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3 most unattractive women’s hairstyles (according to Japanese men)

By Michelle Lynn Dinh

There’s nothing worse than a bad haircut, especially if you are a girl. If you dare to cut your hair short and the results are more Miley Cyrus than Emma Watson, it’s going to be a rough couple of months of hat wearing. But what happens when you step out of the salon feeling amazing, only to find that your boyfriend hates your new ‘do? If you’re living in Japan, get your notepads ready.

According to a survey conducted by Niconico News, the following are the top three least attractive haircuts for women, as chosen by men in Japan.

3 – Straight bangs

“My friend got straight bangs which she thought looked unique, but I didn’t think it looked good at all. I made the mistake of telling her that.” (male, 32)

“I feel like girls are trying too hard to be artsy when they get their bangs cut super straight.” (male, 26)

”If a girl has a chiseled face and thick, straight bangs, she looks like a Japanese doll.” (male, 27)

Bangs so long and straight that they completely cover a woman’s eyebrows came in at number three on our countdown of the least attractive haircuts for women, according to men. This is also a very popular style in Japan right now, making many men cringe as they walk down the street to a sea of their most hated hairstyle. To men, women with this hairstyle don’t look down to earth, often seeming to be trying too hard. Maybe the men are afraid of all those secrets they are hiding in those long frontal locks. The cut also reminds guys of a Japanese doll, which contrary to what you might think, is a turn off for them.

2 – Very short

“It makes a girl’s head look strangely big.” (male, 46)

“If you’re not attractive, you’re going to just look like a man, so it’s best not to get this hairstyle if you can’t call yourself beautiful.” (male, 29)

The second least favorite cut of the bunch was the “very short” style. It’s understandable why this style is a turn off for men; no one wants to have the same haircut as their girlfriend. This is also a very bold style that is extremely hard to pull off, requiring women to have just the right features and face shape to look attractive with ultra short locks.

1 – Bob cut

“For some reason, I feel like this cut isn’t flattering on a girl.” (male, 26)

“When a girl with black hair has a bob cut, it reminds me of a kappa. I don’t like it at all.” (male, 26)

Coming in at number one was the bob cut. It seems that men in Japan aren’t into the shorter, helmet head hair on their ladies. This cut is coming back in the Western world and is also quite popular in Japan, but it reminds many Japanese men of the Kappa, a mythological creature with a bowl-haircut that is often completely bald in the middle of its head. The kappa isn’t exactly associated with being sexy or cute, serving as a complete turnoff for guys in Japan.

Source: Niconico News

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It just depends, doesn't it.

Rinko Kikuchi has a killer short hair do right now. Stunning.

8 ( +12 / -5 )

All that is important is if you like it. Who gives a damn about what other people think.

33 ( +35 / -4 )

All that is important is if you like it. Who gives a damn about what other people think

The best comment I've ever read on here! Couldn't agree more. Do what you want to do.

9 ( +14 / -4 )

I guess none of them have seen Natsume Miku--she looks fantastic with a bob.

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"There's nothing worse than a bad haircut"

Actually there are plenty of things worse than a bad haircut, but I've seen plenty of bad haircuts, most of them on Japanese boys and men, lol.

29 ( +28 / -1 )

Depends on the woman tbh. Ive seen some stunning bob-style-cut women.

7 ( +4 / -0 )

For once, I agree with Japanese men. I know a girl who has a 'short' haircut. Jokes on her.

-16 ( +2 / -18 )

Japanese men obviously have bad taste and do not appreciate the beauty of their women. Long straight hair is not manageable for every woman and many women's faces look more beautiful when framed by shorter hair.

21 ( +23 / -4 )

Bobs and bangs are among my favorites with Asian girls, because the style is so natural looking.

Dying hair to rusty or straw colors and adding permed curls has been the rage for many years now, which I find utterly unnatural.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Knocking down women for their looks is usually the scant limited arsenal of a self conscious confidence lacking guy. He somehow hopes that sweeping the carpet out from under her feet as a first punch will put her in a position where he can manipulate her and feel better about himself.

I wouldn't say J-guys do this any more than any other manboy on the planet but in Japanese society it's acceptable and expected.

Like you can decide everything about someone's attractiveness is ridiculous.

JeffLee: sorry you are disappointed in the latest trend, perhaps you should open a fashion consulting business for women.

