles have been an on-and-off trend in the Western fashion industry, but it also has a strong presence in Asia, especially in countries like Japan, Korea, and China. It gained popularity in the 1960s and has become a cultural icon among Asians from its constant use by many celebrities and trendsetters.
The top hair is cut in straight fringe bangs that fall just above the eyebrows, which are maintained all around, resembling an upside-down bowl. The short haircut is also known as a mushroom cut for its mushroom-like appearance.
The bowl cut has evolved a lot over the years by adding different fade styles into the mix, but it still has a timeless aspect that will never fade away.
If you are interested in this hairdo, continue reading! You will learn everything about it to find your perfect Asian bowl cut.
12 Asian Bowl Cuts To Try Out
There are numerous bowl-cut hairstyles out there that suit Asians well. They are known for wearing excellent bowl cuts; if I describe them all here, you will be bored to death. Considering that fact, I will discuss a list of 12 bowl cuts that look phenomenal on Asians that will make you stand out.
Bowl Cut with Shaved Sides
The first hairdo I will discuss is a simple bowl cut with shaved sides, commonly seen on Asian men. To get this hairdo, you must shave the sides and the back and style them in an undercut. The hair on the front will be kept longer and cut in a straight fringe which will continue on the sides and the back, making it look like a mushroom.
This hairstyle is an edgier version of the bowl cut that will give you a fantastic look you can keep for yourself for any casual meeting. If you are a corporate jobholder, I suggest you not get this hair design as it will break the dress code.
Bowl Cut Mullet
There are few hairstyles that are both beloved and despised simultaneously as the mullet style. Mullets are highly versatile and can be worn with any face shape and hair type, providing unique, edgy, and radical looks. Combining the mullet with a bowl cut is a fantastic option that will give you a distinctive look you should not miss out on.
The front hair is cut with fringe bangs; the same can be said about the sides where the bottom half is shaved. The hair on the back is kept longer that reaches the shoulders, making it a bowl-cut mullet that will make you stand out in a crowd.
Curly Bowl Tapered Fade
There is a saying that bowl cuts only look good with straight and wavy hair, but that is not true. It can look amazing with curly hair and make you the focal point of any crowd if the style is done correctly. Look at the hairstyle from the image, and you will see a curly bowl-cut style perfect for most occasions.
This style is a curly version of the classic bowl cut style that is very famous among Asians, especially Koreans, and Japanese. The front hair that reaches the eyebrows is kept longer, and the same length is maintained on the side and back hair, with the sideburns and nape area being cut in a tapered fade.
Classic Bowl Cut
The hairdo I am currently talking about is a classic example of an Asian bowl cut that has been seen for generations. In the modern version of bowl cuts, the sides and the back hair are styled with a fade or an undercut, giving a sharp look that was absent in the classic bowl cut.
For the classic design, the sides were cut with scissors. The fringe bangs on the front were also kept longer that would reach the eyebrows, often going past the brows. A similar length would be maintained on the sides and the back, but this variant of bowl cut would give a more voluminous look than modern bowl cuts.
Bowl Cut Undercut
The modern bowl cuts are cut with different types of fade styles that give the wearer a striking look. Amidst these different fades, an undercut might be the most suitable to cut the sides and back hair with a bowl cut.
By implementing the undercut, the sides and the back hair are trimmed short, while the hair on the top is kept longer and cut in short fringes. For a perfect bowl cut, a similar length must be maintained on the sides and the back. Give your hair a wavy texture if you want a voluminous look.
Choppy Bowl Cut Fringes
Here is another bowl cut with an undercut technique that you should take advantage of. The hair on the sides and the back are trimmed short using the number 1 guard of a hair clipper. The main difference between this style and the previous one is the choppy fringes on the top hair.
If you have straight hair, you can easily get this fantastic look by chopping the front fringes. The top strand is texturized in this style, giving it a wispy appearance. It will provide you with a perfect look for any casual occasion but is unsuitable for professional settings because of the shaved sides.
Textured Short Bowl Cut
There are a lot of people who can not distinguish between a crop cut and a short bowl cut. The hairdo you are watching here is a textured short bowl cut where the sides and the back are cut in a high taper fade. The hair on the top is longer than the rest and cut in a straight line that is maintained all around.
