Looking for the best Korean short haircuts for you? First impressions are the best impressions. Your hairstyle tells everyone you meet a lot about you without you speaking a word. Teens and young adults tend to get their style inspiration from popular culture.
K-pop refers to the popular music of South Korea that has turned into a worldwide phenomenon, with artists reading the top of the American Billboard charts. Some of the most popular singers in K-pop are groups of boy bands. All-male band members have inspired more contemporary looks. If fauxhawks and having all the colors of the rainbow in your hair aren’t who you are, we’ve included classic military styles that have become the go-to style for a lot of men.
27 Best Korean Short Haircuts For Asian Men
1. Korean Fauxhawk with Undercut
Fauxhawks made their way back into popular culture in the early 2000s. Some might feel the authentic version of the mohawk is too edgy and instead choose to use gel or pomade to make the hair on top of their head into a fauxhawk shape. This usually results in less spike height of the fauxhawk, but still with an edge to the look.
With the undercut shaved or shorn close to the skull, the sides of the head are mostly bare, closer to the classic mohawk. Not everyone can rock the punk of a full mohawk and this is a reasonable compromise.
2. Korean Fauxhawk without Undercut
Archeological discoveries have traced the mohawk back to 600 BCE. Typically worn by warriors in that time period, the style saw a bit of resurgence in the punk music era of the early 80s. Some men might feel uncomfortable shaving the sides of their head for a traditional mohawk or a fauxhawk with an undercut. Therefore, they choose to leave a little length in the sides of their hair and just spike the hair down the middle of the top of their heads, creating a fauxhawk without the undercut.
3. Korean Short Haircuts with Low Fade
There are a variety of length choices in fade styles – high, taper and skin fade – being the other popular styles. The low fade is the go-to style for many men. The low fade starts with the hair shorn extremely low at the nape of the neck. The hair on top of the head is usually left longer than the sides and back for texture and styling options.
4. Korean Short Haircuts with Quiff
The quiff haircut is a cross between the pompadour of the 1950s, a mohawk, and a flat top. Hair product, such as pomade or gel, is used to create a poof of hair on top of the head. It’s considered something of a hipster hairstyle. It is usually combined with a type of fade for the attractive length contrast.
5. Korean Taper Fade
Another version of the fade type of hairstyle, the taper fade is cleaner and more versatile than the low fade. Starting from the nape of the neck, the hair gradually gets longer and dark as it reaches the top of the head. It has less scalp exposure than the other fades. The longer heap of hair at the top can be closely cropped or left longer for more dramatic styles.
6. Korean Comb-Over
No, this isn’t Donald Trump’s version of a comb-over. A comb-over in this instance isn’t combing over the hair you do have to cover a bald spot. Combing over the top of your hair leaves a side part and an asymmetrical, messy look that is both aloof and polished.
7. Short Korean Haircuts with High Fade
There are a lot of different types of fades! The high fade is cut much shorter than the others already mentioned. The high fade is sometimes referred to as the high and tight because the hair on the sides and back is clipped down to the skin, creating a new baseline at the lower crown of the head.
8. Korean Buzzcut
The military haircut! Buzzcuts make a face look more defined and severe. Buzzcuts are useful in the summer months and are usually achieved using an electric razor. You can downgrade the severity of the look by pairing it with a motorcycle jacket.
9. Korean Short Haircuts with Skin Fade
This hairstyle is similar to the taper fade and the buzzcut. The hair around the ears is shaved entirely. From that point up to the top, the hair is shorn close to the skill in gradual lengths. This popular hairstyle leaves a significant amount of hair on top of the head and many choose to pair this look with the comb-over or quiff.
10. Korean Blue Haircut
Colors are definitely in for 2019. If you’re looking to change up your hair color, consider going to light or dark blue hair. It will make you stand out in a crowd. You can keep the bottom layer of hair the regular color and go for a two-tone look. Or if you’ve gone with a fauxhawk, color the tips of your hair blue or purple for a real punk look.
11. Short Korean Haircuts with Top Bun
Who says you can’t do man buns with short hair? You can – with the top bun. Instead of pulling the hair together in the back of the head, pull the hair on the sides and top together for a top bun. Sexy AND on-trend.
12. Korean Slicked-Back
You may think we left slicked hair back in the 80s, but everything old is new again. If you’ve always dreamed of being a ‘greaser,’ give this look a try. You will need at least a little hair length on the top for this look to be successful. It doesn’t pair well with buzzcuts or super short styles.
13. Korean Messy Spikes
Messy spikes are a less committed version of the fauxhawk. All you need to do is rub some product in your hair (pomade, wax, gel) and use your fingers to pull a piece of the hair up into spikes. You get the same edge as fauxhawks and mohawks with less time commitment.