9 ( +12 / -2 )

I find Japanese men's opinions about women suspect with their shaped eyebrows, man bags and parasols!

12 ( +16 / -4 )

I could name them Kokeshi doll style, scarecrow style, and the Ring movie style.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

(1) These men were asked for their opinions. It's a survey. Don't berate them because they were answering honestly. They weren't attacking women. This is a general survey and they never said ALL women look bad with these hair styles. They are only talking about what would be the most unattractive style.

(2) I bet most of you wouldn't be so quick to defend men if this survey was the other way around

(3) Yeah, a girl shouldn't worry about what others think of her and should have the hair cut she wants. I'm sure she likes wearing high heels to appear taller, wearing skirts in the winter, spending 30 minutes putting on make-up, and carrying around an expensive bag because it's a status symbol. Oh, are you going to blame that on men too?

2 ( +11 / -10 )

If she's got a cracking arse, she could have no hair at all and I wouldn't give a monkeys.

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Matthew SimonAug. 19, 2013 - 07:33AM JST All that is important is if you like it. Who gives a damn about what other people think.

Spot on.

Personally I prefer long hair, but I can completely understand that its a pain to wash and maintain, and in summer it is as hot as hell. Honestly I like what's under the hair more than I like the hair, so a haircut isn't going to put me off someone who's really interesting.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Dying it blonde but ending up with awful off-orange always looks terrible....and kinda trashy.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Brazilian anybody? That's my own personal favorite style.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

And where is the article about the hairstyles on men that women hate??

7 ( +10 / -4 )

The hairstyles of some of the younger men at my office remind me of cockatoos. Japanese men are light years ahead of the women in the dodgy haircut stakes.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

These kinds of opinion polls are just for fun. Everyone has their opinion which is great. Variety is good and healthy.

Peaceful times. Have fun everyone!

Personally long hair with bangs is my personal preference but only on young pretty women!

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Hairstyles are specific to each woman. I have excessively LONG hair (to my knees) but I have had it for 20+ years. It takes a lot of management but it is my legacy and my family watches me take care of it and style it. I personally can't wear short. I look terrible. But that's not to say other women don't look absolutely breath taking. I hate these kind of articles that place women in groups like 'you look ugly if you wear it this way'. Stop being so superficial. It's degrading and takes away the confidence a woman is trying to gain. How could you think making her feel terrible about her haircut will make the world a better place? You know what? A woman doesn't need your opinion about her hair to feel validated. I hope you weren't paid for this article.

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I'm with JeffLee - Bobs and eyebrow-covering bangs are my fave hairstyles. Pity my wife refuses to do the bangs!

However the ultra short, dead straight bangs look is a major turnoff for me. Always looks like they are trying to be all edgy and arty, but i would prefer a shaved head over that.

That and afro's/frizzy curly on asian girls. An ex-gf did that once and it was a long 6 months until that perm wore out :-(

Having said that, i may go bald later on in life, and as long as my wife accepts me with a chrome dome, i will not tell her what haircut she can and cannot do.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I always thought that most Japanese dudes preferred long hair.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Ash Cetri: For once, I agree with Japanese men. I know a girl who has a 'short' haircut. Jokes on her.

Oh, you don't say. You know a girl who has a short haircut which doesn't look good so the Japanese men polled are right about all girls looking bad with short haircuts? Interesting. Very narrow-minded and limiting but interesting.

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Becareful what you think as there will always be someone who disagrees with it.

Short hair can look great on woman and is practical in this heat, long hair can be equally attractive, if you dont like the look of either then avert your eyes.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I think they all look great! What looks really awful are these pop diva hairstyles that some wannabe-western Jgirls wear. You know these ones. Fluffy long hair, sometimes perm-waved, usually with brown or blonde dyed hair. A.w.f.u.l!

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

What reason does a woman have to conform to what men think her hair or clothing should look like? none at all. Cut your hair the way you like, dress the way you want, do your make up or don't. Nobody has the right to tell you how to look.

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This has nothing to do with "how you should look." Nothing at all. They just asked a number of men what hairstyles they don't like. If you want short hair, go ahead, it just means some men may not like the look. Do you have to date them? No. Some of you are seriously making this news post seem worse than it is by misunderstanding the article altogether and getting upset over nothing!