Using the shearing technique, the top hair is texturized to make it look distinct. This hairdo is common among Asians for its low maintenance and alluring appearance. Straight and wavy hair is the most suitable hair type for this hairdo.
Two Block Bowl Cut
One of the trendiest Asian hairstyles out there is the two-block haircut. From various Asian celebrities to K-pop sensations, wear this two-block hairstyle, a variation of the classic bowl cut. In a regular bowl cut, the top hair is brushed forward simply; the same can be said about the sides and the back hair.
But in a two-block bowl cut, the hair is worn in a side-part style, giving a twist to the cut and making it more alluring. You can wear this style to any fancy party, and it will not look out of place. Straight and wavy hair types are the best options for getting this fantastic look, don’t try this style with other hair types.
Straight Tapered Bowl Cut
Even though most Asians prefer a longer bowl cut for their hair, short bowl cuts are becoming quite popular among them for their low maintenance. Look at the hairstyle I am currently discussing, where the mushroom-shaped bowl cut is present, but it is way short than regular bow cuts.
The hair on the sides and the back are tapered, perfect for the short top hair. If you wear glasses, this short bowl cut will look perfect on you. The short bowl cut is on the edgier version of the Asian hairstyles, so keep that in mind before implementing this design.
Angular Faded Bowl Cut
The bowl-cut design I am talking about now is different from most bowl-cut styles you will see. The top hair is usually cut in straight fringes in a regular bowl cut, and the same length is maintained all around. That is different for this style which makes it a unique design.
The top hair is cut in an angular fringe cut where the right top side is shorter and gradually becomes longer on the left side. The sides and the back hair are cut in a disconnected fade style to complete the style. Highlighting the top hair with a different color can make the haircut look more alluring.
Kid’s Short Bowl Cut
Whenever you see an Asian kid, you will see a bowl cut on their head as it is the most sought hairdo for them that suits their chubby face and lasts for an extended period. Usually, the hair on top is kept longer for a bowl cut, but that is not the case for kids. Short bowl cuts are much more preferable for kids for their low maintenance.
Look at the image where the sides and the back are cut with a low fade. The edges on the sides are shaped using a razor that gives the hairdo a clean look. The shorter the hair, the easier it will be to take care of and maintain for a long time. If you feel it is too short, ask the stylist for a longer variation.
Two-Toned Bowl Cut
The last bowl cut hairstyle I will discuss here is a two-toned hairdo that will give you a distinct look for the unique color combination alongside the haircut. The hairstyle is nothing special; it’s an excellent bowl cut where the sides and the back are cut shorter while the top hair is long, making it look like a mushroom.
The main attraction of this style comes from the color combination. The mushroom-shaped top hair is dyed pink, while the short back and sides are kept at their original black color. That creates this fantastic look that is perfect for casual hangouts and will make you stand out.
There might be many of you out there who have queries about bowl-cut hair designs that you need answers for. You are in luck if you are one of them as I will be answering frequently asked questions about this topic which will help you to find your desired information instead of going all over the internet.
Question: Which hair type is better for an Asian traditional bowl cut?
Answer: Bowl cuts look good with straight, wavy, and curly hair, so you should not have to worry about whether this hairdo will suit you or not. But that is not the case for bowl cut of Asian Tradition. Straight hair is the most suitable hair type for an Asian traditional bowl cut.
Question: How much does it cost to get a bowl cut?
Answer: The price of a hairstyle depends on many factors; some are external factors like where you live, while some are internal factors like the difficulty of the hair design and the products being used. A bowl cut is a reasonably simple hairdo that should cost from $30 to $100 based on combined factors.
Question: Which face shape is better for a bowl cut?
Answer: Bowl cuts look good with different face shapes, but they all have something in common. Face shapes that do not have sharp features, like round-shaped faces, look really good with a bowl cut.
Of all the hairstyles out there, bowl cuts are the most sought styles amongst Asians, especially people from Japan, China, and Korea. People from this region usually have straight and wavy hair, which are perfect for bowl cut. But curly hair has become a good option to style the hair in a modern bowl cut.
Bowl cuts usually look good with face shapes that do not have sharp features like high cheekbones or strong jawline. For that reason, round faces are the most suitables for this hairdo.
If you want to get a distinctive look with the bowl cut, dyeing the hair can be a good option. Dyeing the top hair in one color while keeping the short sides and the back is a different color will give you a fabulous look that you should try.