Samurai hairstyle

Jason Momoa with samurai hairstyle

The samurai hairstyle is currently one of the styles most used by men with long hairespecially when they need to keep it away from their eyes and face.

It is a way of collecting hair that generates divided opinions since it became a trend, which, compared to other hairstyles, makes it more difficult to defend. However, it has famous ambassadors who are admired for their style, such as Jason Momoa or Jake Gyllenhaal. Here's everything you need to know before getting a samurai hairstyle.

What is the samurai hairstyle?

Samurai hairstyle in 'Yojimbo'

It is a type of hairstyle for long hair whose main advantage is that it is very practical. Giving your hair this style requires little time and effort. Also, unlike loose hair, keep your hair from covering your eyes.

This controversial bun was the hairstyle used by samurai, although It is also associated with Western tough men, such as Barbarians and Vikings. And of course we do not forget the sumo wrestlers, the name by which this hairstyle is also known.

How is it done?

Getting a samurai hairstyle is very simple, as the process is quite instinctive. You only have to comb your hair back from the forehead and bundle it somewhere on the crown with the help of a hair tie of the same color as this one. Make sure your bun (also known as a man bun) is neither too high nor too low.

For the rest of the hair you have two options. It is often left loose, which gives it a casual and relaxed air, making it better match with clothing of the same style. If you don't want it to be messy, but rather you prefer a more defined result (recommended to form more formal looks), it is so simple how to collect the rest of the strands as well. You can also ask your barber to do an undercut (an extreme contrast haircut with long hair on the top and very short on the sides and nape).

Do you complement it with a beard?

The beard is a good complement, as it forms a great team with the manes and can add masculinity and strength if you think it is necessary. Take a look at the article: Beard types. There you will find all the options you have for your facial hair and how to get each of them.

Requirements for a samurai hairstyle

Aidan Turner with medium hair

The samurai hairstyle requires a certain daring, but that is not enough. To get a good version it is necessary that the shape of your face and the type of hair accompany. The following are the minimum requirements. Do you gather them?

Round or oval face

As with all hairstyles with the hair back, samurai hairstyle works best on men with oval or round face. That does not mean that it will not look good if you have an elongated face, but you should keep in mind that it is quite likely that it will make it appear longer than it really is.

Hiroyuki Sanada in 'Westworld'

Sufficient length

The most important thing to sport a good samurai hairstyle is to make sure that the hair is long enough. It should reach at least your shoulders. So if you are part of a shorter haircut be patient and above all avoid insignificant buns until your hair reaches the necessary length.

The versatility of the medium hair

Take a look at the article: Medium length haircuts. There you will find all the options you have to style your hair when you have grown it to your shoulders.

Does it work with tickets?

In some cases, yes. It depends a lot on how crowded your hair growth line is. Anyway, since the hair must be combed back, there are better hairstyle options if you have hairline and want to hide it. Generally, short haircuts are best suited to men with recesses or fine hair. But whatever your hair type, if you look favored, go ahead with whatever hairstyle you want to do.

Maintenance of the samurai hairstyle

Jake Gyllenhaal with samurai hairstyle

If you get a samurai hairstyle, you will need to trim the sideburns and nape as usual. Paying attention to these two points is especially important if you are looking for a samurai hairstyle that is as clean and defined as possible.

As for the rest of your hair, if you have dry ends, tangles or unruly hair, consider applying a repair-type product during washing. When styling it, you can use something light like a saltwater styling spray. These products tend to add texture and a bit of hold..

Having some matte lacquer or wax on hand is not a bad idea either in case you need to use a stronger fixative to finish giving it the desired shape and, above all, keep all those unruly hairs in place. Little by little you will create your own technique.

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