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The fact that the author of the article suggests you get a notepad ready to write down what you should not do with your hair doesn't have anything to do with "how you should look"? or the fact that one man in the survey told a woman to her face he disliked her hair cut? telling girls they basically look like creepy dolls or monsters in their hair style isn't a form of telling someone how they should look? Sure some hair styles turn people off but is there a reason to do a survey and write an article about it and cause the women who do have these hair styles to feel bad about themselves and possibly go out and try to get rid of the hair style they felt confident in before?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

OMG! wow lol!! ok Japanese men you are disappointing me so much nowadays! the girls on the pic are looking real cute!!! i had my hair just like them and my jpn ex would complain how short it was and say "go get hair extensions" lol i loved my hair @Matthew Simon, you're so right <3

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All that is important is if you like it. Who gives a damn about what other people think.

What you fail to understand is, whether or not a girl likes her hairstyle depends largely on how much she thinks other people like it. That's just the way it is, because most people in the world want to be complimented on their looks and accepted by their peers.

Unless she is uber self-confident, or a masochist, she probably isn't going to enjoy everyone around her saying her hair-style doesn't suit her or it makes her look fat or ugly.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Now let's see the worst mens hairstyles according to women. I have seen a few men around here with the "Jim Jong Il" cut, and the "Yankee Perm" who look downright goofy. But, I can't talk, my hair is nothing to be proud of either.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Japanese Men khi khi khi... Just go through survey done about them self and you will find what kind of creature they are... Well I find Japanese Girl are most beautiful and well dressed. Why the ..... Japanese Men are looking for hairstyle only...

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Any girl's hair looks pretty if it blows!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Gaijin Desi: Why the ..... Japanese Men are looking for hairstyle only...

Maybe because "the..... Japanese Men" were surveyed about hair styles.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I never thought I would like a woman in a buzz cut. Then one day at an amusement park I saw a girl with a buzz cut who had the most graceful neck, head and face I had ever seen. The buzz cut only enhanced and showed those features. That day I leaned quite clearly, its not the cut, its if it matches the wearer.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

This survey shows how immature Japanese Men are !!!

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Japanese girls- I love your natural thick straight hair! Also, I LOVE straight bangs on Asian girls (and I am so so jealous of their natural straight hair- straightening doesn't even work on my hair, and I HAVE TO straighten my bangs/fringe every day- and with the humidity in my country in summer I end up with a curly, ugly fringe/bangs just 20mins after I leave the house :( ).

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Japanese guys clearly have no taste. I mean saying that a nice bob reminds them of a kappa is a bit of an insult. How about some of the crazy hair styles on Japanese men?

In that photo at the top I think 1 and 3 look fantastic. 2 looks a bit boyish, though.

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It's interesting reading the reactions on here, especially since a lot of us (myself included) berate Japanese TV for placing so much emphasis on crowd reactions.

In a lot of these JT 'survey results' articles, I find the most grating part to be the additions of the author who seems to weigh in (unnecessarily a lot of times) on what is, by itself, harmless information.

More on-topic, I don't see the point in discussing what hairstyles you find least attractive... Like many other commenters, I feel it depends entirely on what suits the person. That's like talking about 'What do you think is the least attractive colour on the opposite sex?'

2 ( +3 / -1 )

All hairstyles are fine with me even hairless. Does a woman's hairstyle help me raise kids, cook a good meal, etc?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

@Jessica Marie Sato

Down to your knees ? And I thought MY hair was long ! But it only reaches down to my... (wait for it !)... butt...

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Going by the pics, IMHO, no 1 looks a mess, no 2 looks like a male hair cut and is unattractive but I like no 3 - makes a girl look cute if she has black hair and is wearing a kimono.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

The Japanese woman I fell in love with has long bangs and hair that doesn't reach her shoulders. I don't know if that's a 'bob' cut or what, but her hairstyle had little, if anything, to do with my attraction to her.

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A woman doesn't need your opinion about her hair to feel validated

Correction, an independent, secure woman doesn't need the opinion of others.

But as vanity stuff go, hair is important for woman, it is important for women to look and feel good with the haircut.