14. Korean Crewcut
In another version of the buzzcut, the crew cut is less severe and leaves more on top of the head. The sides and back of the head are shorn close. The front hair of the crewcut is usually styled with gel or pomade to stand up in mini spikes at the widow’s peak.
15. Korean Short Haircuts with Long Bangs
Bangs aren’t just for the ladies! Men can rock bangs just as well as women. Long bangs can work well left loose or used to create fauxhawks and the top buns. They can also be brushed to one side or left loose.
16. Korean Flat Top
Flat tops are another spin on the buzzcut. The hair is shaved high on both sides, leaving a “flat-top” of hair on the top of the head. The length at the top can be of varying lengths for different styles. One option is to leave the hair higher, giving it an afro effect.
17. Short Korean Haircuts with Shaggy Bangs
Similar to long bangs, shaggy bangs also give the carefree impression of just rolling out of bed. The bangs fall across the forehead in a disheveled manner, giving you a carefree, shaggy look.
18. Korean Close Crop
The close crop hairstyle shaves the sides close while leaving the top trimmed short instead of shaved. Also known as the French Crop, the longer hair on top is usually pushed back or to the side.
19. Korean Short Haircuts with Bowl Cut
Bowl cuts look like your grandma put a bowl on your head and cut around it. It is definitely not a look for everyone, but some men can pull it off. If you’re looking for a quirky, unique haircut, the bowl cut is it. The traditional bowl cut is much higher on the forehead than the medium bowl cut. Strong facial features allow some men to carry off the bowl-cut look. Are you one of them?
20. Korean Medium Bowl Cut
The medium bowl cut is similar to a regular bowl cut, except the hair isn’t trimmed quite as short. This hairstyle looks more natural than the traditional bowl cut. The medium bowl cut creates an even fringe across the forehead, similar to the curtain look, except it continues all the way around the skull.
The medium bowl cut can be styled in a more trendy way with a side part of the side-swept fringe look.
21. Korean Brush Cut
The Brush cut hairstyle is done with electric razors. The hair on the top of the head is cut evenly all across the top of the head, giving your hair the look of being newly brushed.
This look is very similar to the length of the buzzcut, but the texture on the top is different and creates the look of fresh brush marks.
22. Korean Side Part
We are usually born with a pre-determined part in our hair, but your hair can be ‘trained’ into another part. The side part is more noticeable with longer hair instead of super short haircuts like buzzcuts. Side parts can also be used to create comb-overs and other styles.
Some of the fades look best with a created or natural side-part. The shorter haircuts can actually make your side part more visible and prominent.
23. Korean Side-Swept Fringe
Think Justin Bieber’s haircut of the late 2000s. Shaggy hair all around the head, brushed to one side to let you peek out from under the fringe. This look is on the resurgence, thanks to the popularity of K-pop groups at a time that Justin has been rocking a shaved head.
Don’t use a lot of hair products on the side-swept fringe. It should look natural, loose, and messy. You don’t want the side-swept fringe plastered to your head, nor do you want to constantly be sweeping your hair to one side.
24. Korean Blond Hair
Speaking of colored hair, maybe blonds do have more fun. If you normally have darker hair, the contrast between your natural eyebrows can pair well with your blond locks.
If you’re not brave (or crazy) enough to dye your entire head blond, try some of the non-permanent hair dye that washes out in a few days. Then, if you like the look, you can go full blond.
25. Korean Wavy Fringe
If you have naturally curly hair, you can try a new look by leaving your hair product-free. The slight curl of your bangs or fringe will make all the straight-haired ladies jealous. To create wavy fringe, work texturizing mousse into your hair after blow-drying. This technique will create volume and bounce into your fringe.
26. Short Korean Haircuts with Curtain Bangs
Similar to the Justin Bieber style, curtain bangs cover your eyes. The difference is the bangs are evenly distributed across your forehead instead of swept to one side. This hair trend from the 90s predates The Bieber. The curtain bangs aren’t uniform across all hair textures. They can be tailored to your preference – short or long, high volume or flat on the forehead, and round or sharpened in shape.
Many women struggle with bangs, so tread lightly with this trend, men!
27. Korean Block Color
Like block clothing, block hair color is having one color on top and one color in the undercut. It is very trendy in 2019. Adding some eye-catching color to your hair can update your look and transform your style.
You’ve Got the Look
Since ancient times, men’s haircuts have been used as a means to express their wealth and class. While society is more accepting of a variety of men’s hairstyles (except for North Korea, where it’s reported that men are only allowed to choose from 15 government-approved haircuts,) many men choose to stick to the classic low fades and close crops.
Men certainly have a disadvantage in the number of options for their hairstyles compared to women. But with these 27 fresh haircuts, you can be on-trend to make 2019 your best year yet. Shake things up; try a new look now.