If there’s one Asian stereotype we’re all very familiar with, it’s Asian hair. No one knows when this actually started, but at one point people began thinking that all Asian women have the same kind of hair — straight, black and very sleek. This myth has become so well-known that there’s actually something called “Japanese hair straightening” to try and get these hair qualities. It’s not uncommon to flip through a magazine and come across an article showcasing different types of hair and as expected, “Asian hair” get its very own section.
Do some of us have sleek, black and straight hair? Of course. Do all of us have this? Absolutely not.
For some reason, some people are shocked to discover that just like everyone else, Asians are not all born with the same kind of hair (What!?). So let’s break the Asian myth with some familiar faces. Continue reading for some products we suggest for ALL kinds of Asian hair.
Sleek and Thin Hair
Now myths don’t pop out of no where. There are actually a number of Asians who have what is referred to as “typical Asian hair.” Rocking sleek hair like Lucy Liu is something many girls wish for (mainly because of the belief that it’s so easy to manage). In reality, this isn’t always the case. Sleek and thin hair can be quite fragile and often needs a lot more maintenance than people expect. Want to strengthen that hair? Try any of these thickening products brought to you by Ojon.
Straight hair? Yes. Thin hair? Not necessarily. Although thin hair is very common in the Asian community, thick hair is just as present. 2NE1′s Sandara Park shows us that we can have quite a lot of hair. Thick hair tends to be heavy and may flatten your hairdo near the roots. Try to get your hands on Suave Volumizing Root Boost Spray to provide lift and lasting volume to your roots.
Aside from her relationship with John Lennon, Yoko Ono was also known for her iconic frizzy hair. If you’re not really feeling the Yoko Ono look, you may be looking to tame your hair. We suggest Living Proof’s No Frizz Shampoo which is specifically designed to eliminate frizzy hair by blocking humidity without weighing the hair down.
To the disbelief of many, some Asians are capable of having natural curls. Take Grey’s Anatomy actress Sandra Oh who rocks her curls in every episode. While a head of perfect ringlets are beautiful, anyone with curly hair will tell you that curly hair doesn’t always like to behave. Keep those locks under control with Garnier Curl Shaping Gel.
Some Asians, like Korean singer and actress IU, have wavy hair or hair that teeter-totters between straight and curly. Sometimes you may even wake up to that horrifying moment when half your hair looks curly and the other half looks straight. The solution? You pick up a curling iron or straightening iron for uniform hair. If you do face this on a regular bases, make sure you use the proper precautions to lessen the heat damage done to your hair. Try giving TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray a shot.
A lot of Asians are born with either black or brown hair, but this doesn’t stop many people from getting color onto their locks. Take Suzy Bae for example who has boldly chosen a blond color. While this may not be natural hair, dyed hair still requires maintenance and there are specific products which help with the upkeep of dyed hair. We suggest Pureology Hydrate Products which was named InStyle’s best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for color-treated hair.