The survey here only shows that some cuts are not fitting for some women although it is trendy. I also think that straight bangs can make you mysterious and also look like that you permanently hide something, very short hair is not for everyone, but i discovered that it looks great in Asian women when it is also dyed (not platinum-styled dyed, but with highlights it really looks nice), and the bob cut, i think that the problem is that it is very straight on Asian women, (or so to say, very "squared"), which it goes back to "straight bangs", so the best thing is to experiment with different lengths, uneven, curly, etc... You can do whatever you want with your hair that makes you feel good, but you can also consult with an stylist if the cut is for you, opposite of shoes, (you can buy whichever you want and use them when you want) you also worried in how do you look with it..

So, now i'm off for a bob cut.... mine is a straight hair with lots of volume, but the thing that makes it great is its natural color (that for many seems I have it dyed), and it goes great with my skin tone

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Not a fan of the really short hair cut. It looks good only with really beautiful women (and vene then they would look better with longer hair). I don't mind the other two styles...just my opinion.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I could care less about what they think. I wear my hair short from time to time and at least my friends love and still support me.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I don't know about you, but I like the hairstyles. It looks good on those girls and any other girl. Not everyone is a fan of them and for one I don't hate them so count me out of the "HATE WAGON".


1 ( +1 / -0 )

Big fan of the bob along with straight bangs. Traditional kind of haircuts on Japanese girls makes me smile. Especially with natural black color.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

It depends. A long face, or rather a face with lenght dimensions, might not look good with straight long hair, or at least not without some curves. On the other hand, a round face might not get any help from hair as much from a smile.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Those hairstyles on the girls in the pics at the top of the article look fine to me!!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Hair over the eyes. I keep wanting to reach out and brush it away, and find myself empathetically trying to flick the hair out of my own eyes!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I found Japanese girls with straight bangs, truly beautiful. I think they seem Asian-look angels with this particular hairstyle.(especially if they have big eyes) I agree with short hair cut.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

why don't they do a article on what IS in fashion ! and some picture to show us what is the top ten styles

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Regardless of what anyone says here, any style with very short hair on girls is horrible, not just in Japan but everywhere, attractive girls cab get away with it, otherwise they look like men. As Matthew Simon said "all that's important is that you like it" is true I guess but then girls if you want dates then it wont be with me

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Bob cuts on Asian women is just stunning. It shows off their cute faces like a wonderful picture frame> (_)

2 ( +2 / -0 )

So, two of the top three were straight bangs and bob cut...somebody better not tell Perfume.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Who did they interview? Herbivore men trapped in their anime world of blue haired lolitas?? I think all three styes are awesome.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

My least favorite Japanese women's hairstyle is when they style it for a formal event such as attending a friends wedding party.

Long curls down the sides, often with extensions added.

It doesn't suit Japanese women at all IMHO.

I think Japanese women look best with jet black straight glossy hair... love it so much.

it's such a pity dyes and curls have taken over.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Does this mean Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is out of style now? -So soon, what happened?


0 ( +0 / -0 )

Maybe it's the bangs? You don't seem bangs much outside of Japan. The problem with short cuts on women in Japan is that young Japanese men tend to have longer hair even with bangs. Since the men don't look that masculine, it is sometimes hard to tell what sex some school sports club members are for sports as basketball where uniforms are almost exactly the same and players are relatively tall. Maybe that's why middle school and high school girls have to wear skirts.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Everyone's allowed to have preferences about a hairstyle that you like, and not to mention is much less of a hassle with shorter hair. It's not the hair that makes the person. It's the person that makes the hair. Some girls look good with long hair, some look good with short hair. It all depends on the way they dress and their skeletal structures. And if she has brains to go with it, her character will shine with any length hair.

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I just wanted to say how much I appreciated Usagito's comment:

The fact that the author of the article suggests you get a notepad ready to write down what you should not do with your hair doesn't have anything to do with "how you should look"? or the fact that one man in the survey told a woman to her face he disliked her hair cut? telling girls they basically look like creepy dolls or monsters in their hair style isn't a form of telling someone how they should look? Sure some hair styles turn people off but is there a reason to do a survey and write an article about it and cause the women who do have these hair styles to feel bad about themselves and possibly go out and try to get rid of the hair style they felt confident in before?

This article, while it is about a SURVEY that someone else did, and other's opinions, the beginning bascially says "Oppp, you better get ready to be judged by the patriarchy, ladies!"

1 ( +1 / -0 )

as a global kind of person with a little hot for women who stand out and a very straight interpretation of metrosexuality id say it depends on your face and the way you dress, you can put a wig on anyone it doesnt change who they are

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I do not like women with hair too short, nor too long

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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